Pacific athletes of the week
Cecilia BickleyCross country
Last week: Ran the 3.1-mile course at Two Lovers’ Point in 23 minutes, 32 seconds, leading a sweep of the top seven places as Guam beat Notre Dame 15-50 in an Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam meet on Sept. 18.
Bickley, a junior, regularly places in the top 10 of IIAAG meets, and has finished on top in two meets thus far this season for the Panthers, who are 6-1 and in second place in the IIAAG team standings.
“One of the reasons for the vast improvement of this year’s team is Cecilia’s consistent performance,” coach Joe Taitano said. “She is an outstanding athlete. Her commitment and dedication to the cross-country program are unwavering. She is well liked by her teammates and her ability to listen, learn and persevere is commendable.”
Nile C. Kinnick, Japan
Last week: Accounted for 171 yards of offense and two touchdowns as the visiting Red Devils improved to 3-1 by downing the American School In Japan 34-14 on Saturday.
Galang, a senior, went 7-for-13 passing for 160 yards, including a 30-yard TD pass to tight end Chad Atchley, and ran 6 times for 11 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run. Kinnick is 2-1, in the Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools and DODDS-Japan standings, trailing the Yokota Panthers (2-0) in both leagues.
“He is level-headed and composed in the huddle or on the sideline, regardless of what is happening in the game,” coach Gary Wilson said. “Jeff has also been a great practice player, durable and dependable. Though his numbers aren’t huge, Jeff continues to improve, game-by-game and year-by-year.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff