Last week: John Robinson is a 5-foot-11 guard who, in the words of Patch head coach Brad Rehwaldt, “plays bigger than that.”
He certainly has so far this season.
A two-year junior varsity star, the junior guard has improbably been even more effective at the higher level. His 19 points and eight rebounds Saturday at Kaiserslautern sparked the Panthers to an encouraging early win over a fellow Division I power; the effort has also netted Robinson recognition as Stars and Stripes male Athlete of the Week.
Rehwaldt spent the last two seasons coaching Robinson on the JV squad before they both made the leap this year.
“He’s picked up his game over the last year,” Rehwaldt said, citing ball-handling, rebounding and leadership among Robinson’s various strengths. “I always knew he had the ability to do that.
“He’s just a well-rounded player.”
Last week: When her point guard was lost to foul trouble, Tenia Strobridge stepped in.
A 5-foot-10 post player who inflicts most of her damage from the low block, the Sigonella junior took a lead role in handling the ball and initiating the Jaguar offense in Friday’s season opener against Marymount International. The results: 15 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and nine steals in a 45-30 win.
“She did what was necessary,” first-year Sigonella head coach Michelle Chandler said. “That’s the kind of player she is.”
Another kind of player Strobridge is: the Stars and Stripes female Athlete of the Week.
The junior, a three-year varsity force at Sigonella, followed her cameo as a playmaker with a more conventional 18-point, 10-rebound double-double in a 60-14 rout of Marymount the next day.
“She’s a talented basketball player,” Chandler said. “She’s got a lot of tools.”