CAMP SCHWAB, Okinawa — Connor Cackovic and Sarah Yance made big splashes over the weekend, winning nine events each to earn high-point honors in the Summer Military and Junior Olympic Pacific Rim Swim Championship at Camp Schwab.
Cackovic, of the host Okinawa Dolphins, and Yance, of the Yongsan Barracudas of South Korea, each scored the maximum 180 points. Cackovic swam in the boys 11-12 age group and Yance in the girls 13-14 class in the event.
The Dolphins, with 70 swimmers, took overall team honors. Also competing were the Barracudas, the Yokosuka Seahawks of Japan and the Terminators, a group of Marines at Schwab.
“We’ve had different teams from Korea and Japan in the past, but usually [with] just one or two swimmers,” said Dolphins coach and meet host Mat Luebbers. “This was the first time there were larger teams.”
It gave the Dolphins, who usually swim amongst themselves, “new people to race,” Luebbers said. “It gave them some extra incentive to chase their own personal best performance.”
Adding an extra spark to the event were the Terminators, whom Luebbers said entered the event Saturday morning.
“They helped cheer on the kids, and set a great example for everyone,” he said.
Most of the 116 entrants were 18-and-under. Siblings Ayana and Simeon Cole-Fletcher each took high-point honors for their age groups, Ayana in girls 8-and-under and Simeon in boys 9-10. Hannah Cackovic joined brother Connor in earning high-point honors among 11- and 12-year-olds.
Teagu Lumber buzzsaws way past Taegu Phantoms
CAMP CARROLL, South Korea — John Ferris and Greg Washington combined on a four-inning no-hitter as the Taegu Lumber routed the Taegu Phantoms, a Korean team, 17-0 Sunday at Camp Carroll’s baseball field.
It was the first victory since June 23 for the Lumber, comprised of Taegu-area GIs, DOD civilians and dependents, in the Taegu MBC/ESPN amateur baseball league. The Lumber (3-2-1) have suffered multiple rainouts since their 7-3 win over the Taegu Orange.
Washington allowed one runner to reach base, on a second-inning walk, before Ferris relieved and fanned all six batters he faced.
The Lumber piled up seven runs in the second inning, five in the third and four in the fourth, when the game was halted due to the league’s two-hour game time limit.
Second baseman Tom Bramble led the Lumber’s attack, batting 3-for-4 with five RBIs.
Luke Burns and Gabriel Paez each scored three runs, as did Keith Ross, the team’s new third baseman, a Department of Defense Dependents Schools instructor who transfered this summer to Taegu American School from Nile C. Kinnick in Japan.
Carlo gets invitation to All-Marine softball camp
Tommy Carlo, an All-Marine softball player and coach who lost part of his right leg in a car accident last year, has been invited to the All-Marine men’s tryout camp, which began Monday at Cherry Point Air Station, N.C., All-Marine coach Scotty Cobb said.
Carlo, 38, who was stationed on Okinawa from 1998-99, is a gunnery sergeant who has remained in the Marine Corps since the April 28, 2002, accident and is playing for his base team, New River Air Station, N.C.
“More power to him. I hope he goes all the way,” said Carlo’s former coach, Don Field of Okinawa’s Pacific Force. “I think he can help them, in more ways than one. He’s an inspirational leader. He was a team leader even when he played for me.”
Carlo will compete with Marines from the East and West Coast and Pacific regions for berths on the All-Marine team, which plays in the All-Armed Forces championship Aug. 18-23 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
Falcons guard named All-Star at Slippery Rock hoops camp
Daniel Chicko, a shooting guard for the Seoul American Falcons high school basketball team, was named an All-Star at the Keystone State Invitational Basketball Camp at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania earlier this month. He was also a camp MVP nominee.
Chicko, who will be a senior this year, also visited colleges in the States where he plans to study physical therapy and play basketball.
His father, Gary, says Daniel has narrowed his choices to Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and Shenandoah University and Marymount University in Virginia.
Chicko started at shooting guard for the Falcons, who went 37-7 last season and won the Far East High School Boys Class AA Tournament title.