WNL completes 2013-14 campaign
All Sabers and Sabers fans know about WJAA (Western Japan Activities Association) and AISA (Association of International Schools in Asia). But not so many people know about the WNL - Wednesday Night League.
The WNL is a semi-pro basketball league featuring fast-paced full-court games every Wednesday evening in the Sabers gym. Games are played to 11 by ones, gotta win by 2. No zone defenses. No referees: If fouled, call it, if you don't mind being teased for sissiness.
Teams are made up of teachers, staff members, parents, graduates, and other members of the extended Sabers community. Players come from all over the world. A recent evening brought out 20 players from 8 different countries: Japan, Korea, China, Australia, England, Czech Republic, Canada, and the US.
To schedule a tryout to play in the WNL, please contact the WNL commissioner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sabers TV 2013-14 season came to a close with a great final show on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Guests were Coach Hirai, who was presented with the 2014 Sabers Coach of the Year Award, and Coach Searle, who - as one of his final official acts as OIS head of school before moving to Italy - presented the season's final Sabers SportyQuote: "Once a Saber, always a Saber." Coach Hirai and Coach Searle certainly epitomize what it means to be a Saber.
Congratulations, Coach Hirai, and best wishes, Coach Searle.
Sabers TV will start up again in September. Stay tuned. Until then, please check out photos and video at the Sabers TV webpage.
The annual Sabers athletics awards celebration was held Friday, June 6, 2014, in the SOIS theater and cafeteria. In the theater, after a cheerleader performance and a slideshow of Sabers highlight photos, coaches for 19 boys and girls teams made presentations in which they described highlights of the season, thanked managers for their efforts, and awarded Most Improved Player (MIP) and Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards. Then, in the cafeteria, Sabers student-athletes and coaches enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared and served by the SIS PA and OIS PTA.
The culminating event of the evening was the presentation of 2 major two-school athletic awards, the Dr. Fukuda Scholar-Athlete Award and the Sabers Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award. (You can read descriptions of these awards and see photos of past award winners in the “Awards” section of the Sabers athletics website at http://sabers.senri.ed.jp/awards.html.)
2014 SABERS ATHLETICS AWARD WINNERS: a superb collection of athletic, studious, high character Sabers student athletes – congratulations to them all on their well-deserved awards. おめでとうございます。
Sabers runners compete in Toyonaka
Several members of the Sabers running club, coached by Baba-sensei and Ms. Cheney, competed in the Toyono District Track and Field Meet for middle school students on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
In total 11 students from SOIS participated and Fuka Kariya advanced to the finals of the girls 1500 meters.
Well done, Sabers runners.
SIS9 仮屋風香 Fuka Kariya 5'26"
OIS8 馬場優人 Yuto Baba 4'59"
SIS9 藤森史恩 Shion Fujimori 5'03"
SIS7 吉村拓真 Takuma Yoshimura 5'33"
OIS8 ﾊﾞﾝﾄ ﾌﾞﾗﾝﾄﾞﾝ Brandon Bunt 2'40"
SIS8 藤戸美妃 Miki Fujito 2'43"
SIS9 村上ｽﾐｽ 明 May Murakami-Smith 2'45"
SIS7 ﾊﾞ-ｸ 芽良 Kyla Barke 2'58"
SIS7 ｷﾞｬｻﾞｰﾄﾞ ｹｲﾄﾘﾝ Caitlin Gazzard 3'01"
SIS7 鳥枝樹里亜 Julia Torieda 3'04"
SIS9 吉本沙生 Saki Yoshimoto 15"9
Coach Heimer, SOIS AD