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May 3, 2012 Bulldog Sports Round-up

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Boys baseball ends 0–9

The YSHS boys baseball team, which struggled to field enough players this year, may cancel the rest of its games, ending its season with nine losses and no wins, according to Coach Dan West. The team, in its first multi-game season since 2009, dealt with academic and disciplinary issues and athletes who split time with other spring sports, he said.

Still, Coach West was impressed with his squad, who battled in some close games. And West has hope that the underclassman will continue to come out for the sport. But he said he was disappointed that several talented seniors, such as Austin Pence, who led the team, couldn’t play a full season in their final year at YSHS.

Looking to the future, West sees talent in freshman Liam Weigand who “really stood out” and the seventh and eighth graders who have expressed interest in playing baseball at YSHS.

“We’re gonna need to get the program started at a younger level to learn basic skills in elementary and middle school so when they get to high school they are more dedicated,” Coach West said. West plans to build on the summer youth baseball program already in place in Yellow Springs.

Holmes and Triplett honored

Senior softball players Leanne Holmes and Katie Triplett were honored during the team’s final home game of the season. Holmes hurled three shut-out innings to end the game but it wasn’t enough as the team lost to Stivers by a score of 15–0. But the Bulldogs had their moments.

In the third inning freshman secondbaseman Jesi Worsham made a diving catch with the bases loaded to preserve a scoreless inning.

“When she dove for the ball I didn’t think she’d be able to catch it but she timed it out just right and was able to hold on,” Coach DeLong said of the play.

In the fourth inning Holmes, the pitcher, fielded a ball and displayed her quickness when she outraced her Stivers opponent to the bag at first base for an out. After the game ended Coach DeLong praised his departing seniors.

“It’s been an enjoyable season this year and a big part has been the unsolicited leadership provided by the seniors,” which was critical with a young team of nine freshman and one sophomore, Coach DeLong said.

Last week the softball team travelled to Emmanuel Christian and jumped out to an early leads of 6–0 and 6–4 until Emmanuel Christian rallied for the win against the Bulldogs. Freshman Maddie Gueth was the hitting star for the Bulldogs as she went 3–3 with a run scored. Holmes and Triplett both went 2–3 with a run scored, and Hypatia Melellan went 2–3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Tennis team takes one court

The Bulldogs took one court from Division I Fairborn High School last week. The second doubles team of Grant Reigelsperger/ Wade Huston pulled it off in two strong sets, stepping up their attacking game in the second set.

The Fairborn fellows were shocked to see the powerful strokes of number one and two singles — Savita Bathija and Liana Rothman — according to Coach Donna Silvert.

“Since this is boys tennis season it is rare to see girls playing, especially in singles and rarely with the beautiful strokes these two have,” Silvert said.

Liam Creighton, a freshman, is developing a potent game highlighted by his effective serve and athleticism on the singles court, Silvert added.

Nick Miller-Jacobson, who typically plays first singles, paired up with team administrator Stephanie Marion offering a challenge to the Fairborn first doubles. Mychael Roberts, Micah Lindsey, Mollye Malone and Spencer Pyles also represented the Bulldogs well in reserve matches.

The season ends with home matches at the Antioch courts on Wednesday and Thursday.

Truss a top jumper

Last week senior Antone Truss distinguished himself as one of the best jumpers in the Dayton area with a key performance at the highly-competitive Wayne High School Invitational. Truss, who scored the only points for Yellow Springs High School, personally led the Bulldogs to a 22nd place finish out of 49 participating schools, the majority of which are Division I.

Truss came in second place in the high jump with a leap of 6´4˝. Though Truss matched the height of the winner, he had one more miss on the night. Truss also finished in fifth place in the triple jump with a leap of 40’6¾’’ and finished in 13th place in the long jump. In each of the three events all of the top finishers were from Division I schools with the exception of Truss. YSHS is a Division III school.

Earlier in the week at their home meet, YSHS track and field team finished in third place out of four teams. Truss cleaned up, earning four first place finishes in the meet, in the long jump (20´9˝), high jump (6´2˝), 100-meter run (11.61 seconds) and 400-meter relay. In the relay, Truss shared the honors with Cameron Henderson, Bryce White and Henrik Korsch.

The 800-meter relay team of White, Korsch, Eli Biggs and Cameron Miles went on to a first-place finish of their own, while the 1600-meter relay (White, Korsch, Miles and Biggs) took third.

Biggs also took second in the long jump and third in the 300-meter hurdles. Connor Gravely-Novello was the runner up in the 3200-meter race and placed fourth in the 1600-meter run. Nick Whalen placed second in shot put. Levi Perry came in fourth in both the high jump and long jump.

Strong performances were also turned in by Kalonji Cross, Charles Fenimore, Devon Lewis and Nkosi Ngqakayi.

Female track stars shine

Lois Miller, Alex Brown and Angela Allen competed well at a Wayne High School Invitational Meet that featured some of the top athletes in southwest Ohio.

In the elite section of the 3200-meter run Miller was seeded as the slowest qualifier out of the 17 athletes competing. But she more than held her own as she sped through the first lap in 78 seconds, advancing to 13th place after three more laps. She then cruised through the next three laps in just over 90 seconds each to set up a final lap in 83 seconds. That closing speed propelled Miller into 11th place overall with a final time of 11:57.53, just five seconds off the YSHS record for that distance.

In the 1600-meter run Brown finished second in the emerging elite section. Her time of 5:35.79 is a season-best for the distance. She placed 19th overall in a field of 46 women. And in the discus throw Allen had a best toss of 90 feet and 8 inches to place 21st out of the 45 athletes competing.

Earlier in the week, the team took second place out of three teams at a home meet. Emmanuel Christian won narrowly, by four points, over the Bulldogs with the Miami Valley School finishing in third.

The field event crew of the Lady Bulldogs led the day with 1-2 finishes in the long jump, shot put and discus. In the Long Jump AnnDee Pettiford led the way at 13´10˝. Kennedy Harshaw followed in second place with a leap of 13´7˝. Harshaw then won the shot put in 24´7.75˝ with Taylor Beck tossing 24´3˝ in a tight competition among teammates. Beck also took second in the discus with Allen winning in 98’9”.

In the sprints, distance ace Miller was tops with a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash in 29.72. She also assisted the 4×200-meter relay squad to victory in a season-best 2:00.3 clocking. Joining her on that squad were Camera Cross, Harshaw and Allen.

The 4×100-meter relay team also grabbed victory in a season-best 58.19. That squad was composed of Pettiford, Harshaw, Rachele Orme and Allen. Individually, Niki Worsham had an excellent clocking for second in the 400-meter dash in 72.16 seconds. Pettiford and Emma Romohr finished second and third, respectively, in the 100-meter dash.

The 1600-meter run title went to Christina Brewer with Riki Kida second. Kida was second overall in the 3200-meter run with Brewer third. In the 800-meter run Brown finished third in the very fast time of 2:33.00. And Brewer, Kida and Worsham teamed with Keturah Fulton to nail down a second-place finish in the 4×800-meter relay.

Johnson, Walkey are champs

At last weekend’s McKinney track team traditional intramural championship, Charlotte Walkey came away as the overall girls champion and CJ Johnson was the multi-event winner among the boys.

Johnson won with 202 points, just ahead of Hayden Orme (187 points) and Joe Plumer (185 points). Walkey finished in first with 171 points while Olivia Brintlinger-Conn (163 points) came in second followed by Kaliyah Fulton (145 points). A total of 16 athletes completed and earned their awards.

The McKinney Championships is a multi-event tournament. The fastest hurdle time was recorded by Orme, at 20.16 seconds. The fastest 100-meter times were run by Walkey (15.18 seconds) and Johnson (13.47 seconds). In the boys high jump, Oluka Okia and Johnson tied by both crossing 4´8˝. Walkey had the highest jump among girls with a 4´4˝.’ The longest leap in the long jump was by Devon Perry with 13´06.5˝ and Brintlinger-Conn with 11´09.75˝.

Plumer had the farthest discuss throw of the day with a toss of 81´07˝ and Walkey won the girls competition with a distance of 36´07˝. The shot put was won by Ayeshia Allison with a throw of 21´10.5˝. The fastest 1600-meter was ran by Johnson in 5:32.56. The winners of the 800-meter run were Walkey (2:50.50) and Levi Brown (2:45.86).


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