ETCS II, NOHS, Talisay City stand out in ABANSE NEGRENSE softball tourney

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Batters playing for Education and Training Center School (ETCS) II, Negros Occidental High School (NOHS), and Talisay City emerged as champions in their respective categories in the recently concluded 2022 ABANSE NEGRENSE Softball Tournament held at Blumentritt, Murcia on November 26-27.

The young batters from ETCS II took home the championship trophy in the Majors category followed by 1st runner-up Municipality of Murcia then 2nd runner-up E. Lopez Elementary School. In the Juniors, NOHS team nabbed the top title followed by 1st runner-up Bacolod City National High School (BCNHS) then 2nd runner-up Brgy. E. Lopez National High School.

For the Seniors, Talisay City won the coveted title followed by 1st runner-up Silay City, 2nd runner-up Murcia, and 3rd runner-up NOHS.

The consolation winners were Bacolod City, BCNHS, and La Carlota City. Winning teams in these divisions received cash prizes, trophies, and medals.

Special recognitions were given to the Best Hitter, Best Slugger, Most Number of Homeruns, Most Number of Stolen Bases, Best Pitcher, and Most Valuable Player in each of the three categories. For the Seniors division, Jhaycel Roldan of NOHS was the Best Hitter, John Cordero of Talisay City was named the Best Slugger, Ken Ray Pabale of Silay City was awarded the Most Number of Homeruns, Raymer Cosas of Talisay received the Most Number of Stolen Bases, and Ken Ray Pabale of Silay City was named the Best Pitcher and the Most Valuable Player.

In the Juniors category, NOHS’ Dona Tan, BCNHS’ Khazea Valenzuela and Lyka Tanieza, and NOHS’ Rezlyn Joy Desabille were named as the Best Hitter, Best Slugger, Most Number of Homeruns, and Most Number of Stolen Bases, respectively. Arlene Angel Mahilum of NOHS was given the Best Pitcher and the Most Valuable Player recognitions.

Lastly, for the Majors division, Angela Esperida (ETCS II), Audrey Coleen Matarong (ETCS II), Karen Benjamin (Murcia), and Kryzel Barlita (Murcia) were named the Best Hitter, Best Slugger, Most Number of Homeruns, and the Most Number of Stolen Bases, respectively. And the Best Pitcher and the Most Valuable Player were given to Erica Passion of ETCS II.

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose V. Lacson, Provincial Sports Office Head Mr. Anthony Carlo Agustin, and Murcia Mayor Victor Gerardo M. Rojas were present at the awarding ceremony.

The ABANSE NEGRENSE Softball Tournament is part of the grassroots sports development programs spearheaded by Gov. Bong Lacson with the intention to provide more opportunities to develop talents while raising academic consciousness by motivating the youth to balance sports participation and academic performance.* (with reports from PSO)