Germantown, Md., senior Ben Jacks, who was the MVP of the 2010 European Division III tournament and the Stars and Stripes player of the year while playing for Sigonella, has agreed to play collegiate soccer at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., Jacks’ father Matt emailed on Monday.
The younger Jacks, a standout Olympic Development Program left wing and striker with extensive international experience, chose Coastal Carolina over other D-I offers “based on their style and speed of play, coaching staff, and success of both the team – consistent NCAA tournament appearances – and the players – several All-Americans and professional careers,” according to the elder Jacks.
Former Stars and Stripes soccer player of the year Josie Seebeck, a 2012 Ramstein graduate, rebounded from two injuries she suffered during her freshman season at Central Michigan University to assist on the Chippewas’ first goal Sunday in a 2-0 victory over Northern Illinois in a Mid-American Conference tournament quarterfinal game in Mount Pleasant, Mich., according to the school’s website.
Seebeck, whom her father Peter emailed Monday was recovering from cracked ribs, played 40 minutes as a substitute and put her 72nd-minute crossing pass on the head of teammate Laura Gosse. Gosse headed the ball inside the far post for the game’s first score. Next up for the Chippewas is a Friday semifinal against Toledo at Oxford, Ohio. The MAC title game is scheduled for Oxford on Sunday.
Ramstein’s Elissa Ballas ran the 37th annual Marine Corps Marathon in two hours, 53.51 minutes Sunday in Washington, D.C., to claim the 2012 Armed Forces women’s marathon championship, according to a news release from Armed Forces Sports director Kenneth Polk.
Ballas’ run, when combined with the time of Armed Forces women’s runner-up Brenda Schrank of Andrews AFB, Md., lifted the Air Force women to the team title, almost seven minutes ahead of the Army women. Schrank clocked 2:59.06.
Other than Ballas, no Europe-based runners medaled in the Armed Forces event, which was run in conjunction with the USMC race. The Army, led by overall winner Augustus Maiyo of Fort Carson, Colo., topped the men’s team standings in the interservice portion of the race. Maiyo clocked 2:20:20 for the 26-mile event.
AFN’s George Smith has announced that once again the network will provide live coverage of Saturday’s Super Six high school football championship tripleheader from Baumholder.
The games, which begin at noon CET Saturday and run consecutively, pit defending Division-III champion Rota against unbeaten Baumholder for the European nine-man crown in the opener; three-time defending European champion Bitburg, riding a 29-game winning steak, against unbeaten Naples for the D-II title at 2:30 p.m., and unbeaten Ramstein against Patch for the European Division I crown at 5 p.m.
Heidelberg freshman Christian Albelo, who plays for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Academy, was among 36 players invited to attend USA Soccer’s Under-15 training camp Oct. 27-Nov. 3 at Carson, Calif., his parents, Francisco and Sandra, emailed on Wednesday.
Ankara athletic director and tournament director Tim Redden emailed a report Monday on the annual Ankara Sports Association volleyball tournament held last weekend in the Turkish capital. The ASA is a vehicle designed to increase the chances for student-athletes in Turkey to compete. Here’s Redden’s report:
“Two DODDS-Europe teams captured both the championships and the MVP honors in the sixth Ankara Sports Association Invitational Volleyball Tournament last weekend.
“The Ankara Trojans completed a sweep of the girls’ field with a 25-15, 25-12, 25-23 win over Bilkent Laboratory and International School on Saturday behind the stellar play of tournament MVP Karey Daniel. Minutes before receiving her award, Daniel was given the ballwith her team down 21-23 in the third set. She recorded four straight points from serves, including a devastating kill from behind the attack line.
“In fact, the Trojans’ greatest challenge came against their DODDS-E rivals, the Incirlik Hodjas. Ankara dropped the first set 18-25 but rebounded to defeat Incirlik 25-20, a game in which Daniel served nine straight points; 25-20, a game with the scoring spread around, and 25-19, a game in which senior Clara Hamilton started the game with a seven-point run. Ankara defeated the Pakistani Embassy International Study Group Wolves 25-12, 25-18, 22-25, and 25-12 and the OASIS School Lions 25-18, 25-8, and 25-12.
“The Hodjas, led by Allyn Anderson, finished in third place with victories over the Lions (25-11, 25-16, 25-12) and Wolves (25-12, 25-18, 25-18).
“The Incirlik boys rode the defense and offense of MVP libero Tamer Long to an easy run through the field. They found their rhythm in the opening match against Ankara with a 25-13, 25-14, 25-14 victory in spite of improved play from the Trojans. They continued to beat opponents in straight sets: Wolves (25-10, 25-6, 25-11) and BLIS (25-5, 25-11, 25-4). In their Saturday face-off with unbeaten OASIS, Incirlik struggled out of the gate needing extra points to secure the “W” 26-24. But with the dust shaken off, they took the following sets 25-10 and 25-16.
“Ankara’s boys showed great improvement through the tournament and captured third place. They started with a 17-25, 7-25, 24-26 loss to OASIS, but built on their third-set success to defeat BLIS 25-18, 25-21, 25-22 the following night. On Saturday, they played the longest match of the tournament. They eventually felled the Wolves 20-25, 25-14, 20-25, 25-11, 15-13.
“The ASA Tournament returned to its boys’ and girls’ format after the 2011 event was played without the boys’ sides. All told, over 115 high school volleyball players converged on the Ankara ES/HS gym for the three-day tournament. The cross country field also expanded to include middle and high school runners from BLIS. The ASA plans to continue expanding participation in the cross country events next season and hopes to draw full tennis teams to their events in the near future.”
The family of Kyle Edgar, the Bitburg running back who last year averaged 10.8 yards-per-carry in rushing for 1,242 yards and 20 touchdowns and made the All-Europe team for the second straight season, emailed last week to provide a link to a story on Edgar which appeared in the Arkansas Leader newspaper. You can read the article at this link http://arkansasleader.blogspot.de/2012/08/sports-storypanther-transfer-good-fit.html.
This season, Edgar’s wearing the colors of Cabot (Ark.) High School, which plays in Class 7A. Anyone who’d like to keep up with Edgar’s accomplishments can visit his website, www.kyleedgar.com.
DODDS-Europe athletic director Karen Seadore announced Tuesday that because of problems arranging airline flights from Rota, Spain, to Germany, the European Division III semifinal game between No. 2 seed Bamberg and defending champion Rota, the No. 3 seed, has been moved from Saturday to the following Saturday, Oct. 27.
Oct. 27 was to have been a bye week for the D-III survivors and was therefore available for the unexpected schedule change. The Bamberg-Rota winner will play the winner of this Saturday’s Sigonella-at-Baumholder game in the D-III title game Nov. 3 at Baumholder.
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.