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Chick makes finals of giant meet
Last weekend, the YSHS swim team competed in the 32nd Southwest Ohio High School Coaches Classic, the largest swimming invitational in the nation. There were 110 participating schools and 2,900 athletes. The top 16 swimmers in each of the events swam in the finals in Cincinnati.

Sophomore Olivia Chick was the only YSHS Bulldog swimmer to advance to finals. Chick competed against the top swimmers from both Divisions I and II in the Dayton and Cincinnati area.

Chick placed sixth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:56.21, 10th in the 50-yard freestyle (24.81), 15th in the 200 IM (2:14.52) and ninth in the 100-yard freestyle (53.18). She scored 31 points for her efforts.

Bulldogs drop time at prelims
Aman Ngquakayi had great swims and was just shy of making it to finals at Keating Natatorium in Cincinnati. During prelims at the Dayton Raider Aquatic Center, Ngquakayi placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.39), sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:29.74), fifth in the 100-yard freestyle (50.95), and third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.03).

Emma Romohr, Alice Miller, Olivia Brintlinger-Conn, Elle Piefer, Charlotte Walkey and Hannah Morrison had the opportunity to swim some junior varsity events (50-yard backstroke, 50-yard breaststroke and 50-yard butterfly) and relays at the meet. According to coaches Beth Talley and Jody Chick, the group continues to drop time and gain experience in the pool and they are pleased with the team’s continued improvement.

Boys win six straight, now 11–2
The varsity Bulldogs started out 2015 with sixth straight wins and are now 11–2, 4–1 in conference, after taking three at home this week from Miami Valley School (64–52), Emmanuel Christian (60–31), and Newton (56–39).

Senior guard Cameron Miles had a big week, averaging 13 points and four steals per game during the stretch. Juniors Kaner Butler and Isaiah Taylor continue to impress, as both reached double figures scoring in all three games. Senior guard Liam Weigand has also stepped his game up recently, highlighted by finishing the second quarter of both the Emmanuel and Newton games with buzzer-beating three pointers, according to Coach Steve Grasso.

Smith scores career-high 32 pts
YSHS sophomore Liz Smith scored a career-high 32 points in a game against Ansonia on Saturday, Jan. 24.

Smith’s impressive performance also included a team high of 12 rebounds. She went 9 of 20 from the field, added two three-pointers and also scored 12 of 13 from the foul line (92 percent). She is the leading scorer in the Metro Buckeye Conference, averaging 19.3 points per game. She is also second in rebounds (8.3 per game) behind teammate Shanice Wright (8.6 per game) and third in blocks, at 1.5 per game.

Girls pick off EC and Ansonia
The YSHS girls basketball team trounced Ansonia and Emmanuel Christian this week to improve to 6–7 (2–4) on the season. Hosting Emmanuel Christian as part of a triple-header on Friday, the Lady Bulldogs charged out to a 25–10 lead at the half, which they extended to 42–12 by the third quarter to put away the visitors. Smith led scoring with 21 points, followed by Wright, with 13, and Ashlei Kelly, with 6. Also putting points on the board were Jasmine Davidson, Danny Horton, Molly Hendrickson and Yasmine Longshaw.

YSHS went on to host Ansonia the next day and won 47–36 as Smith scored 32 of the team’s points. Wright added 11 points in the contest.

Eighth-grade down 14, comes back
Near the end of the third quarter, with the score 31–17 Emmanuel Christian over the McKinney eighth-grade boys basketball team on Thursday, Jan. 15, the young Bulldogs began an improbable comeback on the road.

Putting on a man-to-man full court press, Yellow Springs scored five straight points to end the third quarter down by nine. The team defense of Andrew Clark, Tyreese Benning, Teymour Fultz, Elliot Wiggins, and Trey Anderson led the Bulldogs back into the game as the Lions were forced into turnovers in their back court.

With less than a minute to go, the Bulldogs, down by one, then let in four unanswered points. Four free throws by Clark and Benning brought the score to within one (37–36) and the Bulldogs got the ball back with nine seconds left in the game. On a play designed by assistant Coach Geoffrey Pitts, Clark drove to the basket and dished the ball to Anderson, who buried a five-foot shot to win the game.

“It was improbable, though possible,” Coach Branson Pyles said of the win. “Congrats to this team and players for channeling frustration into positive energy”

Clark led the Bulldogs in scoring with 11 points, followed by Anderson (10), Benning (9), Wiggins (4), Fultz (2) and Blake Potter (2).


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