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Brent SpencerFootball

Seoul American

Last week: Went 7-for-12 for 77 yards and a touchdown in his varsity debut as the five-time defending Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Korea Football League champion opened the season Saturday by shutting out Daegu American 20-0 at Seoul American’s Falcon Field.

Spencer, a freshman who transferred in the middle of his eighth-grade year from Daegu, also intercepted a pass on defense. The youngster has made great strides, his coaches say, learning a complex spread offense that is a major departure from more conservative attacks of the past.

"He made some great decisions with the ball that you normally don’t expect (of) an athlete of his age (and) experience," offensive coordinator Billy Ratcliff said. "The offense I’m asking him to run is pretty complex and it normally takes a year or so to get comfortable with it. He’s only going to get better."

Chasity CordovaCross country

Kadena, Okinawa

Last week: Won her eighth consecutive Okinawa Activities Council 3.1-mile individual race, dating to the start of the 2007 season, in pacing the Panthers to a runaway 17-65 victory over Kubasaki at the Dragons’ home course on Sept. 3.

Cordova, a junior, completed the course in 21 minutes, 32 seconds, a half-minute better than teammate Andrea Grade, and Kadena swept the top four spots. Cordova’s only loss in Kadena uniform was in November’s Far East meet at Kadena’s Banyan Tree Golf Course.

"She knows she has to work hard to redeem herself for what happened at Far East," coach Tom McKinney said.

"She has her goal set to take care of [business on] the island and move on. She’s good to have, a good leader to go to."

“Kate is not afraid to do what it takes to get the job done, as is evidenced by the fact that every one of her fingers has been broken at one time or another while earning her nickname,” Anderson said.

— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff

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