By the end of this week, the fastest cross-country runners, a men’s soccer champion and a women’s volleyball champion will emerge from the first set of sports organized by the Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam.
The most valuable players for football and cross-country were chosen, as well as the All-Island teams. In cross-country, the All-Island meet will determine the top runners from Guam’s non-public schools.
Despite finishing third in the regular season, the St. John’s Knights are alive and well and will continue their quest to become IIAAG champions again.
At 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, the Knights will visit No. 2 seed Harvest Christian Academy to see which team will earn a ticket to the championship game. St. John’s is led by junior goalkeeper Miles Ganeb along with defenders Aidan Johnson and Hayden Crisfield, and midfielders Andrew Stenson and Jason Palomares.
They will face the Eagles, who also have solid defense in Christian Shinohara and Kosuke Ishii, as well as newly eligible keeper Traven Kaae, who went goalless in 58 minutes against Father Duenas.
In the other IIAAG football semi-final, also on Nov. 17, the top-ranked FD will face Guam High, the No. 4 seed.
The Panthers placed a player on the all-island team in senior Matua Finona. He and the rest of the Panthers will have their work cut out for them. The Panthers were unable to score against FD in two games, as they allowed 17 goals.
The Brothers have an all-star roster led by MVP EJ Sablan. The Friars have first-team All-Island players in every position, including second-year guard Jacob Toves and defenders Nicolai Ska Medina and Kai Pahl. EJ Manibusan and Nainoa Norton were also voted into the first team as midfielders; and Sablan up front.
FD has allowed just four goals in eight games this season, two against St. John’s and Harvest.
The third-place and championship matches will take place on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the Guam Football Association’s National Training Center. They are scheduled at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. respectively.
The No. 2 Notre Dame Royals are already in the finals, by virtue of their 3-1 victory over the No. 3 seed Guam High School last week.
They will face the No. 4 Academy winner Notre Dame of Guam, against the No. 1 seed St. John’s School.
The match for third place and the championship are scheduled for Friday, November 19 at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. The site is technically TBD and is believed to be hosted by the highest remaining seed.
Crosthe countryThe IIAAG All-Island Cross Country meet is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 at Two Lovers Point.
The St. John’s Knights have last year’s top returning male finisher, Alex Clark, but the girls’ field is wide open as Guam High’s Liliana Fennessey moved.
Guam High defends the boys’ and girls’ tag team titles.