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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 6, 2018

Division I

Humphreys Blackhawks

2017-18 season record — 3-18 overall; seventh in KAIAC Blue regular season.
Head coach — Steve Boyd, first season (coached Seoul American’s boys for the past 15 seasons).
Key performers — Chahkira Goodwater, Sr., SF; Naomi Harris, Sr., PG; Krystal Duenas, Jr., SG; Ebony Dykes, Sr., PF (transferred from Seoul American); Acacia May, Jr., SF; Melissa Pritchett, So., SF; Maria Bruch, Sr., PG (transferred from Seoul American).
Outlook — Rebuilding-reloading. First season in Division I. Boyd will coach his first girls team in DODEA-Pacific. By the time Far East comes along, Boyd hopes the Blackhawks can be competitive. Bruch, Dykes and Goodwater all have prior experience at Seoul American.

Kadena Panthers

2017-18 season record — 16-9 overall; Far East D-I and combined Far East runner-up.
Head coach — Johnny Cooper, second season.
Key performers — Atiria Simms, Jr., G (All-Far East Division I); Megan Kirby, So., F; Lydia Rice, Jr., F; Christee Dervil, Jr., PG (transferred from States); Grace Okubo, Fr., G; Kyleigh Wright, Fr., SF; Korina Macato, Sr., G.
Outlook — Rebuilding for the first time in a long while. Six seniors and two juniors from last year’s team departed. Simms will be the force that drives this team as it grows and develops.

Kubasaki Dragons

2017-18 season record — 3-15 overall; sixth at Far East D-I.
Head coach — Steven Casner, third season.
Key performers — Hailey Hansen, Sr., F; Brandi Smith, Sr., F; Megan Charkowski, Sr., F; Audrey Kerr, Jr., G; Urara Williams, Jr., G; Ari Gieseck, Jr., G.
Outlook — Reloading. Eight players return from last season. Dragons hoping for leadership from Gieseck and should be stronger on the boards.

Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils

2017-18 season record — 19-10 overall; third in Far East D-I, fourth in combined Far East.
Head coach — Sherry Dailey, first season (coached the junior varsity the previous two seasons).
Key performers — Melissa Rose, Sr., G-F; Cassi Boyer, Sr., SF; Jordan Simms, Fr., G; Madelyn Gallo, Sr., C (transferred from Rota, Spain).
Outlook — Rebuilding. Gallo should be a force in the middle, while youngster Simms can handle the ball and has a decent shot.

Division II

Daegu Warriors

2017-18 season record — 8-12 overall, fourth in Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Blue Division.
Head coach — Jonathan Van, first season.
Key performers — Bethani Newbold, So., G (averaged 16 points, 3 steals, 3 assists per game last season); Dai’Ja Turner, So., C (17 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks); Katrina Vasquez, Jr.; Madelynn Huffman, So.
Outlook — Reloading. Sixth new coach in six seasons, but this is a team that broke into the win column last year after two winless seasons and looking for more with Newbold and Turner leading the way. Still, a young team, one junior and nine underclassmen; some growth still needed.

E.J. King Cobras

2017-18 season record — 16-9 overall; fifth in Far East D-II, sixth in combined Far East.
Head coach — Yvonne Long, eighth season.
Key performers — Gabi Shultz, Jr., G (All-Far East D-II); Allison Kiefer, So., F.
Outlook — Continued rebuilding. Two good puzzle pieces remain in place, but lack of depth remains. Replacing two-time All-Far East guard Zanitta Boyd won’t be easy.

Robert D. Edgren Eagles

2017-18 season record — 18-6 overall; Far East D-II runner-up.
Head coach — Sarah Richardson, 29th season.
Key performers — Momomi Atkinson, Sr., SG; Shakayla Ray, So., PG-F; Lydia Stone, Fr., C-F.
Outlook — Atkinson will have to take the lead this season, but there’s precious little around her. Only 13 players came out this season, and most of them have not touched a ball before.

Matthew C. Perry Samurai

2017-18 season record — 0-21 overall; sixth in DODEA-Japan.
Head coach — Mike Cobb, first season (assisted last season).
Key performer — Taniya Smith, Jr., G-F (8 points, 3 rebounds per game last season).
Outlook — Reloading. Just two players return from last season, only one of them, Smith, a starter. She’ll be the team’s backbone as the Samurai continue to grow and develop.

Osan Cougars

2017-18 season record — 9-12 overall; third in KAIAC Blue regular season.
Head coach — Brendan Rouse, first season.
Key performers — Elizabeth White, Sr., G; Christina Hoff, Jr., G; Maja Inthavixay, Sr., post; Allison Aston, Jr., post; JoLisea Bartan-Green, So., F-C; Cassandra Brown, Jr., G; Satomi Swayne, Sr., F-C; Skye Cervantes, Sr., G; Imani Pettigrew, Sr., G.
Outlook — Reloading, perhaps contending in KAIAC Blue. A strong group of veteran returners with Inthavixay playing a key role in the team’s success. Backcourt is equally strong with four-year veteran White.

Seoul American Falcons

2017-18 season record — 16-4 overall; fourth in Far East Division I Tournament.
Head coach — Edward Rozzi, second season.
Key performers — Jaylynn Knight, So. G; Tailan Hickey, So., F; Lauren Kirschner, Jr., F; Kylie Hart, So., G; TaCoria Hickey, Sr., C.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Just one player, Kirschner, returns from last year to a team in complete retool mode, with two key parts having transferred to Humphreys.

Yokota Panthers

2017-18 season record — 26-5 overall; four-time defending Far East D-II champion.
Head coach — Byron Wrenn, second season.
Key performers — Emily Taynton, Jr., G; Jaliyah Bailey, Jr., G; Hana Robbins, Jr., G; Aika Arzuaga, Jr., G; Madison Derber, Sr., Monique Wilson, Sr.
Outlook — Rebuilding, having lost all five starters. Talent is there; just needs time to develop and find the right mix.

Zama Trojans

2017-18 season record — 11-12 overall; 10th in Far East D-II.
Head coach — Daisy Whitaker-Hayes, first season.
Key performers — Jessica Atkinson, Jr., C; Emily Mason, Sr., SG; Brianna Ratliff, Jr., SF; Kirari Smith, Jr., PG; Chloe Sterling, Fr., PG.
Outlook — Rebuilding. A good core of experience and veterans. Two freshmen who should shore up the backcourt. Not a great deal of depth, but with time to develop and find the right, this team could be competitive.

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