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Feb. 16, 2012 Bulldog sports round-up

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Chick, Malone, relay to districts

For three years the district finals have been a platform for YSHS swimmers Erika Chick and Elizabeth Malone to shine, and to secure their spot in the state finals. This year, Chick and Malone once again prepare to swim at districts, at Miami University this weekend, in search of an elusive state title. And for the second year in a row, Chick and Malone will lead a 200-yard medley relay team that could qualify for state in its own right.

At last weekend’s sectional tournament, Chick took second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.27) and the 100-yard freestyle (55.47). Malone won the 100-yard butterfly (59.64) and placed sixth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:16.56). They qualified for districts in both events.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Chick, Malone, Zoey McKinley and Rachel Meyer came in 11th place at sectionals (2:13.02), good enough to move on to districts, where last year they finished in 21st place (2:07.10). In a sport largely of individual performance, the relay is a fun team activity, the swimmers said last year.

Other Bulldog swimmers finished their season with peak performances. Meyer recorded her season best at sectionals in the 100-yard backstroke (1:24.96). McKinley had season-best swims in the 50-yard freestyle (36.20) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:39.92). Emma Romohr notched lifetime bests in the 50-yard freestyle (35.43) and the 100-yard freestyle (1:22.95). And Ashley Merritt swam lifetime bests in the 50-yard freestyle (38.04) and 100-yard backstroke (2:01.45).

“We ended the regular season on a fantastic note tonight, with lots of season bests, and lifetime best times,” said coach Kara Jacobs of the performances.

Girls basketball finishes 8–12

The final stretch of the season has been rough for the girls varsity basketball team, which ended the regular season on a five game slide. With losses to Dayton Christian and Troy Christian, they dropped to 8–12 overall and 5–7 in the Metro Buckeye Conference, where they finish tied for fourth place.

Dayton Christian handed the Bulldogs a 65–31 defeat after outscoring YSHS 26–8 in the first quarter of play. Defensively, the Warriors had 13 steals to the Bulldogs’ four. Angela Allen led the team with 11 points, eight rebounds, Kennedy Harshaw had seven points and 12 rebounds, and Maryah Martin contributed eight points and nine assists. Also scoring were Brianna Ayers (3 points) and Keturah Fulton (2 points).

The game against Troy Christian was closer. At stake was a sole share of fourth place in the conference. The Bulldogs fell behind 8–17 at the halftime, and though they recovered some momentum after Martin’s pair of three pointers in the third quarter, the Eagles pulled away to win the game 41–28.

Tough week for boys hoops

The Bulldogs had a tough week. They took on, and lost to, the top two teams in the MBC — Dayton Christian and Troy Christian — despite spirited efforts. They fall to 4–6 in the conference, 5–12 overall.

At Dayton Christian, the Bulldogs dominated the backboards (with 42 rebounds to their opponent’s 23), but not the scoreboards. They shot just 17–52 (33 percent) to Dayton Christian’s 26–49 (53 percent). The Bulldogs lost 63–46 as the Warriors’ maintained a 10-point margin throughout most of the game. Greg Felder Jr. and Roland Newsome scored 12 points a piece, while Robbie Jones added 11.

In front of the home crowd against Troy Christian, the Bulldogs burst out with the first six points by Jones and Jared Scarfpin and held the lead for most of the first half. Cole Edwards had an 11-point performance on the night and was backed by Felder Jr.’s nine points and the six each that Jones and Scarfpin contributed. But it wasn’t good enough. With quick passing and aggressive rebounders the Eagles took a 24–20 lead at halftime and held on to the momentum to pull away 56–40 for the match.

8th-grade boys sweep MBC

Dayton Christian was the final opponent standing between the eighth-grade boys basketball team and a perfect conference record for the second year in a row. With the 40–30 defeat last week, the Bulldogs marched to 13–0 in the MBC and secured a number-one seed in the conference tournament. Isaiah Taylor and Rodman Allen together tallied more than half of the team’s points, with 13 and 12, respectively. Kaner Butler finished with eight, Ethan Dewine had four, Devon Perry added two and Taran Pergram scored one.

8th grade girls end season

It ended up being the final middle school game for the eighth graders on the McKinney girls basketball team. They lost to Middletown Christian, 57–7, in the first round of the MBC tournament. Ashley Longshaw contributed four points, Anna Mullin had two points and Molly Hendrickson added one point.

“They were a good group of girls,” said Coach Evin Wimberly, who coached the eighth graders over the last two years. “I hope they keep practicing and continue to play in high school.”

7th grade girls win in tourney

In the first round of the MBC tournament, the seventh-grade girls basketball team finished off Dayton Christian, 41–5, to keep their season alive. Elizabeth Smith led her team with 20 points and Kaliyah Fulton wasn’t far behind, with 14 points. Also scoring were Maya Creighton (2 points), Julie Roberts (2 points), Danny Horton (2 points) and Erica Ranard (1 point).



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