Shoot! Spike! Smash! Checkmate!

The City Government of Laoag, in partnership with the Department of Education, Division of Laoag City, came up once again with an intense sports competition, the 2016 season of the Laoag City Inter-School Sports Tournament. The activity catered to all elementary and secondary schools who have their desire in sports and recreation. This sporting event was conducted during weekends in the months of August to October 2016, which aimed to enhance the proficiency of pupils and students in the field of sports specifically in basketball, volleyball, badminton and chess. It was also intended for the discovery, selection, training and preparation of athletes in public and private schools in selected higher level of sporting events.

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All the participating teams, specially the coaches, had their own techniques and strategies employed in order to make their team reach the peak of success as they shot the ball into the basket, spiked the ball into the other side of the court, smashed out the shuttlecock to the opposing side, and checked-mate the king of the opponent.

After 2 months of battling over the other teams, the awarding ceremony was conducted last October 9, 2016 at the Laoag City Basketball Court, with the mother of the City of Laoag, Hon. Chevylle V. Fariňas, as the guest of honor. Other officials included the City Community Affairs Officer, Mr. Bernardino R. Rodillas, Mr. Hipolito Carlos A. Salva, Jr., the City Youth and Sports Development Officer, and Mr. Arsendio A. Cabacungan, the Education Program Supervisor of MAPEH.

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The winners are Nathaniel Domingo (Bacsil ES), Maria Agpaoa (PAIS), Bernick Malasig, Jr (NWU) and Quenie Bee Ramirez (INCAT) in the badminton elementary boys, elementary girls, secondary boys and secondary girls, respectively. The front-runner in chess, elementary boys, is Sedric Edmar Cansancio (Caterpillar) while in the chess elementary girls is Angelica Mae Utleg (Shamrock ES). Jeremiah Agreda (INNHS) and Ivy Alipio (INCAT) bagged the 1st place in chess secondary, boys and girls, respectively. In basketball, the Gabu National High School defended  their throne as they won the championship game over Ilocos Norte National High School, while in Volleyball boys, it was taken by Northwestern University. The Ilocos Norte National High School Volleyball girls team again blocked their opponent’s desire towards the trophy as they seized the championship game.

The champions were victorious yet humble with their successes. Each pupil and student was able to achieve the aim of this activity, to enhance, prosper and heighten their spirit in the field of sports.

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