After five seasons of dominance by St. Mary’s and Nile C. Kinnick on the Far East Division I wrestling scene, it’s pretty much starting-over time for the Titans and Red Devils - particularly for the latter.
Travion Morton set the table with a game-opening kick-return touchdown. Chris Mason slammed the door with a pick six in the closing minutes. In between, Patrick Kelly added healthy doses of passing to help keep the points coming.
It was a big day for Knights tennis, in particular the boys; Kitt Mori and Kento Berry won the boys doubles and Christian Academy Japan won all three Division II banners, the boys, girls and overall school titles.
Playing for pride, having lost its first five games before breaking into the win column a week ago, Kubasaki turned to some of its young players to close the season and got a sparkling performance by a freshman.
Where Far East tennis is concerned, the girls singles appears to be Sarah Omachi’s to lose. But the boys? That’s a complete grab bag, with anywhere from six to eight players, mostly DODEA, in the hunt for the championship, coaches said.
The league is trying a format in which teams with winning records regardless of division face each other in KAIAC Cup volleyball tournaments, and teams with sub-.500 records take on each other in KAIAC Plate tournaments.
They gathered for the team’s traditional Thursday pasta feed, in the school cafeteria at Humphreys, something the Blackhawks have been doing since Steven Elliott took the team’s reins in the 2016 season.
The 2017 volleyball season could be summed up in two words for the Kubasaki Dragons: Injuries and disappointments. At least until the third-place match of last October’s Far East Division I Tournament.
Wideout-turned QB Oliver Rogers will be joined on offense by returning skill-position players Rhys Gallagher, Dean Hahne and Andrew Howe, all seniors and all capable of running the ball and playing receiver.