Ramstein won the boys and girls titles at this past weekend’s Kaiserslautern Invitational track and field meet, but Kaiserslautern took second place and a host of individual athletes from many schools looked primed to do well at the annual Europeans Meet near the end of May.
There were multiple highlights and storylines throughout the meet, the top being the extraordinary performances put forth by KHS senior Jada Branch, who won the 200 meters, 400 meters, long jump, and triple jump. Branch and the Lady Raiders have one meet to go before Euros take place at Vogelweh.
“It’s been amazing to have her back,” said Kaiserslautern head coach Jason Steadman. “We’ve got a really young team with Jada being one of just five seniors on the boys and girls combined, so our future looks bright.”
Injured at the start of this season, Branch was dominant Saturday in the 400 meters, breaking her own school record with a 56.98 time. She was five seconds ahead of the rest of the pack in that race and went for 18 feet, 9.75 inches to win the long jump over Ramstein sopho-more CiCi Williams. Another big day was turned in by the Baumholder boys, who have not lost this season except to Division I schools.
Track & Field
Jada Branch, KHS (25.62)
Jada Branch, KHS (56.98)
3. Mya McKinley, Ramstein (2:36.28)
2. McKenzie Perkes, Ramstein (5:50.98)
1. Jordanne Hill, Ramstein (12:45.57)
100 meter hurdles
1. Jaya Worthington, Ramstein (16.35)
2. Sybella Crespo, Ramstein (16.68)
3. CiCi Williams, Ramstein (17.25)
300 meter hurdles
1. CiCi Williams, Ramstein (47.08)
2. Masaya Archbold, Ramstein (48.69)
4×100 meter relay
2. Kaiserslautern – Isabella Pacheco, Michelle Santos-Adames, Heysha Perez-Mendez, Elena Russey (52.47)
3. Ramstein – Sybella Crespo, Kori Fay, Barakat Ibrahim, Shannon McCray (53.40)
4×400 meter relay
1. Kaiserslautern – Shatavia McBride, Heysah Perez-Adames, Ayanna Cox, Mallory Harris (4:25.08)
3. Ramstein – Masaya Archbold, Megan Hull, Barakat Ibrahim, Mya McKinley (4:38.02)
4×800 meter relay
3. Ramstein – Lydia Rothas, Emily Stewart, Sydney Gabriel, Rosemary Bashaw (11:41.90)
Sprint Medley Relay
2. Ramstein – Kori Fay, Chloe Williams, McKenzie Perkes, Victoria White (4:57.65)
3. Kaiserslautern – Michelle Santos-Adames, Mallory Harris, Shatavia McBride, Azora Williams (5:09.39)
2. Larissa Carter, KHS (30-02.25)
2. Mercedes Durden, KHS (98-03)
1. Ciera Babb, Ramstein (4-11)
1. Jada Branch, KHS (18-09.75)
2. CiCi Williams, Ramstein (16-10)
1. Jada Branch, KHS (39-00.75)
2. CiCi Williams, Ramstein (34-04.50)
3. Nathaniel Horton, Baumholder (23.07)
2. Nathaniel Horton, Baumholder (51.32)
1. Robert Cullison, Ramstein (2:05.45)
2. Denver Dalpais, Ramstein (2:06.33)
3. Nicholas Blake, Ramstein (2:06.33)
1. Jose Serrano, Ramstein (4:28.31)
2. Dash Rogers, Ramstein (4:37.47)
3. Joseph Purvis, KHS (4:39.19)
1. Dash Rogers, Ramstein (10:07.26)
2. Jose Serrano, Ramstein (10:20.84)
3. Joseph Purvis, KHS (10:25.12)
1. Solo Turgeon, Baumholder (16.01)
2. Jackie Harris, Ramstein (16.09)
3. Jacob Winchell, KHS (16.09)
1. Solo Turgeon, Baumholder (40.68)
3. Jackie Harris, Ramstein (41.85)
4×100 meter relay
1. Ramstein – Jackie Harris, Nicholas Love, Gevaughn Bracey, Dominque Arizpe (43.40)
4×400 meter relay
2. Ramstein – Cameron Chester, Tyrese Loveday, Conner Looney, Nick Clinton (3:40.47)
3. Kaiserslautern – Ervin Johnson, John Paul Tangonan, Darren Plotnick, Cedric Ellis (3:45.35)
4×800 meter relay
1. Kaiserslautern – Griffen Parsells, Orlando Rojas, Esteban Saldana, Skyler Ratledge (8:35.22)
3. Baumholder – Amir Jones-Scott, JJ Comley, Brandon Bankston, Jesse Espinoza (9:26.68)
Sprint medley relay
2. Kaiserslautern – Mazen Youness, Jacob Winchell, Cedric Ellis, Skyler Ratledge (3:51.79)
3. Ramstein – Isaiah Allen, Cameron Chester, Owen Mendenhall, Enrius Collazo (3:54.41)
2. Austin Higby, KHS (41-06.25)
2. Austin Higby, KHS (124-03)
1. Jackie Harris, Ramstein (5-09)
2. Nathaniel Horton, Baumholder (21-07)
3. Bryce Thomas, Ramstein (19-11.50)
3. Jason Jones, Ramstein (40.05)
Kaiserslautern boys perfect in Italy
Kaiserslautern (13-3) made the most of its trip to Italy with wins in all four of its games. Saturday action saw KHS nip Naples 3-0 then pound Vicenza 15-0. On Friday, the Raiders beat Vicenza and Naples 19-3 and 12-1, respectively.
The first Saturday win was a pitcher’s duel, with Kaiserslautern senior Nolan Sherman striking out nine Naples players. Sherman and his younger brother Ronin each hit doubles and later, Kaiserslautern scored 13 runs in the first inning to dominate Vicenza. Kaden Senkbeil shut out the VHS team and got relief from George Stephen and Justice Harper. Raider batters had eight hits, including doubles from Nolan Sherman and Colin Zayd.
The opener on Friday was heavily tilted after Kaiserslautern scored 10 runs in the first inning. Mathias Perrin slapped a bases-loaded double for three RBI. Justice Harper also had a double in the big inning and Kaiserslautern coasted thereafter. Taylor Moore, Justice Harper and Nolan Sherman each registered two hits. One of Sherman’s hits was a three-run triple in the second inning and he also was the winning pitcher.
In game two, Ronin Sherman threw a complete game and struck out six, while walking four. Three RBIs from Justice Harper and two each by Nolan Sherman and Senkbeil helped fuel the rout. Nolan Sherman also had two stolen bases.
Ramstein baseball falls twice at Lakenheath
Travelling north to face the team they met in last season’s DODEA Division I finals, the Lakenheath Lancers, the Royals lost both games by 8-5 and 10-3 scores, and must regroup and meet rival Kaiserslautern this weekend on the KHS field at Vogelweh.
Ramstein trailed 3-2 at one point this weekend, with the bases loaded and nobody out. They were unable to get any runs home, though, and for the weekend only three players – Nemo Kindle, Tieran Shoffner and Jared Junkins — were able to be productive at the plate.
Caleb Bellew pitched most of the first game and Shoffner relieved him late. Kindle threw the second contest but Ramstein fell twice.
Kaiserlsautern boys soccer tops Vilseck
On the road this past weekend, the Raiders beat Vilseck 1-0 and they were awarded a win over Wiesbaden, when it was determined that Wiesbaden had used an ineligible player during a game last week.
“Coach (Dominic) Stumpf has really coached our guys up and we got some great play from our seniors and our captains against Vilseck,” said KHS coach Lisa Rimmler.
Pablo Zorrilla scored early in the second half to help Kaiserslautern get the win. The goal was set up by charging co-captain Tyler Jankowski who brought the ball down and made a nice setup pass to Zorrilla. On defense, Joseph Mendez and goalkeeper Enrico Ard were other key seniors who showed up big.
Ramstein boys pummel Lakenheath
Freshmen played like up-per-classmen as Jaden Buelvas and Hunter Smith paced the Royals with a pair of goals each in a 7-0 win over Lakenheath. The Royals will enter the Europeans tournament as the most productive Divison I squad so far, with multiple lopsided wins and a depth-charged roster.
Anthony Villella scored with an assist by Buelvas to get things rolling, then Buelvas got his first goal and later booted a corner kick that was deposited into the Lakenheath net by Gavin McMillan. It gave Ramstein a 3-0 halftime lead and Gregory McMillan set up Buelvas’ second goal early in the final period.
Chris Slover scored on a penalty kick as Ramstein didn’t let up, then Smith made the most of his 15 minutes off the bench with a pair of goals. Smith actually scored on his first touch of the game, having been called up from the junior varsity earlier in the week. Ryzun Hazen, Daniel Shin were credited with assists as Ramstein ended the regular season undefeated.
Ramstein girls romp past Lakenheath
Christine Merrill scored on a 35-yard free kick and Leisel Mendenhall recorded her first varsity score as Ramstein walloped host Lakenheath 7-0 to complete an undefeated regular season. Mendenhall played an excellent match at center defensive back, controlling the ball and exhibiting great passing.
Scoring was halted by the mercy rule but prior to that, Ramstein got three tallies from Gabs Janes and two from Rocio Fernandez, plus singles from Allie Davis and Jaelynn Galindo.
Kaiserslautern dominates on Italian trip
Kaiserslautern (10-3) beat Vicenza 24-3 and beat Naples 21-3, then posted 10-3 and 17-6 victories over the same teams on Saturday. Victoria Jackson’s 16-for-18 batting during the weekend helped set the Lady Raiders up with big momentum heading into this weekend’s doubleheader with rival Ramstein.
In Friday’s play, Chloe Whisennand was 8-for-10 at the plate with five runs batted in and a home run. Ally Alamos was 8-for-9 with a double and six RBI, along with pitching the first game of the doubleheader. Mariana Conklin was also 8-for-9 with two doubles, a triple and a home run. Victoria Jackson added a grand slam homer against Naples.
Alamos struck out five Vicenza batters and Phoenix Whisennand was on the mound in the rout of Naples. Olivia Warren had four hits including a triple.
Kaiserslautern used the same two throwers on Saturday and posted big wins. Whisennand had seven strikeouts and Alamos had three. Victoria Jackson was 4-for-8 with a double and Conklin was 5-for-8 with a homer and five RBI. Phoenix Whisennand had a 3-for-4 game against Naples but Alamos was the top KHS batter, going 7-for-8 with four RBI and a triple.
Ramstein softball still leads standings despite first loss
On a road trip to Lakenheath, Ramstein won its first game but was beaten for the first time all year in game two. The Lady Lancers won 11-7, scoring five runs in the final two innings and using 10 stolen bases to conquer an RHS team that’s still in first place for DODEA Division I.
Savannah Sparrow, Azure Agricula, and Abby Walker generated nine total hits for Ramstein in the loss, with Agricula pounding a home run and a double. Walker also had a double but Lakenheath batters had two doubles and two homers of their own, plus 10 stolen bases. Sparrow started at pitcher and Walker threw, too.
The first game saw Azure Agricula go 4-for-4 batting including a triple and the Lady Royals got doubles by Walker and Mikaela McBroom. Walker went seven innings on the mound and struck out eight, with no walks. McBroom had two runs