Pacific H.S. roundup: Eagles end stretch of one-run defeats
Coach Sarah Richardson and her Robert D. Edgren softball team were fed up. Her Eagles had lost three times to reigning DODDS-Japan champion Nile C. Kinnick by a run; in fact, Edgren has four one-run losses this season.
So on Saturday, they not only halted that trend, but also ended Kinnick’s 19-game winning streak stretching back to last season.
Sammi Nelson drove in four runs and three other players had two RBIs each in Edgren’s 15-3 rout of Kinnick on Saturday at Yokosuka Naval Base.
"We knew we had a good team," Richardson said. "We just had to go out and play hard. They got tired of losing by one run. And they were having none of it. They proved they’re a winning team."
Amber Berry struck out five Red Devils, Da’Pree Davis and Janine Russ each homered and drove in two runs and Erica Williamson went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
Zama’s Quallio sets new Kanto standard in 3,000If they still ran the mile and two mile in the Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools, Zama American coach Mitch Moellendick estimates that Zama senior All-American Andrew Quallio would have broken the league’s 25-year-old 3,200-meter mark on Saturday.
Quallio ran the 3,000 in 8 minutes, 58.5 seconds at Trojans Field. Add an average conversion of 35 seconds for 200 more meters, Moellendick said, and Quallio would have run a 9:33.5 two-mile — 5.4 seconds better than David Gallagher of American School In Japan in 1984.
With New Zealand track club chieftain Jason Lawrence, a friend of Moellendick, serving as "rabbit," Quallio ran the first four laps in 4:51, then "just dropped it. He would have had a 4:42 seconds mile. You don’t see many runners who have that ability," Moellendick said.
Quallio swept the 3,000, 1,500 and 800. Among multiple winners, Zama teammate Danielle Franklin won the 100, 200 and high jump and Te’asia Snowden took both hurdles races. Nile C. Kinnick won both boys relays, Cliff Collins the 400 and discus and Tyree Hunt the boys 100 and 200.
Four Guam High players on All-Island softball teamsJunior Emily Hoyle and freshman Alysa Durham were among four Guam High players selected Saturday to the Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam’s All-Island girls softball team.
Seniors Ashley Duenas and Jackie Morgan were each tabbed to the honorable mention team. The Panthers went 6-9 with two ties, getting knocked out of the IIAAG playoffs 14-1 by Southern on March 16.
Fellowship marks Kinnick-King soccer rivalryThe casual observer might think "throwback to a different sportsmanship era" when observing a Kinnick-E.J. King boys soccer match. But their friendly rivalry is more the result of their ties to Navy bases and how players can swap places virtually in the blink of an eye.
For example: Cobras senior striker Jon-Jon Green played for the Red Devils as a freshman; John Bogen, a Kinnick junior midfielder, dressed for King the past two years. Bogen’s dad, Andrew, is a teacher at E.J. King; his wife, Shawn, is a nurse at Sullivans Elementary School.
Shawn, in particular, possesses divided loyalties, Cobras coach Steve Casner said after Saturday’s 5-2 Kinnick victory over E.J. King.
"She feels like a mom to half the King players," Casner said. "She says she finds it hard to root for either team."
"They know each other so well," Kinnick coach Shane Hernandez said. "It’s nice, competitive and friendly."
Elsewhere, Matthew C. Perry’s girls appeared en route to a school-first road victory over Zama American, scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes. But Trojans coach Rogers Pitts, who’d started players out of position on defense, adjusted back and Zama rallied for a 4-3 victory.
"It could have gone either way," Pitts said. "We were able to capitalize offensively. For a Class A team, they’re (Perry) tough."
Seoul American’s girls (4-2-3) continue to perk along without starting goalkeeper Liz Gleaves, in the States on a family matter. In fact, coach Rob Victoria hopes that fill-ins Jessica Blaster and Erin Seage will develop enough that he can use Gleaves in other needed spots.
"Liz … will be key" to the Falcons’ Class AA tournament hopes, Victoria said. "If we can get that rotation going, we can have some options. I want her (Gleaves) to play in the field."
Options are few on the Kadena girls bench, where freshman Kristi Kariban (eye cut) and senior Cassie McDonald (chipped collarbone) – and their combined 21 goals and 8 assists – can only watch as coach Hoa Nguyen must try new combinations.
Despite starting five freshmen, with a 2-2 tie vs. Nago and a 1-0 shutout of Urasoe, Nguyen sees some hope. "When they’re on, they’re on; when they’re off, they’re off," he said. "They’re athletes. You just mold them and hopefully, they’ll learn their positions fast enough."