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    JPN-KOR Intercollegiate Hockey

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 21日 Saturday

    Japanese and Korean Ivy schools Waseda University and Korea University have started their annual friendly ice hockey matches with the games on 20-21 March 2009 in Higashifushimi, Tokyo. The series will be hosted by each university on alternate years. The two schools already have annual competitions in various sports such as football (soccer) and basketball.

    Similarly, rival schools Keio University of Japan and Yonsei University of Korea have also began holding annual ice hockey games between them which started with Keio’s visit to Korea in mid-February this year.

    (From Breakaway #016)

    This may be a great trickledown effect of the Asia League with barriers between the hockey playing nations of Asia slowly falling away, let’s hope that further hockey exchanges like this continue between Asian nations for the development of Asian hockey. 

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    Sports(wo)manship at its best

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 May 4日 Sunday

    So, this is a show of sports(wo)manship at its best. Everyone always talks about being a good sport, but this is just incredible. Congrats to the Central Washington team.

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – With two runners on base and a strike against her, Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon University uncorked her best swing and did something she had never done, in high school or college. Her first home run cleared the center-field fence.

    But it appeared to be the shortest of dreams come true when she missed first base, started back to tag it and collapsed with a knee injury.

    She crawled back to first but could do no more. The first-base coach said she would be called out if her teammates tried to help her. Or, the umpire said, a pinch runner could be called in, and the homer would count as a single.

    Then, members of the Central Washington University softball team stunned spectators by carrying Tucholsky around the bases Saturday so the three-run homer would count – an act that contributed to their own elimination from the playoffs.

    Central Washington first baseman Mallory Holtman, the career home run leader in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, asked the umpire if she and her teammates could help Tucholsky.

    The umpire said there was no rule against it.

    So Holtman and shortstop Liz Wallace put their arms under Tucholsky’s legs, and she put her arms over their shoulders. The three headed around the base paths, stopping to let Tucholsky touch each base with her good leg.

    “The only thing I remember is that Mallory asked me which leg was the one that hurt,” Tucholsky said. “I told her it was my right leg and she said, ‘OK, we’re going to drop you down gently and you need to touch it with your left leg,’ and I said ‘OK, thank you very much.”‘

    “She said, ‘You deserve it, you hit it over the fence,’ and we all kind of just laughed.”

     

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