2012 year in review: Bulldog Sports
- Published: January 3, 2013
Miller sets record in state run
In her second appearance at the state cross-country finals in November, Yellow Springs High School senior distance runner Lois Miller demolished the 17-year-old YSHS female cross-country record of 19:21 on her way to a blazing 19:12.27 finish. She ran faster, and finished better, than any previous Lady Bulldog in school history as she came in 21st place out of the top 141 runners in Ohio.
The week before, Miller took fifth at regionals running as part of the YSHS girls cross-country team — only the second team in school history to qualify for regionals and the first since 1998.
Truss raises the bar at states
Senior high jumper Antone Truss came in sixth place out of 16 competitors at the state finals in May, ending an accomplished YSHS track career in which he tied for the school record and a set a new league record at the MBC tournament with a leap of 6´7˝. Truss also became the first YSHS athlete to win the district title in both the high jump and long jump.
Swimmers rule recordbooks
Senior swimmers Erika Chick and Elizabeth Malone ended their YSHS swimming careers holding 12 of the school’s 16 individual records between them. Four of their record-setting swims came during the 2012 swim season. The duo made their fourth appearance at the state finals in February. each bringing home a top finish of seventh place.
Both swimmers earned scholarships to swim at NCAA Division I colleges in the fall — Malone at St. Bonaventure University and Chick at Cornell University.
Orme first girl to golf districts
Junior Rachele Orme became the first female golfer in YSHS history to qualify for districts in September. At sectionals at the Stillwater Golf Club in Versailles ,Orme came in with an impressive 41 on the back nine to finish 92, just two strokes off the medalist score of 90. As the top golfer on the YSHS co-ed team, Orme played from the boys tees throughout the regular season.
Boys soccer wins league title
For the first time in five years, the YSHS boys varsity soccer team won the MBC, clinching the league title during the last game of the season — a 4–1 romp of Miami Valley in October. The team finished 11–3–1 and first-year coach Ben Van Ausdal was named MBC Coach of the Year. In tournament play the team reached the district finals for the sixth year in a row. For leading his squad, sophomore sweeper Jared Scarfpin was selected to the all-district first team and nominated to the all-state team. Forward Ian Chick and goalie Eric Lawhorn were selected to the second team all-district, and Levi Perry and Eli Biggs to the third team.
Coach turns around volleyball
Just three years after the YSHS girls varsity volleyball team went winless at 0–11, the Bulldogs finished their season as Metro Buckeye Conference runners-up with a 16–4 overall record and three victories over Division I teams. Coach Lindsey Kerns earned the MBC Coach of the Year for the second straight year for the feat.
In other YSHS sports news:
• Six YSHS seniors — more than 10 percent of the class — got college scholarships 2012. Athletes committing to college were Jake Fugate (football), Truss (track), Greg Felder Jr. (basketball), Chick (swimming), Malone (swimming) and Jacob Trumbull (soccer).
• Middle distance runners Miller and Brown won district championships in May, in the 3200-meter and 1600-meter runs, respectively. Discus thrower Angela Allen and fellow 4×800-relay teammates Riki Kida and Niki Worsham also qualified for regionals.
• In May, middle distance runner Brown smashed the YSHS record of 5:30.21 when she won the conference championship race in the 1600-meter run at the MBC tournament.
• Basketballer Roland Newsome scored a career-high 46 points against Middletown Chrisitian in January. It was the fifth-best scoring performance in YSHS boys basketball history.
• Oluka Okia made the McKinney school record books in April by pole vaulting 8´6˝ at a home track meet in April, surpassing the previous record by an entire foot.