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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.

Yokohama’s Howe to play D-I soccer at St. Mary’s

Yokohama has made history in having one of its soccer players, Kai Howe, become the first Dragon in school history to sign a national letter of intent to play for a Division I program in any sport. Howe was among 10 student-athletes announced by St. Mary’s (Calif.) as joining the school’s men’s soccer program.

The Gaels compete in the West Coast Conference, which has two other former Pacific high school products on its teams’ rosters: Haru Kent of American School In Japan plays for Santa Clara (Calif.), while Gaku Lange of Matthew C. Perry plays for the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.

Pacific spring sports ratings, goal-scoring leaders

First crack at rating the top 10 boys and girls soccer teams, plus your Pacific goal-scoring leaders, both decked out in Zama black, maroon and white:

Boys soccer
1. Seoul Foreign (6-0). Playmakers Kai Summers (12 assists) and Daniel Chung (7) helping Crusaders pile up the goals.
2. Kubasaki (4-1-2). Transfer Miles Mahlock (7 assists), lockdown defender Hannibal Parathikoune have Dragons flying high.
3. Christian Academy Japan (0-0). Two matches to open season this week will reveal if they’re the same Knights they’ve always been.
4. Zama (5-0). Imagine the Trojans had they kept Ryan Walls and JoJo Byrnes in addition to having Malik Wilkes fall into their laps.
5. Matthew C. Perry (7-0-1). Still playing solid ball despite not having any players named Lange, Apple or Barker.
6. Seoul American (4-1-3). They’ve gotten younger, but the addition of transfer Niko Russey has already paid dividends.
7. Yongsan (3-2-1). Also younger than in years past, but Terry Lee, Junior Oh and Shutaro Hasumi are doing some good things for Guardians.
8. Kadena (2-2-1). Still competitive, but a much different Panthers unit sans graduated Yuji Callahan.
9. Taejon Christian (2-1-2). So far, so good for Jason Lim and the Dragons.
10. Yokota(3-3-1). That 1-0 loss at E.J. King on Saturday was eyebrow-raising. John Crate off to solid start.

 
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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.)

 

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

April 17: Dave Ornauer highlights the return of a couple cancelled baseball and softball tournaments, while mentioning the weekend's soccer and track happennings.

April 3: There's still action on the diamonds and tracks before DODDS schools take spring breaks.