Shariff ColemanFootball


Last week: Amassed 168 combined yards and scored two TDs as the Panthers remained unbeaten at 5-0 and handed Yokota its first shutout and regular-season home loss in 10 years, 35-0. It was the first regular-season meeting between the teams. Coleman, a junior, rushed 19 times for 122 yards and scored on second-half runs of 1 and 33 yards. He also had two returns totaling 46 yards on special teams for Kadena, which has outscored its opponents 155-13 this season. In addition to being one of the best backs coach Sergio Mendoza says he’s ever had, “he’s also one of the most coachable I’ve had,” he said. “He listens, he adjusts, he’s a quick learner and he’s moldable. With his ability and his work ethic, he will play after his high school days.”

Shannon JacksonVolleyball

Nile C. Kinnick

Last week: Amassed 23 spike kills and six block points to power the Red Devils to two Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools victories and keep their record perfect at 19-0, best in school history to that point. Jackson, a junior, racked up nine kills and four blocks in Wednesday’s 25-18, 12-25, 25-17, 25-19 victory over Yokohama International. Two days later, Jackson hit 14 spike kills and two more blocks, lifting the Red Devils over Zama American 25-19, 21-25, 25-14, 25-13. “Watching her play, it’s easy to forget that she’s been playing volleyball for only five months,” coach Al Garrido said of Jackson, the team leader in blocks. “Her spikes are quick and fast and at least one foot above the net, which makes her difficult to block. She rises to the occasion every time she’s challenged.”

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