Games of the week
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 18, 2018
Vicenza at Naples
Friday and Saturday
The only two DODEA-Europe Division I programs in Italy are set to tangle this weekend in a set of games that is always circled on both schools’ calendars regardless of record.
More than bragging rights are at stake this weekend, however.
Both schools’ boys teams will be playing for their first divisional wins. Naples took four Division I losses in a winless December; the Wildcats’ first overall win came as part of a doubleheader split with Division II American Overseas School of Rome last weekend. Vicenza absorbed losses to Stuttgart and Vilseck in December, though they’ll ride south on the momentum of a pair of wins over Division II Marymount last weekend.
The girls games, meanwhile, provide a chance for Naples to further establish itself as a championship favorite. The Wildcats are the last unbeaten girls team in Division I, a mark that includes a Dec. 9 defeat of reigning champion Stuttgart. Vicenza is the last divisional foe on a schedule otherwise populated by lower-division regional opposition, and therefore might represent the most substantial obstacle between the Wildcats and an undefeated regular season.