Pacific athletes of the week
Last week: Came into his own as a varsity player and helped pace the Dragons to their first Far East Class AA tournament title in 10 years and extend their Pacific record to 10 titles in the event’s 58-year history.
Callier, a sophomore, played his biggest game in Saturday’s final at Seoul American. He scored 26 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and shot 7-for-8 from the foul line as the Dragons survived a see-saw battle, winning 75-71.
“He came up really big,” Kubasaki coach Jon Fick said of Callier, who missed all of last season on emergency leave and began the just-concluded season on the junior varsity. “He took some time to adjust to the speed of the varsity game. He got better earlier than we thought. He’s a great kid, he listens, he’s very coachable, just wants to get better.”
Last week: Played a vital role as a shooting specialist and helped boost the Panthers to their second Class AA tournament championship in four years, and the most lopsided final-game verdict in the history of Department of Defense Dependents Schools Pacific Far East tournaments.
Hudson, a junior, came off the bench four minutes into the first quarter and shot 4-for-6 from three-point range on her way to a 22-point performance that lifted the Panthers past the American School In Japan Mustangs 85-32 in Saturday’s championship game.
Hudson’s performance capped a season of misery, in which she was sidelined most of the way due to illness and injuries. “She came back from all that and worked hard in practice,” said her father, coach Ken Hudson. “And she’s a great teammate.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff