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Kadena's Allyson Johnson and Gabriela Robles battle for the ball.

Kadena's Allyson Johnson and Gabriela Robles battle for the ball. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Kadena's Allyson Johnson and Gabriela Robles battle for the ball.

Kadena's Allyson Johnson and Gabriela Robles battle for the ball. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Kadena's Jordana Montalvo and Sakura Tanaka battle for the ball.

Kadena's Jordana Montalvo and Sakura Tanaka battle for the ball. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Coach Tony Washington makes his point during Saturday's Kadena girls soccer practice.

Coach Tony Washington makes his point during Saturday's Kadena girls soccer practice. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Kubasaki players do wind sprints at the end of Saturday's boys soccer practice.

Kubasaki players do wind sprints at the end of Saturday's boys soccer practice. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

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

Kubasaki's Kaisei Taylor and Aden Leggio scuffle for the ball. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Kubasaki's Kai Croghan heads the ball.

Kubasaki's Kai Croghan heads the ball. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Sebastian Scherry, a junior transfer from Florida, moves the ball upfield during Saturday's Kubasaki boys soccer tryouts.

Sebastian Scherry, a junior transfer from Florida, moves the ball upfield during Saturday's Kubasaki boys soccer tryouts. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

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

Goalkeeper Cameron Oliver stops a shot during Saturday's Kubasaki boys soccer tryouts. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

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.

ornauer.dave@stripes.com Twitter: @daveornauer

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Dave Ornauer has been employed by or assigned to Stars and Stripes Pacific almost continuously since March 5, 1981. He covers interservice and high school sports at DODEA-Pacific schools and manages the Pacific Storm Tracker.
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