K-town Sports

Women’s varsity basketball teams Lakenheath Lancers and the Alconbury Dragons faced off against each other Tuesday night. Dragons’  Sadie Liddell looks for an open team mate to pass the ball in.
Sports teams from Kaiserslautern and Ramstein high schools were in action Friday and Saturday. Check out the weekend scoreboard.
Weston McKennie, midfielder with the U.S. Men's National Team started plying soccer in Otterbach, Germany.
A team USA midfielder got his start in soccer right here. Weston McKennie began playing youth soccer for Phoenix Otterbach, just north of K-Town, in the early 2000s while his dad was stationed at Ramstein Air Base, according to his USA soccer biography and local sources. McKennie moved on to the FC Dallas youth organization, before coming back to Germany to play with Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga. In 2020, he signed with Juventus Turin in Italy’s Serie A. He has played 40 games for the USMNT, including all three at the World Cup in Qatar. McKennie left yesterday’s game, a 1-0 win against Iran, in the 65th minute with an injury. He is expected to be available when the U.S. plays the Netherlands on Saturday in the round of 16.
Kaiserslautern Kingfish Jacob Furqueron was indeed king of the pool at the European Forces Swim League Long Distance Championships, setting records in all three events he swam, including the boys 1,500-meter freestyle on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy.
Ramstein seventh-grader Jacob Furqueron starred at the European Forces Swim League Long Distance Championships over the weekend. See story.
Germany let a one-goal halftime lead slip away as Japan scored two late goals to pull off a shocker during both teams’ opening Group E match at the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar. A goal by SC Freiburg’s Ritsu Doan in the 76th minute evened the match after Germany’s Ilkay Gundogan converted a penalty in the 33rd minute. Then. VfL Bochum’s Takuma Asano gave the Japanese the win with a counterattack goal in the 83rd minute. Germany takes on Spain in its second group-stage match Sunday evening.
1. FC Kaiserslautern beat Duesseldorf 2-1 in the final game of the calendar year. And they did it in dramatic fashion, scoring the winning goal on a penalty in stoppage time. The Red Devils fell behind 1-0 in Duesseldorf early in the first half. Kevin Kraus evened the score with a goal in the 50th minute. When it looked like the game would end in a tie, a foul in the box on Lex-Tyger Lobinger in the fifth minute of stoppage time gave Kaiserslautern the chance for the win. Phillipp Klement scored the penalty for the victory. FCK moves up to fourth place in Germany’s second division before the rest of the weekend games are played. Pro soccer in Germany is then on pause for the World Cup in Qatar and the winter break. The Red Devils are back in action on Jan. 28, 2023, in Hannover. Their next home game is Feb. 4 against Kiel.
Terrence Boyd scored his eighth goal of the season to lead 1. FC Kaiserslautern to a 2-0 home win against archrival Karlsruhe SC. Boyd scored in the 34th minute in front of 43,852 spectators at the Fritz Walter Stadium. Kenny Prince Redondo put the game away with the 2-0 in the 86th minute. The win keeps the Red Devils in seventh place in the 18-team second German soccer division, with 26 points. The team’s last game before the World Cup break is in Duesseldorf at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 11. The Red Devils’ next home game is Feb. 4, 2023, against Kiel.
Following Saturday night’s 3-2 win in Bielefeld, 1. FC Kaiserslautern plays its final home game of the year against Karlsruhe SC at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. There is no love lost between FCK and KSC soccer fans, with violence between the teams’ supporters in recent years, so officials have classified it a “high risk” game. That means fans will be kept separated from each other as much as possible near and in Fritz Walter Stadium. No alcoholic beverages will be sold there, or in streets leading to it, including the main train station area. Game tickets are still available, but police say to still expect heavy traffic in and around town and that fans should use the park-and-ride possibilities at the Kaiserslautern-Ost autobahn exit and at the Technical University. Because it is a workday more passengers can be expected to be riding the trains as well, so police recommend that spectators allow enough time to arrive for the kickoff. The Red Devils play their last game before the World Cup break at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 in Duesseldorf. FCK’s next home game is Feb. 4, 2023, against Kiel.
1. FC Kaiserslautern beat Bielefeld 3-2 in a Saturday night away soccer game. The Red Devils took a 2-0 lead on second half goals by Philipp Klement and Aaron Opoku. Bielefeld tied the game before Daniel Hanslik scored the winning goal in the 88th minute. The win keeps Kaiserslautern in seventh place in the German second division. Their next game is at home at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday against archrival Karlsruhe.
1. FC Kaiserslautern plays the Saturday night game in the German second division at 8:30 p.m. in Bielefeld. Relegated down from the Bundesliga last season, Bielefeld is mired in last place, while the Red Devils, up from the third division this year, are in seventh place in the 18-team league. Kaiserslautern has two games remaining before the World Cup break, at home at the Fritz Walter Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and in Duesseldorf on Nov. 11.
U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz is taking on the Hanau Hornets. The youth football teams, ages 12-15, will meet for a friendly exhibition match Saturday at 1 p.m. at Kaiserslautern High School. It is the garrison’s first youth game against a German community partner. 
Kaiserslautern’s Sage Barnes spikes the ball during the DODEA-Europe Division I girls’ volleyball championship on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, at Ramstein High School in Germany. Wiesbaden won the match in four sets.
The Kaiserslautern Raiders reached the championship match of the DODEA-Europe Division I girls volleyball tournament on Saturday before falling to Wiesbaden. See story.
Kaiserslautern and Nuremberg played to a scoreless tie in their German second division soccer match on Saturday in front of 47,000 spectators at the Fritz Walter Stadium. The tie left the Red Devils in seventh place. Their next game is at 8:30 p.m. in Bielefeld on Saturday.
Fans dressed in FC Kaiserslautern apparel cheer on the soccer team during a game at Fritz Walter Stadium. Phillip Walter Wellman/Stars and Stripes
It is a meeting of former German soccer champions when 1. FC Kaiserslautern takes on 1. FC Nuremberg at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Fritz Walter Stadium. Although both teams now play in Germany’s second division, they have 13 first division titles (FCN nine, FCK four) between them, with the last won by the Red Devils in 1998. The game is nearly sold out, so police say to expect heavy traffic in town and that fans should use the park-and-ride possibilities at the Kaiserslautern-Ost autobahn exit and at the Technical University. Kaiserslautern is coming off a 2-0 away win in Rostock last weekend, while Nuremberg played Hannover to a 0-0 tie.
Ramstein’s Tristan Chandler defended his singles title at the DODEA European tennis championships on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Wiesbaden, Germany. Chandler defeated Marymount’s Leonardo Proietti in an epic final, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Ramstein’s Tristan Chandler and Kaiserslautern’s Stella Schmitz won the boys and girls singles titles Saturday at the DODEA European tennis championships. See story.
Ramstein lost to Stuttgart in a Division I semifinal football game Friday night. Stuttgart won 46-0 after the game hit the mercy rule by halftime. Read more here.
Supporters wave flags and cheer during an FC Kaiserslautern soccer game at Fritz Walter Stadium, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022.
1. FC Kaiserslautern beat Rostock 2-0 in an away soccer game Friday night. After a scoreless first half, the Red Devils took the lead with a goal by Terence Boyd in the 67th minute. Boyd scored his seventh goal of the season on a fast break in the 82nd minute to put Kaiserslautern up 2-0. The win lifted the Red Devils up to seventh place in the German second division table, before the other weekend matches. Their next game is at home against Nuremberg at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Kaiserslautern's Abigail Hover, left, and Stella Schmitz smile after winning the girls doubles title at the DODEA-Europe tennis championships Saturday, Oct. 21, 2021.
Kaiserslautern’s Stella Schmitz and Ramstein’s Tristan Chandler are the No. 1 girls and boys seeds respectively as the DODEA-Europe tennis championships open today in Wiesbaden. See story.
FC Kaiserslautern suffered their worst result of the young season at home Sunday. The team lost 3-0 to SSV Jahn Regensburg in front of about 33,000 fans on a gray day at Fritz Walter Stadium. The visitors struck first in the seventh minute and carried the 1-0 lead into the break. A goal in the 57th minute and another near the very end sealed the win for the Bavarian squad. The Red Devils now have a rather unusual-looking 3 wins, 2 losses and 7 ties, good for ninth of 18 teams in the Bundesliga second division. They’ll head north for a match with 13th place Rostock on Friday evening.
Ramstein quarterback Lucas Hollenbeck (4) rolls to the right while Lakenheath’s Lucius Bowman (21) dives at him during Friday evening’s game at Ramstein, Germany.
The Ramstein High School football team fell to Lakenheath for the second time this season on Friday night. But the Royals made it a lot tougher on the Lancers than in the season opener. Now, Ramstein faces an even tougher test: a semifinal game against unbeaten Stuttgart next Friday. Read more here.
There will be no DODEA-Europe Division II football champion this season. Instead, the division’s five entries - Aviano, Naples, Vicenza and Sigonella of Italy and Spain-based Rota - will play out the final three weekends of their regular-season schedule in whatever fashion participating squads are able.
In case you missed it, the Ramstein Royals football team clinched a spot in the DODEA-Europe Division I playoffs on Saturday by defeating Wiesbaden.
FC Kaiserslautern tied 1-1 against second division leaders Hamburger SV in front of 57,000 spectators Saturday night. The Hamburg squad struck first and held the lead until until the 82nd minute, when Lex Tyger Lobinger put the ball into the far corner of the goal to even the game up. The result snapped the northerners’ five-game win streak, and extended FCK’s streak of ties to six. The Red Devils remain in the fight for the top of the league going into their next home game against SSV Jahn Regensburg at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Kaiserslautern’s Asia Andrews won the girls DODEA European golf title on Thursday, defeating her nearest competitor by 16 points.
Kaiserslautern’s Asia Andrews and Stuttgart’s Mark Heinz won DODEA-Europe golf titles on Thursday. Ramstein won the boys’ team competition and Kaiserslautern won the girls’ team title. Story to come.
FC Kaiserslautern tied 1-1 against Braunschweig on Sunday in a battle of climbers to the Bundesliga’s second division. The visitors to Fritz Walter Stadium scored first, but Boris Tomliak’s goal in the 55th minute equalized the match in front of 36,322 spectators on a very rainy day. Next up for the Red Devils is an away match Saturday night against Hamburger SV.
Runners sprint for position at the start of the boys race at the DODEA-Europe cross country championships on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in Baumholder, Germany.
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Ramstein and Kaiserslautern fall sports teams had mixed success this weekend on high school cross country courses and tennis and volleyball courts.
Kaiserslautern’s Aaron Potter carries the ball early on in a Friday night game against Stuttgart on Sept. 30, 2022, at Kaiserslautern, Germany.
The Kaiserslautern Raiders football team faced unbeaten Stuttgart on Friday night. The Panthers clinched a spot in the playoffs by shutting out Kaiserslautern, though the Raiders’ hopes for a playoff spot are still alive.
Today’s tennis match at Kaiserslautern High School has been canceled because of bad weather. The Raiders had been scheduled to take on Stuttgart High School at 10 a.m. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the match would be rescheduled, school officials said.
There will be no DODEA-Europe Division II football champion this season. Instead, the division’s five entries - Aviano, Naples, Vicenza and Sigonella of Italy and Spain-based Rota - will play out the final three weekends of their regular-season schedule in whatever fashion participating squads are able.
It was a mixed weekend for KMC high school football teams but a good one on the courts (volleyball and tennis).

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