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Pacific soccer top 10s, goal leaders; baseball, softball, track fine fives

Complete through all regular-season matches:

Soccer

Boys

1. Seoul American (11-1-3). Won KAIAC Blue tournament, swept all three matches from Seoul Foreign.
2. Kubasaki (13-2-3). Stumbled in final match, but all set for Far East.
3. Seoul Foreign (11-3). Won KAIAC Blue regular season before slumping at the end.
4. Matthew C. Perry (13-1-2). Finally had unbeaten streak snapped; Samurai solid now that defense is back together.
5. Christian Academy Japan (6-3-1). Solid 3-0-1 close to regular season.
6. Zama (12-3-2). Shook off mid-season slump, went 6-0-1 to close, won DODDS Japan tournament.
7. Yongsan (8-6-1). Good 3-1 effort to close things out.
8. Kadena (6-10-4). Also closed well, 3-0-1 in final four matches.
9. Taejon Christian (6-4-4). Fell off a bit at the end, but still a respectable season.
10. Yokota (7-10-4). A 2-4-3 finish could have just as easily been 5-4.

Goal scoring leaders
36 — Malik Wilkes, Zama
22 – Justin Hill, Perry
19 – Imani Washington, Kubasaki; John Crate, Yokota
16 – Terry Lee, YIS-Seoul; Vince Ermitano, Perry
14 – Iseiah Washington, Kubasaki; Aidan Lewis, Perry
13 – Francesca Luraschi, SFS; Junta Callahan, Kadena
11 – Huchan Lee, SFS; HoKyong Adkins, SAHS; Tim Davis, Osan
10 – Junior Oh, YIS-Seoul; Kangmin Kim, TCIS; Payton Fowler, Perry

Girls

DODDS senior student-athletes moving up to next level

With graduation fast approaching, several seniors at DODDS schools are committing to play the sports they did in high school at the next level. To wit:

-- Iseiah Washington of Kubasaki plans to play soccer in the fall at Johnson & Wales, an NAIA school in Charlotte, N.C. It will be just the second season the Wildcats are playing soccer, which was added as a sport in 2014, the school’s website said. They play in the United States College Athletic Association.
-- Justin Sego of reigning Far East Division I champion Kadena has committed to play football for Whitworth College, a Division III school in Spokane, Wash., where he was also looked at for baseball. The Pirates play in the Northwest Conference and went 6-4 last season.
-- A pair of graduating Guam All-Island football players have committed to junior colleges in the West. Defensive stalwart Lewis Harris is headed to Pima College of the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference; the Aztecs went 3-8 last season. Offensive star L.J. Aguon will head to Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif.; the Jaguars play in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and went 10-1 last season, beating Santa Monica 43-20 to win the American Bowl for the third straight season.
-- And Harleigh Lewis, the reigning Outstanding Goalkeeper of Far East Division I soccer champion Kubasaki is due to check in at Division III Dubuque on Aug. 18 and make her debut on Sept. 1 against Carthage College. The Spartans play in the Iowa Conference, went 15-4 during the regular season and qualified for the conference tournament for the 12th time in 14 years.

Feel free to comment on any other seniors who are or may be headed to the next level.

Ex-Kadena striker Schrock turns pro

Stan Schrock’s stated goals when he graduated from Kadena in 2010 were to become a sports journalist and to play professional soccer.

The former will likely have to wait. For Schrock, who played four seasons each at Kadena and Division II Colorado Mesa, has joined the Colorado Springs FC Switchbacks, a tier II team in the United Soccer League that serves as the farm club for Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.

Hail Anderson, Weinland, winter Athletes of the Season

Sometimes, a player’s will can be just as important as skill.

The will and determination to capture a championship when having to play five basketball games in a single day, and not only having to play the “one” in a box-and-one defense on the opposing team’s top player, but facing that same defense as well.

Pacific soccer ratings, goal-scoring leaders

Complete through Monday’s matches, the pre-league championship edition:

Boys soccer

1. Seoul Foreign (10-1). Bracing for rematch with Seoul American; has already locked top seed in KAIAC Blue tournament.
2. Kubasaki (8-1-3). Already clinched season series from Kadena.
3. Seoul American (8-1-3). Fully healthy, could make some major noise at KAIAC, Far East.
4. Matthew C. Perry (9-0-1). Next up: attempting a DODDS Japan tournament title repeat.
5. Christian Academy Japan (3-3). Needed a late goal to get past Yokota.
6. Zama (6-3-1). Hoping to rebound at DODDS Japan after two losses to Perry.
7. Taejon Christian (5-2-3). Hoping to close regular season strong against Osan.
8. Yokota (5-6-1). Almost beat CAJ, enjoyed red-letter weekend at Robert D. Edgren.
9. Yongsan (5-5-1). Seeking momentum-building win over Humphreys entering KAIAC tournament.
10. Kadena (3-7-3). Things can only get better for reigning Far East champs.

Goal scoring leaders
25 — Malik Wilkes, Zama
16 —  Terry Lee, YIS-Seoul
12 – Francesco Luraschi, SFS
11 – Huchan Lee, SFS
10 – Imani Washington, Kubasaki; Iseiah Washington, Kubasaki.
11 — Justin Hill, Perry
10 —Vince Ermitano, Perry; John Crate, Yokota.

Girls soccer

Ex-Red Devil Allison earns full ride to play basketball at Campbell

Alyshia Allison, a former Nile C. Kinnick basketball point guard who helped lead the Red Devils to the 2013 Far East Division I Tournament title, has signed a national letter of intent and earned a full-ride scholarship to play for Campbell University, a Baptist school in Buies Creek, N.C.

Campbell coach Wanda Watkins confirmed the scholarship offer in a phone call by Stripes to the women’s basketball coaching staff.

Kubasaki’s Mitchell now an Arizona Wildcat

Jarrett Mitchell, Kubasaki Class of 2014 and the school’s career rushing leader in the Far East playoff era with 3,970 yards on 357 carries, played in the University of Arizona’s spring football game and was listed as a redshirt freshman in the school’s press release on the game.

Check out this link as well. Click on Arizona spring game highlights, watch from 2:18 as he scores that touchdown.

Pacific baseball, softball, track fine fives

First crack at rating the Pacific’s baseball, softball and track teams.

Baseball

1, Kadena. Finally got those signature wins over American School In Japan.
2, Zama. Got its first win over ASIJ since 1988 in a doubleheader split.
3, American School In Japan. Much younger, but still plenty of firepower.
4, Yokota. Solid collection of arms.
5 (tie), Osan and Seoul American, South Korea. Top of the line in an otherwise young league.

Softball

Pacific soccer ratings, goal-scoring leaders

Something of an eyebrow raiser in the boys ratings, plus your Pacific goal-scoring leaders; list complete through Saturday’s matches:

Boys soccer
1. Seoul Foreign (9-1). Despite loss to Seoul American, Crusaders maintain tenuous hold on top rank.
2. Kubasaki, Okinawa (7-1-2). Successful road trips to Korea, Japan have Dragons knocking at the door.
3. Seoul American (5-1-3). Surprising win over Seoul Foreign vaults the Falcons three spots.
4. Matthew C. Perry, Japan (7-0-1). They resume this weekend against Zama.
5. Christian Academy Japan (2-2). Uncharacteristic start for what’s nominally been a Division I power.
6. Zama, Japan (6-1). Stumbled once; freshman flash Malik Wilkes has been handcuffed the last two matches.
7. Taejon Christian (4-2-3). Fairly even stretch for the Dragons.
8. Yongsan (5-4-1). Same situation for Guardians.
9. Kadena, Okinawa (3-6-3). Times get tougher for reigning D-I champions.
10. Yokota (3-5-1). Times haven’t been good for this brand of Panthers, too.

 
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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.)

 

May 22:Yokota has dominated in first year at D-II spring championsihps.

May 8: Dave Ornauer highlights a few athletes who are participating in the Kanto Plains track and field finals Saturday.

April 24: Dave Ornauer highlights the DODDS Japan soccer tournament with Zama taking aim at the title.