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Jason SumpterBasketball

Kadena

Last week: Debuted handsomely as the Panthers won three games over the weekend, 92-58 over Koza and 76-55 over Kitanakagusuku on Friday and Saturday at home and 68-57 over Kubasaki at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan.

Sumpter, a junior transfer from Brussels American in Belgium who played JV ball for Kadena two years ago, averaged 20.3 points and 11 rebounds in the three victories. He along with his half brother, senior Jeremy Howell, give the Panthers an inside presence they’ve not had in two seasons, coach Robert Bliss said.

Ashley HawkinsBasketballEdgren

Last week: Played a key role at the guard position as the Eagles swept their DODEA Japan season-opening two-game weekend series at home against Yokota.

Hawkins, a senior and the reigning Far East Class A Tournament Most Valuable Player, scored 17 points and recorded 11 steals as the Eagles downed the Panthers 52-34 on Friday, then added 20 points and 14 steals in Edgren’s 56-35 triumph over Yokota on Saturday.

"Ashley is a great athlete with great determination and drive," coach Sarah Richardson said. "She sets the tone on the court for others to follow, especially the younger players. Edgren is very fortunate to have such a fantastic female role model."

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