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Yellow Springs High School students have been staying warm this winter shooting hoops. At left, senior Kody McDonald contributed to the 67–41 Bulldog win last Friday, Feb. 19, over Xenia Christian on Senior Night; on the right, Amber Dudgeon led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring against Troy Christian on Thursday, Feb. 18, but her team lost 42–25.

Bulldog Sports round-up

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Two swimmers advance to State

Two YSHS swimmers qualified at the district meet at Miami University last Friday and Saturday to advance to the Div. II state meet, to be held this weekend in Canton. Taylor Ford, Erika Chick and Elizabeth Malone represented Yellow Springs and brought home two wins for the school.

Chick won both the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.53 and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:02.07. Malone took second in the 100-yard butterfly in 59.48, and she placed fourth in her 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:12.85. Both Malone and Chick qualified to compete at the state swim meet this coming weekend. Ford finished 23rd in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:25.28.

Boys basketball wins three

The YSHS boys basketball team took care of business last week on their stampede toward tournament. The Bulldogs trampled Xenia Christian 67–41 on Senior Night, Friday, Feb. 19, then lost 57–40 in a close game against Div. III Tipp City Bethel on Saturday, Feb. 20. The team wiped out Troy Christian 68–36 on Monday, Feb. 22.

Against Troy, Will Ripley was the game’s high scorer with 17 points, while Ryan Newsome had 12 and Ian Wimberly had nine points. All eight seniors, Davone Freeman, Chris Johnson, Kody McDonald, Ryan Newsome, Ryan Phillips, Will Ripley, Matt Rowe and Ian Wimberly and their parents were honored at the half time.

The boys play their first Div. IV sectional against Emmanuel Christian on Friday, Feb. 26.

Girls basketball suffers loss

On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Lady Bulldogs took on Troy Christian but were defeated 42–25. Amber Dudgeon led the team with 11 points, followed closely by Alex Beer with six and Lois Miller with five points.

The team will face Tri-Village in the Div. IV sectional tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

McKinney boys win conference

The McKinney seventh-grade boys basketball team took down the Dayton Christian Warriors in a decisive 26–16 battle on Saturday, Feb. 20, to win their Metro Buckeye Conference title for the middle school.

In the final game, Jared Scarfpin led the way with 10 points, followed by Ahmad Wagner with eight and Liam Weigand with four. Evan Pace and Nathan Miller rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs.

Coach Clayton Brady praised the defensive effort and constant improvement of his “super subs,” Fielding Lewis, Bryce White, Edward Johnson and Theron Orme, who combined with Pace and Miller to make up the best and deepest bench in the league.

The Bulldogs finished 11–2 on the season, and were undefeated in conference play.

KTC youth basketball

The KTC Youth Basketball League took on the South Charleston Trojans and Madison Plains last weekend. The sixth-grade girls lost to the Trojans 23–2 and took a 46–3 hit against Madison Plains. But the sixth-grade boys proved why they are at the top of the league. Yellow Springs hit several long shots early and mesmerized the Trojans into a 56–34 submission. Isaiah Taylor netted 14 points and seven assists, while Kaner Butler had several offensive rebounds that earned him 12 points. The team then dominated Madison Plains 52–27 with four scorers in double figures: Taylor, Butler, Rodmen Allen and Devon Perry.

The fifth-grade boys suffered close losses to both the Trojans and Madison Plains, with Colton Hicks, Auggie Knemeyer and Aakeem Truss leading in steals. The fifth-grade girls took losses from both teams, with Amani Wagner and Kaliyah Fulton the sharp shooters against Madison.

The fourth-grade boys pulled away for a 37–20 victory over Madison. Floor General Andrew Clark went 7 of 10 from the free throw line and put up 19 points, while Jayme Johnson had 11 and Tony Marinelli added seven. But against South Charleston the team lost 37–19.

Tournament play begins Thursday, Feb. 25, in the YSHS gym. The sixth-grade boys host Madison at 6:30 p.m., followed by the fourth-grade boys against Blanchester at 7:30. Winners advance to play on Saturday, Feb. 27.

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