European athletes of the week
Last week: Katz, a right-handed senior for Heidelberg’s high school-aged players, allowed no hits and struck out 12 in the Lions’ 17-1 season-opening victory Saturday at Wiesbaden. “He walked a couple of batters in the first inning,” said Katz’s father, Sal, an assistant coach with the team who was watching his son pitch for Heidelberg for the first time. “He mowed them down after that. Nobody got a ball out of the infield.” The elder Katz missed his son’s previous season because of a deployment downrange. The younger Katz made up for that with the no-hitter, during which he mixed a changeup with his good fastball. Katz hopes to continue his pitching success next year at California State University, Northridge. In Europe, baseball is run by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation department’s Youth Services, not DODDS, but teams observe school eligibility rules and players can earn school letters.
Hanau High School
Last week: Oloi, a sophomore whose teammates shorten her Samoan first name to “Fei,” has marked her move from goalkeeper last season to striker in s2007 by scoring 10 goals and assisting on three as Hanau has opened its first Division III season 4-0-1. Three of those goals and two of the assists came in Saturday’s 6-0 victory over Ansbach that left Hanau in the III-South driver’s seat at 4-0-0. Hanau’s tie, 1-1, came against Vilseck of Division II, Hanau’s category last year. “Teams have started to key on [Oloi], and that has helped open up the field, allowing us to score from other areas,” Hanau coach Sam Cassou wrote Monday in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes. Despite her youth, Oloi is not intimidated by older players, Cassou added. “She has played a sport every season since her freshman year,” Cassou wrote of the All-Europe volleyball, basketball and soccer player. “She performs well under pressure.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff