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Julian van den Driessche

St. Thomas teen in top 15 at European regatta

Despite having his worst finish of the week, St. Thomas’ Julian van den Driessche vaulted into the top 15 Thursday after four days of racing at the 2019 Laser 4.7 Youth European Championships in Hyeres, France.

The 17-year-old van den Driessche came away with finishes of fifth and 25th in Thursday’s races to climb to 13th in the standings with 79 points. The fifth place was his first top-five finish of the regatta, while the 25th was his worst finish.

Van den Driessche was 36th after Wednesday’s round, in which only one race was held. He finished 10th in that race, his second top-10 finish of the regatta.

Spain’s Ricard Castellvi leads the standings with 37 points, just one ahead of Greece’s Georgios Papadakos (38 points).

Spain’s Manuel Garcia Lorente was third with 44 points, followed by Israel’s Yogev Alcalay (48 points) and Turkey’s Uhut Myriparmak (51 points).

The Laser 4.7 European Championships conclude Saturday.

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.

Beach-to-Beach Power Swim set for Sunday

Registration is underway 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 covere 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.

In each division, swimmers may compete using snorkels, fins and/or exposure suits in a separate “assisted swimmers” category.

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 recruiting players for U-15 boys 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 hold CONCACAF ‘D’ 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.

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 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.

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