Europe Athletes of the Week: May 12, 2011
Ben JacksSigonella soccerLast week - Jacks, an All-Europe sophomore striker, scored four times Saturday to lift the Jaguars past the American School of Milan, 6-4. Sigonella, a European Division III contender, improved to 4-2 on the season, with both losses to D-II schoolsThe quartet of scores raised Jacks’ total to 10 goals in the four games he’s played for Sigonella this season. According to his father, Thomas, Jacks missed two games while performing with the Olympic Development Program’s Region I Under-17 U.S.A. National Team in an international tournament in Rome. The elder Jacks added that his son next will represent the U.S.A. on the Region I Under-18 team that’s entered in an international tournament in Croatia in June. Saturday’s game was the third this season in which Jacks has scored three or more goals. Even though he’s mainly a striker, Jacks, Sigonella coach Phillip Andre noted in an email, “has played every position on the field, from sweeper to striker.”
Bianca LopezPatch softballLast week - Lopez, a three-time All-Europe pitcher-shortstop, threw all 10 innings the Lady Panthers played Saturday in sweeping Bamberg’s Lady Barons 10-0 and 12-1. Lopez’s 167-pitch day allowed Patch to remain, along with 8-0 Naples, the only unbeaten teams in Europe. Patch is 10-0 going into Saturday’s showdown at 9-1 Vilseck for the East Region crown. According to Patch coach Brian Tingey, Lopez threw strikes 72 percent of the time in posting a no-hitter in Game 1. She struck out 12 and walked just one in going all five innings. Meanwhile, she was far from hitless herself. She stroked three triples in the contest, raising her season total of three-baggers to five, Tingey reported in a Monday email.In Game 2, Lopez again went the five-inning distance and for good measure clubbed her fifth homer of the season, a three-run shot. She struck out nine to give her 44 in her five pitching victories this season.