Pacific athletes of the week
Yokota High School
Last week: Decisioned Jordan Foxwell, in a running battle of former Far East tournament gold medalists, to help pace the Panthers past Christian Academy In Japan 53-8 on Wednesday, then pinned Reggie Barton in 3 minutes to propel Yokota to the Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools dual-meet tournament title 39-22 over Nile C. Kinnick.
Rodriguez, a senior and defending 115-pound Far East gold medalist, has lost only two bouts this season, one to Foxwell, the 2004 115-pound titleist, in the CAJ Invitational Tournament in December. Rodriguez is a key reason, coach Brian Kitts said, for the Panthers’ 4-0 start in Kanto, their best in 27 years, and two in-season tournament titles.
“Jordan is easily considered one of the top wrestlers in our league,” Kitts said. “They’re pretty evenly matched, but twice in a row is no fluke. And Jason’s match was a huge springboard and motivation for the rest of our team.”
Whitney GrandyGirls basketball
Seoul American High School
Last week: Turned 18 in style while playing a leadership role and helping the Falcons improve to 8-0 in the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference and 12-3 overall with two victories.
Grandy, a senior point guard who returned from a year living at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, had six points and four steals in the Falcons’ 59-19 victory over Seoul Foreign, then grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds plus four steals and three assists as Seoul American pounded Seoul International 54-24.
“She has a quiet way of getting the job done, running the offense and defense, making those good passes inside or cutting off a move down the lane, doing the jobs that don’t show up in the stats,” coach Charlotte Hicks said. “She’s a very unselfish player, no flash or shine, just happy to be back in Korea and make her teammates look good.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff