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Cross countrySaturday At American Community School-Cobham: Alconbury, Lakenheath, Menwith Hill, Cobham.At American Overseas School of Rome/Marymount International School of Rome: Aviano, Milan, Naples, Sigonella, AOSR, Marymount.At Florence: Vicenza, Florence.At Frankfurt International School: Baumholder, Bitburg, FIS.At Kaiserslautern: Heidelberg, Mannheim, Patch, Ramstein, Wiesbaden, Kaiserslautern.At St. John’s of Brussels: AFNORTH, Brussels, International School of Brussels, SHAPE, St. John’s.At Vilseck: Ansbach, Bamberg, Hohenfels, Munich International School, Vilseck.

FootballSaturdayDivision I—Ramstein at Vilseck, Kaiserslautern at Heidelberg, Patch at Lakenheath.Division II—International School of Brussels at Bitburg, Wiesbaden at SHAPE, Naples at Mannheim, Aviano at Ansbach.Division III—Vicenza at Hohenfels, AFNORTH at Sigonella.Division IV—Alconbury at Brussels, Menwith Hill at Rota.Interdivisional—Baumholder at Bamberg, 7 p.m.

GolfThursdayAt Ramstein: Baumholder, Bitburg, Kaiserslautern, Ramstein.At Vilseck: Bamberg, Heidelberg, Patch, Wiesbaden, Vilseck.

TennisSaturday Ramstein at Lakenheath; Alconbury at SHAPE; International School of Brussels at AFNORTH; Baumholder at Brussels; Kaiserslautern at Bitburg; Mannheim at Wiesbaden; Heidelberg at Bamberg; Vilseck at Patch; Black Forest Academy at Hohenfels; Aviano and Sigonella at American Overseas School of Rome; Vicenza at Florence; Milan and Naples at Marymount International School of Rome.

VolleyballSaturdayAt American Community School-Cobham: Alconbury, Lakenheath, Menwith Hill, CobhamAt American Overseas School of Rome: Aviano, Sigonella, AOSRAt Black Forest Academy: Ansbach, WiesbadenAt Marymount International School of Rome: Milan, MarymountAt Florence: Vicenza, FlorenceAt Frankfurt International School: Baumholder, Bitburg, FISAt Heidelberg: Mannheim, Patch, Ramstein, HeidelbergAt SHAPE: AFNORTH, Brussels, Kaiserslautern, SHAPEAt Vilseck: Bamberg, Hohenfels

Game of t he weekGirls volleyballAviano vs. SigonellaWhen: 10 a.m. SaturdayWhere: American Overseas School of Rome gymWhat’s at stake: 100th straight league victoryAviano opens the American Schools in Italy League season with a chance for its 100th straight conference victory, according to the coach who was at the helm for the previous 99, Hans Hillestad.

"This (streak) dates back to October 2000, when we lost an ASIL semifinal against Naples," said Hillestad, whose Saints are the defending European Division II champions. "Aviano has won nine conference championships in a row, dating back to 1999, and three of the last four European championships."

Although most of the Aviano student body and parents will miss the milestone game, some of the players who helped the streak along have e-mailed their support to Hillestad.

"…I think it’s ridiculously exciting and I just wish I could be there to see it played," wrote Jessica Corder, the 2005 European D-II tournament MVP. "I hope your guys’ 100th win is a good game. An exciting game. Aviano was always good at exciting games (as well as blowouts), right?"

Sigonella, which plays in the smallest-schools division of DODDS-Europe, Division IV, will be playing to win, wrote Jaguars’ coach Shawn McCarthy on Wednesday. He said the Jaguars took Aviano to a decisive fifth game for the ASIL title in 2005 before losing 13-15.

"I encourage the team to play each match…at 100 percent," he wrote. "When we start putting too much stress on a single point or a single match, we tend to play differently, often with inferior results."

Hillestad said there’s much more at stake Saturday than his team’s streak.

"Win or lose," he wrote, "it’s all about individual growth. Learning sportsmanship, work ethic and personal responsibility is far more important than any "W" or "L."

Even if this particular "W" would be the 100th in a row.


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