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Quinn, Williams headline Stars and Stripes DODDS-Europe squads

Choosing the Stars and Stripes girls and boys basketball athletes of the year was tremendously difficult. The season produced more than its share of standout performers without yielding an obvious breakout star.

Ultimately, we chose Kaiserslautern junior Johanna Quinn and Bamberg senior Terry Williams for the honors, and I’m satisfied with those decisions. The respective stories about those two players make their cases, and I’ll admit that convincing arguments can be made for other well-qualified student-athletes.

In that spirit, if I were tasked with putting together girls and boys DODDS-Europe basketball all-star teams, these are the lineups I’d assemble:

Girls

F Johanna Quinn, Kaiserslautern: To define Quinn narrowly as an “hustle” player is to deny her considerable skills. But hustle, and win, she certainly does.

F Jourdan Hodge, Lakenheath: A gifted scorer, rebounder and defender, her problems with foul trouble are all that’s holding her back.

G Atyia Brigman, Bitburg: As good an all-around player as you’ll find in DODDS-Europe.

G Chealsy Reaves, Ansbach: Prodigious scorer carried the Cougars to an impressive season; creates her own shot like few others.

G Brianna Lackey, Bitburg: Intuitively chooses correctly between passing and shooting, driving and restarting the offense, reaching for a steal and hanging back in position.

Bench: G Gina Rhett, SHAPE; G Laneisha Jeans, Naples; G Kristen Reed, Lakenheath; G Lauren Barry, Wiesbaden; F Damonique Lamons, Bamberg; F Tashia Golson, Hohenfels: F Tenia Strobridge, Sigonella.

Boys

F Terry Williams, Bamberg: An offensive wizard with one of the most attractive mid-range jump shots  you’ll encounter in DODDS-Europe circles.

F Kelsey Thomas, Wiesbaden: Either very good or great at everything he does on the basketball court.

G John Robinson, Patch: A long and rangy slasher with all the offensive and defensive tools the term implies.

G Brendan Jones, Patch: The long-range bomber every offense needs, and can score in other ways when circumstances require it.

G Terell Gandy, Vicenza: Plays with relentless will and intensity and scores seemingly at will.

Bench: G Nuri Karaca, AFNORTH; G Joseph Gouty, Baumholder; G Schuyler Backlar, Menwith Hill; G Travis Olson, Black Forest Academy; F Andray Gibson, Bamberg; F Isaiah Wesby, Naples; F Drew Tevebaugh, Ramstein.

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Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.


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.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.


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Broome on AFN

 

Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome talks about the Europe sports scene on AFN Radio. (Click on right arrow to play file)

 

Mar. 31: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome highlights the weekend's coverage with Naples' success on multiple fields to include soccer, softball and baseball.

Mar. 24: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome talks about the DODDS-Europe spring sports season highlighting soccer, softball and baseball.

Feb. 24: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome rounds up Saturday’s six DODDS-Europe basketball championship games, including a classic Division I duel between Wiesbaden and Patch.