Botany Downs claim NZSS Junior Baseball title

The New Zealand Secondary School Junior Baseball Championships were held this week at Lloyd Elsmore Park. In the final, One Tree Hill College made things interesting early on by scoring first and playing great defence, but Botany Downs Secondary College proved to be too strong as they came back and won 12-2 to claim their second consecutive championship. Taylor Irwin pitched 3 innings and gave up 1 run on 3 hits to go with 9 strikeouts to earn top pitcher and MVP honours and Ryan Houghton had a triple and…

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High-achieving student earns Japanese university scholarship

Eastern Courier: Pakuranga College Year 12 student Kazuma Nakano has recently been admitted to the University of Tokyo on a full scholarship. The teenager is “honestly privileged” about receiving the scholarship because it’s awarded to up to 10 students worldwide, and will cover the admission fee, tuition, and living expenses for up to four consecutive years. “Getting admitted to the University of Tokyo is a challenge on it’s own, so I wasn’t expecting it,” Kazuma says. A baseball tour to Arizona in the United States last October and a Model…

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BDSC claim NZSS Senior Baseball title

Botany Downs Secondary College have claimed the NZSS Senior Baseball title for the second year in a row. Their semi-final against Glendowie College ended in a nail-biting tie-breaker after a 9-9 draw, then they took on Auckland Grammar School in the final. A very close game, but BDSC managed to claim an 8-4 win to be named back-to-back Champions. Tuku Repia from BDSC also took a clean sweep of the individual awards to be named Best Pitcher, Best Batter, and overall MVP for the Tournament.

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