ESCANABA - Offspring of former area residents continue to be successful in athletic forums around the world.
On the island of Okinawa, Stanley Srock had a banner season for Kadena High School. The grandson of Joyce Srock of Gladstone won championships in football and basketball and runner-up honors in soccer and earned Athlete of the Year honors from Stars and Stripes Pacific.
He was quarterback as the Panthers won their second Far East Class AA football title in three years, leading them to an 8-0 mark while outscoring opponents 349-25.
Sports editor Dennis Grall
Kadena's basketball team wented 32-9 as Srock drew the toughest defensive assignments en route to the school's ninth Class AA crown.
He led the soccer team with 18 goals as the Panthers finished 13-10-1, losing to Hong Kong International in the Class AA soccer tournament. Srock was named All-East for the fourth straight year.
"He tends to lead by example rather than bravado," his father, Steve, who is also the offensive coordinator, told Stars and Stripes. "He competes for the love of competition and the sport he is involved in."
Srock will play soccer at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Col., an NCAA Division II school in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Meanwhile, Gunnar Eastman of Green Bay Southwest High School was named baseball player of the year by the Green Bay Press-Gazette. He will play for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Eastman was 10-1 with a 1.92 ERA to earn co-player of the year honors in the Fox River Valley Conference as the Trojans won their first league title since 2002. He also batted .344 wiith 26 RBIs while scoring 28 times.
"He was the ace of aces in the conference," said Southwest coach Tim Kelly. "He definitely is a big reason why we were as successful as we were."
Eastman is the son of Greg and Maria Eastman and grandson of Carl and June Eastman and Jerry and Carol Sachinski of Escanaba.
Former Escanaba High School athlete Tony Vanlerberghe's success is living on with his daughter Ashtyn.
Ashtyn Vanlerberghe's Hurricanes U10 fastpitch softball travel team has won championships in Kalamazoo and Elkhart, Ind. this summer and recently finished second in the state tourney in Elkton Rapids. The team will compete in the NSA Class A World Series in Charlotte, N.C. July 24-31.
She is also playing on the Gull Lake age 7-8 all-star team (pitching machine league) with Kaitlynn Brannstrom, the daughter of former Rapid River High School boys basketball coach Ken Brannstrom. In fact, Vanlerberghe and Brannstrom have worked together as basketball officials.
* Former Escanaba High School athlete Spike Houle will be trying to beat his alma mater this fall.
Houle has joined the varsity football staff at Marquette High School and will serve under first-year coach Mike L'Huillier. Houle won the Gessner Trophy in 2001 as the top EHS senior student/athlete.
* Scott Hudson has been named basketball coach at Evansville, Ind. Central High School. The Class 4A school has about 1,600 students. The twin brother of Escanaba coach Tracy Hudson was coaching Butler, Ind. East Side.