Far East athletes of the week
Taegu American, South Korea
Last week: Recorded 39 set assists in emergency starting duty and helped the Warriors to victories over the Seoul Foreign Crusaders on Friday and the Seoul American Falcons on Saturday — the first time in school history that Taegu has beaten the two teams in one weekend.
Hallenbeck, a sophomore transfer from Irmo, S.C. and a 4.0 student, filled in ably for starter Michelle Weal, who was sidelined by illness. The Warriors also beat the Falcons for the first time since the 1999 season, with coach Jennifer Sharp beating her old mentor, Denny Hilgar, who coached her at Seoul American in 1990 and ’91.
With nobody available who had set before, Sharp tried out the entire team and “we had a good feeling about her,” Sharp said of Hallenbeck.
“Courtney has so many of the qualities coaches hope for in athletes. She has such a positive attitude and strong work ethic. I can tell her something once, she does it and she doesn’t forget. She obviously works well under pressure, and what a pressure situation we put her in. She is only going to get better from here.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff
Seoul American, South Korea
Last week: Played a huge role on both sides of the ball in leading the Falcons past Osan American 29-12 Saturday at Osan Air Base in the DODDS-Korea Football League opener for both teams. Snow, a senior, ran for 68 yards and touchdowns of 1 and 30 yards on 10 carries, recorded 12 tackles and recovered a fumble.
Snow, a 3.3 grade-point average student and two-year president of the Student Council, is one of four returning starters from last season.
Snow wrestled for coach Julian Harden last winter and cut down his weight and increased his speed and quickness, and Harden decided to move Snow from the offensive line to fullback/nose guard.
“We thought he’d be a great asset to the program, especially since we didn’t have any returning running backs,” Harden said. “He’s out there putting out just as much effort, if not more, than anybody else. He’s generally one of the last to leave practice. He mentors and tutors the new guys on blocking skills and assignments. He has a can-do attitude, which the guys like to gravitate to. And he’s an all-around nice guy."