Humphreys Blackhawks2018-19 season record — 19-11 overall, KAIAC Cup Tournament champion, third in Far East Division I.Head coach — Steve Boyd, second season.Key performers — Trinity Barretto, So., G; Acacia May, Sr., G; Melissa Pritchett, Jr., F; Jamaica Williams, Sr., F; Madison Thomas, Jr., F-C (has AAU experience); Jaylyn Knight, Jr., G (transferred from Seoul American); Mindy Pond, Sr., G (transferred from Seoul American)Outlook — Reloading-contending. Guard-heavy. Not as tall as the squad from last season, but more athletic, quicker and faster. Knight and Pond bring experience from their Falcons days.
Kadena Panthers2018-19 season record — 18-7 overall, Far East D-I runner-up for third straight season.Head coach — Johnny Cooper, third season.Key performers — Atiria Simms, Sr., PG (two-time All-Far East); Lydia Rice, Sr., F; Christee Dervil, Sr., PG; Grace Okubo, So., G (All-Far East last year); Kyleigh Wright, So., SF; Alexis Boyer, So., PG; Grace Riley, Fr., PG (transferred from Maryland).Outlook — Contending. Worried at first that they might be missing key contributors, but Simms got medical clearance to play this week despite a knee-ligament issue, and Rice is returning from stress fractures in her left foot. Roster features 10 underclassmen, but most are not new to the game. Cooper expects growth to be swift, such that the Panthers can contend for league and Far East titles once more.
Kubasaki Dragons2018-19 season record — 6-17 overall, sixth at Far East D-I.Head coach — Steven Casner, fourth season.Key performers — Audrey Kerr, Sr., G; Urara Williams, Sr., G; Ari Gieseck, Sr., G (All-Far East last year); Sophie Grubbs, Fr., F; Gracie Leishman, So., G; Racquel Kilian, Sr., G.Outlook — Rebuilding, but with a good cast of returning parts and the “best attitude” that Casner says any of his teams have had during his tenure.
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils2018-19 season record — 12-25 overall, third in Far East D-I.Head coach — Joseph White, first season.Key performers — Cassi Boyer, Sr., SF (All-Far East last year); Kiana Johnson, Jr., F; Ernestina Roberts, Jr., G (sat out last season with a knee injury); Madelyn Gallo, Sr., C; Amyka Jones, Fr., G-F; Makaila Joy Miranda, Fr., G.Outlook — Rebuilding-reloading. Gallo should remain a force in the middle, while the backcourt should be strong, fortified by both veterans and newcomers. Win or learn, new coach White says the team’s philosophy will be.
Daegu Warriors2018-19 season record — 23-5 overall, Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Blue Division regular-season champion; KAIAC Cup and Far East D-II Tournament runners-up.Head coach — Jonathan Van, second season.Key performers — Bethani Newbold, Jr., G (averaged 20 points, 6 assists per game last season; All-Far East last year); Katrina Vasquez, Sr., G; Jya Van, So., F (6 rebounds per game; All-Far East last year).Outlook — Reloading-contending. Five players return from last year, including Newbold, the engine that drives the Warriors. Replacing transferred center Dai’Ja Turner, who averaged double-doubles in two seasons in Daegu, will be a chore.
E.J. King Cobras2018-19 season record — 9-17 overall, ninth in Far East D-II.Head coach — McKinzy Best, first season.Key performers — Ellen May, So., PG-SF; Rachael Decker, Sr., SF-PF; Avani Gardner, Jr., C (transferred from Nile C. Kinnick); Pieadra Sutton, Sr., SG (transferred from Kinnick).Outlook — Rebuilding. New coach for the first time in eight years, and with it a new system. Only two players return, but the ranks are bolstered by two transfers and Best says he looks forward to continued improvement throughout the season.
Robert D. Edgren Eagles2018-19 season record — 5-22 overall, eighth in Far East D-II.Head coach — Sarah Richardson, 30th season.Key performers — Lydia Stone, So., C-F; Jaylyn Cowley, So., F; Shakayla Ray, Jr., G-F; Alexis Best, Jr., G.Outlook — Players from a season ago still working on developing skills needed to be competitive. No skilled newcomers. Richardson hoping for improvement as the season progresses.
Matthew C. Perry Samurai2018-19 season record — 1-23 overall, 10th in Far East D-II.Head coach — Mike Cobb, second season.Key performers — None provided.Outlook — Samurai can only go up and Cobb is hoping for continued improvement for a team that’s gone 1-44 the last two seasons. The road to success definitely remains under construction.
Osan Cougars2018-19 season record — 6-17 overall, seventh in Far East D-II.Head coach — Michael Paul, first season.Key performers — Cassandra Brown, Sr., F-SG; Allie Richardson, Jr., PG-SG; Kennedy Liddell, So., SG-F; Dawn Kerlin, Fr., TBD (transferred from Melbourne, Fla.); Kendall Frishman, So., F-C (transferred from Arizona); Tailan Hickey, Jr., PG-SG (transferred from Seoul American).Outlook — Rebuilding. Third coach in three seasons and with it, a new system. Bringing in Hickey from now-closed Seoul American will be a huge plus. Replacing the graduated dynamic duo of Elizabeth White and Maja Inthavixay will be a chore.
Yokota Panthers2018-19 season record — 17-15 overall, fourth in Far East D-II after having won previous four years.Head coach — Byron Wrenn, third season.Key performers — Emily Taynton, Sr., G (All-Far East last year); Jaya Walker, So., G; Keiya Carlson, So., G.Outlook — Reloading but looking to be competitive. Small but quick and athletic. Much will rest with how the newcomers’ games improve over the course of the season.
Zama Trojans2018-19 season record — 27-5 overall, Kanto Plain runner-up, reigning first-time Far East D-II champion.Head coach — Daisy Whitaker-Hayes, second season.Key performers — Jessica Atkinson, Sr., C; Kirari Smith, Sr., PG-SG; Chloe Sterling, So., PG; Aika Davis, So., G; Jolena Colar, Sr., F; Fabiola Ayala-Rivera, So., SF; Jazlyn Rioux, Sr., G.Outlook — Contending. A major portion of the reigning Far East champion team returns. Much excitement reigns in the school over the recent success of the girls program, D-II Far East titles in volleyball and soccer, with basketball hoping to continue the title merry-go-round.