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Pacific athletes of the Week

Miguel Rodriguez

Track and field

Zama, Japan

Last week:

Won the 200-meter dash and anchored the boys 400-meter relay team to victory as the Trojans beat St. Mary’s International 70-48, Zama’s first victory over the Titans since 1988, during Saturday’s Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools meet at Zama American High School.

Rodriguez, a senior in just his second year of track, ran the region’s second-fastest 200 of the season, 23.08 seconds, two-hundredths behind Roosevelt Payne of Kadena. His anchor leg rallied the Trojans relay team from a 7-meter deficit past St. Mary’s 46.30 to 46.35.

“Without Miguel stepping up his races this past weekend, the outcome of the meet would have been dramatically closer,” coach Mitch Moellendick said. “Miguel is one of our quiet leaders who is extremely hardworking and never complains about the workload given to him.”

Sarah Eades

Soccer

Seoul American

Last week:

Earned tournament MVP and Golden Boot honors as top scorer to pace the Falcons to their first Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Division I Tournament title since 2005.

Playing on Seoul American’s Falcon Field, Eades, a junior center-midfielder, scored three goals in an 8-0 shutout of Korea International and scored once as Seoul American blanked Taejon Christian International 4-0 on Friday. In Saturday’s championship, Eades scored a goal and assisted on another in the Falcons’ 2-0 victory over Seoul Foreign.

“Sarah is a very coachable player,” coach Lori Rogers said. “She pushes her teammates to raise their game. She can score goals and set up plays that allow other teammates to score. She is a very unselfish person on and off the pitch and I think that is why her teammates respect her so much.”

— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff


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