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Shae Katou-Aki named starting QB for Leafa 2075 campaign

Kaguya Houraisan, patron of Houraisan Centre at Leafa College 
and the great-grandmother of Shae Katou-Aki.

Shae Katou-Aki named starting QB for Leafa 2075 campaign

By Naoto Suzukawa
The Spirit News
August 23, 2075

Following a grueling training camp which saw five freshmen join 65 other upperclassmen, quarterback Shae Katou-Aki was named the starting quarterback ahead of the Leafa Spirit gridiron team's first major assignment: the No. 1-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on the road in Columbus, Ohio, USA. When asked of the fortunes for the Spirit at Kaguya Houraisan Centre, he was all smiles.

"I wrote my song 'Leafa Boys' for a reason: I expect that we will defend our championships as many times as possible," said Katou-Aki, posing next to the updated BCS Championship Trophy, nicknamed by the local and national press as the "Lipstick Tube" or "The Lil' Lippa" or simply, "The Lippa." "As a great-grandson of Lady Kaguya Houraisan, who dedicated this training and administration centre to our team before she passed away a few years ago, I wanted to make her and the people of Eientei proud by giving it all I got on the field.

 Megumi Katou, mother of Shae Katou-Aki.

"My brother Kazza (Kasumigaoka) is my backup and I am always competing with him to get the nod at quarterback. Rocky (Naoe)'s our third-stringer, while Kei (Natsume) is our kickoff specialist. The fact that we don't have much expectations and the pressure is on Tatto (Jackson Tatara) to reel in the majors will make our job a bit more easier.

"Ever since I enrolled at Leafa in January, it's been a whirlwind first year. I do my units, I get familiar with my training, and in the winter we have our camp. Coach Harding calls camp "The Green Days" as the men who pass the rigors of The Green Days are expected to make the list. Since most of the players are fourth-years, the competition to make the few spots that are open was fierce.

"I thank everyone that I know and love for giving me this opportunity to show that my song I wrote is not just words and music. I mean what I write and sing and I will back it up on the gridiron. Come, the Buckeyes. We're waiting for ya, ya bloody mugs! Carn the Spirit! We're on a high! Oh yeah!"

 Utaha Kasumigaoka, Kaz Kasumigaoka's mother.

"You all know this right about now, but my brother Shae, he wanna win, no matter where he goes," said Kaz, who knows Katou-Aki better than Ledley or Tyler Aki. "He knows that winning brings positive economic ramifications and job security because it is a byproduct of success and constructive production. He dreams of winning more of them Lippas for the Leafa Boys so I'm fine filling in when necessary.

"All in all, we're having a great camp and we can't wait for the start of the home-and-away season."