Pacific athletes of the week
Tim NabonneTrack and field
Last week: Won the 3,200-, 1,600- and 800-meter races to lift the Panthers to first place in the boys’ team standings during Thursday’s Okinawa Activities Council meet at Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster.
Nabonne, a senior and two-time Far East cross-country meet silver medalist, ran the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 33 seconds, the 800 in 2:12 and the mile in 4:51 — the latter five seconds off the district record of 4:46 set by Kadena’s Cliff Johnson in 2004.
“What’s most impressive about him is, he never thinks he did well enough. He doesn’t take congratulations well,” coach Sergio Mendoza said. “He always pushes himself to do better. There’s something inside him that drives him to do better and it pushes him hard.”
Lisa MurrayGirls soccer
Nile C. Kinnick
Last week: Scored three goals and assisted on two, powering the Red Devils to their best Japan Soccer League start in six years (6-0), posting two victories during the week.
Murray, a senior and four-year starter, scored one goal and had two assists Wednesday as Kinnick pounded St. Maur International 11-1. On Saturday, Murray scored twice as the Red Devils edged Zama American 3-1. Kinnick has scored 41 goals in its first six matches; Murray has assisted on six of them.
In the past, coach Nicolas Hindie has restricted the number of goals his players could score to two per match, but Hindie removed that limit. “She’s utilizing her chances, she’s taking advantage of it. But she’s not just finishing; she’s creating,” Hindie said. “She’s one of those players a coach wishes he had 11 of.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff