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With 12 gold medals in elementary boys and girls’ events, Jack & Jill School secured the overall championship crown in the NOPSSCEA elementary Karatedo that ended yesterday at the high school covered court of University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City.
James Inno Guanzon, team captain of JJS-PHHC campus, ruled the boys’ 12-13 years old kata and kumite category for his two-gold finish, duplicating his feat in the 2nd Philippine Olympic Festival Visayas recently held in Dumaguete.
Aside from being captain of the JJS-PHHC karatedo team, the six-grader Guanzon is also a Junior Black Belt.
Taking the winning cue from their team captain, Dante Samonte took the gold in boys’ 7-below kata while teammate Andrew Sepico topped the kumite category for the Randy Mengullo-mentored JJS karatedo team.
In the boys’ 8-9 years old, JJS-PHHC’s Aaron Andrei Lubrico won the gold in kata while USLS-IS’ Jan Gabriel Sobrevega won in the kumite.
Niall Mabaquiao gave the host team another gold in 10-11 years old kata while the top honor in kumite went to Rolin Hundana of JJS-PHHC.
In the girls’ competition, Jasmin Veniegas took the gold in 7-below while Adrea Sepico and Johaina Magbanua reigned in 8-9 years old kata and kumite, respectively.
In the 10-11 years old contest, Gerrine Perez of JJS/Castleson took the gold in kata while Rhazel Gee Mengullo of JJS-PHHC topped the kumite event.
Shayne Libre won another gold for JJS-PHHC in girls’ 12-13 years old kata while Leanne Lorayna gave St. Scholastica’s Academy its lone gold in karatedo by ruling the kumite division.
Meanwhile, in high school boys’ events, Castleson’s Janlee Casquejo, coached by Elan Delfin, won the gold in 15-16 years old division while teammate Celestino Aranata made his golden mark in 17-18 years old competition.
Kenneth Moises of La Consolacion College-Bacolod topped the kata contest while John Ray Condes of Megumi ruled the 13-14 years old event.
In the battle for karatedo supremacy in the collegiate level, USLS’ Roselle Dullan reigned in women’s kata and kumite to bag two gold medals while teammate Gerardo Wenceslao dominated the men’s kumite. LCC-Bacolod’s Michael Robin Lizares won the men’s kata gold.
The USLS team was mentored by Joy Sobrevega and Mario Lizares.*Nida A. Buenafe/Visayan Daily Star