European athletes of the week for November 5, 2009
Last week: Pryor, a 5-10, 165-pound senior, burned previously unbeaten Sigonella for 350 yards on 35 carries and scored four touchdowns Saturday in the Dragons’ 35-28 road victory over the Jaguars. The victory allowed Alconbury to advance to the European nine-man championship game at noon Saturday in Baumholder.
“The things he can do on a football field are mind-blowing,” Alconbury coach Jeffrey Black said of his star, who has rushed 123 times for 1,410 yards and 12 TDs, made seven receptions for 230 yards and a TD, and scored on an 88-yard punt return and a 90-yard interception return this season.
“It has been no secret that he is our workhorse, and even though other teams may know what’s coming, he’s still hard to stop,” said Black. “He has the ability to dominate a game and change it with just one touch of the ball. That was apparent in last week’s playoff game against Sigonella. On his last touch of the game, he went 52 yards for the game-winning touchdown.”
Megan Augsburger and Olivia RockwellTennisRamstein
Last week: Augsburger (on left in photo) and Rockwell became the first freshmen to win a European high school doubles championship Saturday by downing AFNORTH’s Taylor BonenClark and Stephanie Seitz 5-7, 6-0, 6-4.
According to Ramstein coach Randy Kamperman, the opening set in the final was the first lost in the tournament by the two, who eliminated the No. 1-seeded Patch team of Donna Smales and Sara Reynolds, 6-1, 6-3, on their way to the title.
Augsburger, who transferred to Ramstein from AFNORTH last year, “learned to hit a kicker spin serve which helped her ace quite a few opponents at Europeans, including three aces on second serves,” Kamperman said. Rockwell, he said, “hits the ball hard and away from her opponents with much more pace than they expect.”
The duo’s victory helped lift Ramstein to the Division I team title. According to Kamperman, every Ramstein player who lost did so to the eventual champion in his, her or their categories.
Selected by Stars and Stripes staff