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Boys win twice, tie rival
The YSHS boys soccer team, the number two ranked team in the Dayton area, improved to 3–2–2 this week with wins against Tri-County North and Troy Christian and a heartbreaking tie against big rival Springfield Catholic Central.

The team started the week on a high note, beating Tri-County North 9–0. Augie Knemeyer and Ian Chick both scored twice during the contest. Other Bulldogs with goals were Ethan DeWine, Aaron Sherwood, Liam Creighton and Fielding Lewis.

In its conference opener against Troy Christian, the Bulldogs started slow. The game was scoreless at halftime until YSHS came out in the second half to find the goal three times. Knemeyer scored the game winner for the Bulldogs, while Chick put in two more for good measure.
Hosting number three ranked Catholic Central in a rivalry game last Saturday night, YSHS went up 1–0 with just less than one minute left in the half when a beautiful pass from Chick found Joe Plumer in front of the net, who finished strong. Catholic Central later scored an equalizer from its best player after YSHS defender Lewis shut him down the whole game.
“Fielding Lewis did a tremendous job of marking him,” YSHS Coach Ben Van Ausdal said.
The Bulldogs had possession, and many opportunities to score — they had over 26 shots on goal during the match — but couldn’t find the back of the net.

“It was unfortunate that the balls weren’t going in but we did outplay them,” Van Ausdal said.

Girls team sees ups and downs
The first half of the season has been an up and down ride for the YSHS girls soccer team, with the team recording a close 2–1 loss against Mechanicsburg after freshman Jasmine Davidson’s goal in the second half and a 8-0 loss to Catholic Central in which junior goalkeeper Ashley Longshaw recorded 35 saves.

With freshman sweeper Madison Kellar out with an injury, junior Ursula Kremer has been anchoring the defense and keeping them organized in the middle while freshman Amani Wagner has been keeping forwards contained from the right side. Junior Alice Miller and senior Jesi Worsham have maintained last year’s combination play in midfield and frustrated Catholic Central by forcing them to take shots from the wings. Sophomore Amelia Gray and freshman Gracie Hall have joined junior Ayeshia Allison, and sophomore Caylen Hall on the front line for some great transition play to goal against Tri-County North and Bellefontaine early in the season. However, the Lady Bulldogs are still having trouble finding the goal after the loss of several forwards from last year.

The record 28 young women representing Yellow Springs High School on the soccer field this year are about to enter the second half of the season. They are looking forward to conference play and the first junior varsity matches in 10 years, according to Coach Sarah Wallis.
“They are playing well together and showing great improvement in their ability to move the ball up the field,” Wallis said.

Falling to 0–7 after facing top Metro Buckeye Conference team Troy Christian and a tough Catholic Central team, the Lady Bulldogs are enjoying a respite before traveling to Beavercreek this week.

Chick national player of week
YSHS forward Ian Chick was selected as the National Player of the Week by the National Soccer Coaches of America for Ohio for the week of Sept. 18–24. Each week one male and one female from each state for all high school divisions receives the honor. Chick, a senior, is the Bulldog’s leading scorer.

Varsity wins at home, loses away
The Yellow Springs High School volleyball team played Jefferson High School at home on Sept. 2. The Bulldogs controlled the entire match and won in three games, 25–7, 25–12, 25–4. The Bulldogs served a record of 35 aces with Mollye Malone leading with 8 aces. Gracie Wilke took a turn at playing front row and came away with two kills on the night.

Leading scorers were Malone (16 points), Madeline Neilsen (10 points, 6 kills) and Kasey Linkhart (7 points, 7 aces).

On Thursday, Sept. 4, the Bulldogs traveled to Troy Christian for their first league game of the season. The team was battling injuries and illnesses this week but played tough. Even though the Bulldogs played hard, Troy Christian won the match, 16–25, 19–25, 22–25.
“I believe the Yellow Springs players learned a lot from that first league game about what we can look forward to seeing from other teams this season,” Coach Chris Linkhart said. “We know now what we need to work on.”

Wilke had 21 digs and three assists during the loss. Modjeska Chavez led in scoring with 7 points, 3 aces and 11 digs. Meredith Rowe added six points and 11 digs.

JV loses to Troy Christian
The YSHS junior varsity volleyball team played Troy Christian on Sept. 4 and lost in two games. Both were close games, with the Lady Bulldogs losing by less than five points.
During the loss, Aliza Skinner had three aces and one dig, Elly Kumbusky had three aces, Nia Stewart contributed one ace, two kills, one assist and two digs, Dani Worsham scored one ace and one kill and Raven James had one ace and one dig. Danny Horton, Jasmine Davidson and Lorien Chavez had one kill apiece.

Boys finish 15th of 18 teams
The YSHS boys golf team came in 15th place during a tournament of 18 teams at Reid North Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 6. The West Liberty Salem Tigers won the Christoff Memorial with a final score of 322. YSHS team finished with a 403.

The top Bulldog golfer was Zeke Reichert, who shot an 88 on the course, including a low score of 43 on the back nine. He tied for 33rd place. Liam Weigand shot a consistent 46 on both the front and back nine to finish with a 92. Kyle McAnerney finished with a 99 and Danny Grote shot 124. Dylan Dietrich also played, finishing with a 135, but only the team’s low four scores are counted.

Cross country starts strong
The Bulldog Cross Country team is off to a good start in 2014.
“We are a young team with potential to grow,” said new coach Jeff Collins. Out of 23 runners, 20 are in grades 7–-10. The high school boys team is led by senior Connor Gravely-Novello and sophomore Levi Brown. The high school girls are led by junior Charlotte Walkey.
The Lady Bulldogs placed seventh at the Troy Invitational last weekend while the boys placed ninth. McKinney runners Bella Edwards and Jude Meekin placed second and eighth overall while eighth-grader Zach Lugo placed 16th.


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