Patch hosts 4th annual Winter Boys Basketball Tournament

Patch High School will welcome seven DODDS-Europe rivals and four local German opponents Dec. 27-29 in the fourth annual Winter Boys Basketball Tournament.

Games start at 10 a.m. each day and are split between the Patch High School gym and fitness center. Admission is free.

The scheduled DODDS-Europe participants are:

• Patch
• AFNorth
• Baumholder
• Bitburg
• Black Forest Academy
• Heidelberg
• Lakenheath
• Ramstein

Rounding out the field are these four German prep teams from the greater Stuttgart area:

• Sindelfingen
• Vaihingen
• Moehringen
• Zuffenhausen

Games are shortened to four six-minute quarters, down eight minutes from the standard 32-minute duration. The games do not count toward the DODDS-Europe teams’ regular-season records. Some of the participating teams may be short a few players due to holiday travel plans, and the possibility exists of a team backing out entirely.

But the announced field is a strong one. Division I bragging rights are at stake as reigning champion Heidelberg and runner-up Ramstein join contenders Patch and Lakenheath. Last year’s tournament final unknowingly offered a preview of the DODDS-Europe championship game as Heidelberg handled Ramstein 67-58.

Division II rivals AFNORTH, Bitburg and Black Forest Academy will likely share some court time. Baumholder, meanwhile, can test itself against tough upper-division competition in hopes of a Division III run after the holiday break.

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He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

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Mar. 20: Winter sports season comes to an end, with most spring teams still thawing out after a light opening weekend.