Gabe WilliamsFootball


Last week: Williams, a 5-foot-10, 165-pounder consigned by Hanau’s Division IV status to playing nine-man football his senior year, burned Brussels for 300 yards rushing and five touchdowns Saturday in a 62-23 Panthers victory.

Don’t let the absence of two potential tacklers on the field mislead you, cautions Williams’ coach, Sam Cassou.

“Although his stats will be looked at in the context of nine-man football, I believe he would have started anywhere in Europe,” Cassou wrote Tuesday in an e-mail. “He is a true ‘north-south’ back who can break a tackle to make the big gain.”

Cassou added that Williams’ work ethic helped him become Hanau’s leading rusher last year. “He is the hardest-working athlete I have known at Hanau,” Cassou wrote. “He is constantly in the weight room....”

Lisa McBrideVolleyball


Last week: McBride, a junior who made the All-Europe first team as a sophomore, handed out 40 assists Saturday as the Lady Lancers of D-I walloped Alconbury of D-IV. In addition, she served 11 aces and posted five kills and two digs, according to her coach, Kathy Schick.

“Lisa has stepped up her game this year,” Schick wrote Monday in an e-mail. Pointing to McBride’s five kills, Schick added, “She is not only our setter, but she is becoming a threat along the net as well.”

McBride has 52 assists and 16 aces for the season.

“She is looking for the open holes on the court and placing the ball very well,” Schick wrote. “I know she will continue to improve and I am very excited to see her grow as a setter.”

— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff

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