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Pacific high school basketball, wrestling ratings

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.

Boys basketball

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.

Girls basketball

Perry boys, Kinnick girls strikers earn national team honors

Matthew C. Perry’s boys and Nile C. Kinnick’s girls soccer teams have received the silver version of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s High School Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award, according to a NSCAA news release.

The reigning four-time Far East Division II Tournament champion Samurai and last year’s Division I runner-up Red Devils earned the awards based on having no players sent off (red cards) and five cautions (yellow cards) or fewer during the course of the 2015 season, the release said.

Yokota baseball player to attend stateside All-American camp

A Yokota senior infielder has been invited to attend a three-day Under Armour Preseason All-American baseball camp featuring more than 400 high school players from around the country Jan. 15-17 at Mesa, Ariz., according to a news release from The Baseball Factory, the event’s sponsor since 1999.

Woody Woodruff is a catcher and infielder who has played baseball in Europe and Asia. He transferred to Yokota from Ramstein, Germany, where he was chosen to the DODDS All-Europe baseball squad.

Ex-Perry striker earns WCC academic honors

Capturing academic honors while in high school, it turns out, was just the start for Gaku Lange, the former striker for Matthew C. Perry’s boys soccer team of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.

Now a sophomore at the University of Pacific in Stockton, Calif., Lange was accorded West Coast Conference All-Academic team honors in his first season of eligibility. Lange, a health, exercise and sports sciences major, started every match and had three goals and an assist for the Tigers, who went 1-15-1 this season.

Basketball camp on tap in April at Iwakuni

Registration is open through Feb. 29 for spots in a basketball camp scheduled over the spring break for youth players throughout the Pacific, an event co-sponsored by the Mainland Basketball Association of Japan and Point Guard College Basketball, organizers said.

The camp is scheduled for April 11-14 during the DODDS spring break at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southwestern Japan. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Fees are $450 for out-of-town participants, $375 for local players and 20,000 yen (about $167) for Japanese players to attend night sessions, which run from 7 to 10 p.m.

Kubasaki’s Daffin taking volleyball game to next level

Bobby Daffin is as dyed-in-the-wool, blue and orange Auburn Tiger as it gets. Starting next fall, he and the rest of his family might have to adjust their allegiences a tad, given where his daughter, Josie, will be headed to college and why she’s headed there.

The Kubasaki senior volleyball middle blocker and two-time Far East champion and All-Star on Wednesday signed a National Letter of Intent to play on full athletic scholarship for Alabama A&M, a Division I school of the Southwestern Athletic Conference in Huntsville, in the northern tiers of Alabama.

Kubasaki, Zama end lengthy Far East cheer title droughts

Good things come to those who wait, the saying goes. In the case of Kubasaki and Zama high school cheerleading, it also meant coming up just short a year ago along with a dose of hard work to take that final step to a championship.

The Dragons came home from last week’s DODDS Pacific Far East cheer camp, clinic and competition with their first Division I team banner since 2005. The Trojans ended an even longer drought, capturing their first cheerleading team title of any kind since 1989.

Final rankings for 2015 Pacific fall sports season

Football Top Ten

The Top Ten teams in the Stars and Stripes' final Pacific high school football ratings, with records through Nov. 7, 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. Father Duenas, Guam                10-0     480    1
2. Kadena                                           6-2     468    5
3. Singapore Falcons                       4-0     456    4
4. Kubasaki                                        6-2     452    2
5. Daegu                                             6-2     444    8
6. Yokota                                            7-2     440    3
7. George Washington, Guam        8-2     436    6
8. Seoul American                            4-3     400    7
9. Matthew C. Perry                         5-3     388    9
10. Guam High                                  5-5     364   10

Grid Honors

Pacific high school football Fearless Forecast #10

Top Ten

The Top Ten teams in the Stars and Stripes' Pacific high school football ratings, with records through Oct. 31, 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. Father Duenas, Guam            10-0     480    1
2. Kubasaki                                    6-1     468    2
3. Yokota                                        7-1     456    3
(tie) Singapore Falcons               4-0     456    4
5. Kadena                                       5-2     452    5
6. George Washington, Guam    8-2     436    6
7. Seoul American                        4-3     400    8
8. Daegu                                        4-2     396    9
9. Matthew C. Perry                    5-3     388    7
10, Guam High                             5-5     364   10

Fearless Forecast

 
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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.)

 

Sept 28:Dave Ornauer is back with the latest on the Pacific sports scene.

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.