First stab at rating the Pacific’s high school boys and girls basketball teams and wrestling squads. Through games and dual meets of Wednesday, Jan. 20.
1, Kubasaki (11-0). Survived stern test in Taipei, now look to the Friendship Tournament.
2, Seoul American (9-1). Loss to Humphreys only blemish on Falcons’ ledger; still deepest team in Korea.
3, Humphreys (7-1). One coach calls Blackhawks’ lineup the best in the league.
4, Yokota (13-3). Not the same team it was with Jadan Anderson, but still very strong.
5, Kadena (8-6). Starting to come on strong, had a good weekend in Taipei.
6, George Washington, Guam (5-2). Won the preseason tournament; stunned in season-opening loss.
7, Seoul Foreign (7-1). Handed Blackhawks their lone loss 53-40, but that was six weeks ago.
8, Guam (5-2). Joe Taitano back at helm of Panthers team that reached preseason semis.
9, John F. Kennedy, Guam (4-2). Played for preseason championship against Geckos.
10, American School In Japan (6-3). Opened new year with a thrilling victory over Red Devils.
11, Nile C. Kinnick (9-5). Have shown much brilliance; need more consistency to challenge Japan elite.
12, Okkodo, Guam (5-3). Another preseason semifinal team.
13, Robert D. Edgren (7-3). Very quietly having a strong season and could be a Division II threat.
14, E.J. King (5-4). Came back strong for victory last weekend over Perry.
15, Matthew C. Perry (7-4). Need more consistency to make run at long elusive D-II title.