In April 2014, three different Sabers teams will participate in AISA events.
10-13 April 2014: The boys soccer team will travel to Seoul International School in Seoul, South Korea. The girls soccer team will travel to Yokohama International School in Yokohama. And the swim team will travel to Korea International School in Seoul.
All Sabers athletes interested in representing SOIS at these events must first get permission from parents and teachers. Team members have received paper copies of the letters and permission forms below. Players should submit the permission form to their coach as soon as possible.
Tournament travel letters and permission forms:
1. Boys soccer, AISA, Seoul, first permission letter
2. Girls soccer, AISA, Yokohama, first permission letter
3. Swimming, AISA, Seoul, first permission letter
The SOIS Sabers high school girls varsity basketball team finished in 3rd place in the Association of International Schools in Asia (AISA) tournament held January 24-25, 2014, at Korea International School (KIS) in Seoul. The Sabers won both games on the first day of the tournament, putting them in the semifinals on day two. The Sabers lost to a talented Yokohama International School team, thus putting SOIS in the consolation game, where the Sabers handily defeated Seoul International School.
The Sabers played the tournament shorthanded, with only seven players, and were missing star power forward Rina Dybovskaya. This certainly limited the team's chances, but the remaining SOIS "magnificent seven" showed typical Sabers fighting spirit to capture 3rd place.
Senior veterans Hiroko Wanibuchi and Kana Asai were named to the AISA all-tournament team.
Congratulations to the Sabers girls basketball team on a fine tournament and season. Special thanks to head coach Munetaka Sagara and assistant coach Takako Hirai, both first-year high school basketball coaches, for leading the team so well throughout the season.
After finishing the first day of the 2014 AISA boys basketball tournament at Seoul International School (SIS) with one win and one loss, the SOIS Sabers faced an uphill battle of three games on day two. In the first game, the Sabers rested their starters en route to a comfortable victory over Kent Korea International School. This win set up a semifinal encounter with the heavy tournament favorites, the host SIS Tigers. After falling behind by 10 points at the end of the third quarter, the Sabers battled back to within 1 point in the final minute, only to fall short at the end, losing 47-42. Considering that SIS went on to win the championship game by over 30 points, this close semifinal game was considered by many to be the highlight game of the tournament. The Tigers coaches commented that their team, undefeated on the season (and only one loss last year), had not been challenged this closely all year.
In the consolation game, the Sabers ran out of steam and fell short to the Korea International School Phoenix, thus finishing in 4th place.
Senior captains Kai Stewart and Shaw Iyama were named to the AISA all-tournament team.
Congratulations to the Sabers boys basketball team on a fine tournament and season. Special thanks to Coach Michael Routh for leading the team in his first year as Sabers head coach. Let the off-season training for next year begin. Go Sabers!
The Sabers boys and girls basketball teams are playing in the season-ending AISA tournaments in Seoul, South Korea, Friday and Saturday, January 24-25, 2014.
The girls are playing at Korea International School (KIS), hoping to repeat as AISA champs. The boys are playing at Seoul International School (SIS), also hoping to keep and take home the championship traveling plaque (pictured left).
The boys finished the first day with one win and one loss. The Sabers ran into a tough KIS Phoenix team in the tournament's first game, losing 43-21. After this disappointing start, the Sabers regrouped to defeat the tougher-than-expected Asia Pacific International School Greenhawks 38-24. This second victory saw the Sabers play some strong overall basketball, finishing day one on a positive note.
Their 1 and 1 opening day record means the Sabers need to defeat Korea Kent Foreign School Saturday morning for a chance to play tournament favorite SIS in the semifinals. The last time SOIS needed to play an 8:30 AM Saturday AISA game to reach the semifinals - at KIS in 2012 - the Sabers went on to capture the championship. Let's hope history repeats. Go Sabers!
Coach Heimer, SOIS AD