Europe athletes of the week
Bitburg High School
Last week: Harris, a junior running back, got the Barons started on what went into the books as a courtesy-rule 39-0 victory over previously unbeaten Baumholder on Friday with an 85-yard return for a touchdown on the game’s opening kickoff. The victory handed Bitburg the II-North conference championship.
“With excellent blocking and continued support from the entire team,” Bitburg coach Mike Laue wrote in an e-mail Tuesday, “Anton Harris was able to gain 172 yards on 23 carries…. Anton’s ability to get extra yards after contact makes him a threat every time he touches the football.”
Harris also stood out when Bitburg didn’t have the ball.
“He is also a key component of our defensive scheme,” Laue continued. “As a linebacker, he is afforded the opportunity to make tackles. Against Baumholder, he had eight.
“He is an intense, hard-working and disciplined player.… Anton will be the first to tell you he is part of something special, a team.”
That last part was particularly important Friday night, Laue wrote: “It is a complete team effort when [a game] like this happens. Our players all stepped up to the challenge and met it.”
Ramstein High School
Last week: Fleming, a senior outside hitter and 2005 All-Europe first-team player in volleyball, served 11 consecutive points, had 10 kills and 12 digs resulting in points Saturday in a 25-7, 25-21, 25-11 homecoming victory against Division I foe Patch.
The previous weekend, she registered 27 kills, 19 digs and 10 aces in two matches against Division I opponents Heidelberg and Wiesbaden, according to her coach Hia Sebastian.
“Regina is absolutely phenomenal at passing the ball from anywhere on the court to her setter,” Sebastian wrote Tuesday in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes, citing her star’s 93 percent success rate against Patch.
Sebastian said that Fleming’s passing and hitting both benefited from two summer camps at Auburn University.
“The AU staff worked on fine-tuning her passing skills and her footwork in transitioning from offense to defense,” Sebastian wrote. The footwork, she added, helped Fleming improve her timing and speed to such an extent that she registered a 94 percent hitting rate against Patch.
Fleming is a co-captain for Sebastian’s Royals, the defending European D-I champions who are unbeaten so far this season.
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff