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Tennis team gets first win

The Yellow Springs High School tennis team lost its game against Dayton Christian on Monday, April 19, at Fisher Park in Dayton. The final score was 1–4.

At singles, Addison Pettiford went out to the early lead, then lost 4–6, 2–6, while Will Turner lost 5–7, 3–6. Nerak Patterson stepped into his first varsity match at third singles, but lost 0–6, 0-6.

Two regular singles players, Carl Wiener and  Isaac Haller, paired for a disappointing doubles loss, while Savita Bathija and Nick Sontag had a terrific three-set conference win at second doubles, 6–4, 2–6, 6–4.

On Wednesday, April 21, Miami Valley School, undefeated in Metro Buckeye Conference, took all five courts, although the highlights included Pettiford improving his games-won record against the league’s top player 2–6 and 3–6. Turner constructed terrific points, making his second singles opponent work hard and long for each point. The score of 1 and 2 does not fairly describe the high quality of play.

At doubles, Wiener and Sontag had their hands full with their competent opponents and were not able to get a game.

Jacob Hardman gave a strong effort at JV singles.

YSHS team numbers were hurt in recent weeks by the student athletes in the school musical being restricted from sports participation.

However, everything changed on Thursday, April 22, when Yellow Springs brought in a major upset victory against league rival Xenia Christian due to teamwork by all and the perseverance of many.

At singles Isaac Haller won a two-set match against David McNeely by steadily hitting until the point was his. Isaac credited his serve consistency for the win.

Next win was a terrific doubles effort by Nicky Sontag and Will Turner, joining for the first time together in a competitive match.  They dominated the first set with their speed and court coverage 6–2, lost the second 4–6 when the team of James Thomes and Steve Panogian took the net but adjusted their play to take control of the third set 6–1.

The second doubles team of Savita Bathija and Jake Hardman had a hard loss against Tyler Stout and Ryan Branum, and Michael Keller and Nerak Patterson also represented well for the JV.

Carrying the weight of the team on courts one and two were Carl Wiener and Addison Pettiford. Both were in tough battling third sets against brothers Jared and Jason Holloway respectively. Carl on second singles was running his opponent side to side and using the full depth of the court. He battled with full intensity, dropping the match after more than two hours of play, 7–5, 4–6 and 3–6.

Pettiford was fully engaged on court one playing his “match of the season.” Under intense pressure Pettiford maintained the composure to play his game and get first serves in to win the third set tie break 9-7.  His competent pressure at the net forced the first win of the season for the Bulldog team.

Not only was this a win, but a major upset in league competition, a game hard fought and won by a team of only nine members.

The netters face Xenia Christian again on their courts May 7th to close the regularly scheduled season.

Track team does well

YSHS boys track team brought home many wins from the London Quad meet at London High School on Tuesday, April 20. Winning first places were long jumper Chris Johnson, 19’7″, and Will Ripley in the high jump. Josh Meadows won the 400-meter dash in 55 seconds while the 400-relay team of Chris Johnson, Logan Norris-Sayres, Will Ripley and Mario Cosey and the 800-relay team of Johnson, Norris-Sayres, Ripley and Cosey also brought home firsts.

High jumper Antone Truss and 100- and 200-meter runner Mario Cosey grabbed seconds. Solid efforts were also turned in by Charlie Fenimore, Taylor Ford, Dwight Thomas, Cory Thompson and Nick Whalen.

At the Southeastern Invitational on Saturday, April 24, the Bulldogs finished fourth with 64 points in the 15-team meet.

In the 100 meters, Mario Cosey ran at 11.02 and set a new meet record, while long jumper Chris Johnson also won first at 18’11”. The 800-relay team of Johnson, Norris-Sayres, Josh Meadows and Cosey also won the blue ribbon with a time of 1:33.7.

Cosey won second in the 200-meter with 23.18 and the 400-relay team of Johnson, Norris-Sayres, Antone Truss and Cosey were second at 45.4.

Fifth-place finishers were Josh Meadows, Gabe Amrhein, Cory Thompson and Dwight Thomas in the 1600 relay, Zach McHugh in the 800 meters, Meadows in the 400 meters and Amrhein in the 1600 meters.

In the long jump Antone Truss won sixth and in the high jump he won seventh.

Girls team wins seventh

At the Southeastern Invitational the YSHS girls track team finished in seventh place with 37 points in the 15-team field.

The 400-relay team of Natasha Perry, Angela Allen, Anna Karling-Kahn and Maryah Martin grabbed third place, while Lois Miller won fourth place and set a new school record of 12:30.9 in the 3200 meter. Miller also won fourth in the 1600 meter, as did the 800-relay team of Lizzy Gonder, Angela Allen, Acala Cresci and Maryah Martin. The 1600-relay team of Gonder, Allen, Lois Miller and Martin won third.

Maryah Martin jumped to fifth place in the high jump, and Angela Allen won seventh in the discus. Anna Karling-Kahn came in eighth in the shot put. Solid efforts were also turned in by Sierra Butler and Evan Paige.

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