Europe athletes of the week
Sean KerberBoys soccer
Last week: Kerber, a junior rebounding from an injury-plagued sophomore season, scored five goals in Heidelberg’s 7-0 Division I victory Saturday over visiting Wiesbaden. Kerber has nine goals in only two games this season. He scored all four goals in Heidelberg’s 4-0 victory over Division II’s Patch Panthers in the opener.
“Sean is a tactically sound player who knows where to go on the field,” Heidelberg assistant coach Perry Puppolo said by telephone Monday. “He moves around the field to create opportunities for himself. He never stays in one place.”
Kerber, who transferred from Mannheim before last season, battled leg injuries most of the season, said Puppolo, who’s looking after the team while head coach Larry Heintzman is away on emergency leave.
Even so, Kerber gave glimpses of his prowess. “He surprised us with eight goals, even though he missed most of the season,” Puppolo said.
Kerber’s well now, as his healthy scoring total attests.
“He’s very strong technically,” said Puppolo. “He takes advantage of every opportunity.”
Lynndsey HyterTrack and field
Last week: Hyter, the three-time defending European champ in the 300-meter low hurdles, used her first meet of the season to qualify for May’s European championships in four events — the 200, 300 hurdles, long jump and triple jump.
She won three events in the Ramstein meet, missing out on a sweep when she was nipped by freshman teammate Kamiko Williams by .35 seconds in the 200. Hyter clocked 27.35 seconds in the 200, 49.07 in the 300 hurdles, cleared 15 feet, 6 inches in the long jump and 34-2 in the triple.
“Frankly, I was surprised by her performance, given the poor weather we had the past several weeks,” Kaiserslautern coach Marty Kollar said. “And the weather we had Saturday at Ramstein was not performance-enhancing.”
According to Kollar, Hyter will be concentrating on “making a positive overall contribution to the girls team” this season. But she also has a shot at personal glory: She’s in range of the DODDS-Europe record in the 300 hurdles, a 45.50 run by Stephanie Powell of Hahn in 1989.
“Like all quality athletes,” Kollar concluded, “she has a chance at breaking the record.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff