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Joe McLeanFootball

Seoul American

Last week: Made two key plays in overtime to lift the Falcons to a school-first Far East High School Class AA football championship on Saturday at Seoul American’s Falcon Field on South Post, Yongsan Garrison.

McLean, a sophomore tight end/linebacker, caught a 10-yard scoring pass — his first touchdown of the season — from quarterback Daniel Burns to give the Falcons a 12-6 lead they would not lose against Kadena. On the Panthers’ overtime possession, McLean fell on a fumble on third down and 4 yards to go, preserving the victory.

“He’s been someone whom we’ve considered our ‘X-Factor,’” Falcons coach Julian Harden said of McLean, who is expected to graduate from Seoul American in 2009. “I’m hoping he becomes one of the future leaders of the team.”

Avianca ManningGirls volleyball

Seoul American

Last week: Earned All-Tournament honors and powered the Falcons to a fifth-place finish in the Far East High School Girls Class AA Tournament, highest among Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Pacific teams and two spots higher than the Falcons finished last year.

Manning, a junior middle blocker, recorded 97 spike kills in 199 attempts and blocked 34 shots for points for a Seoul American team thought to be rebuilding after the graduation last June of former All-Tournament spiker Margaret Nurse.

“Obviously, she’s been our ‘go-to’ player this season,” coach Denny Hilgar said. “She is that force in the middle. Her attitude gets better with every match and she’s assuming more of a leadership role. She can still improve. With one more year to go, the sky’s the limit.”

— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff

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