May 12, 2011 Bulldog Sports round up
- Published: May 12, 2011
Tennis finishes with sweep
To cap off an impressive season, the Yellow Springs High School tennis team swept conference rival Xenia Christian last week to end the season 7–4 (3–3). Six graduating seniors played — and won — their last team match as Bulldogs.
Senior captain Addison Pettiford, ever solid at first singles, won 6–3, 6–2 on the day. Pettiford finished his final season 8–3 (3–3). On the second court, senior Aldo Duque matched Pettiford’s score and his season record. Senior Quinn Leventhal went undefeated for the season over five singles matches and last week overcame a tight second set to win on his birthday, 6–1, 6–7, 6–0. At doubles, Leventhal was 2–1.
Senior Isaac Haller teamed up with Savita Bathija at first doubles and triumphed 6–2, 6–4 in the match. Haller finished strong with a 5–2 doubles record, due to his dominance at the net. Finally, the pairing of Nick Miller-Jacobson and Rachele Orme made a stunning comeback to assure the team sweep — 2–6, 6–3, 6–3. According to Coach Donna Silvert, it was Orme’s penetrating and consistent ground strokes that set up Miller-Jacobson’s aggressive volley attacks for the victory.
Senior Nicky Sontag ended the season 3–3 (2–1 in the conference). Fellow senior Will Turner, who Silvert called the “go-to guy” of the team because of his versatility to play singles matches or team up with any partner on the doubles court, went 6–3 in match play.
“Will was a pivotal player for the Dogs, always willing to step up where needed with hustle and cunning play,” Silvert said. “These seniors always exhibited good sportsmanship and represented their school and community admirably.”
In the first round of the individual tournament, singles players Pettiford, Duque and Levanthal all notched victories. Pettiford and Duque went on to win in the second round before dropping to tournament high seeds in the third.
Six Bulldogs win at home meet
With winning performances by Yellow Springs athletes Antone Truss, Mario Cosey, Mitchell Brickson, Lois Miller, Keturah Fulton and Angela Allen, the boys and girls track and field teams finished fourth and third, respectively, at the Bulldog Invitational on Friday.
Runner Miller came away with three victories on the day, at the one-mile (6:13.85), 800-meter (2:29.86) and 3200-meter races (13:31.62). In the field events, Truss dominated, winning the triple jump (37´) and high jump (6´2˝) and placing second in the long jump (18´3.5˝).
Eight area teams competed in this year’s invitational, which is held annually at Yellow Springs High School.
Allen had the longest discus throw of the day in the girls meet, 92´04˝, and more than 10 feet beyond her closest opponent. Allen is nearing the school record of 97´10˝. In addition to winning that event, she placed third in the 100-meter dash (14.36). Fulton race-walked to victory, in 4:02.69, and Maryah Martin performed well, placing second in the high jump (4´7˝) and third in the 400-meter dash (1:07.95).
For the boys, Cosey sprinted to victory in the 100-meter dash (11.29) and Brickson won the 800-meter race walk in 3:50.24, with Josh Meadows the runner-up in that event.
Earlier in the week, at the Shawnee boys track meet in Springfield, Truss cleaned up — winning both the high jump (6´2˝) and the long jump (19´8˝). Meadows was a runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles (18.7 seconds) and the 400-meter (55.1 seconds) while Cosey sprinted to second in the 200-meter dash (23.13). In the 1600-meter relay, the team of Meadows, Zach McHugh, Cosey and Truss ended third with a time of 3:45.7. In his event, McHugh placed fifth in the long 1600-meter race in 5:02.8.
McKinney boys win home meet
The McKinney boys track team blew out their opponents en route to a first place finish at the annual Middle School Bulldog Invitational. The team had 165 points to the runner-up’s 76 and defeated eight area opponents on the day.
Two records were shattered in the victory — in the 4×200-meter relay and the 800-meter race. The relay team of Ahmad Wagner, Bryce White, Matthew Connor and Edward Johnson finished in the record time of 1:45.88 and Nathan Miller improved his school record from last year by a few seconds, 2:19.38. Other Bulldogs placing first were Kaner Butler in the 100-meter hurdles (19.64), Wagner in the 100-meter dash (11.79) and the high jump (5´), Oluka Okia in the long jump (15´1.25˝), Zane Pergram with a pole vault of 6´6˝, and Cole McNeal-Harding in the discus throw (92´01˝).
The McKinney girls track team came in fourth place out of eight. Rhona Marion won the long jump competition with a leap of 13–04. Second places went to Charlotte Walkey in the 1600-meter race (6:22.45), Ashlyn Burch in the high jump (4´2˝) and the 4×100-meter relay team of Marion, Ashley Longshaw, Ayshia Allison and Burch.