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Feb. 27, 2014 Bulldog sports round-up

SWIMMING

Chick finishes sixth at state

Yellow Springs High School freshman swimmer Olivia Chick ended her first season as a Bulldog with a pair of top 10 finishes at the state finals.

Chick finished sixth in the 200-yard freestyle and seventh in the 100-yard freestyle at the Division II Ohio Swimming and Diving Championships, held in Canton last week.

Chick swam the 100-yard freestyle in 52.04 and the 200-yard in 1:52.65. Both times were close to season-best swims. According to YSHS swim coach Kate Johnson, Chick was one of the only freshmen to place so high at the meet and met her own goals to finish in the top eight in both events.

“She had a great meet,” Johnson wrote in an email this week. “She showed great sportsmanship the whole meet, wishing other swimmers good luck and congratulations after their races. In all she was so happy on deck, she embarrassed the competition and made it her home.”

Chick was selected All-Ohio for her swim season, in addition to All-District and All-MBC honors. During an impressive freshman season, Chick also set two new school records, in the 100-and 50-yard freestyle.

BASKETBALL

Girls reach sectional semifinal

The YSHS girls varsity basketball team reached the sectional semifinal game but came up short against undefeated Fayetteville-Perry. During the Lady Bulldog loss, 65–22, Elizabeth Smith led scoring with 11 points and Shanice Wright had seven, and Kennedy Harshaw completed the scoring with four.

En route to the sectional semis, YSHS defeated Cedarville in a tight game at Monroe High School, 44–36. Trailing by one point with five minutes left to play, the Lady Bulldogs went on a 10–2 run to secure the victory. Brianna Ayers led scoring with 15 points and Smith had 11. Harshaw chipped in eight points.

In post-season honors, Smith was selected to the All-Metro Buckeye Conference first team and Harshaw was selected to the second team. Smith also was won the MBC sportsmanship award.

“I am very proud of how the girls stuck together and grew throughout the season,” Coach Jack Hatert said.

Boys fall to Bethel in tourney

The YSHS boys varsity basketball team ended regular season play on Thursday, Feb. 20, with a 47–40 victory over Emmanuel Christian Academy. Sophomore Isaiah Taylor led the way with 12 points and 10 rebounds, including a buzzer beating three-pointer at the end of the third quarter.

The Bulldogs then ventured into the first round of tournament play against state ranked Bethel on Saturday, but found themselves down 30–9 at half and could never catch up to the senior-laden Bees. The Bulldogs were once again led by Taylor and fellow sophomores Kaner Butler and Ethan DeWine.

The young Bulldogs ended the year at 6–16 and will look to return all players from this year’s team with the exception of senior reserve Hafiz Mensah.

Taylor, Butler honored in MBC

At the end of the conference season, YSHS had two players named to the All-Metro Buckeye Conference second team — sophomores Isaiah Taylor and Kaner Butler.

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