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Bulldog Sports Round-up — Dec. 10, 2015

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Volleyball follow-up
Even the most resolute juggernaut has to rest sometimes. Godzilla slumbers in the sea, Dracula rests in his coffin, and YSHS athletes have likewise had a few weeks of downtime, taking a seasonal breather as fall sports drew to a close and winter sports went into full swing. But do not think it has been a relaxing wait: practice is an ever present activity, building morale and honing lethal skills as the promise of competition beckoned from afar, the teams’ anticipation increased until the first games began last week. There is much to report, and so the hallowed pages of the Bulldogs Sports Round-up have likewise lurched back to life in service of the derring-do of local athletes. The sempiternal human quest for glory plays out unabated — on basketball courts and in frigid pools!

But before proceeding with this week, it’s important to mention some important business from last season:

Even though the volleyball season is officially over, there were a few loose ends to tie up, said YSHS volleyball coach Chris Linkhart. One of the loose ends was the All-Conference and All-District awards. Bulldogs were well represented this year, snagging a few prestigious titles that reflect the team’s hard-won ascension through conference ranks and into the fray of the conference tournament.

The combination of junior Elizabeth Smith and seniors Meredith Rowe and Kasey Linkhart won First Team All Metro Buckeye Conference Award. The Second Team All Metro Buckeye Conference Award went to senior Madeline Neilsen, and the Metro Buckeye Conference Coaches Award was given to Julian Roberts. Senior Elle Peifer’s athletic magnanimity awarded her the Metro Buckeye Conference Sportsmanship Award. Rowe was deemed nothing less than Player of the Year, and Coach Linkhart was honored as Coach of the Year.
Additionally, Rowe and Linkhart received Honorable Mentions on the Southwest District Team.

Rowe was also selected to play in the Southwest District Senior All Star Match, which was held on Nov. 18 at Troy High School.

Yellow Springs basketball kicked off with a bang this year, with the boys playing three games in a week and the girls playing a game practically every other day for the past two weeks.

YSHS Boys Basketball
YSHS played Springfield Central Catholic on Dec. 1, besting the Irish by six points in a final score of 51–45. Isaiah Taylor led the Bulldogs in scoring with 11 points, followed by Kaner Butler and Devon Perry with 10 points each. On Dec. 4, Yellow Springs physically admonished Springfield’s Emmanuel Christian Academy, beating them 46–35. Devon Perry led the charge with 14 points.

The outcome of Yellow Springs’ battle against Xenia Christian on Dec. 8 will be reported next week.

YSHS Girls Basketball
YSHS Girls basketball is off to a less steady start, the team getting their bearings as they go up against opponents from near and far.

YSHS girls played their first game on Nov. 24 against West Carrollton. The game was a close loss for the Bulldogs, 51–48. On Nov. 27 Yellow Springs played the Waynesville Spartans on their turf and were shut down 82–44. The next day, Nov. 28, YSHS played Stivers School for the Arts and were defeated 61-34. YSHS travelled to Middletown Christian for a league game on Nov. 30, but the Bulldogs were ultimately squished 58–37 by the Eagles.

The Bulldogs hosted the Ansonia Tigers on Dec. 5 and were almost victorious, losing by a close 46–41. Sophomore Gracie Price and Junior Julian Roberts both sunk two three-pointers each. Junior Elizabeth Smith — the team’s captain — managed three steals and at the present averages 23.5 points per game.

Continuing with their unrelenting schedule, the Bulldogs played Xenia Christian Ambassadors at home on Dec. 7. The game resulted in a 65–43 loss for the Bulldogs.


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