Pacific Athletes of the Week for the January 28 edition
Nile C. Kinnick
Last week: Scored a crucial victory over a reigning Far East champion to help propel the Red Devils to a dual-meet victory over Zama American that clinched their second straight Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools regular-season title.
Gibbons, a sophomore 168-pounder, pinned Michael Spencer in 3 minutes, 40 seconds. The victory clinched the dual meet for Kinnick, which went on to down the Trojans 47-17; had Spencer won, Zama could have cut Kinnick’s lead to five points. Spencer won gold in last year’s Far East at tournament 158 pounds. Kinnick improved to 4-0 with the victory.
Gibbons has been a “major point winner in all of our tournaments and has been one of the major keys to our success so far this season,” coach Gary Wilson said. “He is dedicated and hard working in practice and has been a good leader for the rookie wrestlers on match days.”
Liz GleavesBasketballSeoul American
Last week: Averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5 assists, 7 steals and 4.5 blocked shots as the Falcons (16-6) won two weekend games to improve to 12-0 and clinch at least a tie for the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference regular-season title.
Gleaves, a junior, was chosen Athlete of the Week for a second straight week. She had 21 points, five rebounds and six assists to boost the Falcons past Taejon Christian International on Friday, then the next day posted 10 points, five assists and a career-high 11 steals and six blocks in a 53-18 rout of Osan American.
“If she wasn’t so unselfish, she could have 25 points a game,” coach Billy Ratcliff said. “Incredible leaping ability and hand-eye coordination accounts for so many rebounds, steals, blocked shots and passes that defenders can’t get to.” Selected by Stars and Stripes staff.
Selected by Stars and Stripes staff