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Athletes of Week

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 18, 2008

Destinee’ Harrison

Basketball

Seoul American

Last week: Nearly averaged double figures in scoring and rebounding as the Falcons won all three games they played last week — all on the road — to improve to 13-1 on the season.

Harrison, a sophomore, scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Seoul won 58-33 on Wednesday at Osan American. Her 16 points and 10 rebounds on Friday boosted the Falcons 66-34 at Daegu American. She finished the week Saturday with 20 points and seven boards in a 62-18 pounding at Taejon Christian International.

"She is a force on the boards and very difficult to stop inside the paint," coach Billy Ratcliff said of Harrison. "Destinee’ is a hard worker both on and off the court. She is extremely coachable and improves an aspect of her overall game in every practice."

Tony Presnell

Wrestling

Yokota

Last week: Began his 2008-09 season the way he ended 2007-08, taking the 168-pound title in Saturday’s All-Japan Invitational tournament for DODDS-Pacific and Tokyo-area Japanese and international schools, held at Capps Gym, Yokota High School. Presnell is the defending Far East Tournament 158-pound gold medalist.

Presnell, a senior, won all three of his bouts en route to the gold medal. The victories came despite Presnell still nursing a sore shoulder, which he separated during football season. It forced him to sit out the Robert D. Edgren Invitational a week earlier at Misawa Air Base, but he came out firing at Yokota.

"He’s really smart. He never takes anything for granted … and that makes him a better wrestler," coach Brian Kitts said of Presnell. "He’s a natural leader, a natural competitor. Any school would be lucky to have him."

— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff


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