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Yellow Springs High School cross-country team runner Christina Brewer charged down a hill during the Fairborn Invitational last week. Brewer finished in 54th place in 26:56, securing a third-place finish for her team. Teammate Lois Miller won the race with a meet record time of 20:56. (Submitted Photo)

Yellow Springs High School cross-country team runner Christina Brewer charged down a hill during the Fairborn Invitational last week. Brewer finished in 54th place in 26:56, securing a third-place finish for her team. Teammate Lois Miller won the race with a meet record time of 20:56. (Submitted Photo)

Bulldog Sports

Miller sets record at Fairborn
In taking on the Dayton-Springfield area “behemoths,” the Yellow Springs High School girls cross-country team did something that the other sports teams at YSHS rarely attempt, according to Coach Vince Peters. And the Bulldogs came out in third place out of 16 schools to improve their record to 20–13 on the year on a record-setting run by senior Lois Miller.

“The big blue and white calmly walked to the starting line surrounded by large division I powerhouses like Fairborn, Xenia, Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Sidney and Wilmington,” Coach Peters said. “Then our women’s cross-country team promptly bared their spikes and showed the lasses their heels.”

Led by team co-captains Miller and Alex Brown, the Bulldogs went immediately to the front of the pack. Miller opened up a small gap going into the hilly section of the course, but the Bulldogs were prepared for the climb. Brown and Charlotte Walkey settled comfortably into the chase pack in the fifth and sixth positions.

Miller cruised in to a new meet record and season best time of 20:56. Brown took seventh in 22:25, and freshman Charlotte Walkey finished 10th with a personal record time of 22:42.

Volleyball moves to 7–3
Going into the week the YSHS girls volleyball team was undefeated at 5–0 but faced tough competition. With two wins and three losses in action this week, the Lady Bulldogs move to 7–3 on the season (2–1 in the Metro Buckeye Conference).

Against MBC rival Dayton Christian the Lady Bulldogs dropped two sets before coming back in the third. They fell 23–25, 11–25, 25–17, 23–25. Kennedy Harshaw led the team in kills with nine. Emma Peifer had four blocks and Maya Hardman had three. Emma Peifer contributed seven digs, Angela Allen dished out 11 perfect passes, and Hannah Brown had nine assists.

At the Miamisburg Invitational on Saturday, YSHS won one of three matches, losing to Tipp City (25–12, 25–7) and Tri-County (25–13, 25–21) before beating Belmont (25–14, 25–9). On senior night at home the Lady Bulldogs came out the better side of a grueling five-set match thanks to the leadership of the team’s seniors.

“It was an intense close game, but senior leadership pulled through and they won,” Coach Lindsay Kerns said. The final score was 25–17, 23–25, 23–25, 25–23, 15–9.

Allen led the team in digs with 15 and Peifer was second with 14. Harshaw led the team in kills with 13, Hardman had 12, and Peifer contributed 11. Maryah Martin led the team in assists with 16 and Brown followed with 15. And Allen also led the team in blocks with three.

The junior varsity team lost to Troy Christian (11–25, 25–17, 31–29) last week, as well as Xenia in three sets.

Girls soccer loses to Crusaders
The YSHS girls soccer team faced a tough Dayton Christian team last Thursday at home and came out on the losing side. They are now 0–4 for the season. With the Dayton Christian Crusaders ahead by two, the Lady Bulldog offense countered with repeated runs into Crusader territory by sophmore Kara Edwards, freshman Ayeshia Allison, and senior Paloma Wiggins but were thwarted by Dayton’s defense.

During the second half the YSHS defense of senior Keturah Fulton and freshmen Ursula Kremer and Alice Miller continued their success in denying crosses and frustrating forwards. Midfielders Izzy Long, Ashley Longshaw and Lucy Callahan supported the defensive efforts and forced Dayton Christian to take shots from the outside.

Golf team plays Reid GC
Competing in back-to-back tournaments at Reid Golf Course last week, the YSHS golf team got to know the Springfield course intimately.

At a tri-meet last Thursday, the Bulldogs placed third with 213 total strokes. Rachele Orme led her team over the nine holes with a 48, Liam Weigand wasn’t far behind with a 50 and Morgan Beard (56), Taylor Beck (59), Kyle McAnerney (64) and Aaron Harshaw (67) rounded out scoring.

At the Dave Christoff Invitational, an 18-hole tournament with 24 area teams, Orme dropped her score to an 88. After an improved 45 on the front nine, Orme scored a 43 on the back, just seven over par. She finished tied for 49th out of 115 golfers. Weigand scored a 104, including two pars, good for 97th place. Beck (123) and Harshaw (128) also finished their rounds.

Boys XC runs to eighth
Connor Gravley-Novello led the Bulldogs across the finish line for the third straight time in this young season. And he broke the 20-minute barrier for the second time while placing 44th of 192 runners in 19:52.

Overall, the Bulldogs placed 14th out of the 17 schools competing in the men’s race with 386 points.

Behind Gravley-Novello, the Bulldog pack crossed the line in rapid succession. In 114th place was Taylor Ford with a time of 22:50. Oluka Okia had a breakout run as he finished third for the Bulldogs in 23:15, good for 121st place. Josh Seitz was 129th in 23:31 with Gabe Trillana in 131st place in 23:36 to complete the scoring. Also running well were Cameron Henderson (156th in 25:11), Edward Johnson (157th in 25:12) and David Butcher (161st in 25:52).

Orme top McKinney XC runner
Hayden Orme led the McKinney boys cross-country team last Wednesday in Fairborn, staying with the lead pack to finish 14th out of the 163 runners in 13:20. Levi Brown and Cameron Haught finished in 52nd and 53rd, and Christian Elum placed 114th. In the middle school girls race of 139 girls, Olivia Brintlinger-Conn fought hard to finish 43rd in 16:32.

McKinney volleyball now 3–1
The McKinney eighth-grade volleyball team looked to extend an undefeated 9–0 record that began last year when its players were in seventh grade at a home quad meet on Saturday.

The McKinney girls narrowly escaped Xenia Christian and pulled out a two set win over a tough Troy Christian squad. But late in the day they faced Middletown Christian and lost in three sets to go 3–1 for the season. Against Xenia Kasey Linkhart dominated with 17 points, five aces and six assists.

Julian Roberts took a dig for the McKinney eighth-grade girls volleyball team at its quad meet on Saturday. During the win against Troy Christian, Roberts had eight points, seven assists, four kills and three aces. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

Julian Roberts took a dig for the McKinney eighth-grade girls volleyball team at its quad meet on Saturday. During the win against Troy Christian, Roberts had eight points, seven assists, four kills and three aces. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

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