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Pacific soccer Top 10s; baseball, softball, track Fine Fives

Following the DODDS Japan and Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference soccer tournaments, here are Stars and Stripes' Pacific high school Top 10 teams in boys and girls soccer, goal-scoring leaders with players' division level in parentheses and the Fine Five teams in baseball, softball and track and field:

Boys soccer Top 10

1. Christian Academy Japan (8-1). They leap Seoul Foreign, which lost its regular-season finale.
2. Seoul Foreign (12-1). Gained top seed in KAIAC tournament despite loss to Falcons, win KAIAC title.
3. Seoul American (12-2). What do the Falcons have to do to win a KAIAC tournament final?
4. Kadena (10-2-1). Panthers right the ship with big win over Misato Tech.
5. Matthew C. Perry (13-3-1). Lange and Lange father-son tandem capture first DODDS Japan tournament.
6. Kubasaki (6-3-1). Good play continues with a win over Konan.
7. Nile C. Kinnick (8-5-1). Rebounded nicely to reach DODDS Japan tournament final.
8. Yongsan International-Seoul (7-5-2). Won't attend Far East Division II this year, so Guardians' season ends.
9. Taejon Christian International (7-6-2). Minus Paul Bin, now in the States, Dragons struggled to score.
10. Seoul International (8-1). Captures title in KAIAC Red Division Tournament.

Scoring leaders (at least 10 goals to be eligible)
Gaku Lange, Perry, 33 (II)
HoKyong Adkins, SAHS, 27 (I)
Jacob Son, Gyeonggi Suwon International, 25(II)
JoJo Byrnes, Zama, 21 (II)
Yuji Callahan, Kadena, 17 (I)
Gary Kim, SIS, 15 (II)
Lawrence Yamaguchi, CAJ, 15 (I)
Ben Cook, Zama, 13 (II)
Manasseh Nartey, Humphreys, 12 (II)
Henry Faivre, Daegu, 11 (II)
Jason Lee, SAHS, 11 (I)
Thomas McGrath, King, 11 (II)
Gary Kim, Seoul International, 11 (II)
Devon Rodriguez, Kubasaki, 11 (I)
Francesco Luraschi, SFS, 10 (I)
Armaan Amin-Javaheri, SFS, 10 (I)
Andrew Clark, SAHS, 10 (I)
Simon Nutter, SAHS, 10 (I)
Kyle Smoker, CAJ, 10 (I)
 

Girls soccer Top 10

1. Kinnick (13-0-1). Solid run to second straight DODDS Japan tournament title.
2. Seoul Foreign (16-2-2). Equally solid run to KAIAC tournament title three-peat.
3. American School In Japan (5-1). Could be on collision course with Kinnick in Far East D-I final.
4. Yongsan (8-2-1). Guardians were the only team to hang a loss on SFS in the regular season.
5. Guam (4-1-1). Did well to split with Guam's powerhouses Notre Dame, Southern.
6. Kadena (6-3-1). Will the lone goal in Wednesday's match with Kubasaki come in the 73rd minute again?.
7. Kubasaki (4-2). Wednesday's match with Kadena will decide season series.
8. Perry (11-4-1). Weekend series with Zama could be Far East D-II preview.
9. Osan  (8-6-1). Third-place finish in KAIAC tournament makes Cougars 8-2-1 in last nine matches.
10. Yokota (8-5-2). Panthers took some major steps in DODDS Japan tournament; defense is this team's strength.

Goal scorers; (at least 10 to be eligible)
Michelle Richardson, Seoul Foreign, 31 (I)
Kaile Johnson, Kinnick, 30 (I)
June Sohn, Yongsan, 19 (II)
Katey Helwick, ASIJ, 18 (I)
Jessie Gamez, Seoul American, 17 (I)
Kayla Kinney, Guam, 18 (I)
Andrea Carandang, Osan, 15 (II)
Hedvig Holmberg, Yongsan, 15 (II)
Haley Mitchell, Kinnick, 14 (I)
Bobbi Hill, Perry, 13 (II)
Nina Bernhardt, Seoul Foreign, 11 (I)
Gentry Miller, Taejon Christian, 10 (I)
 

Baseball Fine Five

1. ASIJ. They asked the same question last year, but who can stop these guys?
2. Kadena. Only needs a win in Tuesday's fourth and final regular-season game for their first district title since 2005 against …
3. Kubasaki. A win Tuesday would level the season series 2-2, but Dragons would win district via run differential.
4. Kinnick. One of four potential district champions in Pool A of Far East baseball, a "group of death" if there ever was one.
5. Robert D. Edgren. Next mission: Go for that Far East Division II Tournament title three-peat.
 

Softball Fine Five

1. Kadena. Made a resounding statement in Tokyo with sweep at Mustang Valley.
2. ASIJ. Saw first-hand why Kadena has been the premier Far East-era team.
3. Kinnick. Trying to address pitching depth before Far East.
4. Kubasaki. They'll have their hands full at districts, if Kadena's visit to ASIJ was an indicator.
5. Seoul American. Makeup of postponed games at Osan possible for Wednesday.


Track and field Fine Five

1. Kubasaki. Last-chance qualifying meet halted by rain last Thursday.
2. ASIJ. Watch the Mustangs and Red Devils play leapfrog the rest of the way.
3. Kinnick. Probably has the Pacific's strongest girls lineup top-to-bottom.
4. Kadena. Jazmyn Sharper is very much the sharp one in throwing events.
5. George Washington, Guam. Five more meets, but won't be at Far East.

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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.)

 

Oct. 24: Dave Ornauer talks about cross country, football and other Pacific sporting events occurring this weekend.

Oct. 17: The Nile C. Kinnick football team can ensure its fans have good seats for the Far East Division I final with a win over Kadena on Saturday.

Oct. 3: Dave Ornauer talks about the weekend's key football matchups, including Matthew C. Perry at American School In Japan.