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Tony PresnellWrestling

Yokota, Japan

Last week: Earned Outstanding Wrestler honors, capturing the 158-pound weight class and leading the Panthers to victory in the season-opening DODDS-Japan tournament at Robert D. Edgren High School, Misawa Air Base.

Presnell, a junior, went unbeaten in four bouts. The Panthers won five gold medals and outpointed host Edgren in the team standings 86-65.

“He’s really working as hard as he ever has. He’s very focused,” Yokota coach Brian Kitts said, adding that Presnell was voted the squad’s captain by his teammates. “His work ethic, his attitude — they look to him as a leader.”

Rizalina SuribenBasketball

E.J. King, Japan

Last week: Averaged nine points and eight steals in two games as the defending champion Cobras (3-1) split their first home games of the DODDS Japan Basketball League season with Kinnick.

Suriben, a sophomore, scored 14 points and had eight steals in a 43-38 loss Friday. The next day, her eight steals were instrumental in holding the Red Devils to 11.6 percent shooting from the field as E.J. King throttled Kinnick 45-18.

“Her hands are so fast,” coach Michael Seitz said of Suriben, who has 38 steals this season. “She kind of lies back and pounces and the next thing you know, she has the ball and she’s gone.”

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