Europe athletes of the week
Last week: Bintz, a senior, upped her average to six kills and five service points per game in leading the Barons to the Division II-North conference title.
Bintz’s “strong leadership skills have improved the play of her teammates,” says coach Sharon Kroll, whose Lady Barons rolled to a 10-1 record, with five of those victories coming against Division I teams.
The only loss of the season for the Lady Barons came last weekend against Frankfurt International School, who is seeded third in this week’s Division I tournament.
Kroll added that Bintz’s enthusiasm also provides a significant lift for the Lady Barons, who are seeded third for the European D-2 event, behind Italy powers Aviano, the defending European D-2 champs, and Naples.
Last week: Willis-Morris, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound sophomore, completed 16 of 24 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 89 yards and two touchdowns as the Cougars routed AFNORTH 52-16.
“We really needed John to play his best game of the year against an outstanding AFNORTH team on Saturday,” Ansbach coach Marcus George stated in an e-mail on Monday. “He did.”
Willis-Morris — who has completed 61 of 103 for 786 yards and 10 TDs with three interceptions and who has rushed for 231 yards and nine TDs — played his cards perfectly on Saturday, George stated.
“He made all the right adjustments — on his own,” George said. “John has stepped into a tough role, leading a team with no returning starters ... John stepped up and has done a great job.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff