Pacific athletes of the week for March 4, 2010
Matthew C. Perry, Japan
Last week: Scored eight goals and helped the Samurai to a 2-2 record and third place in the Dolphin Invitational at Nagoya International School on Friday and Saturday. Bugawan, a senior midfielder, scored four times and assisted on a goal as the Samurai pounded Kyoto International University Academy 9-5 before Perry fell 4-2 to Osaka International on Friday. The next morning, Bugawan scored once in a losing cause, as the Samurai lost 3-2 to E.J. King in the semifinals. In the third-place match, Bugawan scored three goals and assisted on a goal as Perry beat Osaka 5-2. In just four matches, Bugawan is already more than halfway toward his goal total of 14 for the entire 2009 season. “He takes on quite the leadership role for me,” coach Mark Lange said. “He played like a senior this weekend. I have a young team, so that was good.”
Amber GadsdenTennisGuam High
Last week: Became the first Panther in Guam High history to be selected All-Island and Most Valuable Player in the Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam’s tennis season. Gadsden, a junior and the Panthers’ captain, went 9-0 in singles competition during the IIAAG regular season, helping lead the Panthers to the best regular-season finish in school history at 9-0. Guam High enters Saturday’s IIAAG All-Island tournament as the favorite to win a school-first postseason title. Gadsden is a regular in Guam’s junior-division as well as a competitor in USTA’s Hawaii-Pacific sectionals. She “not only performs outstandingly as a player, but also finds time to help her teammates with stroke production during practice time” before matches, coach Juana Aguon said.
Selected by Stars and Stripes staff