Ali Shimasaki, right, gives Guam High an edge on special teams. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES
Ali Shimasaki, right, gives Guam High an edge on special teams. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES

Football: Panthers' success could hinge on progress on line

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – Ali Shimasaki finished the second of her three practice field goals and now moved the kicking block back to the 35-yard line.

The Guam High senior, 17, had played soccer her entire life, from virtually when she was able to walk. She scored a team-high 14 goals to power Guam’s girls soccer team to fourth place in the island playoffs last May.

But now, there she was in Panthers purple and gold, shoulder pads and helmet, lining up for a 45-yard practice field goal, during a three-day visit to Yokota for a combine featuring schools from Okinawa, Japan and Guam.

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