Pacific athletes of the week
Osan American, South Korea
Last week: Won all four of her singles matches, dropping just two games, to run her Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference regular-season record to 11-0. She beat Chris Lee of International Christian-Seoul 8-0, Cindy Choi of Korea International 8-1 and took two matches from Lisa Rios of Taegu American 6-0, and 6-1.
Reiff, a senior, has been the Cougars’ captain the last two seasons and has played for Cougars coach Bruce Barker at Osan since she was an eighth-grader. Reiff a season ago teamed with Jessica Guertin to capture the Far East tournament girls doubles title and help Osan place fourth as a team last November on Okinawa.
“She has made improvements in her game every year,” Barker said of Reiff, a 4.0 grade-point average student ranked No. 2 in her class, National Honor Society member and senior class treasurer. “Amanda has been one of the vital links in the success of many aspects of Osan American High School as well as a shining star on the tennis team this season.”
Kadena High School, Okinawa
Last week: Led a Panthers defense that held the Kubasaki Dragons to 76 yards, then kicked the game-winning extra point in overtime as Kadena edged Kubasaki 7-6 Friday at McDonald Stadium, Kadena Air Base.
Awana, a senior team captain, fullback, linebacker, punter and kicker, recorded nine tackles, three for losses, as the Panthers evened the Okinawa Activities Council best-of-three football series with Kubasaki at a game apiece.
That forced a third-and-deciding game to be played Friday at Kubasaki’s Mike Petty Stadium on Camp Foster. The winner secures a berth in the Far East Class AA playoff semifinals on Nov. 5 vs. Guam High at Guam Naval Station.
“He stymied Kubasaki’s defense,” coach Brian Wetherington said.
“He led our defense. He was the difference. He’s the leader, and they [players] will follow. He sets the motivation for others to become better and do better.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff