Rota sweeps small schools regional hoops titles

While the races in Regions II, III and IV look to go down to the wire as the regular basketball season winds down over the next three weeks, Rota’s boys and girls and SHAPE’s girls took care of business last weekend in Region I.

Rota’s boys went 6-0 Thursday-Saturday at Alconbury, sweeping to the “small-schools” version of the Region I crown contested by Alconbury, Brussels, Menwith Hill and Rota. Rota’s girls were a three-ball away from duplicating their boys’ performance at Alconbury, falling to Brussels 16-14 to finish the three-day marathon at 5-1.

Patch fends off Royals in star-studded showdown

Wrestlers in Europe don’t participate in dual meets, but Saturday’s four-team tournament at Vilseck was almost the same thing. With several placers from the 2011 European tournament squaring off, Patch edged Ramstein 264.5-243.5.  Since Vilseck and Hohenfels were a distant third and fourth, with 72 and 10 points, respectively, and never figured in the final outcome, the quadrangular meet evolved into the equivalent of a Patch-Ramstein dual.

The 2011 103-pound champion, Ross Wilson, got the Panthers started by pinning 2011 103-pound runner-up Ryan Goins of Ramstein in 1:27 on Saturday to win the 113-pound class. Wilson decked Goins in 3:31 last February in the 103-pound European final.


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