USVI to host FIBA World Cup qualifiers next week

The U.S. Virgin Islands men’s national team will host its final two group-play games next week in the Americas Qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

The USVI, No. 46 in the latest FIBA world rankings, will play 12th-ranked Brazil on Feb. 21 and No. 79 Chile on Feb. 24, with both games taking place at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas.

The starting time for both games is 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for students, $10 for adults and $25 for VIP seating.

The U.S. Virgin Islands is 2-8 in Group F through two rounds of group play, from which 12 teams will be whittled down to seven qualifiers for the FIBA World Cup, being played in China from Aug. 31-Sept. 15.

Already, four teams — defending world and Olympic champion United States, Argentina, Canada and Venezuela — have qualified for the World Cup, with three more spots available.

Brazil (7-3) is third in the Group F standings, with a win over either the USVI or the Dominican Republic (6-4) on Feb. 25 sending them on to China. Like the USVI, Chile is 2-8 in Group F.

Volts varsity boys rout Ss. Peter and Paul

Virgin Islands Montessori’s varsity boys basketball team shut out Ss. Peter and Paul through three quarters en route to a 72-3 victory Wednesday in a St. Thomas-St. John Interscholastic Athletic Association league game.

Patrick Henderson scored a game-high 16 points in just eight minutes, and Austin Sterling Jr. added 13 points for the Volts, who led 21-0 after the first quarter, 36-0 at the half and 51-0 entering the fourth quarter.

Cesar Martinez scored Ss. Peter and Paul’s only points.

USVISA to expand Grassroots program

The U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Association will resume its Saturday Grassroots youth soccer program, with a second location added on St. Thomas.

The Saturday Grassroots program will begin holding sessions at the University of the Virgin Islands’ St. Thomas campus, as well at Smith Bay Ballpark. Sessions are also held on St. Croix at the USVISA offices at 23-1 Estate Bethlehem.

The weekly sessions run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and costs $70 per player, which covers uniforms, refreshments and insurance.

For more information, call 340-719-9709.

Beginners tennis program for adults on St. Croix

The U.S. Tennis Association and Clinical Lab are sponsoring a free program for beginning adults on St. Croix later this month.

The lessons will be held Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 19 at the Tennis Club of St. Croix.

For more information or to register, call or text 340-277-5939.

St. John 8 Tuff Miles road race set for Feb. 23

Registration is underway for the 23rd annual St. John 8 Tuff Miles road race, which will be held Feb. 23 beginning at 7:15 a.m.

The 8.375-mile race runs along St. John’s Centerline Road from Cruz Bay to the finish line in Coral Bay on the east end of St. John.

Participants can register online at, or at three locations: The Tap Room in Cruz Bay on St. John, or at the Caribbean Surf locations at Havensight Mall or in Red Hook on St. Thomas.

The entry fee is $15 for runners age 19-under, $60 for runners age 20-59, and $30 for runners 60-over.

For more information, visit the race website at, or email

37th Women’s Jogger Jam road race set for March 10

Registration is now open for the 37th annual Women’s Jogger Jam road race, scheduled for the afternoon of March 10 on St. Thomas.

The two-mile “girls and women only” race will begin and end in the parking lot of Wheatley Shopping Center in St. Thomas, with the race beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The entry fee is $10 for adults and $3 for children age 18-under through March 9, going up to $12 for both on race day.

Proceeds from the Women’s Jogger Jam go to the Family Resource Center, with sponsor Fruit Bowl donating $5 for every participant crossing the finish line.

Entries are being accepted at the Fruit Bowl in Wheatley Shopping Center, and at the Caribbean Surf Co.’s stores in Havensight Mall and Red Hook Shopping Center.

For more information, call 340-771-3311.

Queen Louise Home golf tourney March 9-10

Entries are now open for the Queen Louise Home for Children charity golf tournament, which will be played March 9-10 at the Buccaneer Golf Course and Carambola Golf Course on St. Croix.

The two-day tournament will have four-player teams competing on each course, with the best combined score taking top honors.

The four-player team entry fee is $1,000, with registration available online at the Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands’ website (

For more information, visit the website, email or call 340-772-4099.

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