Girls’ Varsity Basketball brings home Far East Tournament gold for the first time in 22 years


ASIJ sends a varsity girls’ basketball team to the Far East tournament each year. The 16-team tournament rotates around the region and is sometimes hosted in Korea, Okinawa, Guam, or Tokyo. In 1992, the ASIJ girls varsity won the tournament by beating Zama High School in the finals, and haven’t won the tournament since then . . . until this year!

The Mustangs led by seniors Liz Thornton, Joey Yamada, and Maya Tromburg went 25-2 this season winning 5 straight games in the Far East tournament. The Mustangs beat Kadena High School in the finals to take home the title.

The Mustangs began their season by participating in the Hong Kong International tournament and then playing 15 games in the Kanto Plain league and against non-conference Japanese schools. The Mustangs were undefeated in the conference so were awarded their fourth straight conference title.

These talented athletes balance full course schedules with nightly practices and games. The varsity coach is Julie Rogers and she is assisted by Shannon Hambleton who also coaches the junior varsity. The athletes and the coaches appreciate all the support the ASIJ community has given them this season and hope to bring home the gold again soon. (Julie Rogers, HS Math/Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach)