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For the second straight year, guard Ronald Bartley of South Korea’s Yongsan Garrison has been selected to the All-Armed Forces men’s basketball team.

He’s joined by Francis Ebong of Sasebo Naval Base, Japan, on the 11-player team that will compete in next month’s International Miltary Sports Council (CISM) tournament and the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe tournament in December.

Ebong had 14 points, 17 rebounds and three assists in powering the All-Navy team to an 85-71 gold-medal-clinching victory over defending champion Army in the All-Armed Forces tournament on Sunday at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

The All-Armed Forces team travels Aug. 10-20 to Samara, Russia, for the CISM tournament, where Team USA finished third last year. It also will aim for its second straight gold medal in the SHAPE tournament, slated for Dec. 5-10 in Mons, Belgium.

Two more from PACAF going to All-Air Force softball camp

Two late Pacific Air Forces additions have been made to the All-Air Force women’s softball tryout camp, which begins Monday at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

Outfielder Mandy Snyder of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, becomes the fourth PACAF player named to the 31-woman tryout camp field. Danny Acosta of Kwangju Air Base, South Korea, was tabbed as an assistant to All-Air Force coach William Hardy.

Snyder said she felt “great” about making her first trip to All-Air Force camp.

“I’m ready to go,” said the staff sergeant assigned to Kadena’s postal unit, adding that camp returnee Shannon Thomas of Kadena has talked with her about what to expect.

“A lot of hard work. Eat and practice is about all we’ll have time for,” Snyder said. “I’m hoping to go out there and play hard and hopefully make the team and bring home the gold.”

While assigned to RAF Mildenhall in England, Acosta coached against Hardy in U.S. Air Forces Europe tournaments. He expressed excitement about the prospect of coaching beside him.

“It’s come full circle,” said Acosta, adding that Hardy adheres to the “practice as you play” coaching philosophy of his predecessor, Jack Hayes. Hardy “showed me quite a few things, taught me the Jack Hayes work ethic and I took that with me. ... Now, getting to coach alongside him, it doesn’t get any better.”

Also, one Okinawa-based Marine was selected for the All-Marine women’s tryout camp Aug. 1-21 at Twentynine Palms, Calif. Annette Zamora of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing at Futenma Air Station is the lone Far East region selection to the camp.


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