For Lawrence Occomy, Saturday’s finals of the Firecracker Shootout Softball Tournament were doubly special as he took home titles as both a player and a coach.
Emmmanuel Griffin powered Kadena to its first Torii Bowl title, rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown in a 26-16 victory over Hansen in a steamy conditions at Ryuku Middle School’s Habu Field.
Boys soccer Athlete of the Year
Given the choice, HoKyong Adkins probably wouldn’t have played on the back line for Seoul American this season.
Girls soccer Athlete of the Year
Goal scorers might drive the Cadillacs, but often it’s the players who work behind the scenes who create those scoring opportunities and build those championship teams.
Boys track Athlete of the Year
Jabari Johnson came off the track after winning 200-meter dash in last month’s Far East meet with the same demeanor following his defeat in the 400 just a few events earlier – silent and stoic.
Girls track Athlete of the Year
Long before Brittani Shappell had even begun her freshman year, cross-country and track distance coach Matt Granger said he knew he had something special in the Seisen International School distance runner.
Baseball Athlete of the Year
For a team used to success on the diamond, 2015 was shaping up to be a bit of a disappointment for the American School in Japan.
Softball Athlete of the Year
Kaia Austin can barely grip a softball.
His mother had passed away six days earlier in his hometown of Tucson, Ariz. But rather than go home right away, Gabriel Alderette wanted to do something special on the football field to honor the deceased Gloria Albino Alderette. The 47-year-old defensive tackle “played like a monster” on Saturday, coach Jermaine Baker said.
D-I baseball final
The junior right-hander struck out 13, helped himself with a solo home run and came a triple away from hitting for the cycle.
32-7 victory over Hansen gives team top mark in four-team league with a week to go.
Far East track - Day 2
Seisen's Shappell sets two more meet records and one Pacific mark, while ASIJ's Doyno now owns 300 hurdles record.
D-II boys soccer final
Sophomore with two goals entering tournament is latest Samurai standout.
D-II girls soccer
Sarah Claypool, Jamia Bailey and Ai Robbins each scored goals and the Panthers’ defense and the goalkeeping of Sarah Cronin made them stand up.
Far East track - Day 1
Yokota's Sonnenberg, Seisen's Shappell and Kubasaki's Francis break marks on meet's opening day.
Far East track preview
Kinnick's Johnson, Seisen's Shappell and Sonnenberg and Galvin from Yokota already own some heading into championships.
Division II softball
Panthers top Trojans 10-9 for school's first D-II softball championship.
D-I boys soccer
HoKyong Adkins, Niko Russey score and defenses limits Kubasaki to a single goal.
D-I girls soccer
Kubasaki wins two straight two titles for first time in more than a decade.
Zama forces second title game in double-elimination tournament, but Panthers win that one 3-0.
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American School In Japan
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Ex-Kadena striker taking his game to the world stage
04:30 July 29, 2015
Former Seoul American AD, JROTC chief dies
06:15 July 18, 2015
Hail Paylor, Shappell, Pacific Sports Blog’s 2014-15 Athletes of the Year
04:09 June 25, 2015
Hail Johnson, Shappell, Sports Blog’s spring Athletes of Season
17:25 June 16, 2015
Ex-Kadena striker Schrock returns to college … as a coach
08:53 June 16, 2015
Stars and Stripes reporter Dave Ornauer talks about the Pacific sports scene on AFN Radio. (Click on right arrow to play file.)
May 22:Yokota has dominated in first year at D-II spring championsihps.
May 8: Dave Ornauer highlights a few athletes who are participating in the Kanto Plains track and field finals Saturday.
April 24: Dave Ornauer highlights the DODDS Japan soccer tournament with Zama taking aim at the title.