With banners high and swords in hand, the Blue Knights emerged on top of 17 other schools in 2017’s Davao Association of Catholic Schools (DACS) Athletic Meet last August 4-8, as they bagged 73 awards in 11 sporting events.

Both the Ateneo volleyball boys and girls spiked away the championship title. The girls demolished Holy Cross of Sasa with straight sets, 3-0, while the boys snatched the title from the defending champions, the University of the Immaculate Conception, in a breaking match, 3-1.

Likewise, the basketball girls claimed the top spot after ending the possible 4-peat victory of Assumption College of Davao, while the boys finished off second place.

Furthermore, the football and futsal teams kicked towards the championship title, counting up to the Blue Knights’ wins.

The swimming team also added jewels to Ateneo’s crown, bringing home 34 golds, 10 silvers, and 6 bronzes.

On the same note, Ateneo’s girls doubles garnered gold in the Secondary Badminton Girls Doubles Event. The taekwondo girls also secured 2 golds in the welterweight and featherweight categories and a bronze in the middle category.

Meanwhile, Ateneo’s table tennis, tennis, and track teams stood on top of the podium, acclaimed as overall champions.

Overwhelmed by the results, Junior High School Sports Coordinator Raphael Claveria commented, “This year’s wins were special because of the new age category in which the Senior High was part of the basic education.”

He also remarked that the inclusion of the Senior High School made the games more competitive and challenging for them since other schools “beefed up their line-ups.”

Hence, Ateneans have already secured their march towards the Davao City Athletic Association (DCAA) Meet on November 6-10, 2017.

(Original article by Jennifer Helyn Saladaga)
Published in The Blue Knight Vol. 69 No. 1 June-October 2017

The Blue Knight is the official student publication of the Ateneo de Davao University Junior High School (AdDU-JHS) and a member of the National Secondary Schools Press Conference (NSPC).