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Coming soon: Pacific high school basketball "best five" of the last quarter century

Goodfellow's suggestion has created an inspiration.

Come January, keep an eye out here for Ornauer's Pacific high school basketball "best five" players on DODDS and international school teams of the last 25 years, or since Ornauer began covering Pacific high school athletics in February 1982.

Happy Holidays to SportsBlog Nation!

To all in SportsBlog Nation, a very Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, a belated Happy Hanukkah and a Happy soon-to-be New Year!

Straight from ORNY's heart, a personal note of thanks to all who have helped get SportsBlog off the ground and made it the "No-Hate Zone" which it was intended to be.

Guam High grapplers keep up their championship run

So, how well will a third straight All-Island championship translate to a Far East wrestling tournament title run for Guam High?

We'll find out come Feb. 13-16 at Camp Foster, Okinawa. But given the Panthers' fourth-place Far East tournament individual freestyle team finish and sixth place in the dual meet tournament last year, don't be surprised if the Panthers challenge for the whole shooting match.

Pacific high school basketball ratings, Christmas Eve editions

Happy holidays to all, whichever one you celebrate.

Here are the final Pacific high school basketball ratings for 2007.

Pacific high school basketball ratings, Dec. 10 edition

OK, campers,by popular demand, the first edition of Ornauer's basketball ratings since the 1999-2000 season.

We'll experiment with it here first, and if it proves popular enough, we'll see about getting it in the print edition.

Zama enjoys fine basketball breakout

One would think Zama American's boys basketball team would be rebuilding. After all, coach Tom Allensworth lost eight of the 10 players who suited up for last year's Far East Class AA tournament, which ended in fourth-place heartbreak after a 34-0 start to the season.

But how 'bout them Trojans?

Hail Quallio and Baldevia, Athletes of the Quarter!

A big tip to the hat to juniors Andrew Quallio of Zama American and Celine Baldevia of Osan American, Stars and Stripes' Athletes of the Quarter.

Quallio's feats may have been expected. He came to Zama last spring with a strong pedigree, ninth place in the 2006 Florida 4-A championships running for Sandalwood High.

Yokota, Seoul look strong in wrestling openers

Quite a nice start to the season for Far East wrestling champions, past and present.

Robert D. Edgren's Andrew Blankenship and Kevin McDonald, the latter a 2006 168-pound gold medalist, won gold at 180 and 215 pounds, while defending Far East champ David Heitstuman of E.J. King (141) and Justin Stokes of Seoul American (168) showed they still "got it."

Army has its day on flag gridiron

Navy may have held sway in the 108th Army-Navy game at Baltimore, but Army continues to reign king on the Pacific flag gridiron.

Army went 3-1 last Saturday, beating Navy 14-8 at South Korea's Yongsan Garrison, 13-7 at Camp Zama, Japan, and 40-21 at Okinawa's Torii Station. Only at Blue Jacket Field at "Big Navy" on Guam did the sailors prevail, 28-0 over the Guam Army National Guard.

 
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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.)

 

Aug. 29: High school football is back and Dave talks about the prospects of DODDS teams in Japan.

May 30: Recapping ASIJ's and Zama's Far East baseball championships that capped the Pacific high school sports school year.

May 23: A look back at the Far East track championships and a look ahead at the ongoing baseball finals.