GUYANA’S top female badminton player, Priyanna Ramdhani, rallied her way to three gold medals on the final day of the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Junior U-19 International Championships, which took place on Sunday in St. Michael, Barbados. The 2018 NSC Junior Sportswoman of the Year, who was an U-17 triple champion last year, proved that she had what it takes to beat the best at the U-19 level this year.Two of her victories were doubles, while she also powered her way to the singles title.In the Ladies U-19 Singles final, the 17-year-old defeated Imani Mangroe of Suriname, 2-1, in a three-set thriller.She easily won the opener 21-8, but the Surinamese player fought back to even the game (18-21), before the Guyanese closed out the victory at 21-17.Priyanna also won gold with Tyrese Jeffery in the Mix Doubles final. The Guyanese pair defeated Barbadians Dominick Scantlebury & Sobers Robyn (21-11, 21-9).For her other gold medal, Ramdhani teamed up with Trinidadian Chequeda De Boulet to defeat Mangroe and Chaista Soemodipoero of Suriname (21-18, 21-11).Along with the three gold medals, Guyana gained a bronze when Jeffrey and Akili Haynes teamed up in the U-19 Men’s Doubles.According to president of the Guyana Badminton Association, Gokarn Ramdhani, who incidentally is Priyanna’s father: “The (Guyanese) players were very focused and their determination were only to win.” The older Ramdhani added, in a release, that the side prepared well and he was happy to see the association’s training methods executed on the court.“It was a very proud moment for us when the Guyanese National Anthem was played three times for the three gold.”The competition continues today with the senior championships.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The most decorated men’s basketball player in University of Central Arkansas history will get to represent the Purple and Gray one more time at the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) Reese’s College All-Star Game on Friday in conjunction with the NCAA Final Four.UCA graduate Jordan Howard was one of 20 players named to the All-Star teams and will compete at 3:35 p.m. Friday at San Antonio’s Alamodome on CBS Sports Network.”This is definitely a special honor and I’m extremely blessed and thankful to be able to be noticed enough to be invited to such a special event,’ said Howard. “This is huge not only for me but the university as well, to be able to represent UCA one last time will be really special for myself and my team as well. It’s a reward that I definitely don’t take for granted, and a really cool way to cap off the career.’ Howard, the career scoring leader at UCA and in Arkansas Division I history, will play for the East All-Stars, coached by Yale University head coach James Jones. His brother Joe Jones from Boston University will coach the West team. Howard is joined on the team by players from Creighton, Clemson, UCLA, TCU, Bucknell, Davidson, Colorado, Winthrop and St. Bonaventure.Howard, the Southland Conference Player of the Year for 2017-18, is the career three-point leader in the SLC, at UCA and in Arkansas Division I with 384 career three-pointers. He set UCA records for career points (2,524), career free throws (558) and free-throw percentage (86.8), season three-pointers (113) and season points (880).Howard scored in double figures in 120 of his 124 career games at UCA and made at least one three-pointer in 120 of 124 games. He led the SLC in scoring this season at 25.1 points per game led the nation in total points scored at 880. Howard was the active career scoring leader in the NCAA and was second in three-pointers.