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McKinney seventh-grader Sam Miller (center) goes for the fast break, backed by Brady Baker (#21) and Jake Ortiz (#2) in their win over the Lions on Monday. (Photo by Gary McBride)

December 20, 2018 Bulldog Sports Round-Up

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BASKETBALL

McKinney teams show improvement

On Monday, Dec. 10, the seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball teams suffered conference game losses against Legacy Christian Academy. The seventh-grade boys basketball team is showing improvement, but lost 39–19. The eighth-grade boys lost 35–32 in an exciting game that went down to the wire.

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On Friday, Dec. 14, the eighth-grade boys team played a conference game at Miami Valley Middle School and lost 44–25. The team played valiantly against a formidable opponent.

However, they turned things around on Monday, Dec. 17 when, along with the girls team, they swept the Emanuel Christian Academy Lions in conference action.

The Lady Bulldogs tamed the Lions in a tough match, 31–23. The seventh-grade boys won their back-and-forth game 29–27 with a lay-up by Jake Ortiz in the closing seconds. The eight-grade boys rode the momentum with a comeback 35–33 win over the Lions.

— Coach Steven Harshaw

YSHS boys lose two close ones

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, Yellow Springs played host to the Knights of Xenia’s Legacy Christian Academy. In the junior varsity matchup, a first-quarter three-pointer by junior Romel Phillips, and three second-quarter field goals by junior Kaden Bryan helped the Bulldogs lead the Knights 14–10 going into halftime. But Legacy Christian battled back in the second half, and despite a three-pointer by Sam Lewis, and individual field goals from Phillips, Sophomore Ibrahim Chappelle and Senior Tariq Muhammad, the Bulldogs ultimately came up short, falling to the Knights 32–24.

The varsity squad struggled against Coach Brad Newsome’s Knights. Senior Andrew Clark continued his double-digit scoring streak with 15 points, three steals and four assists, and fellow senior Trey Anderson added six points and four rebounds, but ultimately the Bulldogs couldn’t catch the Knights, losing the game 65–34. Senior Teymour Fultz and Freshman Demetri Wallace each added four points to the final score, and Freshman Cameron Harris and Muhammad each contributed a field goal.

The Yellow Springs boys varsity team traveled to Miami Valley School on Friday, Dec. 14. Despite falling behind to the Rams as the game began, the Bulldogs battled back — aided by Anderson’s three first-half three-point shots — and the Bulldogs led the Rams as the second quarter clock ran out. But shaky passes and turnovers plagued the Bulldogs, and even Clark’s 20 points couldn’t quite carry the team to victory. Anderson would go on to score a season-high 17 points, senior Kevin Wagner added two free throws, Wallace contributed a field goal and a free throw, and Fultz scored a field goal in the loss to Miami Valley, 55–44.

— Eleanor Anderson, Yellow Springs News

SWIMMING

YSHS finishes 2nd at Piqua Invite

Last Saturday, the YSHS Swim Team traveled to the Miami Valley YMCA where they took on Piqua, Casstown Miami East, and Sidney Lehman in a four-team invitational.  Both the boys and girls team swam with a full roster and took second overall in a meet that featured a number of thrilling finishes while teaching some early season lessons.

On the girls side, distance swimmers Jude Meekin and Avery Reeder finished 1–2, respectively, in both the 200- and 400-meter freestyle. Sara Zendlovitz won both the 100-meter butterfly and 100-meter breaststroke, while Devyn Deal placed second in the latter event. Eden Spriggs placed second in the 100-meter backstroke and third in the 200 IM, while Natalie Galarza placed second in the 50 Free and third in the 100-meter freestyle.  The girls 400-meter freestyle relay (Spriggs, Meekin, Reeder, Galarza) also won an impressive come-from-behind race.

David Walker led the way for the boys, winning in every individual (200 Free, 100 Fly) and relay (200-meter freestyle relay, 400-meter freestyle relay) event he was in. William Gregor placed second in the 200-meter freestyle and the 100-meter breaststroke. Trystan Burch placed second in the 100-meter backstroke. Jackson Bleything placed third in both the 200-meter individual medley and the 100-meter breaststroke. The 200-meter freestyle relay (Burch, Gregor, Tariq Muhammad, Walker) won another come-from-behind thriller by just one-hundredth of a second. The 400-meter freestyle relay (Harper Mesure, Walker, Gregor, Burch) also won.

The Bulldogs will next be in action on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Wright State at noon, where they will take on nearly 30 teams in the Shawnee Invitational.

— Coach Bradley Martin

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