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Yellow Springs High School keeper Eric Lawhorn protected the goal in a dense fog as the Bulldogs fought for the Metro Buckeye Conference title at home on Oct. 3. YSHS defeated Dayton Christian 3–1 to win the league outright for the first time since 2008. (Submitted photo by Michael Knemeyer)


Yellow Springs High School keeper Eric Lawhorn protected the goal in a dense fog as the Bulldogs fought for the Metro Buckeye Conference title at home on Oct. 3. YSHS defeated Dayton Christian 3–1 to win the league outright for the first time since 2008. (Submitted photo by Michael Knemeyer)

Oct. 10, 2013 Bulldog sports round-up

Two big wins for boys soccer

Last week the Yellow Springs High School boys soccer team achieved two of its three season goals, defeating perennial rival Catholic Central for the first time in eight years before clinching an outright Metro Buckeye Conference title with a win over Dayton Christian at home.

At Catholic Central, the number four ranked Division team in the state, on Oct. 1, a coaching strategy paid off early for the Bulldogs. YSHS player Jared Scarfpin marked Catholic Central’s best player, frustrating his efforts so much that the player punched Scarfpin in view of the official and was red carded and ejected just eight minutes into the match.

Though the Bulldogs allowed the first goal, they equalized before halftime with a strike from Joe Plumer to the top left corner of the goal, assisted by Ian Chick. Then twenty minutes into the second half, the Bulldogs were awarded a penalty kick when Grant Reigelsperger was tripped in the penalty box. Scarfpin put the ball in the back of the net to give YSHS the lead. With tough defense, YS pulled out the win, 2–1, in front of a crowd with the Bulldog faithful outnumbering the home team fans.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Bulldogs hosted Dayton Christian, the only team that could have robbed them of an outright conference title. Still buzzing from the Catholic Central win, YSHS came out energized. Goals were earned by Plumer, Scarfpin and Chick before Dayton Christian managed to score. With a 3–1 victory the Bulldogs took the outright league title for the first time since 2008.

Goalie Eric Lawhorn leads the team with 66 saves, Chick has scored 25 goals and Scarfpin is the assist leader, with 14. The Bulldogs improved to 11–1–1 on the season and an undefeated 4–0 in the MBC. YSHS is now the number 11 ranked Division III squad in the state and is ranked number two in the Dayton area.

Runners place first at home

Last Saturday the YSHS cross-country team traveled to the Xenia Christian Invitational. With strong efforts Josh Seitz and Levi Brown finished in a virtual tie with Brown edging his fast closing teammate to place 43rd and 44th. Carter Collins was 58th and Oluka Okia 93rd out of 123 runners in the boys 5K race.

In the girls race Maya Creighton was the top Bulldog, placing 62nd. Emma Romohr was 68th and Tabea Wegers finished 73rd as 86 women completed the course.

In the middle school race Kaden Boutis had a very outstanding race. Boutis roared to a ninth-place finish overall out of 68 runners to earn the team’s only medal in the meet. His time was 13:04, just seconds slower than his season best on a faster course. Teammate Alex Rogers was 33rd. In the middle school girls race Ket White was the fastest runner with a 36th place in 17:22. Alejandra Erazo and Aza Hurwitz completed the day’s efforts by placing 64th and 65th.

At the Yellow Springs Tri-Meet on Oct. 3, both the girls and boys teams secured top first-place finishes. In the high school race Connor Gravley-Navello and Cameron Haught dominated with a 1–2 finish. Charlotte Walkey made it a pair of wins for Yellow Springs, taking first for the women. Brown was fourth, Seitz, seventh, and Collins, eighth. Following Walkey across the finish line for the girls were Olivia Brintlinger-Conn (11th), Christina Brewer (13th), Maya Creighton (14th)and Tabea Wegers (15th).

In the McKinney race, the duo of Boutis and Rogers placed second and third. In the girls race Jude Meekin was the runner-up, White was 12th with Erazo 20th and Hurwitz 21st.

Back-to-back wins for girls vball

The YSHS volleyball team beat Troy Christian for the second time this season on Oct. 1 in four matches. The score was 25–17, 25–16, 21–25, 25–16. Kennedy Harshaw led with 17 kills, Hannah Brown dished out 16 assists and Kasey Linkhart had 11 assists on the night.

The team went on to beat Middletown Christian on Oct. 3 in four matches. It was revenge for the Lady Bulldogs, who fell to Middletown Christian earlier in the season. The score was 20–25, 25–19, 25–22, 25–20 with Harshaw registering 24 kills, Brown getting 17 assists, Linkhart contributing 14 assists and Mychael Roberts earning 11 digs.

The Lady Bulldogs are now 7–6 (5–4 in the MBC).

JV volleyball toughs out two

On Oct. 1, YSHS junior varsity volleyball team played Troy Christian at home for the second time and won, 25–8, 25–17.

In the first game TC was unable to handle the serves of YSHS. Mollye Malone served up four of her five aces and Dani Worsham earned six of her match total seven points in that game. In the second game TC led the Bulldogs 17–13 until Elizabeth Smith went back to serve. Smith served 12 unanswered points to win the games for the Bulldogs. She finished with 18 points.

When the JV team traveled to Middletown Christian, the match was more challenging but YS brought home another win 25–15, 27–29, 25–15. The Lady Bulldogs took control of the first game as MC had a hard time receiving the serves of the Lady Bulldogs. Once again, Smith showed off her excellent serving skills by earning nine of her 11 points in the first game.

In the second game, the Lady Bulldogs had to fight for every point. Starting at 21–21, the lead changed six times before MC was able to pull out the win. In the third game the Lady Bulldogs were back in control and closed the deal to win the game and match. Amelia Gray added eight points in the match, Gracie Wilke had seven points and seven digs, Julie Roberts contributed six points and six kills, Aliza Skinner had seven digs and Danny Horton registered one kill.

8th-grade vball ends on high note

After dropping two close matches against Troy Christian and Middletown Christian last week, the McKinney eighth-grade volleyball team wrapped up its regular season with a win over Horizon Science Academy.

The team, 5–9 on the season, showed steady improvement as the season progressed. They closed out the regular season by winning three of their last five contests, and playing strong team volleyball even in the two losses.

Serving has been a team strength all season, with Elle Peifer, Raven James, and Skyler Miller demonstrating close to 90 percent success at the line, according to Coach Bubba Worsham. Evalynn Orme is the current team leader at a 93 percent service rate. Payden Kegley has the highest ace ratio — nearly one in three of her serves cannot be handled cleanly by the opposing team.

Middle hitters Peifer and DeAuuna Cheatom remain on their torrid kill pace, together racking up 51 kills on the season, or 6 percent of the team total. But outside hitters James, Amani Wagner, Ellyson Kumbusky, and Jasmine Davidson are picking up the pace, Worsham said.

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