Pacific athletes of the week
Kinnick High School, Japan
Last week: Played key pitching and hitting roles as the Red Devils improved to 5-1 in the DODDS-Japan League and Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools seasons.
Atchley, a senior who missed all of last season with a broken ankle, struck out 16 batters in five innings (three runners reached base in the first inning on dropped third strikes) and no-hit Zama American on March 20. He contributed a two-run home run in a 29-8 victory Friday over Edgren, sparking a four-game weekend home sweep of the Eagles.
“Clay is an All-American baseball player,” coach Kyle Siftar said. “He works hard in all that he pursues and it shows on the field. As the team captain, I hold him to a higher standard and I find he still surprises me. Clay is a good-natured young man who will go far in life because his attitude and demeanor are extraordinary.”
Seoul American High School
Last week: Won three events, swam the lead leg of two gold-medal relay teams and shattered the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference’s 50-meter breaststroke record in helping keep the Falcons unbeaten.
Yance, a senior, swam the 50 breaststroke in 39.14 seconds on Wednesday, just four days after topping the league’s 100 breaststroke record by 1½ seconds, 1:23.06-1:24.60. Both records had stood for six years.
“Sarah has been a source of motivation for the other members of the team and she is always willing to take time to help her teammates, both in and out of the pool,” coach Michael Schmidt said of Yance, the team’s captain who owns seven of the 11 KAIAC girls all-time event records. “Sarah is swimming some amazing times in her senior year.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff