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Yellow Springs Bulldog Madison Keller, #29, moves the ball, with teammates Reese Elam, #13, and Janine Stover, #12, at the ready. The girls soccer game was one of four athletic events hosted at YSHS last week, and was punctuated with mandatory water breaks due to the impressive late summer temperatures. While the Bulldogs put up a valiant fight, they were conquered by the Trojans, 7–1. (Photo By Dylan Taylor-Lehman)

Yellow Springs Bulldog Madison Keller, #29, moves the ball, with teammates Reese Elam, #13, and Janine Stover, #12, at the ready. The girls soccer game was one of four athletic events hosted at YSHS last week, and was punctuated with mandatory water breaks due to the impressive late summer temperatures. While the Bulldogs put up a valiant fight, they were conquered by the Trojans, 7–1. (Photo By Dylan Taylor-Lehman)

September 29, 2016 Bulldog sports round-up

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GIRLS SOCCER

The lady Bulldogs hosted the Southeastern Trojans on an unseasonably warm Sept. 22, one of the many bouts of competition that took place that day on YSHS’s home turf. Both JV and varsity volleyball teams were engaged in mortal combat inside the gym, while the boys soccer team was champing at the bit to play their game following the girls’.

Girls soccer coach Bill Houchins said this year’s team is a good group who really play to the best of their abilities. But the number of injuries and dearth of subs consigned the team to a defeat at the hands of the Trojans. Despite some picturesque saves, the Trojans were quick to score, and netted three goals within the first 12 minutes. Houchins, who has coached club soccer for 16 years but is in his first year as a coach for YSHS, said the Bulldogs had a few nice runs and some shots on the goal, but the effort wasn’t enough to overcome the Trojan onslaught. The Bulldogs ultimately succumbed to the Trojans 7–1, and likewise fell to Division I team Springfield Wildcats 10–0 on Sept. 24.

BOYS SOCCER

The boys soccer team had a successful last week, winning their games against conference opponents Legacy Christian and crosstown rivals Fairborn. Coach Ben VanAusdal said the Bulldogs played exceptionally well on Sept. 22, dominating Legacy Christian defensively, offensively and on the midfield.

“I know every game is important,” he said, “But conference games are especially important.”

Sophomore goalie Dylan Rainey had a shut out, blocking all four enemy attempts on the goal, while seniors Joe Plumer scored two goals and Augie Knemeyer scored one. Senior Eliot Smithberger and sophomores Jesse Linkhart, Taymour Fultz and Lucas Hudson Groves all scored a goal each. The final score was 8–0.

On Sept. 24, the Bulldogs played the Fairborn Skyhawks, who are a Division I school and member of a large conference. The teams are rivals, VanAusdal said, which always makes for a good game between the two. Rainey once again had a shutout, blocking no less than eight attempts on Yellow Springs’ net. However, VanAusdal pointed out, the defense had a lot to do with Fairborn’s inability to score, and the Bulldog offense continually “pummeled” the Fairborn defense. The Bulldogs ended the game with a 3–0 victory, with Krier, Hudson Groves and junior Fisher Lewis contributing the goals.

“I feel like we could defeat anybody now,” VanAusdal said.

VOLLEYBALL

The YSHS Bulldogs hosted the Bethel Bees in a nonconference match on Sept. 19. Once again, the Bulldogs took control of the game from the start with fantastic serving by junior Elle Peifer (16 points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 9 digs) and Kasey Linkhart (17 points, 6 aces, 2 kills, 13 assists, 4 digs). Senior Kasey Linkhart served up 11 points (5 aces) in her first serving attempt in the first match giving the Bulldogs a 12–3 then rotating around to serve the last three points in the set all the while dishing up six assists to her teammates. The second set saw senior Aliza Skinner (5 points, 1 ace, 1 dig) taking over the top serving spot for Yellow Springs. The third set belonged to freshman Tyler Linkhart (2 points, 2 aces, 10 kills, 7 assists, 3 blocks, 6 digs) and Peifer who served up 10 points (1 ace) to seal the victory for the Bulldogs. Other contributors to the win were senior Liz Smith (2 points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 5 digs), sophomore Alex Ronnebaum (1 point, 4 kills, 3 blocks), junior Dede Cheatom (1 kill, 1 assist), senior Julian Roberts (2 kills, 2 digs), senior Danny Horton (5 points, 2 aces, 2 digs) and junior Kelsie Lemons (1 kills, 1 assist, 1 block). The Bulldogs won in three sets, 25–12, 25–14 and 25–8.

The JV Lady Bulldogs likewise hosted and defeated Bethel in two sets on Sept. 19, 25–20 and 25–15. The Bulldogs started out slow as Bethel reached a four-point lead in the first set, but the lady Bulldogs soon overpowered Bethel with the help of junior Raven James who had 6 digs and 6 aces. Junior Elly Kumbusky also contributed 10 digs to the win.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the JV lady Bulldogs were defeated in four sets at Spring Valley Academy 19–25, 16–25, 25–7 and 20–25. Junior Nia Stewart gave an impressive effort with 4 digs, 8 aces, 5 kills, 6 assists, and 2 blocks. Sophomore Meryam Raissouni contributed 4 kills.

The Dayton Christian Warriors came to YSHS to play a varsity conference match on Sept. 22. Even though the Bulldogs got off to a slow start, they soon got in their groove to make the Warriors regret stepping foot in the Dog Pound. Yellow Springs won the match in three sets 25–16, 25–10, 25–13. Smith led the Bulldogs in points with 13 (4 aces, 3 kills, 6 digs) followed up by Kasey Linkhart (12 points, 1 kill, 15 assists, 1 block, 4 digs) and Peifer (12 points, 4 aces, 6 kills, 1 block). Roberts played a solid game, again, with 5 points (1 ace, 2 assists, 1 kill) along with Ronnebaum (7 kills, 5 blocks, 1 assist), junior Payden Kegley (3 points, 1 ace, 7 digs), and Cheatom (5 points, 1 ace, 1 kill). Horton came off the bench to serve up an ace and 2 digs while Lemons had 1 kill and 1 dig.

The varsity Bulldogs are now 9–3.

The JV lady Bulldogs crushed Dayton Christian in two sets 25–11 and 25–10 on Sept. 22. The team played strong and took a wide lead in both sets. Sophomore Kayla Brown had 2 digs and 3 assists and freshman Olivia Snoddy had 2 aces.

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September 29, 2016 Bulldog sports round-up

by Dylan Taylor-Lehman