TAGBILARAN CITY -- Cebuano netters, led by Christopher Encarnacion, contributed 14 gold medals for Central Visayas on the final day of the Private Schools Athletic Association Sports Foundation, Inc. (PRISAA) National Games here.
Encarnacion won the individual senior boys event as well as the team event along with Norman Enriquez, Exequil Estonillo and Clyde Dale Bienes in the tennis competition held at the Carlos P. Garcia Sports Complex outdoor hard courts on Thursday.
Sheena Camporedondo and Precious Coderos bagged the individual senior girls title, while Norman Enriquez and Shane Villareal were crowned mixed doubles champions. The team of Camporedondo, Coderos, Villareal, Ruby Jane Baulate and Giamy Magnanao also won.
Aside from 14 golds, the Cebuanos got two silvers from Bienes and Ralph Dharyl Alcordo in the individual senior boys doubles event, and two bronzes courtesy of Enriquez (individual singles) and Villareal (individual singles).
Western Visayas (Region 6) captured 12 golds coming from Marco Macalintal (individual youth boys singles); Althea Rose Martinez (individual youth girls singles); Avril Andrea Suace and Rissa Ann Cubos (youth girls doubles); Cubos, Martinez, Suace and Stephanie Crisosto (team); and Macalintal, Nikhel Nowlakha, John Benedict Santiago and John Dreve Jemenea (team).
Sharly Nhey Delos Santos handed Soccsksargen (Region 12) its only gold in tennis when she won the individual senior girls title, while Jonathan Palac and Allan Jay Kabigting of Davao (Region 11) ruled the individual senior boys doubles event.
Meanwhile, Western Visayas swept the youth division of the table tennis competition at the National Irrigation Administration gym.
Allan Noel Gayoso won the singles event, mixed doubles event with Jan Asheley Vicencio and team event with Joshua Chaves, Den Gabriel Importante and John Romel Baria to earn the Most Outstanding Athlete award in the boys category.
Vicencio, who won the singles event and the team event with Levee Marie Oliva, Ann Nicole Oliva and Clarice Thalia Gomez, was named Most Outstanding Athlete in the girls category.
John Michael Castro, also from Western Visayas, got the Most Outstanding Athlete award in the senior division after winning the boys singles event and the team event with John Paul Gubaton, James Saligumba and Cris Lester Rejon.
Diana Oliverio, on the other hand, bagged the Most Outstanding Athlete award in the senior girls category for winning the singles event, mixed doubles event with Fausto Zeus Comaingking, and the team event with Athena Comaingking, Lezlie Agbon and Jeramae Saromines.
In sepak takraw, Davao (Region 11) was crowned senior boys team champion. Western Visayas (Region 6) and Bicol (Region 5) finished second and third, respectively.
Mimaropa (Region 4-B) ruled the junior boys team event while Western Mindanao (Region 9) placed second and Northern Mindanao (Region 10) was third.
As of 1 p.m. on Friday, the reigning senior division champion Central Visayas has collected 121 golds, 63 silvers and 44 bronzes.
Western Visayas is in second place with 51 golds, 51 silvers and 55 bronzes followed by Davao (Region 11) with 23 golds, 32 silvers and 49 bronzes; Western Mindanao (Region 9) with 23 golds, five silvers and five bronzes; Bicol (Region 5) with 18 golds, 16 silvers and 41 bronzes; SOCCSKSARGEN (Region 12) with 17 golds, 38 silvers and 36 bronzes; and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) with 12 golds, 28 silvers and 24 bronzes.
In the youth division, Western Visayas leads the medal tally board with 116 golds, 59 silvers and 37 bronzes. Central Visayas ranks second with 51 golds, 27 silvers and nine bronzes followed by Davao with 36 golds, 38 silvers and 40 bronzes); Cagayan Valley (Region 2) with 15 golds, 32 silvers and 24 bronzes; Ilocos (Region 1) with 10 golds, 9 silvers and 6 bronzes; and Central Luzon (Region 3) with nine golds, 38 silvers and 28 bronzes.
More than 4,000 athletes from 16 regions are participating in the PRISAA National Games, which is supported by the Commission on Higher Education and the Philippine Sports Commission. (PNA)