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11th API cross-country meet: Shorter course?

Slight modifications to the Asia-Pacific Invitational cross-country meet course from a year ago created a slightly easier race last Friday but “also probably shortening it,” according to a longtime Far East cross-country observer.

Bruce Carrick, a longtime Tokyo-based cross-country and track and field watcher, said the course, on the campus of John F. Kennedy High School in Upper Tumon, Guam, is listed at 5,000 meters, but the times of the field suggest that it was “200 or more meters short.”

Pacific prep football Week 9 Top Ten, Fearless Forecast, grid honors

Week 9 Top Ten
 

The Top Ten teams in the Stars and Stripes' Pacific high school football ratings, with records through Oct. 11, points and last week’s rating, as compiled by Dave Ornauer. Ratings are based on teams' win-loss records, quality of wins, strength of roster, schedule and leagues, point differential and team and individual statistics. Maximum rating is 500 points:
                                                              Record   Pts  Pvs
1. Kubasaki                                                4-1     460    3
2. George Washington, Guam              5-0     456    2
3. John F. Kennedy, Guam                    6-1     448    5
4. Nile C. Kinnick                                     5-1     444    1
5. Kadena                                                   3-2     440    4
6. American School In Japan               4-1     436    7
7. Daegu                                                     5-0     432    6
8. Father Duenas Memorial, Guam    5-2     412    8
9. Matthew C. Perry                                4-1     388    9
10. Okkodo, Guam                                   4-2     380   10
 

Fearless Forecast
 

Okinawa District Volleyball Festival canceled due to Vongfong

Aside from the weather and safety effects from the approach and proximity of Super Typhoon Vongfong, the DODDS Okinawa District Volleyball Festival scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Kadena Air Base’s Risner Fitness & Sports Complex has been canceled. Vongfong is projected to pass just east of Okinawa late Saturday.

Pacific prep football Week 8 Top Ten, Fearless Forecast, Week 7 honors

Week 8 Top Ten

The Top Ten teams in the Stars and Stripes' Pacific high school football ratings, with records through Oct. 4, points and last week’s rating, as compiled by Dave Ornauer. Ratings are based on teams' win-loss records, quality of wins, strength of roster, schedule and leagues, point differential and team and individual statistics. Maximum rating is 500 points:
                                                              Record   Pts  Pvs
1. Nile C. Kinnick                                       5-0     468    1
2. George Washington, Guam                 5-0     456    2
3. Kubasaki                                                3-1     452    3
4. Kadena                                                   3-1     436    4
5. John F. Kennedy, Guam                     5-1     432    5
6. Daegu                                                    4-0     428    6
7. American School In Japan                  3-1     400    9
8. Father Duenas Memorial, Guam       4-2     396    7
9. Matthew C. Perry                                3-1     376    8
10. Okkodo, Guam                                   3-2     372   10

Week 8 Fearless Forecast

Vongfong causes schedule changes

Typhoon Vongfong’s effects have spilled over into the Pacific high school sports arena, with two big events changing dates.

Guam’s all-island cross-country finals, originally scheduled for Monday, have been pushed back to Wednesday at Guam International Raceway Park, following Vongfong’s passing north of the island on Monday. Start time is 4:30 p.m.

And with Vongfong on target to pass east of Okinawa come the weekend, DODDS officials announced that Friday’s Kubasaki at Kadena football game, crucial in determining Far East Division I title-game berths, will be played a day earlier, Thursday, at 6 p.m. at Ryukyu Middle School.

Top 10 list, forecast for Pacific football Week 7

The Top Ten

The Top Ten teams in the Stars and Stripes' Pacific high school football ratings, with records through Sept. 27, points and last week’s rating, as compiled by Dave Ornauer. Ratings are based on teams' win-loss records, quality of wins, strength of roster, schedule and leagues, point differential and team and individual statistics. Maximum rating is 500 points:
                                                  Record   Pts  Pvs
1. Nile C. Kinnick                           4-0     464    2
2. George Washington, Guam                   4-0     452    3
3. Kubasaki                                  2-1     448    4
4. Kadena                                    3-1     436    1
5. John F. Kennedy, Guam                     5-1     432    5
6. Daegu                                     3-0     424    6
7. Father Duenas, Guam                       4-1     412    7
8. Matthew C. Perry                          3-0     392    8
9. American School In Japan                  2-1     388   --
10. Okkodo, Guam                             2-2     356   --
 

Week 7 Fearless Forecast

Ex-Pacific strikers faring well on college pitches

An update on a pair of former Pacific high school soccer stars who are giving a boost to their respective college soccer teams: former Kadena striker Stan Schrock (Class of 2010) and ex-American School In Japan scorer Tod Kawada, who graduated last June:

Schrock has gone from walk-on to scholarship to team captain during his tenure as a Maverick, and got special recognition for his defensive skills from CMU’s soccer Web page after last weekend, when the Mavericks went 1-1 during opening weekend of the Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference season. The Mavs beat Colorado Mines in their opener Saturday before losing to UC-Colorado Springs.

Top 10 list debuts; forecast for Pacific football's Week 6

The Top Ten

The Top Ten teams in the Stars and Stripes' Pacific high school football ratings, with records through Sept. 20, points and last season’s final rating, as compiled by Dave Ornauer. Ratings are based on teams' win-loss records, quality of wins, strength of roster, schedule and leagues, point differential and team and individual statistics. Maximum rating is 500 points:
                                                Record   Pts  Pvs
1. Kadena                                         3-0     464    5
2. Nile C. Kinnick                          3-0     456    8
3. George Washington, Guam    3-0     448    9
4. Kubasaki                                     1-1     440    2
5. John F. Kennedy, Guam          4-1     428   --
6. Daegu                                           2-0     416    7
7. Father Duenas, Guam              3-1     404   10
8. Matthew C. Perry                       2-0     392   --
9. Yokota                                           1-2     380   --
10. Simon Sanchez, Guam            2-3     364    4


Week 6 Fearless Forecast

Looking ahead at Pacific high school fall sports Week 6.0

A look ahead at the week to come, key matchups and what folks might expect to see happen in each sport.


Football
Wall to wall and tree-top tall Friday, with five games featuring DODDS teams on tap, plus two more on Saturday, including Division II Perry’s first home game since the 2003 season; the program shut down for 11 years after that. The Samurai entertain Sotoku, a Japanese school out of Hiroshima that the Samurai had played regularly before shuttering; kickoff is 2 p.m. Saturday at Samurai Field.

 
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Ornauer on AFN

 

Stars and Stripes reporter Dave Ornauer talks about the Pacific sports scene on AFN Radio. (Click on right arrow to play file.)

 

Oct. 17: The Nile C. Kinnick football team can ensure its fans have good seats for the Far East Division I final with a win over Kadena on Saturday.

Oct. 3: Dave Ornauer talks about the weekend's key football matchups, including Matthew C. Perry at American School In Japan.

Sept. 12: Dave Ornauer highlights Nile C. Kinnick's win over Zama, 30-0, during high school football last week, discusses other games throughout the Pacific.