Pacific athletes of the week for April 8, 2010
Last week: Tallied three goals and an assist as the surging Falcons won and tied in two matches to keep a firm hold on second place in the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Boys Division I (large schools) standings.
So, a senior, had a goal and an assist as the Falcons salvaged a 5-5 draw on Wednesday at Daejon Christian International. Three days later, he scored a goal in both halves as Seoul American won 2-1 at Seoul International. After starting the season 1-1-1 with So injured and out of the lineup, the Falcons have gone 6-1-1 in their last eight matches.
"Eugene has bounced back and given his team a huge lift," coach Steve Boyd said of So, a transfer from Osan American. "He is a very good ballhandler and intelligent player. He is unselfish and looks to make assists, not just goals, for his team to be successful. He is a welcome addition to this year’s squad."
Shannon JacksonTrack and fieldNile C. Kinnick
Last week: Broke the 20-year-old Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools shot-put record, helping lead the Red Devils girls to three head-to-head victories each in this season’s largest KPASS meet to date — an 11-school affair at Yokota High School’s Bonk Field eight-lane track.
Jackson, a junior in just her first year of track, put the shot 10.06 meters, or just over 33 feet, edging by .01 the old record set in 1990 by Lark Amos of Christian Academy Japan. Kinnick beat CAJ 79-36, Seisen International 68-49 and Yokohama International 91-15, staying a solid second behind American School In Japan in the league standings.
Coach Al Garrido calls Jackson among "the elite" of KPASS field athletes. "If you knew her off the track … you wouldn’t guess she was this standout athlete. She is soft-spoken and humble. She is definitely a first-class athlete — the type of athlete that any coach would love to have."
Selected by Stars and Stripes staff