Taegu American, South Korea
Last week: Belted a grand slam home run that capped a nine-run fifth-inning rally from a 4-1 deficit that propelled the Warriors past Seoul American 10-4 on Saturday in a Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Korea league finale at the Lombardo Field FourPlex on Yongsan Garrison.
The win gave the Warriors a 10-3 regular-season record and ensured Taegu American’s first championship in a league that Seoul American dominated for the first two years. It also gave the Warriors’ girls program three major championships in three sports, to go with Far East Class A titles in volleyball and basketball.
“Brittani is an invaluable member of our team, a clutch player with great work ethic and competitive spirit,” coach Tim McDaniel said. “She is extremely coachable and is always a step ahead in planning strategy for the team to gain an edge. She is also a very unselfish player, always sacrificing herself for the good of the team.”
Last week: Ran his and the Panthers’ shutout streak to four matches and 320 total minutes, spanning nearly three weeks, as Kadena blanked Koyo, a Japanese team, 6-0 on Saturday at Amelia Earhart Intermediate School in an Okinawa-American League regular-season match.
Awana, a senior, helped Kadena improve its regular-season record to 7-1-1 by stopping eight shots on a field dampened and muddied by early morning downpours. His save total included stopping a point-blank chance by Koyo from 5 feet away through heavy traffic in front of the net.
“He has had an outstanding senior season,” Kadena athletics director Robert Bliss said of Awana, also a football and wrestling standout. “I have been very impressed with Ted’s leadership on the field. He communicates very well with his defenders. He has played major roles in the success of all his teams.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff