Pacific athletes of the week
Alex FernandezVolleyball Kubasaki H.S.
Last week:Played a central part in the Dragons’ three-set victory over the Kadena Panthers and a sweep of the 2005 Okinawa Activities Council season series with their arch-rivals, in which Kubasaki only dropped one set.
Fernandez, a senior middle blocker, scored eight spike kills, four block points and four service aces as the Dragons completed the season series sweep in less than an hour, beating the Panthers 25-11, 25-19, 25-16 on Wednesday at the Dragons Den, Kubasaki High School on Camp Foster.
“She’s an excellent player and a leader on the court,” said coach Terry Chumley of Fernandez, who transferred from Woodland High School near Sacramento, Calif., over the summer. “She’s a top-notch student and citizen. We’re glad she came to Kubasaki.”
Carlos AlbaladejoFootball Osan American H.S.
Last week:Played a huge role in boosting the Cougars to a 16-14 comeback victory over Robert D. Edgren of Japan in the first Far East High School Class A Football championship on Saturday at Osan Air Base, South Korea.
After the Cougars fell behind 14-0 midway through the second quarter, Albaladejo sparked the comeback with an onside kick covered by Cody Morris, which led to Albaladejo’s 34-yard field goal. Later, he made a drive-halting tackle on Edgren’s Jacques Moton with the Eagles driving, then recovered a fumble to stop another fourth-quarter threat. Albaladejo also recorded a sack.
“He’s a pure athlete,” coach Tony Alvarado said of Albaladejo, a three-year Cougars starter. “He works hard, he tries to understand every play and he gives me everything he’s got. If I put the ball in his hands, good things happen.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff.