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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Marine Corps Base Hawaii will try to defend its championship against five other teams in next week’s Marine Forces Pacific Regional Soccer Tournament at Camp Foster Field 1.

The five-day tournament begins at noon Monday, with round-robin play lasting three days, followed by a five-match single-elimination tournament, starting at noon Thursday and ending with the championship at 6 p.m. Friday.

Hawaii won last year’s tournament 2-1 over Okinawa’s 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Also competing for the title will be host Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Okinawa’s 3rd Marine Division/Expeditionary Force and 3rd Force Service Support Group and Japan’s Iwakuni Air Station.

In addition to crowning a Far East champion, the tournament helps select six players to represent the region at the All-Marine tryout camp Oct. 11-31 at San Diego. The All-Armed Forces championship follows Nov. 1-11, also at San Diego.

Osan-Taegu football postponed until November

CAMP GEORGE, South Korea — Saturday’s scheduled Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference football game pitting Osan American at Taegu American has been postponed because of practice and equipment issues.

The Warriors, one of three entries in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Korea-sponsored league, have not had the required 10 practices as a full team, and are still waiting for mouthpieces, team and league officials said.

Taegu has 19 players, 12 from Taegu and seven bused up every other day from Camp Hialeah in Pusan.

The game has been rescheduled for Nov. 1, Taegu American athletic director Rick Cade and Warriors coach Sam Alsup said.

Armed Forces women’s softball team finishes second in Class A nationals

AUBURN, Ala. — The All-Armed Forces women’s team came up a victory short of making it three straight titles in the Amateur Softball Association’s Class A nationals, losing 11-1 to Shooters of Florida in the second game of a two-game final Sunday.

Gretchen McMullen, a soldier assigned to Camp Casey, South Korea, was selected for the All-America first team, one of five All-Armed Forces selections. Three were chosen for the second team.

Shooters was the only team to defeat the All-Armed Forces team in the three-day double-elimination tournament.

Rallying out of the loser’s bracket, Armed Forces blanked Nick’s Cafe of Pennsylvania 10-0, routed Maid to Order of Illinois 15-3 and reached the final by topping Wet Mecan 12-9. Armed Forces forced a second “if necessary” championship game by beating Shooters 11-8.

Okinawa Dolphins tryouts in October

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Tryouts for the Okinawa Dolphins youth and adult swim teams begin Oct. 6, preparing for the fall season which opens Oct. 14, Dolphins coach Mat Luebbers announced in an e-mail Wednesday.

The tryouts take place Oct. 6-9, starting at 4:45 p.m. daily at the Camp Foster 25-meter pool, Luebbers said. Prospective team members must complete 25 meters of front crawl with side breathing and a back crawl.

Those who make it through the first week must pay a $25 registration fee per swimmer per season, which runs Oct. 14-Dec. 20. Practices continue after school at 2:30 p.m. at the Foster pool.

If swimmers can’t attend the tryout session, they may try out after the season starts, Monday through Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m., Luebbers said.

For information, phone Luebbers at DSN 645-2787 or e-mail him at luebbersm@okinawa.usmc-mccs.org.

Yokota residents invited to X-League game

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Fans of American football have a chance to watch it played by Japanese professional X-League teams Oct. 4-5 at the Seibu Dome at no cost, Yokota services officials announced.

Tickets are available at the enlisted and officers clubs during Football Frenzy on Tuesday nights. For information, phone DSN 225-3308.


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