Athletes of Week
Last week:Because of the capriciousness of the selection process and the number of athletes meriting the choice, Stars and Stripes is reluctant to name any athlete of the week more than once. But given losing coach Corey Sullivan’s praise of Styles, who was selected as athlete of the week in December, too, a repeat selection is in order.
"I cannot stress enough how amazing a talent Styles is," Sullivan e-mailed after his defending Division I champion Kaiserslautern Lady Raiders suffered consecutive 45-41, 53-49 losses to unbeaten D-III champion Baumholder. Styles scored 22 points in the first game and 24 in the second.
"On Thursday, every time we got close, or had a lead — any momentum at all — she hit a three. (Friday night) she was flat-out on fire. She was making everything."
Styles, who’s averaging 18.1 points and 5.5 steals, plays a complete game, Baumholder coach Carter Hollenbeck e-mailed, pointing to the half-dozen assists per game she delivers. "I really like this stat," he wrote, "as it proves she is a team player."
Last week:Campos, a senior 125-pounder, won his third European title and was voted the outstanding wrestler of the European championships Saturday at Wiesbaden.
Wrestling seven matches over the course of the two-day meet, Campos pinned his first six opponents in a total time of 8 minutes and 6 seconds, and posted a 22-7 technical fall victory over Denny Miller of AFNORTH in the championship bout. Campos scored three of his falls in less than one minute, with a pool-match defeat of Miller on Day 1 taking the most time, 3:05.
"Christopher went 30-0 this year," Naples coach Vito Vitullo wrote Tuesday in an e-mail, "and capped off a superb high school career by finishing with a 107-1 record, all at Naples high school."
Vitullo pointed out that Campos, an All-Europe soccer player, didn’t even take up wrestling until his freshman year. He capped that season with his first DODDS-Europe crown before falling, by one point, in the semifinals of his sophomore campaign. Campos, whom Vitulli said hopes to play soccer next year at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., has not lost since.
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff