European athletes of the week
Mica NicholsonGirls basketball
Last week: Nicholson, a 5-foot-3 junior guard, scored 23 points Saturday as the Tigers edged visiting Baumholder 40-38 to hand the Lady Bucs their first loss in Division III-South this season.
The result avenged a 43-42 loss to Baumholder Friday night and kept Hohenfels one game behind their guests in the league race.
“Mica had 33 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and six steals for the weekend,” Hohenfels coach Joyce Dusenberry wrote in an e-mail, “but more importantly she played a very tenacious man-to-man pressure defense that helped to slow down some of Baumholder’s better scorers.”
Nicholson, who is averaging 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals per game, “... starts as the No. 2 guard,” Dusenberry continued, “but her ability to handle the ball well and lead the offense gave us a great deal of flexibility on the floor.”
Sean WiseBoys basketball
Last week: Johnson, a 6-foot-2 senior pivot man, scored 14 points Friday and 26 Saturday, while grabbing 10 rebounds each day to help Aviano sweep previously unbeaten Sigonella 78-57 and 65-38 to keep the Saints atop the American Schools in Italy league standings.
“He’s having a nice season,” Aviano coach Ken McNeely said.
McNeely added that Johnson is averaging 14.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, and two blocks per game for the unbeaten Saints.
McNeely noted that Johnson had four put-back baskets on Friday. “Those are very important baskets,” he said.
Aviano can wrap up the ASIL crown this Saturday, when once-beaten Vicenza visits.
An Aviano sweep would complete an unbeaten regular season for the Saints, but whatever happens, Aviano will be looking at a high seed in the European Division II tournament scheduled for Feb. 22-25 in Mannheim, Germany.
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff