Ramstein boys lead Euro soccer circuit

by Thomas Warner
contributing writer

Ramstein striker Chris Slover (14) is mobbed by teammates Jaden Buelvas (11) and Carter Robison after scoring one of his two goals against SHAPE last weekend. Photo by Brooke Huff

In a boys’ soccer matchup between the only remaining undefeated Division 1 schools, Ramstein got two goals from Chris Slover and won 3-1. The game happened on the Kaiserslautern High field, which is being shared by RHS and KHS this season. Ramstein’s win leaves them atop the Division I standings with a month left before the Europeans tournament.

Ramstein (4-0) scored first in the match when senior Dylan Grimes found the net at the 15 minute mark. The goal was set up with an assist from Gavin McMillan but SHAPE equalized at the 30-minute mark with a shot that first hit the crossbar but was rebounded and sent home.

Ramstein earned a penalty kick in the second half but Slover’s shot was defended by the SHAPE goalkeeper. Just a minute later, though, Slover sent a kick into the nets to help the Royals regain the lead.


“Of our starting 11 players, just three are seniors and we’ve been successful with a lot of talented freshmen and sophomores,” said Ramstein coach Dominik Ludes. “We’ve been practicing at three different places due to construction projects and the kids have all responded really well to everything we’ve been doing this season. This group has a big upside if they keep working hard.”

Ramstein got a final goal from Slover, a junior, about 10 minutes before the end of the match and was helped by good defensive pressure by team captain Gregory McMillan. Tamar Holmes also had a big defensive game and Ramstein had assists from Grimes and Tony Vilella. The Royals will be back in action this weekend with a game at the K-Town field against Vilseck.

Ramstein girls roll past SHAPE

The Ramstein girls scored seven goals in the first 35 minutes of their match and cruised to a 12-0 victory over Vilseck. At the top of the girls’ Division I standings are Stuttgart, Ramstein and SHAPE which have yet to lose in league play.

Leaders were Rocio Fernandez with four goals, Haley Deome with three, and Jaelyn Galindo with two. Other goals were scored by Gabs Janes and Baleigh McFall. Anna Abell had two assists and Morgan Lewis had a save. The Vilseck games start at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Kaiserslautern games cancelled
due to track meet

A scheduling conflict was noticed a few weeks ago that would force Kaiserslautern to cancel scheduled games this weekend. A track meet at the stadium kept the Lady Raiders (3-2) from getting needed field time, as they aren’t scheduled to play again until May 4 weekend on the road against Wiesbaden.

“Our players have been still practicing regularly and hard,” said coach Lisa Rimmler. “They have put in several hours of community service, too, and just staying focused. We knew the track meet was coming and we are just dealing with it. Our players want to play games, for sure.”

The KHS soccer girls also were to play SHAPE, but were in the same predicament as the boys’ team when Ramstein hosted its track meet at the Kaiserslautern facility.

“The SHAPE game was (actually) removed from our schedule and given to Ramstein,” said head coach Susan Fitzpatrick. “This season is a bit different with Ramstein not having a home field, thus RHS track meets and soccer games have to be scheduled around our soccer and track events. After Wiesbaden, we play the following Saturday, May 12 at Vilseck.” 

Baumholder girls fall to Black Forest

Black Forest had one player with three goals and got single scores from four others in a one-sided match versus the Buccaneers. Baumholder (0-3) got a goal from Annabel Brinkmeyer on her first game back from injury. It was assisted by Josee’ Ali and the Bucs are scheduled to play a home match against AFNORTH today.

 

FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL

Ramstein outscores Vilseck twice on diamond

The Ramstein Lady Royals remained undefeated but not without a first enduring a huge tussle versus visiting Vilseck High. Vilseck went toe to toe with the defending DODEA champions before the homestanding Lady Royals finally scored 15-14 and 19-11 wins.

Ramstein (6-0) needed a last-inning rally to lasso their close win in game one. Vilseck had scored four times in the top of the frame and taken the lead but Ramstein plated three of their own and won. Pitching was not at a premium as both teams combined for 44 hits in the game.

The Royals had 5-for-5 hitting by Azure Agricula and three hits each from Anni Nozaki, Mikaela McBroom, and Sydney Smith. Savanna Sparrow had four hits with three RBI, then Agricula, Nozaki, and Arianna Rivera put together six more RBI. That was enough to back senior pitcher Abby Walker, who got both mound victories.

“We knew Vilseck was going to be one of the better teams in DODEA this season and we look forward to playing them again,” said Ramstein coach Tom Wright. “They are fundamentally sound, make good plays, and are well-coached. What really hurt them was a few errors they made or this could have been a different result. We made some too, but they happened to make a few more. Sometimes it goes the other way. These were two balanced teams and we just had to be diligent, stick with the basics, and stay after it every inning. This was a test for us.”

In the second game, Ramstein got five runs in the second and sixth innings plus seven in the fifth to literally overwhelm the Falcons. Smith led the way with four hits and three runs scored. Megan Short, Madison Jarvis and Savannah Sparrow each had three hits. Key hitters who knocked in multiple runs included Jarvis, Short, and McBroom, with nine RBI between them.

McBroom and sophomore Short each had a triple while Smith had three doubles in the second game. Anni Nozaki scored three runs and Jarvis scored four times to back Abby Walker’s five-plus innings of mound work. Walker threw a total of 93 pitches and located about a third of them for strikes, with Vilseck rapping 17 hits and only striking out three times.

Kaiserslautern girls get things done
at Wiesbaden

Abi Young pitched one game and Ally Alamos pitched the other as Kaiserslautern won a pair of road games on Clay Kaserne. The throwers combined for six strikeouts and both issued five walks in their respective starts. Alamos actually closed out game two with late-inning relief.

Young had two hits in each game as the leading Lady Raider batter. Teammate Marianna Conklin also had four hits on the day and one run batted in. Madi Baller went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the second win.

“Because of illness and injuries, we had some of our girls play in positions that they don’t normally play in, so it was nice to see them step up to the challenge with wins,” said KHS coach Jesse Costa. The Lady Raiders have home games this weekend against SHAPE and Lakenheath.

Track and field

Kaiserslautern boys take track meet title

Kaiserslautern High won the boys’ side and Stuttgart won the girls’ crown at this past weekend’s Ramstein Invitational track and field meet staged on the KHS campus. Ramstein’s boys wound up in second place while Kaiserslautern was third and Ramstein was fourth in the girls’ final standings.

“We got really good performances from both sides and as coaches we are proud of all our athletes who competed at the meet,” Kaiserslautern coach Jason Steadman said. “They all wanted to win and do well with the meet happening here in the KMC. We were strong in a lot of areas.”

Kaiserslautern might have climbed past Wiesbaden and Stuttgart if senior multipurpose athlete Jada Branch had been healthy and taken part. Branch was relegated for the second week to volunteer/cheerleader status, making her way from event to event and pepping up teammates, wrapping ankles, and doing some coaching.

Santo Starkey won the long jump and was part of a second place 4×100 relay quartet to get KHS key points. Kaiserslautern didn’t actually win first place in many events but scored consistently with several seconds and thirds that gave them the overall top tally.

Ramstein’s boys got distance firsts in the 800 and 3,200 meters from Jose Serrano along with winning the 4×800 meter relay race. Austin Higby of Kaiserslautern matched last week’s performance with a 130-feet, 11-inch throw to win the discus event.

Ramstein sophomore sensation CiCi Williams took first in the girls’ 300 meter hurdles as well as the long jump, to go with a top-three sweep of the 100 meter hurdles event by three other Lady Royals, but Kaiserslautern finished just ahead in the final overall standings. Zhane Williams of KHS was a winner for the second week in a row with a 31-feet, 1.75-inch effort in the shot put and she was second to teammate Mercedes Durden in the discus.

Top finishers from area schools are listed, with times and lengths in their respective events. There are multiple meets involving area schools set for this weekend.

Kaiserslautern senior Santo Starkey (left) won the long jump and junior teammate Ervin Johnson came in second out of a field of 40 athletes. Starkey and Johnson were the only jumpers to clear 20 feet.Photo by Thomas Warner
Ramstein’s CiCi Williams (middle) won the long jump and the triple jump while Elena Russey (right) was second in both events. Ramstein’s Barakat Ibrahim (left) took fourth place in the long jump. Photo by Thomas Warner

GIRLS

200 Meters

1. Mallory Harris – KHS (27.13)

100 Meter Hurdles

1. Jaya Worthington – Ramstein (16.43)

2. Sybella Crespo – Ramstein (16.77)

3. CiCi Williams – Ramstein (16.84)

300 Meter Hurdles

1. CiCi Williams – Ramstein (48.77)

3. Masaya Archbold – Ramstein (49.96)

4×100 Meter Relay

2. Kaiserslautern – Isabella Pacheco, Mallory Harris, Ayanna Cox, Azorah Williams (52.10)

3. Ramstein – Sybella Crespo, Kori Fay, Masaya Archbold, Jaya Worthington (52.72)

4×400 Meter Relay

3. Kaiserslautern – Isabella Pacheco, Mallory Harris, Heysha Perez-Mendez, Azorah Williams (4:33.19)

Long Jump

1. CiCi Williams – Ramstein (16-06.00)

2. Elena Russey – KHS (16-03.25)

Triple Jump

1. CiCi Williams – Ramstein (34-01.50)

2. Elena Russey – KHS (32-09.50)

Shot Put

1. Zhane Williams – KHS (31-01.75)

Discus

1. Mercedes Durden – KHS (80-06.50)

2. Zhane Williams – KHS (79-01)

BOYS

100 Meters

2. Nicholas Lowe – Ramstein (11.67)

200 Meters

2. Tre Dotson – KHS (23.92)

3. Gevaughn Bracy – Ramstein (23.94)

400 Meters

3. Conner Looney – Ramstein (54.39)

800 Meters

1. Jose Serrano – Ramstein (1:59.98)

2. Skyler Ratledge – KHS (2:09.78)

3. Griffen Parsells – KHS (2:10.20)

1600 Meter Run

1. Denver Dalpais – Ramstein (4:41.88)

2. Griffen Parsells – KHS (4:42.06)

3. Orlando Rojas – KHS (4:42.25)

3200 Meter Run

1. Jose Serrano – Ramstein (10:25.43)

3. Orlando Rojas – KHS (10:26.84)

110 Meter Hurdles

1. Jackie Harris – Ramstein (15.94)

300 Meter Hurdles

2. Tyrese Loveday – Ramstein (43.16)

3. Jackie Harris – Ramstein (43.66)

4×100 meter relay

2. Kaiserslautern – Mazen Youness, Mikey Santos-Adames, Jacob Winchell, Santo Starkey (45.68)

4×400 Meter Relay

2. Kaiserslautern – Ervin Johnson, Breon Crennel, Darren Plotnik, John Paul Tangonan (3:48.52)

4×800 Meter Relay

1. Ramstein – Logan Shelley, Jose Serrano, Nick Clinton, Denver Dalpais (8:29.77)

2. Kaiserslautern – Griffen Parsells, Orlando Rojas, Yadiel Rojas, Skyler Ratledge (8:37.79)

1600 Sprint Medley

3. Kaiserslautern – Mazen Youness, Tre Dotson, John Paul Tangonan, Esteban Saldana (3:55.79)

High Jump

2. Tre Dotson – KHS (5-11.00)

3. Christian Lowe – Ramstein (5-07.00)

Long Jump

1. Santo Starkey – KHS (20-01)

2. Ervin Johnson – KHS (20-00)

Triple Jump

3. Jason Jones – Ramstein (40-01.50)

Shot Put

3. Austin Higby – KHS (40-00.75)

Discus

1. Austin Higby – KHS (130-11)

3. Eli Roberts – Ramstein (113-00)

Baumholder tracksters at Alconberry meet

Several athletes finished high for the BHS Buccaneers at last weekend’s Alconberry meet. Solo Turgeon took first place in the 110 meter hurdles and the long jump. Lorne Huxtable won first in the triple jump and second in the 110 hurdles. Lyndon Winfrey was second in the discus and Jesse Espinoza was second in the 3,200 meters.

Scattered other Baumholder athletes had high marks including the first place boys 4×400 meter relay team of Turgeon, Huxtable, Conner Brinkmeyer, Chandler Pigge. Baumholder also won the 4×800 meter relay with Brandon Bankston, JJ Comley, Jesse Espinoza, and Amir Jones-Scott.  The 1,600 sprint medley quartet of Wilbur Turgeon, Brinkmeyer, Jacob Gregg, and Comley had another first place run.

Brinkmeyer was second in the long jump, Prentiss Alford was third in the high jump, and  Jones-Scott was third in the 800 meters. Hanna McCullum took third on the girls’ side in the long jump.

Chris Guzaldo

BASEBALL

Ramstein flexes muscles against Vilseck

The Royals (6-2) had sharp pitching in both games and won by scores of 12-1 then 10-3 at the Southside Field complex.

Chris Guzaldo was the batting leader for Ramstein in the second win, with a 3-for-4 performance and the plate and two scores. Tieran Shoffner walked and scored twice and the Royals got a double and another hit for two RBI from Ethan Smith at the bottom of the order.

Nemo Kindle allowed three hits over three innings of mound work, then Jeremy LeClair teamed with Chandler Baker to close out the game with no-hit pitching. The trio struck out nine Vilseck batters.

“Kindle is a guy who goes to school at Baumholder, but since they have no baseball team he got permission (from DODEA officials) to practice and play on our team,” RHS coach Travis Shoffner said. “He’s been solid defensively at shortstop and we got a couple of great plays at third from Tieran Shoffner this week. It was good pitching for us but we also had great defense around the field with no errors.”

Guzaldo got a hit and a walk for two RBI as the first game was all Ramstein from start to finish. Kindle scored three times and the Royals got two scores from Baker and LeClair as Vilseck pitchers gave up 10 walks.

Kaleb Bellew and Guzaldo combined on the mound to throw a one-hitter with six strikeouts and just four walks. Bellew, Kaden Romleski and LeClair each had a double as part of Ramstein’s 12-hit attack while Kindle stole three bases.

Kaiserslautern splits wins with Wiesbaden

WIESBADEN – The Raiders (5-3) won their opener 10-9 at the ballpark on Clay Kaserne but came up short in a 3-1 loss to close their road trip. They will play a friendly game versus Schriesheim Raubritter this week before returning to DODEA action at home today and Saturday against SHAPE and Lakenheath.

In the second game Saturday, the Wiesbaden team scored twice in the third inning and allowed the Raiders just four hits, including two by Mathias Perrin. Nolan Sherman threw most of the game but Kaden Senkbeil threw the final inning. They gave up only five hits and two walks but got no backing from their offense.

The first game was better for K-Town, with Ronin Sherman tagging two hits and Perrin responsible for two RBI. In total, Kaiserslautern had eight hits and was able to use a seven-run third inning to establish the lead. Later, the Wiesbaden team rallied for five runs in the final inning but were shut down by a relief pitching strikeout from Nolan Sherman. His brother, Ronin, was the starting KHS pitcher and those two Raiders had the only extra-base hits for the winners.