It’s all-Kanto, all the time atop the latest edition of Sports Blog’s high school basketball Top 10s and wrestling Fine Five.
1, Yokota, Japan (10-0): Still playing at elite level, a solid favorite in next month’s Far East Division II Tournament.
2, Kadena, Okinawa (18-6): Level at 2-2 against Kubasaki in regular-season and tournament play; captured Okinawa-American Friendship Tournament on buzzer-beater vs. Dragons.
3, Kubasaki, Okinawa (18-7): Led all but the final second of the Oki-Am final; game could have gone either way.
4, Seoul American (11-0): A Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Blue Division title in coach James Davis’ first season; but oh, that scare against Osan two weeks ago.
5, George Washington, Guam (7-1): Kind of a surprise bursting out of the gate, took the league’s preseason tournament title.
6, Osan American, South Korea (7-2): Up one notch after giving the Falcons that close shave two weeks ago; Nick White has been on fire.
7, John F. Kennedy, Guam (5-2): One of four teams expected to contend for top honors on island, playing like it.
8, Matthew C. Perry, Japan (14-1): Stumbled last weekend in the Western Japan Athletic Association Tournament, but still playing solidly.
9, E.J. King, Japan (10-5): Cobras 6-2 in last eight, captured second straight WJAA Tournament title.
10, Okkodo, Guam (6-3): Third of four Guam teams in hunt for island title, not as good a start as they’d hoped for.
1, American School In Japan (10-2): Still have the height plus serviceable guard play to make run at second straight Far East D-I title.
2, Kadena (19-6): Have come on strong since slow season start, second in MLK, winners of Oki-Am for fourth straight year.
3, Southern, Guam (12-1): Season complete.
4, Seoul American (10-1): Following season-opening overtime loss, Falcons have gotten it together, 10 straight wins.
5, Yokota (9-2): Panthers are even in their last four games after 7-0 start.
6, Okkodo, Guam (11-2): Season complete.
7, Taejon Christian International (10-2): Like Yokota, Dragons have gone 2-2 in last four after gangbusters start.
8, John F. Kennedy, Guam (10-3): Season complete.
9, Seoul Foreign (8-3): Any time Maddie Thies is on the court, Crusaders are in the game with a chance to win.
10, Robert D. Edgren (7-2): Vanessa Black is still this team’s unquestioned leader, but Coko Magby is having some say in the Eagles’ success.
1, Nile C. Kinnick: Captured Kanto Plain regular-season title with 12-0 dual-meet mark, has won titles in three tournaments; body of work moves them ahead of Kadena.
2, Kadena: But not by much. Panthers swept the regular-season series with Kubasaki; have no tournament experience (yet; they’ll host Okinawa Open on Saturday).
3, Seoul American: Unbeaten regular season thus far in Korea, placed third at the “Beast” Tournament earlier this month
4, Kubasaki: Four dual-meet losses to Kadena, fourth-place showing at “Beast,” best team without a victory this season.
5, Roberrt D. Edgren: Best of the Division II lot in Japan, could make deep run at a Far East Tournament D-II title repeat.