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Oct. 4, 2012 Bulldog Sports Round-up

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Orme first girl to golf districts
Junior Rachele Orme accomplished something this week that no other Yellow Springs High School female golfer has done — qualify for districts. Now she’s one stellar round away from participating in the state tournament. But Orme would not have made it to districts without a clutch performance on the back nine at the Stillwater Golf Club in Versailles, the host of last week’s sectional tournament.

“She really hung in there the whole day,” Coach Mike Reichert said. “We had two rain delays and the conditions were a little tough. When we came out from the second rain delay, she sealed the deal.”

After posting 51 on the front nine, Orme was on the bubble and in danger of coming up short of qualification. But late in the round she locked up the third place position (the top four qualify) with two pars and a birdie on the final three holes. On 18 she crushed the drive to leave herself a fairly short chip onto the green. Then she drained the put for a birdie 3. Orme came in with a 41 on the back nine to finish 92, just two strokes off the medalist score of 90. Teammate Taylor Beck finished her sectional round with a 117.

“I was impressed with the way she finished,” Coach Reichert said of Orme’s performance. “When she gets into a competitive situation she does have the ability of letting her inner competitive fire come to life.”

Orme, who leads the co-ed YSHS golf team, plays against boys and from the tougher boys tees during most of the year, which Coach Reichert said can make playing from the shorter tees more difficult.

“When you go from a lengthy tee to a more moderate tee, you’re hitting different clubs and the game has changed,” Coach Reichert explained. But it’s also good experience playing against boys, and Orme typically fares well, Reichert said. But she’ll need a career-best performance at districts to move onto the state meet.

“If she does a few simple things to keep herself focused and not get caught up in the event but play her own personal game of golf, I think she could do well,” Reichert said.

At the boys sectional tournament last week, sophomore Liam Weigand led YSHS with a score of 101, with fellow teammates Aaron Harshaw (109), Kyle McAnerney (119) and Morgan Beard (122) following behind.

Boys soccer scores six in win
The YSHS boys soccer team dominated Xenia Christian on both sides of the field last week, coming away with a 6–2 conference win and improving the team record to 9–2–1 (2–1 in the MBC). Forward Ian Chick scored twice and had two assists on the evening, Pedro Cussioli scored twice, Nathan Miller had a goal and an assist and Jared Scarfpin and Roland Newsome each added a goal.

Later in the week the Bulldogs, now ranked #4 in the Dayton area in a recent coaches poll, took on #6 ranked Lehman Catholic. Though YSHS had possession at least 75 percent of the game, they only found the goal once, on a breakaway from Chick.

Girls volleyball wins eight straight
The YSHS girls varsity volleyball team ruined senior night in Fairborn last week. The Lady Bulldogs loss the first two games of the match (18–25, 22–25) and were down 4–10 in the third when they turned the tide on the Division I opponent. YS won the third game 25–23 and the fourth 25–12 on an Emma Peifer game-changing block that fired up the team. The Lady Bulldogs then put away the Skyhawks in a 15–11 fifth set.

“This was an amazing game, one of the best they’ve played all season,” Coach Lindsay Kerns said of the match. The win improved the team’s record to 13–3 (7–1).

Earlier in the week, YSHS beat Xenia Christian (25–19, 25–27, 25–14, 25–21), Middletown Christian (25–5, 25–11, 25–17), and Belmont (25–12, 25–11, 25–11).

Boys XC steps up
Boys cross country team captain Connor Gravley-Novello and four Bulldog teammates ran lifetime bests at Buck Creek State Park last week to take Yellow Springs to an 18th place out of 20 schools.

Gravley-Novello finished the 5K trek with a personal record of 18:44, good for 62nd out of 217 finishers. Racking up a 55-second improvement was fellow sophomore Josh Seitz, who placed 131st. Sophomore Edward Johnson also dropped several seconds to hit 22:19, followed by Oluka Okia and Cameron Henderson.

Miller breaks record again
Lois Miller broke the magical 20-minute barrier to lower her own senior class record by 23 seconds to 19:47 at Buck Creek last week. This left her seventh overall out of a highly talented field of 146 women. Chasing Miller throughout was Alex Brown with her season best time of 21:13, good for 26th overall. Charlotte Walkey placed 42nd, and Christina Brewer 59th.


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