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Bulldog Sports Round-up

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Boys basketball opens with flair

Playing mostly for the fun of the game in their season opener on Friday, Dec. 4, the Bulldog boys basketball team mowed down the Mechanicsburg Indians 61–48. The home crowd cheered on this year’s team, which includes eight seniors, six of them returning, whose bulk and spirit promise a competitive and entertaining winter on the court.

At six foot four, monster senior Will Ripley had no problem putting up the first layup for the Bulldogs to set the evening’s tone. Standing almost as tall, senior forward Ryan Phillips followed quickly with two consecutive three pointers, as Yellow Springs continued to dominate offensive play and force turnovers with an electric full-on press.

Senior guard Kody McDonald added flair with a jump pass over his shoulder to Phillips, who was waiting under the basket to help a mate in need and finish out the first quarter up 14–6.

Mechanicsburg got within six points at 19–13 in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs shut down one of the Indians’ lead scorers Kyle Bossetti and pulled away without looking back. Half a second before the third quarter buzzer, senior guard Ryan Newsome hit a three-point bucket to solidify the lead at 47–32, which the Indians never closed.

Ripley had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and Newsome put up 12 points for the Bulldogs.

Rough opener for girls hoops

The first game of the Yellow Springs High School girls basketball season against Bishop Ready on Tuesday, Dec. 1, caught the Lady Bulldogs unaware. Against a team that was bigger, stronger, more aggressive and more numerous, Yellow Springs fell 64–10.

Lady Bulldog Maryah Martin led her team with five points and eight rebounds. Alex Beer chipped in with a three point goal, and Ronyqua Cobb added two points for the Lady ’Dogs.

Swim team takes on Springfield

The YSHS swim team took on a quad meet against Shawnee, Springfield and Kenton Ridge at Wittenberg University on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The small, young team started the season off without their year-round teammates, who plan to join the competition in January. Though none of the swimmers finished in the top five during the meet, Coach Naomi Witt was satisfied with the opening performance.

“I was so proud of how the girls really supported each other, being at the end of the lanes to cheer one another on,” she said last week.

In relays, Mary Triplett, Kelsey Cundiff, Katie Triplett and Mariah Nickols took on the 200 medley relay to finish in 3:14. In the 200-free relay, the same foursome finished in 3:14.

In individual races, Cundiff showed much improvement, taking on the 100 free in 1:42 and joining Mary Triplett in the 100 breaststroke. Stepping up to fill in the gaps by swimming events she normally doesn’t, Katie Triplett finished the 200 free in 3:45, and joined Mariah Nickols in the 50 free. In the 100 backstroke, Nickols finished in 1:50, while Mary Triplett finished in 2:04.

Alumni open basketball tourney

The annual Yellow Springs High School alumni basketball tournament will take place Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 26 and 27, at the high school. Organizers ask that participants register by e-mailing Registrants should include their full name and year of graduation. Class teams and games are based on registration, and all alumni are encouraged to play.

The third annual Alumni Ball will take place on Saturday evening, Dec. 26. Details of both events will appear in future issues of the News.

Indoor soccer begins

All Yellow Springs female youth who are interested in playing indoor soccer this winter are invited to contact Yellow Springs High School varsity coach Angelo Caliguiri at 937-260-9014 or e-mail him at All ages from elementary through high school are welcome. The season begins in early January, and games will be held at Sportsplex in Fairborn.

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