It is Champs 1976 and grand showdowns loomed in more ways than one.Everald Samuels’, St Andrew Technical High School’s meteoric rise loomed large.Samuels seemed destined to upstage the reigning 100 metres champion, Balford ‘Bally’ Reid of Kingston College (KC).It was an era when KC harboured the notion that although red, the stadium track was its domain.Samuels and Calabar High had different plans.And so it was also a year when the long reign of KC as Boys’ athletics champions was under severe threat.KC had been victorius for 14 consecutive years, stretching from 1962 to 1975.A year earlier, Bally Reid had set a new mark of 10.4 seconds (hand-timed). But in 1976, Samuels, the high-kneed wonder boy, emerged out of the Bumper Hall-based school hitherto devoid of a reputation in the sprints.On Friday, the first of the two-day event, 40 years ago, both Reid and Samuels cruised through the heats of the 100 metres.Tensions were lifted to fever pitch, however, as the dominant duo drew the same semi-finals race.The stage was set in an arena that was not for the faint of heart.There was silence at the start of the race and noise in between. When it was done, there was a thunderous hush in the section of the bleachers painted ‘purple’.Samuels not only conquered the mighty ‘Bally Reid’, he also equalled the record of 10.4 seconds set by Reid the previous year.A new star was born, underlining the beginning of the end of the long dynasty of the redoubtable KC as Calabar, perennial rivals, rebounded with colour and ferocity for the first time in 15 years to secure the Mortimer Geddes Trophy.Samuels, though, was not done.He was even more dominant in the 200 metres, becoming the first schoolboy athlete to run under 21 seconds (hand-timed).His record 20.9 seconds stood until it was broken by Clarendon College’s Norman Mills in 1979.
BCB/Elizabeth Styles U21 Tournament…– Albion to face Blairmont in other semiThe Rose Hall Town (RHT) Gizmos and Gadgets Under-21 Cricket Team on Sunday advanced to the finals of the Elizabeth Styles Under-21 Tournament of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB).Kevin SinclairThey easily crushed Tucber Park Cricket Club by eight wickets at the Area ‘H’ Ground, while Albion Community Centre Cricket Club was able to fight back against Young Warriors Cricket Club to clinch a semifinal date with archrival Blairmont Community Centre Cricket Club.RHT won the toss and surprisingly elected to field, despite all the players having been involved in the BCB/New York Business Group Under-19 finals less that twelve hours prior.Tucber Park were dismissed for a meagre 104 from 43.2 overs, with only Steve Deonarine (24), Martin Singh (18), and Abdul Ramsammy (11) reaching double figures, as left arm spinners Simon Naidu and Jeremy Sandia took 3 – 14 and 3 – 22, respectively. National Under-19 off-spinner Junior Sinclair had 2 – 18, while Kevin Sinclair claimed 1 – 20.A confident RHT, spearheaded by their captain Sinclair, raced to victory in just 8.5 overs to end on 106 for 2. Kevin cracked a brutal 58 before he was dismissed by Martin Singh with the scores level. He included six huge sixes and four sweetly timed boundaries in his brief innings.His opening partner and fellow national player Junior Sinclair supported with 40 as the pair added 83 for the first wicket in just 5.5 overs.National Under-15 players Mahendra Gopilall and Jonathan Rampersaud eventually took their side over the line.At the Canje Ground, Albion Community Centre Cricket Club were dismissed for 99 in 23.3 overs, with Ramesh Kasinauth (12) and Kevin Umroa (15) being the only batsmen to reach double figures. Dilshan Mc Donald contributed 3 – 13 and Trevon Stanislaus 4 – 11 for the Young Warriors Cricket Club.In response, despite a fighting 26 from national under-19 player Alex Algoo, Young Warriors Cricket Club were bowled out for 45.Left arm Mahendra Chaitnarine had the remarkable figures of 7 – 13 from nine tight overs, while Gourav Ramesh supported with 3 – 18.Albion Community Centre Cricket Club and Blairmont Community Centre Cricket Club will clash on Saturday at the Blairmont Cricket Ground to decide the second finalist.
La Serna (24-3), the Del Rio League champion, will host Walnut in a Division III-A quarterfinal. The No. 2-seeded Lancers eliminated league rival Santa Fe, 57-43, on Saturday. San Antonio League champion Walnut (20-6) advanced after downing Palm Springs, 40-27, in its opener and Orange, 83-53, in the second round. St. Paul (24-2), No. 1 from the Camino Real League and the No. 4 seed in Division III-AA, will play at Oxnard Pacifica (18-9) in a second-round contest. St. Paul opened its title quest with a 70-32 rout of Savanna. Pacifica escaped with a 58-56 decision at Righetti. In boys soccer today, La Mirada and La Habra are the only remaining area teams. The Alpha League champion Heralds (21-6) advanced with a 61-22 victory over Mojave on Saturday. Desert Christian (19-3) defeated Holy Martyrs, 56-37. The Heralds and the Knights had opening-round byes. Three girls basketball games and a pair of boys soccer contests make up today’s CIF-Southern Section playoff area teams schedule. Whittier Christian’s girls, seeded No. 1, are on the road to play Lancaster Desert Christian in a Division V-AA quarterfinal. La Mirada (20-5-1), Suburban League runner-up, is on the road to play San Gabriel Valley League champion Paramount (12-3-9). La Mirada ousted Santa Fe, 4-1. Paramount advanced with a 2-1 squeaker over wild-card winner Crescenta Valley. La Habra (24-5-1), No. 2 from the Freeway League, also is on the road against Miramonte League champion Diamond Ranch (12-2-5). La Habra got by wild-card winner Arcadia, 2-1, while Diamond Ranch eliminated wild-card winner California, 4-2. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!