Patch to host annual holiday boys hoops event

Seven DODDS-Europe boys basketball teams and five international rivals will converge on Stuttgart, Germany, this week for the annual Stuttgart Winter Basketball Tournament.
The DODDS-Europe participants include Division I programs Patch, Kaiserslautern, Lakenheath, and Wiesbaden and Division II entries Baumholder, Bitburg and Black Forest Academy. Though the event is sanctioned by DODDS, the games do not count toward the teams’ regular-season records.
Local German clubs Ludwigsberg, TSV Hafnerhaslach, BSG Vaihingen-Sachsenheim and BC Vaihingen and French school Paris International round out the 12-team field.
The three-day tournament starts at 10 a.m. Thursday, with each team playing two pool games. On Friday, the teams will be slotted into a 12-team championship bracket. The tournament’s semifinals and championship game will be played Saturday, along with consolation games. Each game is slated to last about an hour, with six-minute quarters and a five-minute halftime.
Lakenheath won last year’s tournament, stunning host Patch 41-40 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Chris Cedarstaff.
The DODDS-Europe basketball season resumes Friday, Jan. 10.

Former SHAPE star Seiler to play collegiate volleyball

Ashley Seiler, a 2011 All-Europe volleyball star at SHAPE, has signed a letter of intent to play for Casper College, a National Junior College Athletic Association program in Casper, Wyoming.

Seiler recorded 117 kills as a Spartan sophomore in 2011, earning first-team All-Europe and all-tournament team honors while leading SHAPE to a runner-up finish at the Division I European tournament. The 5-foot-11 outside hitter transferred to Cheney High School near Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., prior to her junior year, and is currently in the midst of her senior season.  

The Casper Thunderbirds completed their fall 2013 season last month at 18-19

Ramstein alum Sarah Szybist collects college volleyball honors

Ramstein's Sarah Szybist slams the ball past Patch's Mercedes Deets, left, and Adrianna Callahan in the the Division I final at the 2012 DODDS-Europe volleyball championships in Ramstein, Nov. 3, 2012.

Former Ramstein volleyball star Sarah Szybist recently completed an outstanding freshman season at the college level. The 2013 Ramstein graduate, now an outside hitter at Rochester Institute of Technology, has netted a number of awards in recognition of her collegiate debut, including:  

·       American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III All-America honorable mention


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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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.