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Feb. 24, 2011 Bulldog Sports Roundup

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Boys varsity basketball splits games

Last Friday the boys varsity basketball team narrowly lost to Xenia Christian, 59–60, in a heartbreaking defeat. Their record now stands at 8–11 (6–6). The Bulldogs had a 51–33 lead going into the final quarter, but gave up 27 late points and only netted eight to drop the game. Cole Edwards and Greg Felder Jr. each scored 18 points and Devin Massie finished with 13.

Earlier in the week, Yellow Springs finished off Emmanuel Christian, 59–46, after taking a 37–18 lead into halftime. Tyler Bruntz led scoring with 24 points. Felder Jr. contributed 12 points and Isaac Haller added 10 points. Also scoring were Robbie Jones, Devin Massie, Austin Pence and Edwards.

Girls varsity ends season in tournament

In the opening round of the sectional tournament last Friday, the Yellow Springs girls varsity basketball team faced number one seed Tri-Village, losing by a final score of 103–34. The opponents had already scored 13 points by the time the Bulldogs got on the board. Tri-Village’s lead was 54–12 at the half. Guard Maryah Martin led scoring with seven points while Maya Hardman and Angela Allen each contributed six. Kennedy Harshaw finished with five points, Lois Miller had three and departing senior guard Alex Beer ended her Bulldog career with three.

On the season, Beer was consistent in putting points up on the board for her team. She finished 13th in the Metro Buckeye Conference in scoring, averaging 7.53 points per game. Martin led the Bulldogs in the category with 13.55 points per game, sixth in the conference.

Eighth-grade boys win tourney, go 14–0

In the semi-finals of the Metro Buckeye Conference tournament, the McKinney eighth-grade team rolled past the Miami Valley School, 48–29.  Ahmad Wagner’s 15 points paced the Bulldogs, but all 10 players scored in a balanced team effort.  Liam Weigand had seven points, Jacob Whetsel and Jared Scarfpin scored six each, and Edward Johnson tallied five. Also scoring were Bryce White, Fielding Lewis, Nathan Miller, Ian Chick and Theron Orme.

To win the tournament and remain undefeated on the season, the Bulldogs then faced Troy Christian and came away with a 57–28 victory. Wagner dominated play with a season-high 31 points, 16 rebounds, and six blocks.  Fellow co-captains Scarfpin and Weigand contributed 10 and six points, respectively. Johnson and Whetsel chipped in four points each, and Chick also scored.

The unbeaten Bulldogs were coached by Paul Comstock, who said he felt very fortunate to have worked with the close-knit group of basketball players over the last two years.

Seventh-grade boys win tournament

After a first-round bye in the Metro Buckeye Conference tournament, the McKinney seventh-grade basketball team snuck by Xenia Christian, 43–35, after the Bulldogs outscored their opponent 14–3 in the fourth quarter. Kaner Butler, Devon Perry and Isaiah Taylor each netted 12 points to propel their team into the championship game.

The team then went up against Dayton Christian in the conference finals and focused on shutting down their opponent’s lead scorer, who the Bulldogs kept to just two points all game. On offense, Yellow Springs ran the court and jumped out to an 18–4 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Rodman Allen’s 13 first-half points and Perry’s 10 points brought on a full-court press from Dayton Christian in the second half. But Taylor’s ball handling and court awareness and Allen and Butler’s speed broke their press. The team’s lead was extended by distance shooting from the team, who hit six three-pointers in the first half. Nailing threes were Allen, with three, Perry, Taylor and Taran Pergram. Perry and J.T. Clark cleaned the glass for the team all night. The team came out victorious by a final score of 46–26.

Coach Craig McCann said it was Allen’s best game of the year and that Pergram is the best sixth man in the entire conference.

“He comes off the bench with lots of energy that infects all the other players,” McCann said. “He makes big shots when we need them.”

McCann also praised Ethan DeWine for contributing good minutes to the team, Oluka Okia for his rebounding, Butler and Taylor for their strong defense and Perry for shutting down opponents’ best players with his height and speed.

The team ended their successful season 11–0 against conference teams and 14–2 overall.


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