Pacific Athletes of the Week: April 26, 2012
Nile C. Kinnick baseball
Last week – Played a major role on the mound and at the plate as the Red Devils won all four games they played, sweeping a Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools home doubleheader from St. Mary’s International, then taking a pair of DODDS Japan wins on the road at Matthew C. Perry.
Ross, a sophomore, got a win and a save in Kinnick’s 11-10 and 12-11 wins Tuesday over the Titans, going 2 2/3 innings, giving up two hits, two earned runs and striking out five. In the Red Devils’ 12-0 and 8-3 wins over the Samurai, Ross batted a combined 5-for-5 with a double, two home runs and five RBIs and got the save in the second game, allowing two walks and striking out four in two innings.
Ross struggled with shoulder pain the first couple of weeks of the season “and it was nice to see him on the mound again,” coach Michael Valenzuela said. “At the plate, Daniel has found himself a groove and will continue to improve and help the team on multiple levels.”
Guam High track and field
Last week – Won all three of her field events, the shot put, discus and javelin, powering the Panthers to yet another team victory, their third thus far in the Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association Guam. Guam High scored 76 points, 43 more than runner-up George Washington, in Friday’s meet at Leo Palace Resort in Yona.
Guerrero, a senior in her first year of track and field, put the shot 8.43 meters, tossed the discus 26.66 meters and threw the javelin 26.50 meters, part of a dominating performance in which Guam High won 12 of 16 individual events.
A previously decorated IIAAG All-Island first-team selection in girls volleyball and softball, Guerrero is “one of the best athletes at Guam High,” coach Joe Taitano said. “Without a doubt, she has the potential to become one of Guam’s best track and field athletes. Kara is an excellent student and is well-liked by her peers. She’s a diligent student-athlete and performs above and beyond expectations.”