Hiroshi Ikezawa

For Hiroshi Ikezawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Big Bears, Fighters to square off in Koshien Bowl

Dec 4, 2016

Big Bears, Fighters to square off in Koshien Bowl

Yuta Sasaki threw three touchdown passes in the first half as the Waseda University Big Bears routed the Tohoku University Hornets 47-2 on Sunday at Amino Vital Field in Chofu, Tokyo, in the Eastern Japan Championship. The Big Bears earned a berth in the ...

Big Bears clinch back-to-back Kanto collegiate championships

Nov 27, 2016

Big Bears clinch back-to-back Kanto collegiate championships

The Waseda University Big Bears, who needed some help from other teams to clinch back-to-back Kanto collegiate championships, did get the assistance and also did their part. Kazuhiro Sugai rushed for a team-high 86 yards and a score and the defense whitewashed the Nihon ...

Quarterback guru Knapp brings message to Japan

Oct 16, 2016

Quarterback guru Knapp brings message to Japan

Greg Knapp has coached numerous quarterbacks over his 21-year coaching career, from Hall of Famer Steve Young to Michael Vick, Matt Schaub, Carson Palmer and Peyton Manning. His current mission is to develop Trevor Siemian and first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch to be the ...

BigBlue hold off Silver Star in thriller

Sep 25, 2016

BigBlue hold off Silver Star in thriller

Ryo Takagi rushed 37 yards for the decisive score and defensive back Go Sano made a touchdown-saving pass defense on the final play as the IBM BigBlue improved to 2-1 with a 34-27 win over the Asahi Beer Silver Star on Sunday at Fujitsu ...

Gardner shines in debut but fails to lead Rise to win

Aug 28, 2016

Gardner shines in debut but fails to lead Rise to win

Devin Gardner’s X League debut turned out to be a bittersweet experience. The former Michigan quarterback threw a touchdown pass to Jeremy Gallon, another ex-Wolverine, and scored another, but failed to lead his Nojima Sagamihara Rise to a victory over the Obic Seagulls, who ...

IBM Big Blue edge Lixil Deers for Pearl Bowl title

Jun 14, 2016

IBM Big Blue edge Lixil Deers for Pearl Bowl title

A controversial call cost the Lixil Deers a Pearl Bowl victory and gave the IBM BigBlue a first X League title. Kevin Craft threw three touchdown passes as the BigBlue survived a late comeback by the Deers to wrap up a 21-20 victory in ...

Kawaguchi developed unique training skills overseas

Apr 22, 2016

Kawaguchi developed unique training skills overseas

Masafumi Kawaguchi is not interested in the past. Not even in his brilliant American football career. What he values are his experiences, which have helped him establish his unique training method. “European and American athletes use their bodies in a completely different way from ...

Impulse down Frontiers to win Japan X Bowl

Dec 14, 2015

Impulse down Frontiers to win Japan X Bowl

The X League championship is heading to western Japan for the first time since 2008. So is the overall national championship. Tetsuo Takata threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Taiji Koyama with 1:11 remaining as the Panasonic Impulse defeated the defending national champion Fujitsu ...

Frontiers, Impulse in X Bowl showdown

Dec 10, 2015

Frontiers, Impulse in X Bowl showdown

The X League’s No. 1 passer faces its stingiest defense when two undefeated teams fight for the X League championship in the Japan X Bowl on Monday at Tokyo Dome. The defending champion Fujitsu Frontiers quarterback Colby Cameron set the league’s single-season records for ...