Key dates, team capsules
Significant datesTuesday, Oct. 18Okinawa Activities Council district doubles championship, Kadena vs. Kubasaki, site to be determined 3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 24Okinawa Activities Council district singles championship, Kubasaki vs. Kadena, site to be determined, 3 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 28-Saturday, Oct. 29Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Tennis Tournaments, Seoul Foreign School
Tuesday, Nov. 1Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools varsity tennis tournament, Shirako Tennis Complex, Shirako, Chiba Prefecture.
Friday, Nov. 4Okinawa Activities Council district mixed doubles championship, Kadena vs. Kubasaki, site to be determined, 9 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 7-Wednesday, Nov. 10Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Pacific Far East High School Tennis Tournament, Risner Tennis Complex, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa
Team capsules Division I
Seoul American Falcons, Yongsan GarrisonCoach — David Abbott, first seasonKey performers — Boys, Russell Midomaru, Sr. (third in Far East singles in 2008 and ’09, fourth last year), Ronald Midomaru, So.; Jay Han, Sr. (Far East mixed doubles champion). Girls, Carson Allen, Jr. (Far East mixed doubles champion).Overview — Boys contending, girls rebuilding. May be Falcons’ strongest boys contingent in years. Could be elder Midomaru’s time, finally; Han adds veteran doubles depth, as does Allen, younger sister of 2007 Far East singles champion Kennedy Allen.
Kadena Panthers, Kadena Air BaseCoach — Robert Bliss, fifth season.Key performers — Boys, Donovan Tracy, Jr. (fourth in Far East doubles last year); Scott Vogel, Jr.. Girls, Erika Youngdahl, Jr. (third at Far East singles last year, fourth in 2009; second in Far East doubles last year); Joanna Racine, Jr.Overview — Boys rebuilding, girls contending. Arlo Taylor became the last of Bliss’ four years of boys contenders to depart, transferring to Yokota. Youngdahl attempting to take that last step toward a singles title.
Kubasaki Dragons, Camp FosterCoach — Stephanie Davis, third season.Key performers — Boys, Dale Tubat, Jr.; Lucas Board, Sr. Nicholas Erazo, Sr.; Tyler Burkhalter, Sr. Girls, Rimika Ortiz, Sr.,; Erika Cole, Sr.; Adria Robinson, Sr.; Christina Yacomo, Jr.Overview — The mother of all rebuilding jobs, Davis says. Boys and girls lineups once again hit hard by graduation and transfers; Dragons graduated their entire lineup of senior girls.
Yokota Panthers, Yokota Air BaseCoach — Tommy Palmer, sixth season.Key performers — Boys, Arlo Taylor, Sr. (transfer from Kadena; Far East singles runner-up last year); E.J. Bagtas, Jr.; Warren Manegan, Jr.; Shintaro Clanton, So. Girls, Anju Yamanaka, Jr.; Misa Brophy, Sr.; Erika Ettl, Sr. (Far East singles runner-up last year); Emily Beemsterboer, Jr.Overview — Contending, contending, contending. May be Palmer’s deepest and most experienced lineup top to bottom in both boys and girls ever. Panthers return their entire Far East girls lineup. Taylor and Ettl are each hungry to take that last step toward a singles title in their senior campaigns.
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils, Yokosuka Naval BaseCoach — Nicolas Hindie, 10th season.Key performers — Boys, Neil Pothula, Jr.; Mitchell Cleary, Jr.; Joseph Perez, So.; Nigel Shaw, Sr. Girls, Monica Henry, Jr.; Megan Sibayan, Sr.Overview — Rebuilding. May be Hindie’s youngest squad yet; most are just starting to learn how to hold rackets.
Daegu American Warriors, Camp GeorgeCoach — Ed Thompson, eighth season.Key performers — Boys, Matthew Hwang, Jr.; Alexander Georges, Jr.; Sean Oh, Jr.; Luke Favor, Jr.; River Shank, Fr. Girls, Christina Thompson, Jr.; Carlotta Cepria, Sr.Overview — Boys reloading, girls rebuilding.
Osan American Cougars, Osan Air BaseCoach - Geoff Starron, first season.Key performers — Boys, Alex Mayers, team captain. Girls, Kim Porter, team captain.Overview — Rebuilding. Starron becomes just the second coach in school history, and faces the same hurdles Bruce Barker did: Small school, plenty of turnover, which make it hard to develop program players and even field full teams.
Matthew C. Perry Samurai, Marine Corps Air Station IwakuniCoach — Mark Lange, second season.Key performer — Boys, Sam Cadavos, Jr. (Far East mixed doubles runner-up with senior Rebekah Harwell); Yuta Fleming, Sr.; Tyelor Apple, Sr.; Alex Barker, Sr.; Jon Cadavos, Jr. Girls, Rebekah Harwell, Sr.; Anne Naseer, Jr.; Alicia Saiki, Sr.; Jennifer Shibazaki, Sr.Overview — Contending for second straight Division II team title. Girls in particular could be strong, as well as improved Sam Cadavos. Good chemistry; these players enjoy the game, Lange says.
E.J. King Cobras, Sasebo Naval BaseCoach — McKinzy Best, second season.Key performers — Boys, Adam Sobieck, Sr.; Paul Asyn, Jr. Girls, Momoka Simmons, Sr.; Isabelle Gomez, Jr. (transfer from Matthew C. Perry).Overview — Rebuilding, but Best hopes his Cobras will be more competitive this season.
Robert D. Edgren Eagles, Misawa Air BaseCoach — Mark Williams, second season.Key performers — Boys, Yanni Baroy, Fr. Girls, Kelli Braun, Sr.; Rachel Tyo, So.Overview — Rebuilding, rebuilding, rebuilding. Boys have just one player as of Wednesday. Just two experienced players on the girls side.
Zama American Trojans, Camp Zama/Atsugi Naval Air FacilityCoach — Wanda Finley, sixth season.Key performer — Boys, Kenichi Mishler, Jr.Overview — Rebuilding. Core of five seniors have departed, leaving the Trojans very young and inexperienced.