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Left, senior Ryan Phillips shot six points for the Bulldogs in their 68–45 win against Emmanuel Christian in the first round of Div. IV sectional play on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 28. Right, Amber Dudgeon looked for a pass around Franklin-Monroe on Thursday, Feb. 25, during the opening round of the YSHS girls basketball Div. IV sectional tournament. Yellow Springs lost 73–36.

Bulldog Sports round-up

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Chick wins bronze at State

The high school swimming season ended this past weekend with Erika Chick and Elizabeth Malone travelling to the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton to compete in the Ohio High School State Swim Meet. Chick and Malone swam against athletes from 54 schools all across Ohio. Their combined scores gave Yellow Springs a 13th place finish.

Chick, a sophomore, brought home two bronze medals from the State meet. Chick placed third in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:53.03. She also finished third in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:03.03.

Elizabeth Malone, also a sophomore, placed 10th overall in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.15 and 12th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:12.71.

Boys win first round

For the fifth time in 10 years, the Bulldog boys basketball team finished its regular season in first place in the Metro Buckeye Conference with an 11–1 league record and a 15–3 season record, putting the team in a class with just a handful of other teams in the school’s history.

The Yellow Springs team then unseated Emmanuel Christian 68–45 in the first round of Div. IV sectional play on Sunday, Feb. 28. The Bulldogs saw outstanding play from key players, including Kody McDonald, who led the Bulldogs in scoring with 14 points, followed closely by Chris Johnson and AJ Wagner, who each had 12 points, and Greg Felder with 10. Wagner and Ian Wimberly each had five steals for the Bulldogs, while Ryan Phillips put up six points.

The Bulldogs take on Springfield Catholic Central on Wednesday, March 3, at Troy High School. If they win, the boys will return to Troy on Friday, March 5. to play in the District Semifinal against the winner of Franklin-Monroe and Southeastern.

Girls basketball ends season

The girls basketball team lost 73-36 to Franklin-Monroe in their first tournament game. Amber Dudgeon had 14 points and Maryah Martin put up 12.

Youth basketball

Last week the sixth-grade boys opened their KTC tournament play by trouncing Madison Plains 51–27. Isaiah Taylor and Rodman Allen each netted 17 points and Kaner Butler pulled in 10. JT Clark hauled down 12 rebounds. The win placed the Bulldogs against second-seeded Wilmington. Down by 12 at the half, the Bulldogs battled back into the game with strong defense. With seven seconds left, Taylor stole the ball and sunk the game-winning shot, putting the Bulldogs in the championship game by beating Wilmington 44–43. Butler led all scorers with 15 points, Allen had 14, and Taylor 10. Devon Perry had 10 rebounds.

Against top-seeded Clinton in a later game, the Bulldogs fell in a heartbreaker on a last-second shot at the buzzer 38–39. Allen and Taylor each had 11 points and Clark had 12 rebounds.

The fifth-grade boys lost the opening round game against Wilmington. The fifth-grade girls lost their tournament game to Madison Plains while the sixth-grade girls put up a fight against Clinton Massie, but lost 23–7.

Seeded fourth, the fouth-grade boys soundly won their first tournament contest against Blanchester 28–20. Jayme Johnson and Andrew Clark had 12 points each, with Toni Marinelli adding four.

Next, the team met first-seed Wilmington, when Johnson’s four straight free throws lifted the Bulldogs to the championship round by winning a thriller 24–23. Johnson finished with 15 points, Clark had five, and Fisher Lewis tossed in four. In the finals, the Bulldogs succumbed to East Clinton 43–20, with Clark leading the team with 19 points.

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