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Kadena's Uriah Morris breaks through a pile of American School In Japan defenders to break the plane of the end zone during the second quarter of the Far East Division I Football Championship at the American School in Japan in Chofu, Japan. ASIJ defeated Kadena 35-18 to claim its first Far East Football crown in their second year of D-I title eligibility.
Kadena's Uriah Morris breaks through a pile of American School In Japan defenders to break the plane of the end zone during the second quarter of the Far East Division I Football Championship at the American School in Japan in Chofu, Japan. ASIJ defeated Kadena 35-18 to claim its first Far East Football crown in their second year of D-I title eligibility. (Jack Higbee/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Kadena's Uriah Morris breaks through a pile of American School In Japan defenders to break the plane of the end zone during the second quarter of the Far East Division I Football Championship at the American School in Japan in Chofu, Japan. ASIJ defeated Kadena 35-18 to claim its first Far East Football crown in their second year of D-I title eligibility.
Kadena's Uriah Morris breaks through a pile of American School In Japan defenders to break the plane of the end zone during the second quarter of the Far East Division I Football Championship at the American School in Japan in Chofu, Japan. ASIJ defeated Kadena 35-18 to claim its first Far East Football crown in their second year of D-I title eligibility. (Jack Higbee/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Donatella Barone, left, Chloe' Stevens and Kubasaki rode a tide of defense to its third straight  Far East Division I Volleyball Tournament title in November.
Donatella Barone, left, Chloe' Stevens and Kubasaki rode a tide of defense to its third straight Far East Division I Volleyball Tournament title in November. (Claire Ancheta/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Matthew C. Perry senior running back Caeleb Ricafrente, with ball, had a team-leading 875 yards on 118 carries, caught five passes for 99 yards and led the Pacific with 27 total touchdowns and helped the Samurai to their first Far East Division I football title, 44-6 over Humphreys. Ricafrente was also  named Stars and Stripes' Pacific high school football Player of the Year.
Matthew C. Perry senior running back Caeleb Ricafrente, with ball, had a team-leading 875 yards on 118 carries, caught five passes for 99 yards and led the Pacific with 27 total touchdowns and helped the Samurai to their first Far East Division I football title, 44-6 over Humphreys. Ricafrente was also named Stars and Stripes' Pacific high school football Player of the Year. (Melissa Valdez/Special to Stars and Stripes)
American School In Japan junior Britt Sease crosses the finish line in the boys 400 .15 seconds ahead of Nile C. Kinnick senior Jabari Johnson. Sease broke Johnson's Far East meet record with a 48.59, .04 seconds ahead of Johnson's mark set the previous day in preliminaries. Johnson finished second to Sease in 48.74.
American School In Japan junior Britt Sease crosses the finish line in the boys 400 .15 seconds ahead of Nile C. Kinnick senior Jabari Johnson. Sease broke Johnson's Far East meet record with a 48.59, .04 seconds ahead of Johnson's mark set the previous day in preliminaries. Johnson finished second to Sease in 48.74. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)
Playing with a bubble-wrapped cast on his right arm didn't seem to hold back Aidan Lewis of Matthew C. Perry, which made it five straight championships in the Far East Division II Boys Soccer Tournament and six of the last seven.
Playing with a bubble-wrapped cast on his right arm didn't seem to hold back Aidan Lewis of Matthew C. Perry, which made it five straight championships in the Far East Division II Boys Soccer Tournament and six of the last seven. (Caitlin Blount/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Kubasaki's Tasher Odom, left, and Kubasaki's girls made it a three-peat in the Far East Division I Girls Soccer Tournament, shutting out Nile C. Kinnick 4-0.
Kubasaki's Tasher Odom, left, and Kubasaki's girls made it a three-peat in the Far East Division I Girls Soccer Tournament, shutting out Nile C. Kinnick 4-0. (Miranda Fino/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Kubasaki coach Tony Washington gets the water-bucket treatment from his Division I Tournament-champion players. It took the Dragons four tries in five years, but they finally got that long-sought Division I Tournament title, blanking Christian Academy Japan 2-0.
Kubasaki coach Tony Washington gets the water-bucket treatment from his Division I Tournament-champion players. It took the Dragons four tries in five years, but they finally got that long-sought Division I Tournament title, blanking Christian Academy Japan 2-0. (Miranda Fino/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Guam High sophomore Emma Sheedy stands beside the clock showing her winning time of 5:07.29, a new island record in the 1,500-meter run. She broke the old mark of 5:11.47 set last season by Alison Bowman of John F. Kennedy High School and beat her own personal best by six seconds. She also won the 800 title in 2:25.86.
Guam High sophomore Emma Sheedy stands beside the clock showing her winning time of 5:07.29, a new island record in the 1,500-meter run. She broke the old mark of 5:11.47 set last season by Alison Bowman of John F. Kennedy High School and beat her own personal best by six seconds. She also won the 800 title in 2:25.86. (Photo courtesy of Jason Sheedy)
Yokota's Kaia Austin leans into a delivery as Zama catcher Ally Chiarenza and umpire Kelly Cook watch during the DODEA-Japan softball tournament final, won by the Panthers 13-3. The diminutive shortstop won MVP honors for the second straight season as Yokota repeated as Far East Division II Tournament champion on the same field.
Yokota's Kaia Austin leans into a delivery as Zama catcher Ally Chiarenza and umpire Kelly Cook watch during the DODEA-Japan softball tournament final, won by the Panthers 13-3. The diminutive shortstop won MVP honors for the second straight season as Yokota repeated as Far East Division II Tournament champion on the same field. (Jack Higbee/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Slugging Kadena junior Brianna Wilson helped lead the Panthers to their third straight Far East Division I Tournament title last May.
Slugging Kadena junior Brianna Wilson helped lead the Panthers to their third straight Far East Division I Tournament title last May. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
Perry's Bobbi Hill sends the ball upfield against Zama during Saturday's girls soccer match, won by the Samurai 2-1. Hill finished with a Pacific-leading 66 goals, the most scored by a girl in the Pacific in one season since Jen Abel of Kadena set the region record with 83 in 2007.
Perry's Bobbi Hill sends the ball upfield against Zama during Saturday's girls soccer match, won by the Samurai 2-1. Hill finished with a Pacific-leading 66 goals, the most scored by a girl in the Pacific in one season since Jen Abel of Kadena set the region record with 83 in 2007. (Kai Lange/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Yokota senior Daniel Galvin crosses the finish line first in the 1,600-meter relay during the Kanto/DODEA Japan track and field meet at Zama. Galvin also won the 800, in which he holds the northwest Pacific record, and the 1,600. Galvin twice broke the 1,600-meter record in the 2016 season and became the first in league and Pacific history to run a sub-4:20, hitting 4:18.22 in the May 14 Kanto finals.
Yokota senior Daniel Galvin crosses the finish line first in the 1,600-meter relay during the Kanto/DODEA Japan track and field meet at Zama. Galvin also won the 800, in which he holds the northwest Pacific record, and the 1,600. Galvin twice broke the 1,600-meter record in the 2016 season and became the first in league and Pacific history to run a sub-4:20, hitting 4:18.22 in the May 14 Kanto finals. (Richard L. Rodgers/Special to Stars and Stripes)
St. Mary's Kazuho Kawashima, right, wrestled in what his coach Shu Yabui called the Pacific's toughest weight class, 148, this season, featuring eventual Far East runner-up Hunter Lane and former Far East champion Jason Bland of Kadena, left, here battling Kawashima in the finals of the "Beast of the East" Tournament. Kawashima won this bout by technical fall and won the Far East title later as the Titans won the team crown.
St. Mary's Kazuho Kawashima, right, wrestled in what his coach Shu Yabui called the Pacific's toughest weight class, 148, this season, featuring eventual Far East runner-up Hunter Lane and former Far East champion Jason Bland of Kadena, left, here battling Kawashima in the finals of the "Beast of the East" Tournament. Kawashima won this bout by technical fall and won the Far East title later as the Titans won the team crown. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)
Freshman point guard Kaliah Henderson of Yokota earned MVP honors for the two-time defending Far East Division II Tournament champion Panthers and was named Stars and Stripes Pacific high school girls basketball Athlete of the Year. She has since transferred to Florida.
Freshman point guard Kaliah Henderson of Yokota earned MVP honors for the two-time defending Far East Division II Tournament champion Panthers and was named Stars and Stripes Pacific high school girls basketball Athlete of the Year. She has since transferred to Florida. (Jack Higbee/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Kubasaki senior forward Matt Ashley earned Far East Division I Tournament MVP honors for the two-time champion Dragons, was named Stars and Stripes Pacific boys basketball Athlete of the Year and is now playing at Findlay College with his brother Nick in Ohio.
Kubasaki senior forward Matt Ashley earned Far East Division I Tournament MVP honors for the two-time champion Dragons, was named Stars and Stripes Pacific boys basketball Athlete of the Year and is now playing at Findlay College with his brother Nick in Ohio. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)
American School In Japan's Lisa Watanuki won the girls overall and Division I in the Far East cross country meet, clocking 19 minutes, 32 seconds. Watanuki completed a sweep of the Asia-Pacific Invitational, Kanto Plain finals and Far East for the second straight year.
American School In Japan's Lisa Watanuki won the girls overall and Division I in the Far East cross country meet, clocking 19 minutes, 32 seconds. Watanuki completed a sweep of the Asia-Pacific Invitational, Kanto Plain finals and Far East for the second straight year. (Caitlin Blount/Special to Stars and Stripes)
Celebration time at Capps Gym. Yet another one for Yokota, which captured a Pacific-best 12 Far East Division II championships in 2016, giving the Panthers 18 total since becoming a small school in November 2014. Riding a wave of four transfers, Ashlyn Yevcha from Idaho, Britney Bailey from Vicenza, Italy, and sisters Irene and Adrianna Diaz and of New Mexico, the Panthers girls celebrate their 25-11, 25-23, 25-23 triumph over Zama American in the D-II volleyball final.
Celebration time at Capps Gym. Yet another one for Yokota, which captured a Pacific-best 12 Far East Division II championships in 2016, giving the Panthers 18 total since becoming a small school in November 2014. Riding a wave of four transfers, Ashlyn Yevcha from Idaho, Britney Bailey from Vicenza, Italy, and sisters Irene and Adrianna Diaz and of New Mexico, the Panthers girls celebrate their 25-11, 25-23, 25-23 triumph over Zama American in the D-II volleyball final. (Jack Higbee/Special to Stars and Stripes )
Yokota junior Christian Sonnenberg broke his own northwest Pacific record in the discus (51.98) with a throw of 56.40 meters during the Kanto Plain track and field meet at Yokota. Sonnenberg was among seven Pacific record breakers and 11 Far East meet record breakers during the 2016 season, the most in the Far East meet history.
Yokota junior Christian Sonnenberg broke his own northwest Pacific record in the discus (51.98) with a throw of 56.40 meters during the Kanto Plain track and field meet at Yokota. Sonnenberg was among seven Pacific record breakers and 11 Far East meet record breakers during the 2016 season, the most in the Far East meet history. (Jack Higbee/Special to Stars and Stripes)
American School In Japan senior right-hander Tyler Sapsford gave up five hits, struck out 13 and hit a two-run third-inning home run that proved to be the game-winner against Kadena. It was the third straight Far East Division I championship for the Mustangs, their fourth overall and a second stragitht MVP award for Sapsford, now attending Yale.
American School In Japan senior right-hander Tyler Sapsford gave up five hits, struck out 13 and hit a two-run third-inning home run that proved to be the game-winner against Kadena. It was the third straight Far East Division I championship for the Mustangs, their fourth overall and a second stragitht MVP award for Sapsford, now attending Yale. (Jack Higbee/Special to Stars and Stripes )

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