Pacific Athletes of the Week for the March 11 edition
Last week: Averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds in two Panthers victories as Guam High finished the Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam’s regular season with a school-best 11-2 record and the top seed entering the IIAAG playoffs starting Saturday.
Brunson, a junior transfer point guard, had 10 points and nine rebounds last Tuesday as the Panthers beat George Washington 63-31. Brunson on Saturday recorded a triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in Guam High’s 56-41 victory at Father Duenas Memorial.
“Jayson Brunson is the most complete player that I’ve ever coached,” said Joe Taitano, who has been coaching Guam public school teams since the 1970s. In addition to leading the team in most categories, “more importantly, Jayson makes everyone around him play better. A total asset to the team.”
Jen BlackSoccerRobert D. Edgren, Japan
Last week: Led the team in goals and assists as the Eagles, 0-12-1 in the 2009 regular season, traveled to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and won three of four matches in the Samurai Shootout hosted by Matthew C. Perry.
Black, a sophomore who transferred over the summer from Yokota, had three goals and one assist in Edgren’s 4-0 shutout of Zama American and two assists as the Eagles beat Perry 3-1 on Friday. The next day, Black had three goals and two assists in a 9-0 rout of Marist Brothers International. Despite a 4-3 loss to Canadian Academy, Black, who had two goals, was chosen MVP.
“Her high level of energy and enthusiasm is catching on amongst her teammates,” coach Mark Pierce said. “The Eagles welcome Jen’s spark of energy, unselfish nature and enthusiasm for the game.”
Selected by Stars and Stripes staff