Athletes battle each other and rain at CANUSA start

Day one of competition in the 55th CANUSA Games got underway between host Flint, Mich., and Hamilton on Friday (Aug.10), despite some interruptions caused by rain. The annual completions alternate between the two cities each year.

In baseball, Flint scored a 9-6 win in the 12 and under division. Played indoors at Genesse Field, Hamilton rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh but came up short. Kris Nichols led the rally with a bases-loaded triple, and scored twice. Nichols also pitched four innings, recording seven strike outs. Luis Sandoval went for 2-for-2 for Hamilton with a double and a triple.

The 14 and under, 16 and under; and 18 and under were cancelled because of weather conditions

In boys basketball, Flint was victorious, 22-16 in the 10and under division. Jacob Miraldo and Cale Calura scored six points each for Hamilton while J. Carpenter had seven and N. Brown had six for Flint. In 11U play, Flint posted a 50-23 win. Pacing Hamilton were Diar Alkady with eight points; Kirk Rosos had four and Hezzy Dhuman had three. Flint was led by K. Rice with nine points and M. Davis had seven. Flint also won 57-36 in 12U action. Kevaugh Ellis had 10 points for the visitors with Antoine Vernon adding eight and Jarron Loglova dropping in five. Tops for Flint was J.Roberts with 13 points while M.Conair had 10.

Hamilton took a 93-80 decision in 13U sparked by Nicholas Caglia’s 21 points. Rueadale Williams had 15. Flint took the 14U game, 74-53, with Andy Ngobila-Monga scoring 13 points and Tulha Cheema had 10. Hamilton picked up an 81-66 win in the 15U game with Mirza Mujkonaic scoring 12, and Mohan Kazi scoring 10.

Flint rebounded for a 76-57 win in the 16/17U contest. Hamilton got 11 points from Delmar Page.

In girls basketball, Flint took three games – 39-13 in 13U; 68-14 in 14U; and 58-24 in 16U.

Flag football saw Flint take three games – 41-12 in 12U boys; 31-12 in 14U girls; and 33-7 in boys 14U. Hamilton¹s Austin Zelic threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Joey Crouse in the 14U game.

In boys soccer, the 14U division ended in a scoreless draw. Hamilton claimed a 2-0 win in the 16U division with Bryan Heyens and Luis Lopera scoring. Hamilton took a 5-0 game in the 18U class with Matt Hanson scoring three goals. Christopher Couto and Jerrard Putt had Hamilton’s other goals. The shutout went to Jordan Harink.

In girls soccer, Flint blanked their guests 8-0 in 12U play and claimed a 9-1 victory in 16U play.

Softball was cancelled because of weather conditions.

Girls track and field action in the 12-13 division, saw Hamilton’s Jasmine Aguilar-Shadrick take first (4 feet, 7 inches) in the high jump. In the 800 run, Aguilar-Shadrick was first (2:57.64) while third went to teammate Lanyjai Scott (3:11.70). The dash saw Angelique Derovin-Johnson place second (30.37). In the 14-15 class, Leigh Janssen was second (28.14). In the 16-17 100 hurdles, in record time, was Naomi Ashley taking first (14.23) with Janssen placing second (16.43).

The 4 X 400 Relay for 16-17 age runners went to Hamilton’s Nicole Sobolewski, Ashley, Aquilar-Sheldrick, and Janssen (4:55.84).

In boys track and field, in the 9-11 group, Hamilton’s Marcel Phillips was third (21 feet, 0 inches) in the shot. The long jump went to Hamilton’s Samuel Cooper (12 feet, 10 1/4 inches) with Marcel Phillips taking third (11 feet, 8 inches). The 800 Run was won by Jay Heidebrecht (2:55.69) with teammate Samuel Cooper finishing second (2:59.97). Nickalys took second in the 200 Dash (30:85).

In the 12-13 shot, Christian Janzen was third (39 feet, 9 inches). He placed second in the long jump (14 feet, 11 1/2 inches) while third went to Nelson Kabiscso (14 feet, 3 inches). The 800 was won by Devon Smith (2.39.16). And in the 200 Dash, Smith came in first (25.18) with Nelson Kzabiscso taking second (27.12).

In the 14-15 long jump, third went to Thomas Jack (17 feet, 6 1/4 inches) while Eric Heidebrecht placed first in the 800 run(2.14.72).

Claiming the 16-17 Shot was Josh Janzen (46 feet, 6 inches) and Tim Troback took thirds in the long Jump (15 feet, 11 inches) and in the 110 Hurdles (18.46). In the 3,000 run, Eric Heidebrecht was second (10.41.42). A second place finish went to Colten Mason, Thomas Jack, Sam Bleakney, Joshua Janzen) in the 4×400 relay (4.14.62).

Volleyball action saw Flint take three of four games in the 16U division, 19-25; 14-25 Flint, and 14-25, with Hamilton winning 25-17.

Play concludes today.