BELIZE CITY, Mon. Feb. 1, 2016–The playoffs are here already in the Central Secondary Schools Sports Association (CSSSA) high school female (F) and male (M) football tournament which kicked off on January 7 at the MCC Grounds. Since there are still no lights at the MCC, kickoff time is 3:00 p.m. for the first of two playoff games, 1 female and 1 male, which are scheduled for today. But first, we have some catching up to do, because our last report concerned games played way back on Wednesday, January 20.
For the record, here are results of games played since then:
Thursday, January 21: (M) Wesley clobbered Maude Williams High, 15-3, with goals from Deandre Pitter (4), Kenyon Lewis (4), Shemar Thompson (2), and Kermin Sutherlan, Devon Davis, Shakeem Richards, Darnel Grey and Jalen Babb with 1 each; while for Maude Williams, Tyrell Estrada, Jaheem James and Tylon Dyer got 1 apiece.
Friday, January 22: (F) Gwen Liz clipped Wesley, 2-0, with goals from Essenie Ciego and Sari Mendez. And (M) SJC dropped Belize High School, 5-0, with 2 goals from Jorge Ramos, and 1 each by Dennis Zuniga, Dion Cacho and Denroy Lopez.
Saturday, January 23: (M) ACC shelled Maude Williams High, 8-0, with 3 goals from Akeem Sutherland, and 1 each from Herman Card, Kenroy Daly, Darnell Flowers, Trevaun Rhaburn and Kyle Samuels. (M) Wesley blanked Belize High School, 6-0, with Deandre Pitter netting 3, and Kermit Sutherland, Devin Pablo and Shemar Thompson adding 1 apiece. And (M) Ladyville Tech dropped Gwen Liz, 4-1, with 2 goals by Eric Gomez and 1 each by David Solorzano and Diedron Baptist; while Naim Wilson got the only goal for Gwen Liz.
Monday, January 25: (M) ACC edged Gwen Liz, 2-1. Christian Ancona and Akeem Sutherland got a goal each for ACC, while Hakeem Smith scored for Gwen Liz. (Naim Wilson of Gwen Liz was red carded.)
Tuesday, January 26: (M) Ladyville Tech and SJC drew, 0-0.
Wednesday, January 27: (M) Wesley won, 2-1, over ACC. Devon Davis and Kenyon Lewis shook the net for Wesley, while Christian Ancona scored for ACC. (Herman Card of ACC got a red card.)
(There was no game on Thursday.)
Friday, January 29: (M) Ladyville Tech bombed Belize High School, 9-0, behind 3 goals from Deidron Baptist, 2 from David Solorzano, and 1 each from Elan White, Lashon Wade, Kenroy Allen and Eric Gomez.
Saturday, January 30: (M) Wesley shut out Ladyville Tech, 5-0. Goal scorers for Wesley were Kenyon Lewis (2), Shamar Thompson and Janel Babb, while Ladyville’s Alfredo Franco had an auto goal. And (M) SJC drew, 0-0, with ACC.
Regular season standings
With the end of regular season, the female (F) standings were: 1st place SCA; 2nd Gwen Liz (GLH); 3rd Ladyville Tech (LDV); and 4th Wesley; and the male (M) standings: 1st Wesley; 2nd ACC; 3rd SJC; 4th LTH; 5th GLH; 6th Belize High; and 7th Maude Williams High.
The playoff schedule has #1 vs #4 in both females and males today, and #2 vs #3 tomorrow. Wednesday is a rest day, and the same teams meet in game 2 of their 2-game semifinal series on Thursday and Friday. The winners clash in a 2-game finals series the following week, February 8 and 10.
This week’s semifinals schedule:
Mon. Feb. 1 – (F) SCA vs WES; (M) WES vs LTH
Tue. Feb. 2 – (F) GLH vs LTH; (M) ACC vs SJC
Thurs. Feb. 4 – (F) SCA vs WES; (M) WES vs LTH
Fri. Feb. 5 – (F) GLH vs LTH; (M) ACC vs SJC
Reliable but unofficial reports reaching our sports desk tonight are that SCA girls defeated Wesley, 3-0; and Wesley boys clipped Ladyville Tech, 3-1, at the MCC this evening in their semifinals game 1.