Fred Bales begins his 15th season at the Kubasaki Dragons' helm. And it could be his last, after 42 seasons of coaching, 32 as a head man dating back to his days at Balboa High School in Panama in the 1980s. (DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES)
Fred Bales begins his 15th season at the Kubasaki Dragons' helm. And it could be his last, after 42 seasons of coaching, 32 as a head man dating back to his days at Balboa High School in Panama in the 1980s. (DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES)

Kubasaki bigger, hoping to be better

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – No need to worry about player size in Kubasaki football camp; coach Fred Bales and the Dragons have plenty of what he calls “bigs.”

It’s depth and experience, especially among what Bales calls his “ball position” players, that’s in question.

Virtually every skills player from 2018 has either graduated or transferred from a Kubasaki team that lost its first three games, but went 2-2 in its last four, including a 61-12 home rout of Division II Yokota and a 19-11 road loss to eventual Far East Division I champion Nile C. Kinnick.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.595107

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