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Walkey finishes at regionals
Yellow Springs High School sophomore Charlotte Walkey competed last Saturday in the Southwestern Ohio Regional Cross Country Championships. Unfortunately the downtown Troy course along the river was unkind to her state meet ambitions, according to YSHS cross-country coach Vince Peters.
Walkey, who had a 2:57 split at the half and a 6:22 first mile, finished 71st out of the 120 women competing. Her final time was 22:30.

“Charlotte had a very good season” Peters wrote in an email. “Though it wasn’t how anyone would have liked the season to end, it was a learning experience that will benefit her and all of the team’s young runners next year.”

Walkey was the only Bulldog to qualify for regionals.

Soccer bows out in district finals
For the seventh straight year, the YSHS boys soccer team ended its season as the district runner-up. The Bulldogs were once again one win shy of a district championship as they fell to Cincinnati Seven Hills on Saturday night at Eaton High School.

YSHS started the game strong, as Hafiz Mensah found the goal from inside of 10 yards just five minutes into the game. Seven Hills evened the match midway through the half, and pulled away by a goal by halftime. Early in the second half, the Bulldogs equalized at 2–2 when Mensah beat a defender inside 18 yards and placed a hard shot into the corner. But Seven Hills scored the winning goal with 20 minutes remaining, and kept the frustated Bulldogs off the board. The final score was 3–2.

“I thought our team played really well and we played to the end,” Coach Ben Van Ausdal said of his team’s effort. Van Ausdal was honored as the All-District Coach of the Year despite the loss.

The team finished 16–2–2 and achieved two of the three goals players set before the season, Van Ausdal said. After an undefeatened conference season, YSHS won the Metro Buckeye Conference outright and they defeated rival Catholic Central, which ousted the team in last year’s tournament. But the third goal, a district championship, was not to be.

“We were a little short, but they really did a tremendous job,” Van Ausdal said of the season. “We just can’t get over the hump.”

Van Ausdal is optimistic for next year, since the team only loses two senior starters, he said.

Several Bulldogs were honored for their season. Midfield sweeper Jared Scarfpin, a junior, was the district and conference player of the year and made first team All-State. Ian Chick and Hafiz Mensah were additionally selected to the first team All-District, with Eric Lawhorn on the second team and Joe Plumer and Grant Reigelsperger on the third team. Chick, Mensah and Lawhorn joined Scarfpin on the first team All-Conference and Plumer, Reigelsperger and Nathan Miller were on the second team. The MBC sportsmanship award was given to Liam Creighton. Van Ausdal was also selected as the MBC coach of the year.

“We had a great season and I hope the boys will keep their heads up looking forward to next season,” Van Ausdal said.


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