Kaiserslautern, by virtue of a points-differential tiebreaker, has claimed the final berth in Saturday’s European Division I high school football semifinals, according to DODDS-Europe athletic director Karen Seadore.
DODDS sports officials Tuesday also announced the top seeds for the three-day European tennis tournament, which begins Thursday.
Kaiserslautern, Würzburg and Lakenheath ended the regular season last Saturday with 1-4 league records, tying for fourth place. By tabulating the points differential in the head-to-head matchups, using a maximum of 13 points for any game, Kaiserslautern finished with a plus-10 differential after its 38-14 victory over Würzburg and 17-14 loss to Lakenheath. Würzburg, which beat Lakenheath 34-12, amassed a zero points-differential, while Lakenheath’s total was minus-10.
Kaiserslautern will visit Ramstein to play the undefeated Royals at 1 p.m. Saturday. Heidelberg is at Wiesbaden at the same time in the other Division I semifinal.
In Division II, Patch will be at unbeaten Hanau and Bitburg is to face two-time European Division II champion SHAPE at SHAPE, both at 1 p.m. Saturday.
In Division III, defending three-time champion Ansbach travels to unbeaten AFNORTH and unbeaten Hohenfels hosts London Central. Both are scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Saturday’s winners in each division will play for the championships on Nov. 5 at Baumholder.
Claudio Giroldi and Krista Citkovska, both newcomers to the DODDS-Europe tennis and both unbeaten this season for SHAPE, were chosen as the top seeds for this year’s tournament.
Giroldi, a junior, jumped ahead of Heidelberg senior Mike Sanchez, last year’s third-place finisher. Citkovska, a sophomore, pushed past hard-hitting Paula Glover of International School of Brussels, half of last year’s championship doubles team. Both No. 1s are new to SHAPE this year, according to coach Nick Kovacs.
Sanchez and Glover received the No. 2 seeds.
Top seeds in doubles are Phil Burroughs, half of a semifinalist duo last year, and John Keenan of Lakenheath, and Izumi Takeuchi and Yuna Shibata of ISB. Takeuchi teamed with Glover to win the 2004 doubles title.
The tennis championships begin Thursdayat 8:30 a.m. at three indoor sites in the Wiesbaden suburbs of Nordenstadt, Hochheim and Medenbach.
The tournament continues at 9 a.m. Friday. Saturday’s championship matches begin at 9:30 a.m. exclusively at Nordenstadt.