It’s been just over eight months since Mannheim High School shuttered its doors forever, but that didn’t stop former Bison stars Sam Rosario and Emma Roberts from leaving some traces of Mannheim on the just-concluded European Division I basketball tournaments.
Rosario, a senior guard, and Roberts, a junior forward, each was voted to the Division I all-tournament team Saturday night after the Lions and Lady Lions defeated their counterparts from Ramstein in the three-day tourney’s championship games.
Running back Xavier Jones of Ansbach and defensive end Justin Dickey of Ramstein, both selected for the 2011 All-Europe and DODDS-Europe All-Star teams, have agreed to play for junior college programs in Kansas this fall.
Dickey, a 6-5, 205-pound defensive end who made 53 tackles last fall – including 15 sacks and 18 more which resulted in losses – will attend Highland (Kan.) Community College. Jones, a 5-11, 207-pounder who rushed for over 1,900 yards and 25 touchdowns in eight games last fall, is bound for Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College.
A member of the German police force in Mainz Kastel takes a break to view a game Thursday at the Bereitschafts Polizei Mainz Kasterl gymansium. The polizei opened their gym for the first time to help host this years European championships.
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By Dan Blottenberger Published: February 23, 2012
Hundreds of high school basketball players are participating in multiple games each day at the DODDS-Europe basketball championships this week in and around Wiesbaden, Germany. But American military facilities can only handle so much.
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.