Pacific athletes of the week for October 8, 2009
Last week: Starred on both sides of the ball Friday as the Trojans beat Yokota 33-6 at Camp Zama’s Trojans Field, ending a 22-game on-field losing streak to the Panthers dating back to Oct. 10, 1998, and Yokota’s Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools’ record 41-game regular-season winning streak dating back to 2002.
Spencer, a junior, began the game by recovering a Yokota fumble on the first play from scrimmage. Aside from reaching double digits in tackles defensively, Spencer ran for 205 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries, powering a rushing attack that gained 413 yards on 59 plays.
“He’s an outstanding player and person,” coach Steven Merrell said. “He steps up wherever he’s needed to help the team wherever he can. He never stops on both offense and defense until the whistle blows, he goes 100 mph and he’s always in the right place.”
Last week: Played a solid game at setter, recording 22 set assists to help the Panthers pull away from Kubasaki, winning the last two sets handily and capturing Thursday’s match 25-20, 17-25, 25-15, 25-17 at Kadena’s Panther Pit to even the Okinawa Activities Council season series at a match apiece.
Schweers, a senior in just her second season of playing volleyball, sent most of her passes to junior Shari Moss, who pounded the ball for 21 spike kills and also recorded three block points against Kubasaki. It was a breakout match for Schweers, who is also a swimmer with the Okinawa Dolphins Swim Team and Kadena’s ace right-hander on the girls softball team.
“She’s pure heart,” Kadena assistant coach Greg Rosenberger said. “She plays above her ability almost all the time. It’s just her second year and she’s really running the court. She’s got the attitude of a winner.
Selected by Stars and Stripes staff