Midweek blues: Things learned, observed in Pacific high school sports winter Week 11.0.
It appears as if the Seoul American at Yongsan International-Seoul boys basketball game last Saturday, in which the Guardians won 67-62 in overtime after the regular referees assigned to do the game didn’t show, will stand as a Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference game, Seoul American’s athletic director Don Hedgpath said Wednesday.
Two certified refs not affiliated with either school or the United Services For Korea Officials Association refereed the game. YIS-Seoul’s coach, athletics director and KAIAC commissioner Daniel Hale said the result would stand and that both he and Falcons coach Steve Boyd agreed it would count as a league game. Boyd disputed that, saying that the game could not be official without regular USFKOA referees to sign off on the book after the game, and that he never agreed that it would count as a league game.
The DODDS Japan basketball tournaments for boys and girls, scheduled to begin Thursday at Robert D. Edgren, have been delayed a day because of Wednesday’s snowfall in Tokyo. Yokota’s, Zama American’s and Nile C. Kinnick’s teams will depart at 8 a.m. Thursday and play will begin in a straight double-elimination tournament on Friday at 10 a.m. at the high school and middle school gyms. Kinnick's girls and Zama's boys are the top seeds entering Friday's play.
On Okinawa, the final Okinawa Activities Council regular-season wrestling dual meet pitting Kubasaki at Kadena has been canceled. DODDS Pacific spokesman Charly Hoff said the postponement is precautionary. Two wrestlers at Kubasaki, Hoff said, were diagnosed with a staph infection, which can be spread by contact, and that wrestling poses unique risks both from contact with other wrestlers and the mat surface. “We are following guidance provided by military health officials on ways to mitigate health risks including disinfecting surfaces, limiting physical contact, etc.,” Hoff said.