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Sept. 15, 2011 Bulldog sports round-up

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Boys soccer team wins 11–0

Coming off a 5–2 home opener win, last Thursday the YSHS boys soccer team opened their Metro Buckeye Conference schedule against Emmanuel Christian with a decisive 11–0 road victory. First half goals were netted by Ian Chick, Jared Scarfpin and Jacob Trumbull, who had two, and were assisted by Grant Reigelsperger, Scarfpin, Fielding Lewis and Roland Newsome, putting the Bulldogs out in front 4–0 at the break. The scoring onslaught continued in the second half with three more goals from Trumbull, and one apiece from Jake Fugate, Antone Truss, Chick and Newsome. Fugate, Scarfpin, Reigelsperger and Eizo Lang-Ezekiel added the assists.

On Saturday afternoon the Bulldogs took on Fairbanks High School and came away on the short end of a 2–1 score line. Poor marking by the Bulldog’s defense allowed the Panthers to strike early in the first half and take a 1–0 lead into halftime. After moving to a more offensive lineup Yellow Springs went down 2–0 early in the second half, but managed to pull one goal back when Cole Edwards won a loose ball and sent Trumbull to goal down the left flank. Trumbull’s shot, taken just inside the top of the penalty box, beat the Panthers’ keeper to the far post.

Girls CC second at tourney

The YSHS girls cross country team improved its season record to 23 wins and just eight losses last Saturday when they came close to winning the overall team title at the Ambassador Invitational Cross Country meet. The second-place finish out of 16 participating schools indicates that league title in 2011 is a distinct possibility, according to Coach Vince Peters.

Leading the way was team captain Lois Miller. Miller made a huge leap toward returning to the form that earned her first-team All League, District and Regional recognition last year by finishing fifth overall in 22:42. The squad’s second medalist, placing ninth overall out of the 56 women, was Alex Brown. Alex overcame the treacherous terrain of the 5-kilometer course to clock in at 23:27. Both Alex and Lois cruised through the first mile in 6:34.

After a first mile in 7:15 Rachel Meyer teamed with Christina Brewer over the final mile to solidify the Bulldog’s second-place team ranking. Meyer would place 17th overall in 24:46 with Brewer two steps behind in 18th with a season best of 24:48.

Completing the team’s scoring on this day was Talia Boutis. Boutis fought hard over the last mile of the race to come back and beat Xenia Christian’s #5 runner and place 25th overall in 25:31. Boutis had covered her first mile in 7:23.

Boys CC at low strength

Nathaniel Reed was the standard bearer for the YSHS boys cross country team as the squad was down to just half its typical contingent due to a number of factors — including a Saturday morning ACT exam for team captain Zach McHugh. Unperturbed, Reed soldiered on with fellow senior Elias Mulhull and freshman Connor Gravley-Navello.

Reed placed 27th in 20:52 following a first mile in 6:13. Connor placed 97th overall out of the 123 runners in the race with a 25:48 and Mulhull was 105th in 26:44 for the 3.1 mile long course. The Bulldogs will be back at full strength for their meet at Eaton this Saturday

Volleyball loses five-set battle

Last week the YSHS girls varsity volleyball team traveled to Miami Valley and an epic five-set battle ensued. The Lady Bulldogs eked out the first game 25–20 before falling in the next, 17–25. In the critical third set, YSHS dealt Miami Valley a devastating blow, 25–7, but couldn’t hold on to the lead. They narrowly lost the fourth set, 26–28, before losing the fifth and final one 11–15.

On the night, Kennedy Hardshaw, Maya Hardshaw and Emma Peifer each dealt seven kills. Hardshaw added 11 aces while Hardman contributed seven. Block leaders were Hardman (9) and Peifer (8) and Angela Allen led in digs (7).

In a back-and-forth match with Dayton Christian last week, YSHS girls ultimately fell, 17–25, 25–4, 15–25, to bring their season record to 1–5 (1–3). Strong for the Lady Bulldogs were Peifer (6 kills, 11 digs), Hardshaw (6 kills, 2 aces, 5 digs), Hardman (4 kills, 2 aces, 7 digs), and Allen (4 blocks, 9 digs).

Girls soccer team improves

The YSHS girls soccer team improved over its matches with Metro Buckeye conference opponents Troy Christian, Miami Valley and Dayton Christian in recent weeks.

After losing to Troy Christian at their home opener, the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Miami Valley and with a strong defense, anchored by junior Maryah Martin as sweeper, held the Rams to two goals most of the first half. The offense of freshman Kara Edwards, sophomore Brianna Ayers and junior Niki Worsham created scoring opportunities throughout the second half but none of them found the back of the net, leaving the Bulldogs with 0-3-0 record going into the match with Dayton Christian.

The steadily improving Lady Bulldogs opened the Dayton Christian game with a near miss at far post by Junior Keturah Fulton. Fellow junior Zarine Giardullo had her first appearance in goal this season until a broken toe brought her out of goal in the second half. The final score of 9–0 wasn’t reflective of the back-and-forth nature of the game as stopper Ali Solomen, midfielders Paloma Wiggins, Sage HaleWolf, and Lucy Callahan continually interrupted the Crusaders’ offense and made them work for every opportunity.

Golf team plays in tourneys

At the Metro Buckeye Conference tournament last week, the YSHS golf team (1–2) had just one stroke more than Emmanuel Christian and finished in sixth place (221 points). Sophomore Rachele Orme once again led the Bulldogs with a solid 47 on the course, just eight strokes behind the tournament’s top scorer. Liam Weigand had a 51, Taylor Beck finished with 61 and Morgan Beard and Theron Orme both had a 62.

Earlier in the week the Bulldog golfers played in a memorial golf tournament at Reid North Golf course. Out of 120 golfers, Rachele Orme finished in 88th place with a score of 97 for the 18 holes. Weigand scored 100, Theron Orme followed with a 111, Beard had 135 and Beck 140.

JV volleyball drops one

The YSHS junior varsity volleyball team lost to Dayton Christian in back-to-back games, 10–25, 15–25. Lindsey Jarrell led the team in kills with one. Sierra Lawrence and Ashlyn Burch ended the night with three digs each.

Walkey comes in third

Charlotte Walkey continues to develop both the endurance and speed necessary to be a top harrier. Walkey bettered her 11th-place finish at Hillsboro in the middle school girls race with a third-place finish last Saturday in Xenia. Walkey’s time was also much improved as she clocked in at 13:19 on Xenia’s tough two-mile loop (6:41 for the first mile). Her time on the much shorter (1.9 miles) Hillsboro course was just seconds less at 13:11.

Johnson, Orme top finishers

Christian (CJ) Johnson, Hayden Orme and Levi Brown came home with top 25 finishes at Saturday’s Ambassador Invitational Cross Country Meet and an award commemorating their extraordinary efforts.

First across the finish line for the Bulldogs was Johnson, placing second overall in 11:37 for the extremely hilly two-mile loop. Johnson’s mile split was 5:50. Hayden Orme was 17th overall in 13:15 after a 6:45 first mile. Just a step behind Orme at the mile was Levi Brown in 6:46. Brown worked hard over the last mile but couldn’t quite match Orme’s strong finish to place 24th in 13:29.

Completing the mandatory five deep scoring punch for the McKinney boys squad were Oluka Okia and Gabe Trillana. Okia posted a quick seven-flat mile split at the top of the first ridge with Gabe at 7:05. The duo went on to place 36th and 41st overall — out of a field of 123 runners — to bring the Bulldogs home with a fourth-place finish out of the 16 schools competing.

Sawyer HaleWolf was an effective sixth man, placing 71st in 15:05 (7:40 first mile). And fresh to the thin clad ranks this week was seventh-grader Atullya Dora-Laskey. Dora-Laskey, whose father was a runner with the YSHS cross country team some 15 years ago, completed his first ever cross country race in 22:22 — good for 121st place.

8th-grade volleyball wins two

The McKinney eighth-grade volleyball team split games in a tri-match against Middletown Christian and Dayton Christian last week. In their first match loss to Middletown Christian 25–20, 21–25, 20–25, the Lady Bulldogs played with heart and pride. Out of the 66 total team points, 54 were earned. Leading the way were Ashley Longshaw (10 points, 4 aces), Meredith Rowe (9 points, 3 aces), Elizabeth Smith (9 points, 3 aces), Madeline Nielsen (7 points, 3 aces), Madison E. Robinson (6 points, 2 aces), and Madison M. Robinson (5 points, 2 aces).

In the second match the team triumphed over Dayton Christian in straight sets, 25–17, 25–20. Yellow Springs was led by Rowe (11 points, 4 aces), Smith (4 points, 1 ace) and Ayesa Allison (2 points, 1 ace).

Earlier this week, the team beat Indian Valley, 25–23, 25–15, to improve their season record to 3–5. Rowe once again led the Bulldogs in scoring (17 points, 10 aces) while strong play was added by Kasey Linkhart (6 points, 3 aces), Nielsen (3 points, 3 aces) and Madison E. Robinson (3 points, 1 ace).

7th grade volleyball comeback

This week the McKinney seventh-grade volleyball team played Indian Valley School at home. It was an exciting game. The Bulldogs dug themselves a big hole by getting down 9–21 in the first game, but they came back with a 25–21 win over Indian Valley. Gracie Wilke led the way with 16 unanswered points in that first game. Kasey Linkhart aided Gracie’s efforts with two blocks in that first game. Other Bulldog stars were Aliza Skinner (5 points, 3 aces), Elizabeth Smith (3 points, 2 aces, 3 kills, 6 assists), Lorien Chavez (3 points, 2 aces), Olivia Chick (1 point, 1 ace, 1 kill), Amelia Gray (1 kill, 1 assist) and Danielle Worsham (1 point).

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