Pacific athletes of the week
Nile C. Kinnick, Japan
Last week: Earned Outstanding Wrestler honors Saturday by winning the 115-pound class and pacing the Red Devils to the team championship in the season-opening Robert D. Edgren Invitational Tournament for DODDS-Japan teams at Misawa Air Base. Stipe, a senior, was one of two Red Devils who won individual gold medals as Kinnick defeated host Robert D. Edgren 64 points to 58. Defending Far East tournament heavyweight champion Phil Ergus also won a gold medal. “For him to be a second-year wrestler and achieve so much in such a short amount of time makes me swell with pride,” Kinnick coach Duke Alexander said. “He is a very sensitive and caring kid. I’ve never seen him angry. He wrestles as if he’s trying to solve a puzzle. He is a role model for all who take the time to be in his company.”
Taegu American, South Korea
Last week: Averaged 19.5 points, 11 rebounds, 6 steals and 5.5 assists per game as the defending Far East Class A champion Warriors opened the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference season with two victories. Denson, a freshman, had 21 points, 12 rebounds, 6 steals and 5 assists in the Warriors' 49-29 victory Saturday at Osan American. The day before, Denson racked up 18 points, 10 boards, 6 steals and 6 assists as Taegu walloped Global Visions Christian 66-16. Normally a small forward, coach Michelle Chandler opted to use Denson in the post because of injuries to two starters “and she stepped right up to the challenge and did an awesome job,” Chandler said. “She’s a versatile player, and although she’s young, she’s a huge asset to our team. She has a wonderful attitude and is stepping in as the team leader, even at such a young age."
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff