Archive for Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Team T-shirts reveal international flavor

October 18, 2006

The Tonganoxie High cross country team has been a point of discussion for opposing squads.

Although both boys and girls teams again are having successful seasons, what they're wearing also is turning a few heads.

The Chieftains' cross country T-shirts, which they wear before races, displays "Tonganoxie cross country," but it also has additional verbage.

Underneath the main graphic, the shirts say "cross country" -- but in Japanese.

That's because one of the THS senior runners, Kazy Fukuyasu, is a Japan native.

Fukuyasu said he collaborated with his teammates on the shirt design.

"Well, I was really excited about it," Fukuyasu said. "I really enjoy having everyone wearing it.

"Because sometimes other teams see it and they don't understand. And we can talk about it to the other teams."

Fukuyasu has been a Tonganoxie High student the last three years.

His parents, who live in Japan, wanted him to experience living in the United States.

Fukuyasu has dual citizenship and lives with his uncle and aunt, Gerry and Cheryl Kessler.

The Chieftains hope to wear their shirts two more times: at regionals Saturday in Marysville and and Oct. 28 at state in Wamego.

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