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Sept. 22, 2011 Bulldog sports round-up

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Football wins first game back

In its first game in two years, the YSHS football squad beat Grove City Christian JV team on the road, 29–20, thanks to the unstoppable three-way rushing attack of Robbie Jones, Roland Newsome and Jake Fugate.

The 2011 team started out sloppy, incurring many penalties, until quarterback Jones connected with Newsome for a 70-yard touchdown strike to put the Bulldogs on the board. Later in the quarter, Grove City Christian came back to tie the score. The Bulldog defense gained control by the end of the first half and with touchdown runs by Newsome and Jones, the score was 21–20 going into the half time locker room.

In the second half YSHS kept Grove City out of the end zone and Jake Fugate added another rushing touchdown. Strong rushing and a formidable offense line that dominated the line-of-scrimmage led the Bulldogs to a 1–0 season record.

“It’s not bad for a team that has really only been together for two weeks,” said head coach Craig McCann. Last year’s football season was cancelled for the first time since 1993 due to lack of interest.

The Bulldogs face Fayetteville-Perry in their home opener this Saturday at 11 a.m.

Golf team moves to 2–5

The YSHS golf squad went 1–3 in action on the week (2–5 on the year) as the golf season nears its end. The Bulldogs play their final regular season match this week before traveling on Saturday to Sebastian Hills Golf Course for the 18-hole Metro Buckeye Conference championships.

At last week’s tri-match YSHS came out ahead of Emmanuel Christian but behind Bethel. At Locust Hills, YSHS ended with a team score of 184, a full 20 strokes better than Emmanuel Christian and just five off of Bethel’s score.

Rachele Orme and Theron Orme both shot 42 over nine holes, six over par, and tied for second for the best round of the day. Liam Weigand was just behind with a score of 45, Morgan Beard had 55 on the day and Taylor Beck finished with 58.

Earlier this week the team fell to Dayton Christian (181) and Xenia Christian (203) with a 229 at the Pipestone Golf Course in Miamisburg. Weigand led the Bulldogs with a 49 over nine holes. Rachele Orme (51), Beard (63), Theron Orme (66) and Taylor Beck (72) rounded out the scoring.

Varsity volleyball goes 3–2

In a packed week of action, the YSHS varsity volleyball team won three matches and fell to Middletown Christian twice to move its record to 4–7 on the season.

In its 25–18, 25–17 defeat of Stivers on the road, Kennedy Harshaw served up 14 aces and slammed four kills. Emma Peifer had two blocks and two kills on the night. Against Dayton Jefferson at home the Lady Bulldogs won, thanks to Maya Hardman’s six kills and five aces and Harshaw’s eight aces and three kills. Peifer added two blocks and four kills on the night. Visiting Trotwood, the Lady Bulldogs walked out with a straight-set trouncing, 25–16, 25–16. Leading the way in kills and blocks were Harshaw and Hardman and Peifer added service aces to secure the win.

The Lady Bulldogs lost to Middletown Christian at home and on the road. In its first match, Hardman led the team with six digs, four blocks and three kills, while Harshaw had four digs, two aces and four kills and Angela Allen finished with five digs. At Middletown Christian, Hardman stayed strong (5 digs, 3 blocks, 4 kills), along with Harshaw (6 digs, four aces).

Boys soccer comes from behind

Last week the YSHS boys soccer team tied Greeneview on the road, 3–3 and eked out a late, 2–1, come-from-behind victory on their home field against Metro Buckeye Conference rival Xenia Christian to remain undefeated in conference play.

At Greeneview the Bulldogs got out front early in the third minute of the game when Ian Chick was fouled 35 yards out in front of the Rams’ goal. Jacob Trumbull sent a low, hard shot to the near post that went through the goalkeeper’s hands and into the net for the lead. But just three minutes later Greeneview found the equalizer and two minutes later Roland Newsome put the Bulldogs back on top, 2–1, with a perfectly executed head ball of Grant Reigelsperger’s corner kick into the right upper-90.

With 11 minutes remaining in the half Greeneview knotted the score again at two each with their own corner kick into the box which the Bulldog defense failed to clear, allowing the Rams to find the back of the nets. Two minutes later Trumbull was taken down hard in the penalty box, earning the Bulldogs a penalty kick. Trumbull’s PK was blocked down by Greeneview’s net minder, and Wade Huston rushed in to gain possession of the loose ball for the Bulldogs. Huston’s follow-up shot was also blocked down and Trumbull finally slotted the ball home at close range for a 3–2 halftime lead. Yellow Springs made the 1-goal lead stand up until the final 10 minutes of the match when Eric Lawhorn came off his goal line to challenge a Greeneview forward dribbling into the box. The initial shot was blocked down, but Greeneview collected the loose ball and a weak shot sent to goal. Jared Scarfpin made a goal line save for the Bulldogs, but kept the ball in play. Greeneview was able to collect the loose ball and finish their shot to close out the scoring for the night and end the game at 3–3.

Last week the Xenia Christian Ambassadors stepped out to an early 1–0 lead just three minutes into the contest, capitalizing on a Bulldog defensive breakdown. Uninspired play by Yellow Springs kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard until late in the game. With about 20 minutes remaining, the momentum started swinging the Bulldogs’ way, as the Bulldogs relentlessly attacked the Ambassadors’ goal. With just over three minutes left, and still trailing 1-0, Fugate gained possession of the ball for Yellow Springs near midfield and started the Bulldog attack by dribbling straight downfield. Forty-five yards out from goal Fugate pulled a 360-degree spin move with the ball which left the Ambassadors’ defender on the turf and then delivered a perfectly placed diagonal pass into the run of Trumbull at the top of the box. Three more touches on the ball and Trumbull placed a beautiful shot into the far-post netting to tie the game at 1–1. With less than two minutes remaining Trumbull was knocking at the goal again, but this time was upended in the penalty box by a Xenia Christian defender, earning YS a penalty kick. Scarfpin buried the PK for the 2–1 Bulldog win.

Girls soccer falls to MBC foe

Middletown Christian and Yellow Springs faced off in a competitive conference game last Tuesday night at Yellow Springs High School.

The Bulldogs went up early (11 minutes into the match) when Brianna Ayers drove down the last third of the field one-on-one with the defender and put a perfect touch on the ball to beat the Middletown Christian goalie. The Bulldogs continued to pressure the Middletown goalkeeper on breakaways but gave up the equalizer on a penalty kick. The controversial penalty was awarded after a hard tackle by Ali Solomon in front of the goal.

The score remained at 2–1 for the second half as Kara Edwards, Brianna Ayers, and Tina Arporn continued to pressure the keeper. Paloma Wiggins came to close to equalizing with a free kick in the 58th minute and with 5 seconds left to go in the game Keturah Fulton put a beautiful free kick on the far post where Lucy Callahan put her head on it and directed it to goal. A goal line save kept the score at 2–1 Middletown.

JV volleyball wins its first

The YSHS junior varsity volleyball team came away with its first victory of the season against Trotwood at a tri-match last weekend. At the same meet, the Lady Bulldogs fell to Stivers.

The team trounced Trotwood in two sets, 25–13 and 25–20. All the players got playing time, with Modjeska Chavez serving 10 straight points to put the Lady Bulldogs ahead late in the game and cruise to the win. In the second game, trying not to be out done by Chavez, Evelyn Greene served six straight points late in the game to lead the team to the victory. Abby Dawson led the defense with five digs and Mar’ria Spears and Sierra Lawrence dominated at the net.

Against Stivers the JV team lost 14–25 and 13–25. Lindsey Jarrell had five service aces and Mollye Malone eight digs with Spears, Lawrence and Kara Edwards all playing inspired volleyball.

8th grade volleyball wins two

The McKinney 8th grade volleyball team evened their record at 5–5 with wins last week over Troy Christian (25–22, 25–19) and Miami Valley (25–15, 25–10).

Earlier in the season Yellow Springs fell to Troy Christian in three sets, but came away with the two-set victory in the rematch thanks to strong play by Madeline Nielsen (9 points, 3 aces), Meredith Rowe (8 points, 3 aces) and Ashley Longshaw (6 points). Leading the defeat over Miami Valley were Kasey Linkhart (11 points, 6 aces), Elizabeth Smith (10 points, 3 aces) and Nielsen (6 points, 4 aces).

7th grade volleyball undefeated

The 7th grade girls volleyball hosted Troy Christian last week and came back to win (16–25, 25–10, 25–10) to keep its perfect record at 6–0. After losing the first game, the Lady Bulldogs girls were determined to win the next two and did so soundly.

Every player on the team made a great play to contribute to the win, according to coach Chris Linkhart. Leading the way were Elizabeth Smith (11 points, 4 aces, 2 assists, 1 kill), Kasey Linkhart (7 points, 4 aces, 2 assists, 1 kill), Aliza Skinner (7 points, 1 ace), Gracie Wilke (5 points, 1 ace), Julian Roberts (4 points, 3 aces, 2 assists, 1 kill) and Danny Horton (4 points, 1 ace), who served the match’s last few points to secure the win.

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