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Boys soccer finds first victory

The YSHS boys soccer team ended a season-long winning drought on Thursday, Sept. 23, defeating the Xenia Christian Ambassadors 4–1 at home at the school’s homecoming game. Defender Elliot Cromer put the local side up 15 minutes into the match when he scored on an 18-yard looping header from the top of the penalty box. Minutes later Jacob Trumbull added to the lead on a one-touch redirected shot from five yards out after teammate Mario Cosey played a dangerous ball in from the baseline. Trumbull notched another goal before halftime, stripping the ball away from a fullback and beating two defenders on his way to goal. His 25-yard shot curved inside the right, near post, just past the diving fingertips of Xenia Christian’s goalie. The Ambassadors got one goal back early in the second half, but Jake Fugate put the game away for the Bulldogs when he finished a loose ball in front of the goal after Cole Edwards sent in a long throw-in.

Last Saturday the Bulldogs hosted the league’s first-place team, the Miami Valley Rams. In the second minute of the contest the home team fell behind, 0–1 and would chase the game the rest of the day. In an injury-plagued match, the team fell to the Rams by a final score of 0–4.

Varsity volleyball continues to win

Last week the YSHS Lady Bulldogs won two matches and dropped one to improve their season record to 7–9. After losing at home to Troy Christian, 25–23, 10–25, 14–25, 16–25, the team prevailed in matches against the Miami Valley School, 25––23, 25–23, 25–20, and Meadowdale 25–14, 25–20, 25–18.

In the Troy Christian loss, Taylor Ennis contributed 10 points and four assists while Tasha Perry had six points and nine assists. Helping overcome the Miami Valley School at home was Perry with 11 points and seven assists, Maya Hardman with nine points and nine kills, and Emma Peifer with eight points and four kills. Away at Meadowdale, Brittany Klotz had 10 points, Peifer contributed seven and Hardman six in the team’s straight-set victory.

JV volleyball posts a winning record

With victories against Troy Christian, 25–23, 23–25, 25–23, and Meadowdale, 25–14, 25–7, the high school junior varsity volleyball team improved its season record to 7–6. Mychael Roberts helped spur the team to victory with a 14-point performance at home versus Troy Christian and 17-point match at Meadowdale. Kennedy Harshaw had six kills in the Troy Christian match and eight points versus Meadowdale. Sady Sparks contributed seven points and six aces in the Meadowdale win.

Four YSHS runners clock personal bests

At last Saturday’s meet, four varsity cross country runners performed their best on the year in the team’s third-place finish out of 13 schools competing, their season record improving to 88–30. Zach McHugh and Gabe Amrhein came in 10th and 11th, respectively, both logging the official time of 18:00 for the five-kilometer course. Amrhein bested his previous record by five seconds while McHugh lopped 32 seconds from his previous best time.

Nerak Patterson, who came in 24th out of 143 runners, knocked 17 seconds from his best run, while Josh Meadows, in 53rd place, improved on his best time by 22 seconds. Mitchell Brickson and Nathaniel Reed rounded out scoring with 46th and 50th place runs.

In action at the Ohio Caverns Invitational last week, the men’s varsity finished eighth out of 25 schools. Amrhein and McHugh both finished in the top 30 out of the 164 runners in the race, while Brickson came in at 51st, Patterson at 52nd and Meadows at 77th. Lonya Clark won the junior varsity race at the meet with his best run of the season, while J.J. Hazelbaker placed 11th and Denis Misik 51st.

Miller leads women’s cross-country

Lois Miller notched her second fastest time of the season last Saturday to lead the YSHS Lady Bulldogs cross-country team to a fifth-place finish at the Bellbrook Invitational. Miller placed third overall out of the 70 women in the race, while Christina Brewer knocked a minute off of her best time to finish 31st. Talia Boutis came in at 40th place and Alex Beer and Olivia Ramage also clocked their best performances of the season, placing 48th and 67th.

At the Ohio Caverns Invitational last week, Miller finished fourth out of 168 women in the varsity race, beating all but two of the seven girls from the second ranked team in the state. The team came in at 14th overall.

McKinney runners come in fifth

Eighth graders Fielding Lewis, Nathan Miller and Edward Johnson led the Mc-Kinney cross-country team to a fifth-place finish last Saturday at the Bellbrook Invitational, placing third, eighth and 13th out of 128 runners. Sam Crawford and Oluka Okia, achieving their personal bests, completed the scoring at 58th and 65th place. The season record is now 30–21.

McKinney volleyball ends with losses

The seventh grade McKinney volleyball team lost its last two matches of the season to finish 4–4 for the year (3–1 in the league), with tournament play beginning this weekend. In a loss to Xenia Warner, 16–25, 25–18, 20–25, Rhona Marion led the Lady Bulldogs with eight points and three aces, Madeline Nielsen had seven points and three aces, and Jalyn Roe had six points and four aces. In the match against Stivers, 20–25, 25–14, 22–25, Roe contributed 10 points and seven aces, Madeline Nielsen had eight points and four aces and Madison Robinson and Molly Brown added seven points each.

McKinney football drops away game

Running back Ahmad Wagner had another big game for the Bulldogs in the team’s 36–18 loss at Fort Loramie last week.

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