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Elayna Snyder, a Humphreys senior, spends time in the weight room to strengthen her body for the rigors of not just placekicking, but for other special teams duties, including tackling on kickoffs. HALEY HARTSOUGH/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Humphreys getting a kick out of first female football player

Elayna Snyder’s first big football moment didn’t start out as she envisioned it would.

Her Humphreys Blackhawks trailed much of the way...

Daegu quarterback Michael Martinez is brought down in to the end zone for a safety by Matthew C. Perry's Mason Graydon. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES

Perry opens D-II play by routing Daegu

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan – Mason Graydon isn’t touching the ball much this season for defending Far East Division II champion...

Football: Yokota bounces back from two routs with one of its own

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan – The Yokota Panthers were outscored 78-10 in their first two games and faced a short week of practice. Whatever they...

Nile C. Kinnick defenders Mason Smith and Kameron Leon Guerrero zero in on American School In Japan quarterback Oliver Rogers. (DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES)

Football: Kinnick rolls over ASIJ to stay unbeaten

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – One may talk about versatile quarterback Kacey Walker, fullback Harry Cheng’s bruising running style or the zig-zag...

Junior Dejayla Simms is one of two returning regulars for Kadena girls volleyball. (MARY OBSUNA/SPECIAL TO STRIPES)

Volleyball: Defending champs facing different prospects

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – A one-of-a-kind run that produced three straight Far East Division I Tournament titles might be at an end for Kubasaki....

Nile C. Kinnick hopes to make it back-to-back Far East Division I cross country team titles. (DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES)

Cross Country: Kinnick, Yokota look to plug holes in lineups

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – Already a Far East track and field power, Nile C. Kinnick has seen some of that success translate over to the cross...

Coach Dan Joley says his Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils are "laser-focused" on one goal, to beat American School In Japan. Such a win would help the Red Devils take control of the Far East Division I title chase. (DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES)

Kinnick-ASIJ kicks off D-I showdowns

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – En route to its school-first Far East Division I football title a year ago, American School In Japan football...

Noah Inahara, an American School In Japan senior, is the reiging Far East and Kanto Plain tournaments boys singles champion and is hoping to defend his titles. (DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES)

Tennis: ASIJ brings back champ, firepower to courts

TOKYO – To get to the top of the mountain is enough of a challenge. To stay there? Even more so, especially in an individual discipline such as...

American School In Japan football's line has some big shoes to fill thanks to some key departures due to graduation. (DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES)

Football: Line play might determine whether Mustangs can repeat

Last in a series of Pacific high school football previews.

TOKYO – With the school’s first Far East Division I title in the books and with...

Students wait with their parents outside Matthew C. Perry Elementary School during the first day of school at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Aug. 30, 2017. The day marked the first time the school facility was going to be used since its construction finished this year, along with Iwakuni Elementary School and Iwakuni Middle School. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carlos Jimenez)

Iwakuni students welcome new school year with new facilities

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan -- Young students eagerly walked through the halls of the newly built school facilities signifying the...

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Henson

Football: Samurai kick off first football game under Friday Night Lights

The Matthew C. Perry High School “Samurai” football team played the Nile C. Kinnick High School “Red Devils” at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni,...

Photo by Dave Ornauer, Stars and Stripes

Girls' Soccer: Kinnick striker Kawachi earns NSCAA All-America honor

Kiralyn Kawachi sparked the best comeback in Nile C. Kinnick girls soccer history last spring, rallying the Red Devils from an 0-4-1 start to a...