October 5, 2017 Bulldog Sports Round-up
- Published: October 5, 2017
The Bulldogs traveled to Middletown Christian on Thursday for a second conference match against the Eagles. Once again, the Bulldogs had one of their regular setters missing, but middle hitter Alex Ronnebaum, stepped up again to help defeat the Eagles in four sets, 25–15, 25–23, 14–25, 25–13. Alex led the Bulldogs with 5 points, 2 aces, 18 kills, 12 assists, 5 blocks and 7 digs. Her sister, Emma Ronnebaum, had 11 points, 5 aces, 5 kills, 19 assists, 6 blocks and 6 digs. Payden Kegley set another season record of 40 digs in one match, along with 13 points and 4 aces. Kelsie Lemons, Dede Cheatom and Raven James added 6 kills each with Lemons adding 11 points with 6 aces. Freshman Olivia Snoddy kept up her wicked serving with 4 points and 1 ace.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs visited Legacy Christian for their second go-round in the conference. Much like the first match, the Bulldogs took care of business quickly, winning in just three sets 25–11, 25–14, 25–17. Alex Ronnebaum scored a season match high of 21 points, 10 aces, 5 kills, 2 blocks and 10 digs. Emma Ronnebaum matched her sister with 5 kills, and added 10 points, 7 aces, 12 assists, 2 blocks and 6 digs. Tyler Linkhart kept the pressure on with 11 kills and 13 assists while Dede Cheatom contributed 6 kills and 2 blocks. Payden Kegley scored 8 points, with 5 aces and 17 digs, and Elle Peifer put down 5 kills while serving up 7 points and 4 assists.
The Bulldogs are now 12–3.
On Sept. 20, the JV team traveled to Fairborn High School. The Bulldogs were defeated in two neck-and-neck sets, 21–25, 23–25. Sophomore Olivia Snoddy had 9 digs; junior Kayla Brown had 9 digs and 3 kills; and freshman Annlyn Foster contributed 5 digs, 4 blocks and 3 kills. The following day, the JV Bulldogs hosted Troy Christian and won the match in three sets, 25–21, 15–25, 25–21. Amani Wagner contributed 4 digs, 5 kills and 6 aces in the win. On Sept. 25, the JV Lady Bulldogs hosted the Dayton Angels. With the help of Ateerys Wagner’s 5 aces and 3 kills, the Bulldogs defeated the Angels in two sets, 25–5, 25–21. The Bulldogs traveled to Middletown Christian last Thursday and brought home a win in two sets, 25–11, 25–19. Kayla Brown had a game of threes: 3 assists, digs, kills and aces, while freshman Annlyn Foster had 6 digs and 5 aces.
The Bulldogs competed last Saturday in the biggest meet of the year. Several Bulldogs ran season best times. The team has had several hard practice weeks recently, according to head coach Isabelle Dierauer. This last week, the team eased off a little bit “to see where we are,” she said. Coach Peter Dierauer said, “I am very proud of the entire team and I am not surprised that the Bulldogs performed that well.”
The McKinney girls were once again at the forefront with their highest finish of the year so far, a remarkable third place. They defeated teams from Springfield, Tecumseh, Wayne, Vandalia-Butler and Xenia. It was a total team effort in a field of 115 competitors. Leading the effort this week was Sophia Lawson, who finished in 13th place. She was ably complemented by her teammates Lily Rainey (21st), Cheyan Sundell-Turner (24th), Avery Reeder (28th), Rosemary Burmester (53rd), Josie Dewine (65th) and Carina Basora (77th). Lawson, Rainey and Reeder all ran season bests.
Our two YSHS stalwarts, Jude Meekin (47th) and Ivy Tebbe (97th), ran extremely well out of the 208 girls who finished the race. Both Meekin and Tebbe ran season bests at this meet.
The YSHS boys were especially excited about this meet and led the day off with a hard 5K run and a 20th team finish out of 26 teams and 309 runners. Junior Zach Lugo ran an all-time personal best with a 75th place finish, followed closely by fellow junior Mark Bricker (80th). Kaden Boutis (86th), Eli Capasso(155th), Jackson Bleything (275th) and Griffin Roberts (291st), also had season best performances. Raven Campbell and Parker Bleything also performed admirably. Lugo, Boutis, and Bricker are all ranked in the top 15 runners in the conference.
The McKinney boys stepped up and finished in 16th place out of 19 squads and 140 runners. Seventh-grader Krishan Miller (38th) continued his dominance, followed by season best performances from Ethan Knemeyer (61st) and Leif Walters (96th). Josh Clark (97th), Maddox Flatt (115th), Jason Knemeyer (116th), Tallis Onfroy-Curley(122nd), Liam McClean (129th) and Joseph Anderson (133rd) also performed well and showed great team spirit.