David Browne

David Browne

Browne takes honors at 23rd Dolphin Derby

St. Thomas’ David Browne and the St. Thomas boat “Lekker” took top honors from this weekend’s 23rd annual Dolphin Derby fishing tournament, which concluded Sunday.

Browne claimed the Top Angler award after landing a 29.87-pound dolphin (mahi-mahi) south of St. John aboard the “Lekker,” a 33-foot Hydrasport captained by Justin Tyrell, who earned the tournament’s Best Boat award with a total catch of 74.72 pounds.

While a winning catch, Browne missed out on the tournament’s top prize — a $25,000 bonus to the angler landing a dolphin weighing 55 or more pounds.

Mark Brady had the day’s second-biggest catch, landing a 25.90-pound dolphin on “Family Ties,” which also had the No. 3 catch, a 22.93-pounder from David Keesacker. “Lekker” also had two other top-five catches, by Jeremy Austin (fourth best at 17.85 pounds) and Mario Austin (No. 5 at 14.44 pounds).

St. Thomas teen falters on Day 2 of European regatta

St. Thomas’ Julian van den Driessche faltered slightly Tuesday, but still remained in the top 40 after the second day of racing in the 2019 Laser 4.7 Youth European Championships, being held in Hyeres, France.

Van den Driessche, 17, finished 11th and 15th in his two starts Tuesday, and dropped into a tie for 38th place with 30 points each with Italy’s Claudio De Fontes, who finished 11th and fifth in his two starts. Van den Driessche was tied for 23rd after the first day, while De Fontes was tied for 51st.

Holland’s Paul Hameeteman posted a pair of wins Tuesday to take the overall lead with three points, with Greece’s Georgios Papadakos one point back in second. Poland’s Przemyslaw Machowski and Croatia’s Roko Stipanovic were tied for third with five points, with Greece’s Alexandros Papadimitriou fifth with six points.

One more round of qualifying races will be held today, with the 267-boat field broken down into fleets for the final three days of races. The European Championships conclude Saturday.

St. Thomas wins elementary boys all-star soccer tourney

A team of St. Thomas elementary school players shut out their St. Croix counterparts twice on Saturday to claim the U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Association’s elementary boys all-star tournament championship on St. Croix.

The St. Thomas All-Stars won the opening match at the USVISA soccer complex by a 3-0 score, then claimed the title in the best-of-three series with another shutout, winning Game 2 by a 5-0 score.

In the first game, St. Thomas had goals from Jean Wilson Cinthima, Pedro Rodriquez and Alejo Di Blasi. In the second game, Cinthima and Keaton Hill scored two goals each, and Rodriquez added a goal.

Beach-to-Beach Power Swim set for Sunday

Registration is still open for the 2019 Beach-to-Beach Power Swim, scheduled for Sunday on St. John.

The open-water swim race will be held on three different courses, with all races beginning at Maho Beach at 8 a.m.

The Short Course races will swim a one-mile route from Maho Beach to Cinnamon Beach, the Intermediate Course races will cover a 2.25-mile route from Maho Beach to Trunk Beach, and the Long Course races will have a 3.5-mile route from Maho Beach to Hawksnest Beach.

Registration will be limited to 350 swimmers, with the signup deadline 11:59 p.m. Friday or when the limit is reached. Participants can register online at www.webscorer.com.

Participants can also enter in person at the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park stores at Mongoose Junction and the National Park Visitors Center in Cruz Bay, at Connections in Cruz Bay and Coral Bay, at the Caribbean Surf Co. stores in Havensight and Red Hook on St. Thomas, and at SCUBA in Christiansted, St. Croix.

A pre-race meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Pavilion at Trunk Bay, with all rules covered in detail. A short briefing will also be held the day of the race at 7:30 a.m.

For more information, visit www.friendsvinp.org/swim, call 340-779-4940 or email info@friendsvinp.org.

USVISA to hold camp for women’s national team

The U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Association will hold its camp for the women’s national team this weekend on St. Croix.

The camp will be held Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the USVISA soccer complex in Bethlehem.

Players ages 14 and up (and with a valid United States passport) are eligible to take part in the training camp, from which players will be selected to take part in two upcoming CONCACAF tournaments.

Teams are being formed for the USVI’s participation in the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship, which will be played in August; and the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers, set for October and November.

Interested participants in the training camp must call 515-302-1208 and register by Saturday.

Training sessions have been scheduled on both St. Croix and St. Thomas. On St. Croix, the sessions are held Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Free Will Baptist School field, while on St. Thomas, sessions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Virgin Islands Montessori School field.

For more information, call 515-302-1208, 682-560-1346 or 340-719-9707, or email usvisoccer@gmail.com.

Zero Tolerance league signups underway

Registration for teams wishing to play in the Zero Tolerance summer basketball leagues is underway, with plans to begin play on May 31.

Coaches wishing to enter teams in the 9-12, 13-15 or 16-18 age group leagues should call 340-774-2640 or 340-626-4420 to register both their teams and players.

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USVISA recruiting players for U-15 boys national team

The U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Association has begun a recruitment drive for players for its under-15 boys national team, which will compete in the CONCACAF Under-15 Championships this summer.

Prospective players must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 2004, must have a valid United States passport, and must attend the weekly training sessions that will be held on both St. Croix and St. Thomas.

Training sessions will be held on St. Croix at the USVISA field at 23-1 Bethlehem in Kingshill on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning at 5 p.m.; and on St. Thomas at the Antilles School field on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 5 p.m.

For more information, call 340-643-5837 or 340-719-9707, or email usvisoccer@gmail.com.

USVISA to host CONCACAF ‘D’ coaches license course

The U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Association will play host to a Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) D-level coaching license course in the near future.

The D-level license is the lowest level coaching license available in CONCACAF, intended for coaches working at the lower levels in soccer, such as with youth programs and school teams.

The CONCACAF course is open to all clubs, physical education teachers and soccer enthusiasts in the territories.

Space for the coaching license course is limited, so register early. The date and location of the course will be announced at a later date.

To register or for more information, call 340-719-9707 or email usvisoccerassociation@gmail.com.