Pacific athletes of the Week
January 31, 2008
Dominique JohnsonBoys basketball
E.J. King, Japan
Averaged 18.3 points in four games as the Cobras (13-5) won their fourth straight title in the Western Japan Athletic Association tournament at Canadian Academy in Kobe.
Johnson, a senior, scored 15 points in the Cobras’ opening 59-28 victory Friday over Osaka International, then 16 as E.J. King edged Yokohama International 61-53. In Saturday’s semifinal, Johnson’s 17 points helped the Cobras beat Marist Brothers International 68-30, then Johnson scored 25 points in the Cobras’ 71-36 title triumph over Canadian Academy.
“He plays just as hard on offense as he does on defense and is very good at forcing opportunities to happen on the court and not wait for them to fall into his lap,” coach Daren Schuettpelz said. “He is a very determined player who gives it his all during every game.”
Celine BaldeviaGirls basketball
Osan, South Korea
Averaged 17.5 points and collected seven rebounds and seven steals in two victories by the Cougars, who improved to 11-5 and are tied with Daegu American at 6-5 for third place in the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Division I standings.
Baldevia, a junior, scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Cougars snapped Daegu’s six-game winning streak 28-24 on Friday. The next day, Baldevia scored 21 points, shooting 9-for-16 from the field, and had five steals as the Cougars beat Taejon Christian International 39-28.
“Celine consistently displays integrity and leadership and understands the three D’s: discipline, dedication and determination,” coach Bruce Barker said. “She displays a tremendous competitive spirit and is a leader by example. Celine is a real team player.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff