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Devin PryorFootball

Alconbury

Last week: Pryor, a 5-10, 147-pound junior tailback, carried just six times for 180 yards and scored four touchdowns on the road Saturday as the Dragons defeated the Brussels Brigands 42-0 to end a two-year losing streak. The game was called at halftime by the 39-point courtesy rule, which left Pryor with fewer than 24 minutes to amass his gaudy numbers.

"Every time he touched the ball," Alconbury coach Duke Eidt said Sunday by telephone, "something happened."

Three of the things that happened were touchdown runs of 31, 74 and 10 yards. A fourth happening involved a 42-yard punt return for a TD that allowed Pryor to show off his wheels.

"He has good speed for our league (Division IV)," Eidt said. "He has fantastic football speed, which means he moves as fast horizontally as he does vertically. You can’t teach that."

Charnel AustinVolleyball

Ramstein

Last week: Austin, a junior All-Europe outside hitter-setter, posted percentages of .571 for kill efficiency, .722 for serves and .929 for serve and defense receptions Saturday as the three-time defending European Division I champion Lady Royals posted 3-0 victories over Mannheim and Patch.

The numbers "are dynamic statistics to have under one’s belt starting off the season," Ramstein coach Hia Sebastian wrote in a Tuesday e-mail. "Charnel’s success can be traced back to her early playing experience, starting at age 12, with USA Volleyball’s Junior Olympic program. . . ."

Austin averaged 3.3 kills per game in the openers, nearly a full point-per-game improvement over last season’s 2.37.

"Charnel has a keen eye ... for reading the defense in order to set up her offensive plays ... " Sebastian wrote. "Charnel’s key component is ‘consistency’ in handling the ball in all phases of the game whether it be serving, setting, passing on defense or attacking."

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