The girls basketball team, coached by Mr. Mecklem and Watanabe-sensei, played at Marist Brothers International School in Kobe and won both pool games on Friday, comfortably, but faced a difficult championship round when 4 players could not play on Saturday due to injury and sickness and schedule conflicts. Nonetheless, the short-handed Sabers advanced to the championship game where they fell to a dominant KIUA team. This was a great improvement on last year's 4th place finish. Karin Tomiyama was the standout player for the Sabers. This was
Coach Watanabe's final tournament with the Sabers as she will leave the school this year.
The boys soccer team, coached by Mr. McGill and Mr. Stone, played at Canadian Academy and won WJAA titles in both the A and B divisions for the 4th year in a row – a double “four-peat”. A quadruple double? Considering that this makes it 6 years in a row that the Sabers footballers have won the A-division title, why don’t we just call it “total dominance”? The top goal scorers for the Sabers A team were Ken Tran and Keigo Igarashi. The stingy B team, led by Kyle Doman in defense, gave up exactly 0 goals in the tournament. This was the final Sabers tournament for Coach Stone who, after a mulit-year run as a Sabers coach, will leave the school.