Europe athletes of the week
Kasy’e LalauGirls basketball
Patch High School, Germany
Last week: Lalau, a 6-foot junior, had the inside game of the season so far as Patch swept Friday and Saturday at Bamberg. Lalau collected 20 rebounds and blocked 13 shots in Friday’s 28-27 triumph, then came back Saturday for 18 rebounds and eight blocks in a 40-23 victory.
“Bamberg kept trying to shoot under the basket near Kasy’e,” Patch coach Walter Fritz said. “Kasy’e is a very physical and a very smart player who understands how to block out and get a rebound.”
Lalau, already an All-European in volleyball and softball, is on track for similar status in basketball, Fritz predicted.
She “. . . is an instinctual player who is easily coached — very mature and will develop into a major force in the next years to come.”
Charles WhatleyBoys basketball
Bitburg High School, Germany
Last week: Whatley, a 5-8, 235-pound guard, grabbed an offensive rebound and banked home a six-footer at the buzzer on Saturday as the Division II Barons claimed a 52-51 road victory at Ramstein to complete a two-game home-and-home sweep of the D-1 Royals. The clutch bucket gave Whatley 16 points for the game.
“Charles is our leader, our guard,” said Bitburg coach Lin Hairstone of his senior, who came to Bitburg from Misawa, Japan, as a junior.
“With nine seconds left in the game,” Hairstone said, “Ramstein was inbounding the ball under our basket. Nick Brown got a piece of the ball, gained possession but missed his shot. Patrick Hardy rebounded and missed and the ball went to Charles. He banked in a six-footer from the other side of the lane.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff