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Rachele Orme chips onto the green of the third tee at Locust Hills last week in her 50-stroke performance against visiting Bethel. (photo by Megan Bachman)

Bulldog Sports Round-up

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Golf team gets into the swing

On Wednesday, Sept. 8, the golf team hosted Bethel at Locust Hills golf course in Springfield. The team drove, chipped and putted their way through the course on a beautiful early fall day, ultimately losing the match by a score of 172–211.

Leading scoring for Yellow Springs was Carl Wiener, who last year qualified for the Division III District tournament, at a score of 42, followed by Rachele Orme at 50, Zeb Reichert at 51, and Zoey McKinley and Taylor Beck, who both shot a 68.

At the Pipestone Golf Course on Monday, Sept. 13, the team lost to Dayton Christian 180–229. Reichert topped the team leader board with a score of 50, followed by Wiener at 52, McKinley at 63, Beck at 64 and Camara Cross at 69.

So far the Bulldogs have won one match, with four remaining in the season. First-time golfer Beck sees her game improving, despite the challenges of the sport.

“From the beginning until the end of year I’ve improved a lot,” Beck said. “It’s really frustrating, but it’s fun to be out here with all my friends.”

According to head coach Mike Reichert, it’s unusual for a golf team to have four girls and just two boys. His coaching focus is on helping them compete while growing as individuals.

“Golf is a huge character-building game,” he said. “It’s a grown-up experience for all of the young kids playing golf. You can see them mature into it.”

Boys soccer looking for first win

In the team’s 6–1 loss to Dayton Christian on Thursday, Sept. 9, Isaac Haller grabbed the Bulldogs’ lone goal in the second half after trailing 4–0. Haller followed up a Jake Trumbull 20-yard boot blocked by the Dayton Christian goalie to net the loose ball from seven yards out. While missing two starters, the team dropped to Fairbanks at home by a score of 3––0 on Saturday. The team is still looking for that first elusive win.

Varsity volleyball wins three on the road

The girls varsity volleyball team dropped a match at home last week before winning three straight-away games to improve their record to 4–5. After losing to Dayton Christian 17–25, 14–25, 20–25, where Jenna Boettcher led with six points, the team traveled to Dayton Jefferson, winning by scores of 25–10, 25–8, 25–16. At that match, Angela Allen brought in 17 points and seven aces and Tasha Perry had 14 points with eight aces.

Later in the week, the team beat Belmont 25–23, 25–19, 25–27, 25–21. Maya Hardman led scoring with 13 points, while Brittany Klotz and Perry each contributed nine points. The Lady Bulldogs then went on to defeat Stivers, 16–25, 20–25, 25–21, 19–25, thanks in part to Tasha Perry’s 14 points and nine assists.

JV volleyball improves with two wins

The junior varsity team won two and dropped one this week to improve their season record to 2–5. In its loss to Dayton Christian at home, Hannah Brown and Mychael Roberts each had five points. Against Belmont the team won 25–17, 25–19, with Kennedy Harshaw’s nine points and six aces and Stephanie Marion’s seven points and three aces. Kelsey Fox had 13 points and 12 aces during the team’s win at Stivers by a score of 12–25, 25–11, 25–22.

Boys cross-country second

Zack McHugh led the Bulldogs from Yellow Springs to a second place finish at last Saturday’s Ambassador Invitational, upping the squad’s season record to an outstanding 49–15. On a difficult course, McHugh posted a 12th-place finish in 18:59, followed by senior captain Gabe Amrhein at 15th and Mitchell Brickson in 17th out of the 177 men. Rapidly improving Nathaniel Reed and Nerak Paterson completed the scoring, placing 23rd and 24th overall, respectively.

“The Bulldogs had a great pack, with only 45 seconds between our first and fifth runners,” said head coach Vince Peters.

Girls cross-country comes in fifth

Despite missing the team’s seniors, the Lady Bulldogs took fifth at Saturday’s Ambassador Invitational with a stand-out performance from sophomore Lois Miller. Miller placed second out of 56 women while Talia Boutis came in at 14th and Christina Brewer in 20th.

McKinney volleyball competes at tri-meet

At a tri-meet on Saturday the McKinney eighth-grade volleyball team lost to Dayton Christian 24–26, 25–21, 22–25 and to Middletown Christian 13–25, 25–11, 13–25. Despite the losses, the team had six players serving at 75 percent or better. Jesi Worsham and Kara Edwards each had six kills during the matches. The team’s record now stands at 1–2.

Lewis sets McKinney record

At the Ambassador Invitational on Saturday, the boys cross-country team finished fifth out of 11 schools. Eighth-grader Fielding Lewis took second place, breaking a McKinney School record time of 11:38 for two miles. Nathan Miller came in 12th place, Edward Johnson in 17th place and Sam Crawford in 84th place in his first race.

Wolf leads McKinney harriers

Sage Hale Wolf finished 30th out of 64 runners at the most difficult course of the season, coming in at 17:24 for the two-mile race.

McKinney football loses one

On Saturday, the McKinney football team lost to Lebanon Christian by a score of 40–14.

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