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Amid coronavirus concerns, spring tryouts begin on Okinawa

Kubasaki's Kaisei Taylor and Aden Leggio scuffle for the ball.

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By DAVE ORNAUER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 1, 2020

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa – Some DODEA-Pacific high school athletes lashed back at the concerns over novel coronavirus by beginning tryouts for the spring sports season.

Tryouts began only at two schools Saturday: baseball, softball and soccer at Kubasaki and Kadena on Okinawa. Track and field begins its tryouts on Monday, and all sports in DODEA-Japan will follow starting Monday, with Zama the last to hit the fields on Wednesday.

DODEA-Korea tryouts will have to wait, since those schools remain closed for at least another week. The decision to keep DODEA-Japan and Okinawa schools open was announced on Friday by DODEA-Pacific’s area office on Okinawa.

Schedules in all sports for all regions have yet to be announced. DODEA-Europe's spring season is scheduled to begin with soccer games on March 14.

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Goalkeeper Cameron Oliver stops a shot during Saturday's Kubasaki boys soccer tryouts.
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