(Stars and Stripes)

For most players and coaches, the DODEA-Europe basketball season ended last weekend when six teams were crowned champions at the Clay Kaserne’s Fitness Center in Wiesbaden, Germany.

But for 40 players and a handful of coaches, there’s still two more games to go.

Vilseck hosts a boys all-star game Saturday at the same time that Vicenza holds one for girls. Games are set to start at 2 p.m. following a skills competition and three-point contest at 10 a.m. that’s similar to the one put on annually by the NBA. Twenty athletes will be divided into two teams still to be determined at each location to take part in the games.

DODEA is holding the events to recognize some of the top basketball players in Europe as well as provide a showcase for those who might want to play in college.

Four head coaches whose teams won championships are among those who will direct the teams. It should be the final game for Stuttgart girls coach Robin Hess, who has said she plans to retire later this year, after leading her team to six Division I titles in the last seven seasons. Joining her is Matt Wise of D-III champ AFNORTH. Opposing them are Jim Davis of D-II champ Naples and Kristin Kachmar of Wiesbaden.

Coaching the boys are the Stuttgart team of Christopher Jackson and Michael Stevenson, whose teams have won back-to-back titles, against the Baumholder tandem of Dewayne Piggé and Clifton Mayo. The Bucs won five straight titles before taking third this year.


Player School Player School
Ismael Anglada Paz Stuttgart Jacob Idowu Hohenfels
Jacob Berkau Hohenfels Joel Idowu Hohenfels
Wryson Catalan Baumholder Barkale Johnson Vilseck
Bela Clobes SHAPE Jettyn Jones Naples
Tyler DeMerritt Rota Robert Leggett Spangdahlem
Makario Drummond Spangdahlem Cameron Lewis Spangdahlem
Tyrell Edwards Ramstein
Brandon Goins Vilseck
Ky'Ron Hall Ramstein
Davion Haywood Baumholder


Player School Player School
Emma Arambula Kaiserslautern Jasmine Jones Ramstein
Natalia Bergdorf Wiesbaden Ella Kirk Stuttgart
Ryleigh Denton Sigonella A'Lydia McNeal Ramstein
VaNae Filer Naples Jessie Moon SHAPE
Gracie Grannis Naples Anais Navidad Naples
Isabella Guest AFNORTH Laney Reardon Sigonella
Macayla Hines Stuttgart Hazel Sanders Kaiserslautern
Gwen Icanberry Wiesbaden Selah Skariah AFNORTH
Jalissa Jobity Hphenfels Mia Snyder Stuttgart
Bralyn Jones Ramstein Joudan Timmons Rota
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Kent has filled numerous roles at Stars and Stripes including: copy editor, news editor, desk editor, reporter/photographer, web editor and overseas sports editor. Based at Aviano Air Base, Italy, he’s been TDY to countries such as Afghanistan Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia. Born in California, he’s a 1988 graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a journalist for 40 years.

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