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May 7, 2015 Bulldog sports round-up

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Tennis team has big home win

On Monday night, the YSHS tennis team had a big win against Northwestern at home.

Augie Knemeyer had a huge 6–1, 6–0 win. Kasey Linkhart and Dylan Dietrich took the second doubles court 6–2, 6–2. Duard Headley stepped up to third singles and lost and Henry Potts-Rubin and Meredith Rowe went down fighting on the first doubles court.

The match was determined in a tie breaker at the end of a three-set marathon by Gabriel Day, 6–3, 2–6 7–6(9–7).

According to Coach Donna Silvert, this year, Knemeyer is again the stand out player for the varsity tennis team, pulling off huge wins at singles and doubles. Knemeyer will enter the tournament this year with doubles partner Peter Day.

At singles, Knemeyer and Day lost to extremely competitive opponents last Friday while the other three courts brought home victories in the Bulldogs’ defeat of division I Fairborn at home. Peter Day won his third singles match in straight sets, 6–0, 6–0, and the doubles teams of Rowe/Potts-Rubin and Linkhart/Dietrich won their matches as well.

In addition, this season Headley has been a strong and successful reserve player who often steps up to varsity. Annabel Welsh, Sam Green, Ziven Siler and Gage Ward have winning records in reserve matches.

Silvert said this week the community should be proud of the team. Silvert also acknowledged the help of volunteer community members, including assistant coach Stacey Knemeyer, Bob Huston, Josh Mabra and Angie Day and the support of the Antioch College Wellness Center, which has allowed the team to use the courts.


Two girls commit to Clark State

Seniors Jesi Worsham and Chelsea Horton committed to play softball next season for Clark State College in a signing ceremony held at the campus last week. They are both four-year starters for the YSHS Bulldogs softball team and are the leading hitters on the team this year.

“They’ve both come a long way since their freshman year and their dedication to the sport has enabled them to be recruited to play at the next level,” YSHS Coach Jimmy DeLong said.

Horton has a .519 batting average with a .618 on base percentage and Worsham has a .513 batting average with a .620 on base percentage and also leads the team in stolen bases with 27 for the season.

Team wins two over the week

The YSHS softball team won twice this week, defeating Jefferson 23–7 and Cedarville 22–13.

The Cedarville game ended with a perfectly executed double play when second baseman Elly Kumbusky fielded a groundball and flipped the ball to shortstop Jesi Worsham for the out at second. Then Worsham finished off the double play with a perfect toss to Kadie Lafferty at first base for the double play to give the Bulldogs the win.

Against Jefferson, YSHS jumped out to a 9–0 lead as Chelsea Horton had three hits, scored four runs, and had three RBIs and sister Danny Horton also had three hits and three RBIs to lead the charge.

Worsham pitched a no hitter for the Bulldogs as she overpowered Jefferson on the mound, taking a shutout into the third inning.

The Cedarville win came during a double header after the Bulldogs lost the first game 19–9. In the second game YSHS jumped out to an 8–0 lead in the first inning and never trailed. The Bulldogs banged out 18 hits for the game as Kadie Lafferty, Worsham, Danny Horton, and Evelyn Green all scored three runs for the team. Hard throwing sophomore pitcher Hannah Morrison came in to relieve Worsham when Cedarville started to rally late in the game.  Morrison shut down Cedarville over the last two innings to earn the save.


Personal bests at relay meet

The YSHS track and field team competed in nearly perfect weather at the second annual Mechanicsburg Relays. The girls team had their best finish of the season, ending the day’s competition in third place. The boys team finished in fifth, with many athletes seeing seasonal best efforts in addition to high finishes.

Stars for the girls team were the first-place shot put relay of Jasmine Davidson (32´9˝) and Amani Wagner (29´4˝), and the first-place 800-meter relay team of Dymeisha Banks, Olivia Brintlinger-Conn, Alejandra Erazo and Julian Roberts, who together finished in 1:58.33.

Finishing as runners up were the members of the shuttle hurdle relay (Roberts, Brintlinger-Conn, DeDeCheatom and Payden Kegly, in 1:17.40) and the iron women 400-meter relay (Wagner, Madison Kellar, Cheatom, and Jasmine Davidson, in 1:01.10) . In addition, personal bests were achieved by Davidson, Emma Romohr, Maya Creighton and Gigi Nang.

The only top finish for the boys team was the victorious shuttle hurdle relay of Kaner Butler, Cameron Miles, Heikiem Foy and Ed Johnson, which clocked a time of 1:09.44. Second-place finishes were handed in by the 400-meter relay team of Butler, Bryce White, Miles and Johnson (46.21, best time of the year), the 800-meter relay squad of Miles, White, Butler and Johnson (1:35.51, best time of the year), and the iron man relay of Cole McNeal-Harding, Kalonji Cross, Sam Wildenhaus and Joe Plumer (52.52). In addition, Cross had his best throw of the year in the shot put, heaving it 32´7˝.

The team will host the 10-school annual Yellow Springs Bulldog Invitational, the only home meet of the year on Friday, May 8. Parent and volunteer help is still needed. Contact Coach John Gudgel at to inquire.


Baseball season nearing end

With the 2015 regular season drawing to a close this week, the Bulldogs baseball team is looking to end on a high note. Having lost to conference powerhouses Dayton Christian and Troy Christian, and splitting the series with Xenia Christian, this week Yellow Springs will host Middletown Christian and Emmanuel Christian for the chance to overtake both teams and move into third place in the Metro Buckeye conference.

Regardless of the outcomes of the week’s games, the coaches agree that the team has made great strides this season.

“The boys have worked very hard and braved some harsh weather to gain everything possible from practices and games,” Coach Ben Cooper said.

The southwest district tournament begins Monday, May 11. Yellow Springs (#12 seed) will visit Xenia Christian (#9 seed) at their home field of Athletes in Action Park at 5 p.m.

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