The Palarong Panlalawigan 2019 will open this Sunday at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City with athletes from University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos wearing the colors of the Association of Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Association, Inc. (ANOPSSAI).
One of the founding schools of the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association, UNO-R suspended its NOPSSCEA membership this season and opted not to join its sports, cultural, and educational activities.
Instead, UNO-R joined the ANOPSSAI sports competition where it dominated most of the events, earning the privilege to represent the league in the annual Provincial Meet.
“We are glad to have UNO-R with us this year. Their athletes will certainly boost our chances of winning more medals in the provincials,” Pastor Exequiel Guazon, ANOPSAI vice president said.
As champions, UNO-R will represent ANOPSSAI in elementary boys and girls’ athletics, high school girls’ athletics, high school boys and girls’ basketball, 3x3 basketball boys, elementary and high school boys’ football, high school futsal, arnis, taekwondo and swimming.
Three UNO-R table tennis players were also selected to the ANOPSSAI high school table tennis team that will compete in the provincials against NOPSSCEA champions, represented by the VMA Global College, and against the winners from the other congressional areas.
In high school volleyball, three boys and three girls from UNO-R team were also selected to represent ANOPSSAI.
“Our futsal, arnis, taekwondo and swimming teams were uncontested and will automatically represent ANOPSSAI in the provincials,” UNO-R Sports Coordinator Elma Cosas Tejida said.
Aside from the ANOPSSAI competition, UNO-R also joined the Augustinian Schools Athletic Meet (ASAM) 2019 and captured the championship in elementary and high school boys’ football, women’s chess, high school boys and women’s table tennis, and women’s volleyball.
UNO-R settled for first runner-up honors in high school girls’ basketball, men’s chess, men’s volleyball, and men’s table tennis; and second runner-up in high school boys’ basketball and men’s basketball during the ASAM.*
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