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Girls tee off for the first time
In what Coach Mike Reichert believes may be the first ever girls golf match in Yellow Springs High School history, the four-strong Lady Bulldog golf team competed in a match at Locust Hills on Aug. 12.

At the match, returning district qualifier Rachele Orme finished with a nine-hole score of 35 and a medal as she led her team to a second-place showing out of three teams competing. Teammate and returning golfer Taylor Beck had a 57. Newcomers Camara Cross and Molly Brown turned in scores of 65 and 70, respectively. The final team score was Madison Plains, 170, YSHS, 227, and Fairbanks, 240.

Since then the girls have played two more times. Competing as individuals at the Skyhawk Invitational at Greene County Country Club on Aug. 19, Orme, a senior, led with an 18-hole score of 88. Beck scored a 107 and Cross finished with a 125. And last week at Locust Hills, Orme was a medalist with a 41 over nine holes. Beck had a 55, Cross scored a 58 and Brown shot 63. As a team, the Lady Bulldogs fell to Madison Plains by a score of 191–218.

Boys golf gets win
The YSHS boys golf team got its first victory of the season last week, edging out Dayton Christian by a single stroke, 199–200.

On Aug. 20 at Pipestone Golf Course, Theron Orme led his team with a nine-hole score of 43. Morgan Beard followed behind with 48, Liam Weigand shot 53, Aaron Harshaw posted 55, Kyle McAnerney shot 57 and Zeke Reichert finished with 60.

The boys team has played four other times this season.

On Aug. 9, the team came in third in a tri-match. Orme scored a team-low 101, followed by Reichert (106), Danny Grote (111), Beard (114), Harshaw (116), Jonathon Clark (118), Eric Reimers (123) and McAnerney (148).

At the Metro Buckeye Conference match on Aug. 12 at Moss Creek, the Bulldogs finished six out of seven teams. Leading the team was Orme with a low score of 105 for 18 holes. Beard had 107, Grote shot 117, Harshaw turned in 119 and Reichert finished with 128.

On Aug. 15, the YSHS boys team fell to Bethel at Cliffside Golf Course by a score of 175–192. Reichert turned in the best performance with a 44 over nine holes. Other Bulldogs scorers were Beard (46), Orme (50), Harshaw (52), Grote (55), Clark (55), McAnerney (46) and Reimers (52).
Last week at the Skyhawk Invitational at Greene County Country Club, the team came in last out of six teams, led by Reichert’s score of 102. McAnerney posted 105, Clark scored 112, Grote shot 117 and Reimers finished with 133.

Volleyball team drops two
The YSHS volleyball teams played their first match last Saturday. The varsity played at Greeneview High School, losing to both Greeneview and Cedarville. And the junior varsity played at Greenon taking on the same two teams but coming away with two wins.

The junior varsity got off to a slow start against Cedarville but rallied back to win the match 23–25, 25–22, 25–20. They kept the game exciting by running neck and neck with Cedarville until the very end of all three games, according to new coach Chris Linkhart. The team is made of mostly of freshman with a few upperclassmen to round out the squad. Leading scoring were Kasey Linkhart, with 16 points and 10 aces, Elizabeth Smith (8 points), Dani Worsham (6 points) and Gracie Wilke (5 points).

The team then played Greeneview, taking the match in just two games. Wilke led with 10 points, followed by Worsham, with nine points. Linkhard led in digs with seven while Roberts and Linkhart had four assists each.

The varsity team, last year’s conference runner-up, lost both matches they played, falling to non-league teams Cedarville, 9–25, 19–25, and Greeneview, 12–25, 10–25.

Girls CC gains strength
On August 1 the cross-country team had only two runners on its roster with the graduation of seniors Lois Miller, Alex Brown and Niki Worsham. Only team captain Christina Brewer and sophomore Charlotte Walkey remained from the squad that made it to the regional finals in 2012. But since Aug. 15 the team’s size has swelled to seven with the addition of junior Emma Romohr, sophomore Molly Brown and ninth-graders Aliza Skinner, Maya Creighton and Olivia Brintlinger-Conn.

The squad of mostly newcomers finished in 10th place at their first competition of the year last Saturday, the Bob Schul Invitational in West Milton. The Bulldogs were led by Walkey, who placed 34th overall out of 170 runners from 23 schools. Walkey’s time was 22:24 – an average of 7:14 per mile for the 3.1-mile long course.

Brinlinger-Conn and Brewer ran the entire race together and grabbed 85th and 86th overall in 25:04 and 25:07, respectively. Creighton snuck under the 30-minute mark to place 149th in 29:50. Emma Romohr anchored the squad, finishing 164th at 34:41.

Boys CC much improved
The Bulldog men’s team is much improved over last year. At the Bob Shul Invitational, the Bulldogs placed 16th overall out of the 24 participating schools with a score of 393 points, four points ahead of league rival Dayton Christian. Team captain Connor Gravley-Novello led the team, placing 51st overall out of 270 finishers with the time of 19:01. That is an average of 6:07 per mile for the 5-kilometer course through the thick woods of the West Milton High School campus. Gravley-Novello was just six seconds off of his lifetime best.

Cameron Haught, a freshman in his first ever high school cross-county race, ran right behind his team captain and finished 58th overall in 19:10, a personal record by one minute. Carter Collier, a senior, was also running in his first ever cross-country race. He placed in the top half of the field, grabbing the 103rd spot in 20:32. Levi Brown is back after a very successful junior high career and was 132nd in 21:18. Josh Seitz completed the squads scoring on this day, placing 184th in 23:47.

Coach Peters said that despite having only one senior in the lineup, he has big goals for the Bulldogs this season.

“We want to be in the conference title hunt every year, and then get to the district meet and compete for a spot in the Regional finals in Troy,” Peters said. “We’ve got a good group of guys who want to do well, and I think they could have a special year if it all comes together.”
McKinney runners take off

The McKinney cross-country squads had their first race of the season. In the middle school girls race Alejandra Erazo was 197th in 18:37. In the boys race a trio of Bulldogs ran. Kaden Boutis was 103rd in 14:08. Alex Rogers was 138th in 14:43, and Zach Lugo finished 178th in 15:27. A total of 264 runners finished.


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