At the end of this week, the fastest long-distance runners, a men’s soccer champion and a women’s volleyball champion will come out of the first round of sports organized by the Independent Interschool Sports Association of Guam.
The most valuable football and cross-country players were chosen, along with the All-Island teams. In cross-country, the All-Island meet will determine the top non-public school runners in Guam.
Despite a third place finish in the regular season, the St. John’s Knights are alive and well and will continue their quest to repeat as IIAAG champions.
At 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, the Knights will visit second seed Harvest Christian Academy to see which team will win a ticket to the championship game. St. John’s is led by junior goaltender Miles Ganeb as well as defensemen Aidan Johnson and Hayden Crisfield, and midfielders Andrew Stenson and Jason Palomares.
They will face the Eagles, who also have a solid defense with Christian Shinohara and Kosuke Ishii, as well as newly eligible goalkeeper Traven Kaae, who has not allowed a goal in 58 minutes against Father Duenas.
In the IIAAG’s other football semi-final, also on November 17, the top-ranked FD will face the No. 4 seed Guam High.
The Panthers have placed a player on the Island-wide squad at Senior Matua Finona. He and the rest of the Panthers will have their work cut out for them. The Panthers have failed to score against FD in two games, as they have allowed 17 goals.
The Brothers have a roster of stars led by MVP EJ Sablan. The Friars have All-Island first team players in every position, including second-year goaltender Jacob Toves and defensemen Nicolai Ska Medina and Kai Pahl. EJ Manibusan and Nainoa Norton were also elected in the first team as midfielders; and Sablan at the front.
FD has allowed just four goals in eight games this season, two each against St. John’s and Harvest.
The third place matches and the championship will take place on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the National Training Center of the Guam Football Association. They are scheduled at 4.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. respectively.
The No.2 Notre Dame Royals are already in the final, due to their 3-1 victory over No.3 seed Guam High School last week.
They will face the winner of the No. 4 Academy of Notre-Dame de Guam, against the No. 1 seeded St. John’s School.
The match for third place and the championship is scheduled for Friday, November 19 at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. The site is still technically to be decided and is supposed to be hosted by the highest seed remaining.
CrosCountryThe IIAAG All-Island Cross Country meet is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 18 at Two Lovers Point.
The St. John’s Knights have last year’s top male player Alex Clark back, but the girls’ field is wide open as Liliana Fennessey of Guam High has moved.
Guam High defends the titles of the men’s and women’s teams.