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Kadena forward Dianne Abel tries to control the ball as Kubasaki defender Kady Wolf, back right, and goalkeeper Amanda Caskey defend during Friday's game at Kadena High School, Okinawa. Abel had two assists as Kadena won 3-1.

Kadena forward Dianne Abel tries to control the ball as Kubasaki defender Kady Wolf, back right, and goalkeeper Amanda Caskey defend during Friday's game at Kadena High School, Okinawa. Abel had two assists as Kadena won 3-1. (Dave Ornauer / S&S)

Kadena forward Dianne Abel tries to control the ball as Kubasaki defender Kady Wolf, back right, and goalkeeper Amanda Caskey defend during Friday's game at Kadena High School, Okinawa. Abel had two assists as Kadena won 3-1.

Kadena forward Dianne Abel tries to control the ball as Kubasaki defender Kady Wolf, back right, and goalkeeper Amanda Caskey defend during Friday's game at Kadena High School, Okinawa. Abel had two assists as Kadena won 3-1. (Dave Ornauer / S&S)

Kadena Panthers midfielder Brenden Stanford (11) and Kubasaki Dragons sweeper Daniel Ritter (22) battle for the ball during Friday's boys soccer game at Kadena High School, Okinawa. Stanford scored the equaliser in the 38th minute as the teams tied 2-2.

Kadena Panthers midfielder Brenden Stanford (11) and Kubasaki Dragons sweeper Daniel Ritter (22) battle for the ball during Friday's boys soccer game at Kadena High School, Okinawa. Stanford scored the equaliser in the 38th minute as the teams tied 2-2. (Dave Ornauer / S&S)

Kubasaki midfielder Emily Short gets position on the ball in front of Kadena forward Alicia Larson during Friday's girls soccer game at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa.

Kubasaki midfielder Emily Short gets position on the ball in front of Kadena forward Alicia Larson during Friday's girls soccer game at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. (Dave Ornauer / S&S)

CAMP ZAMA, Japan — After three seasons of playing “automatic W” for large-school boys soccer teams, a band of long-suffering Cobras on Friday achieved an elusive milestone.

E.J. King, a Class A school from Sasebo Naval Base with an enrollment of about 125, got its first victory over a Class AA school since the 2002 season, routing Zama American 6-1.

“Amazing,” coach Henry Barr said after the victory, in which Brandon Gilbert scored three goals, two of them coming in the first 14 minutes as the Cobras raced to a 4-0 halftime lead. “My boys came out to play the game the way we’ve been teaching them for two months.”

Barr credited the victory to lineup changes, most importantly moving defender Keith Sampson up to center-midfield.

“He brings a lot of energy to the attack,” Barr said of Sampson, who had a goal and an assist. “That makes a difference.”

The Cobras improved to 3-9 and dropped the Trojans to 5-5. The three victories eclipses their total of the last two seasons, including two Class A tournaments in which E.J. King scored only two goals.

Barr feels the best may be yet to come, with the Far East Class A tournament three weeks away.

“We’ll see how we do, but I think we have a chance to do a few more upsets before the season’s over,” Barr said, adding that he has his doubts about being able to handle international school opposition at the Class A tournament, “but I know we can beat the American schools.”

Kubasaki’s Smith finally gets back on track

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Sidelined by a stress fracture in her right foot during basketball season, Serafina Smith had waited until nearly two months into the Okinawa Activities Council track-and-field season for the injury to heal.

She returned in grand style on Friday, running the 100 hurdles in 16.06 seconds, more than three seconds ahead of her nearest opponent and putting a big smile on coach Charles Burns’ face.

“She looked like she was in mid-season form. She looked like she’d not lost a step,” he said of Smith.

The senior went unbeaten a year ago in the hurdles, long jump and 200 and ran the first leg of Kubasaki’s unbeaten 1,600 relay team.

On Friday, Burns brought Smith along conservatively, only running her in the hurdles and one of the legs of Kubasaki’s third-place 400 relay team.

Burns plans to turn Smith loose during Friday’s OAC district finals, then take her with the team to Tokyo for the May 14 Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools finals, where Kubasaki will compete as invited guests.

“She’s already told me, ‘You will not scratch me from that Kanto meet. I’m going to Tokyo,’” Burns said.

Track and field

Friday at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa

Boys team standings: 1, Kadena, 87; 2, Kubasaki, 41; 3, Zion Christian Academy, 17.

Boys individual winners

800-meter relay: Kadena, 1 minute, 36.2 seconds.

110 hurdles: Jacob Love, Kadena, 16.25 seconds.

100: David McCowan, Kadena, 11.63.

1,600: Chris Chism, Zion, 5:23.

400 relay: Kadena, 45.69.

400: Stephen Thompson, Kubasaki, 53.72.

800: Brian Davis, Kubasaki, 2:18.

200: Nick Berry, Kubasaki, 23.94.

1,600 relay: Kadena, 3:53.9.

3,200: Chris Chism, Zion, 11:49.

Long jump: Chris Chism, Zion, 19 feet, 5½ inches.

High jump: Stephen Thompson, Kubasaki, 6-1.

Discus: Marquis Newton, Kadena, 114-1¾.

Shot put: Marquis Newton, Kadena, 39-8¾

Girls team standings: 1, Zion Christian Academy, 67; 2, Kadena, 41; 3, Kubasaki, 37.

Girls individual winners

800 relay: Zion, 1 minute, 54.2 seconds.

100 hurdles: Serafina Smith, Kubasaki, 16.06 seconds.

100: Sherlissa Dukes, Kadena, 13.5.

1,600: Lisa Nielsen, Kubasaki, 6:01.

400 relay: Zion, 53.41.

400: Shalisha Bohannon, Zion, 1:05.4.

800: Lakeisha Haynes, Zion, 2:45.

200: Keesha Wilson, Zion, 28.37.

1,600 relay: Zion, 4:45.94.

3,200: Lisa Nielsen, Kubasaki, 12:56.

Long jump: Sherlissa Dukes, Kadena, 16 feet.

High jump: A. Orr, Kadena, 4-5.

Discus: C. Carlson, Kadena, 76-¾.

Shot put: Tigra Bowie, Zion, 26-¾.

Boys soccer

Friday at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa

Kadena 2, Kubasaki 2

Halftime:2-2. Goals: Kubasaki, Sean Harter 1 (2), Willie Stroud 1 (2); Kadena, Brenden Stanford 1 (4), Anthony Soroka 1 (2). Assists: Kubasaki, Chris Monroy 1, Chris Snyder 1; Kadena, Aaron Zendejas 1.

Friday at Camp Zama, Japan

E.J. King 6, Zama American 1

Halftime:E.J. King 4-0. Goals: E.J. King, Brandon Gilbert 3 (5), Keith Sampson 1 (1), David Years 1 (3), Daniel Goddard 1 (1); Zama, Thomas Chung 1 (1). Assists: E.J. King, Justin Stepura 1, Keith Sampson 1, Matthew Baker 1, Brandon Gilbert 1.

Girls soccer

Friday at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa

Kadena 3, Kubasaki 1

Halftime: 1-1. Goals: Kadena, Pattie Adkins 1 (5), Jennifer Abel 1 (2), Niki Kauzlarich 1 (2); Kubasaki, Kimi Cece 1 (6). Assists: Kadena, Dianne Abel 2, Alicia Larson 1.

Softball

Friday at Camp Zama, Japan

Zama American 12, E.J. King 5 (5 innings)

King 0 3 0 0 2 5

Zama 5 0 1 2 4 12

Zama:Tiffany Sigo, two doubles and a single; Megan Howard, single, double, triple, two RBIs, three runs; Kimi Rakes, two doubles, two RBIs; Megan Taylor, three singles, three RBIs; Elizabeth Trambulo, three hits, one home run, three RBIs; Brittany Williams, RBI triple in sixth inning sealed victory. E.J. King: Kristia Suriban, two singles, triple, two runs; Sorphia Williams, two singles, triple, RBI; Tina Macapagal, single, double, two RBIs.

Zama American 7, E.J. King 4 (3 innings)

King 2 2 0 4

Zama 4 1 2 7

E.J. King:Kristia Suriban, two singles, double; Chantel Clark, two triples. Zama: Tiffany Sigo, single, double, triple, two RBIs; Megan Taylor, two doubles, three RBIs; Jamie Cayanong, five strikeouts in last two innings.


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