Pacific athletes of the week
E.J. King High School, Japan
Last week: Swept four matches during the Cobras’ weekend swing through the Tokyo area, extending her singles record this season to 6-0 and also remaining unbeaten in doubles.
Suriben, a sophomore, beat Frances Santiago of Zama American 6-1, 6-1 on Friday at Camp Zama, then topped Joyce Cao of Nile C. Kinnick for the second straight week 6-0, 6-0 at Yokosuka Naval Base. Suriben also teamed with Jemari Nimedez to win two doubles matches.
“She’s a dream for a coach,” said Rick Kendall, who has also coached her in softball. “She works hard all the time in any sport. She’s an athlete. It doesn’t matter what sport. She would learn it and succeed.”
Yokota High School, Japan
Last week: Recorded 204 yards of offense, going 7-for-8 passing for 180 yards and two TDs and running three times for 24 yards and a touchdown to power the Panthers past Robert D. Edgren 56-7 on Friday at Misawa Air Base, Japan.
The victory kept Yokota (3-0) in first place in the Japan Football League, and extended their on-field winning streak since October 2000 to 51 games. Bloom’s performance was the best by a Yokota quarterback since before coach Tim Pujol arrived in 1999.
“He’s a real pleasure to work with. It’s been a really nice experience as a coach,” Pujol said of the senior transfer from Guam High. “He’s serious about improving his game every week. He’s a bright student, a nice, respectful young man, a hard worker and a quiet leader.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff