Things learned, observed on Korea’s football fields, basketball courts

Already comfortably ahead in the Peninsula Trophy series and overall in the Pacific, Army got the early jump on Navy in what I’m hereby dubbing flag-football “rivalry week.”

And though it wasn’t the 30-0 blowout it was last December at Yongsan Garrison, Aquil Garner scored three touchdowns, enough for the soldiers to defeat a combined Navy-Marine Corps team 20-12 on Saturday at Seoul American High School’s Sims Field.

A change in the way Navy selects its players made something of a difference, but the sailors and Leathernecks came up just short in preventing Army from taking a 13-3 Peninsula Trophy lead. Soldiers lead the overall Pacific series 36-13, with this coming Saturday’s games at Camp Zama and Torii Station still to be played.

Rather than just using sailors from Naval Forces Korea, the Navy team incorporated sailors from Naval Base Chinhae and Marines from Pusan port. It may make a difference in future games, in the same way it would seem that limiting the Navy team to just sailors from Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan helped Zama’s soldiers even the Commanders Cup series 5-5 last year.

Indoors at Camp Walker’s Kelly Fitness & Sports Center a week ago, Anthony Showers and Osan Air Base’s men’s basketball team continued what it began at the Warrior Classic in October at Yokota Air Base. The Defenders rolled through the U.S. Army Garrison Daegu Invitational Thanksgiving Basketball Classic. Same with Camp Humphreys’ women, who’ve been on a total roll the last two seasons. Let’s see if they can keep this up later this month at the 27th Osan Holiday Basketball Tournament.

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Ornauer on AFN


Stars and Stripes reporter Dave Ornauer talks about the Pacific sports scene on AFN Radio. (Click on right arrow to play file.)


April 17: Dave Ornauer highlights the return of a couple cancelled baseball and softball tournaments, while mentioning the weekend's soccer and track happennings.

April 3: There's still action on the diamonds and tracks before DODDS schools take spring breaks.

March 20: Several DODDS athletes have track records in their sites as season starts off at a sprint.