Local briefs: 3 Korea soldiers make All-Army softball team
Three soldiers assigned to posts in Korea have been selected to help the All-Army team defend its title in the All-Armed Forces men’s softball championship later this month at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
Dexter Avery of Camp Carroll, Thomas Sexton of Camp Stanton and Greg Zayas of K-16 Air Base were among 15 players chosen for the All-Army team, said Army tryout camp officials at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa.
The All-Armed Forces tournament is scheduled for Sept. 8-10 at Eglin. Army defeated Air Force for the championship last season.
Tom Costello, coach of the International Guzzlers open team in Korea, for which Avery, Zayas and Sexton have played in the past, said he had “no doubt” the threesome would make the All-Army team.
“When he left this year, I really felt Greg was going to make it,” he said. “Dexter, he’s a perennial All-Army guy; he can be as good as he wants to be. And I’m really happy for Tex [Sexton]. He’s just a good kid.”
Avery, an outfielder, will don the Army black and gold for the seventh time. Sexton, an infielder likely to be a backup pitcher for Army, was selected for the second time. And Zayas, a shortstop-second baseman, made his first All-Army team in his second try.
The three were among 23 players who battled for berths on the team during the All-Army tryout camp, which began Aug. 10 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Avery also will take aim for his seventh berth on the All-Armed Forces team, which competes in the Amateur Softball Association Class A national tournament Sept. 16-19 at Sanford, Fla.
Kadena’s Roe, Aguon picked for All-Air Force softball team
The second time proved to be the charm for Scott Roe.
After failing to survive the first of two cuts last year, Roe was selected to the All-Air Force men’s softball team, playing in the All-Armed Forces tournament Sept. 8-10 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., coach Steve Shortland said Monday.
Roe, an outfielder and a staff sergeant assigned to the 18th Logistical Readiness Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, is joined by fellow Kadenan Carlo Aguon, a shortstop stationed with the 718th Civil Engineering Squadron.
They were named to the 15-player All-Air Force squad, selected by Shortland from a group of 33 players invited to the All-Air Force camp that began Aug. 17 at Eglin.
Roe, who plays for the Yellow Box open team on Okinawa, was sent home a year ago after failing to survive the first round of cuts at Air Force camp. Before leaving for camp earlier this month, Roe said he wanted to “make a statement” as well as earn a berth on the team this year.
Aguon is a shortstop for Pacific Force, another Okinawa open team. He made the All-Air Force team in his first visit to camp.
The All-Air Force team is trying for its second gold medal in three years.
Camp Butler holds tryouts for regional soccer tournament
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Tryouts for the Marine Corps Base Camp Butler team participating in the Marine Forces Pacific Regional Soccer Tournament this month will begin Wednesday, team officials said Monday.
The tournament is scheduled for Sept. 27-Oct. 2 at Field 1, Foster Field Complex, on Camp Foster. Last year’s champion Marine Corps Base Hawaii will not return to defend its title, and instead will play in the West Coast regional tournament in California.
Phone Randall Martinez at DSN 645-8525, Carlos Fogarthy at 637-1908 or 1019 or Wilson Rodriguez at 645-0922 for tryout information.