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Natalie Galarza (freestyle) anchored the 200 medley relay. Eden Spriggs, in the water, just completed the butterfly; Sara Zendlovitz (breaststroke) and Jude Meekin (backstroke) are cheering on.  (submitted Photo by Kathleen Galarza)

Natalie Galarza (freestyle) anchored the 200 medley relay. Eden Spriggs, in the water, just completed the butterfly; Sara Zendlovitz (breaststroke) and Jude Meekin (backstroke) are cheering on. (submitted Photo by Kathleen Galarza)

Bulldog sports round-up — Jan. 10, 2019

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SWIMMING
Strong finishes at invitational

The YSHS Bulldog Swim Team competed in the Shawnee Invitational Meet at Wright State on Saturday and had several surprising finishes.

Out of roughly 25 schools, the boys team finished fourth overall, while the shorthanded girls squad finished a respectable ninth.

Individually, the team was led by David Walker, who bested 60 opponents in the event to take first place in the 100 free, along with a strong third place finish in the 200 IM. Both were lifetime bests.

Top ten finishes were also had by Eden Spriggs (fourth: 100 fly, fifth: 200 free), William Gregor (sixth: 200 IM, 10th: 100 breaststroke), Natalie Galarza (sixth: 200 free), Trystan Burch (ninth: 100 back) and Jude Meekin (10th, 200 free).

Personal bests were also had by Sara Zendlovitz (200 IM), Avery Reeder (100 free, 100 back), Harper Mesure (200 free, 100 free), Tariq Muhammad (100 free), and Trinidad Speck (100 back).

Both teams featured a steady attack of strong relays, with all finishing in the top ten.

The girls 200 free relay (Spriggs, Meekin, Reeder, Galarza) placed fourth while the 200 medley relay (Meekin, Zendlovitz, Spriggs, Galarza) placed ninth.

The boys 200 free (Muhammad, Burch, Speck, Walker) placed fifth, the medley (Burch, Gregor, Walker, Mesure) placed sixth, and the 400 free (Mesure, Muhammad, Speck, Gregor) placed seventh.

The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Kleptz YMCA in Clayton, where they will be competing in the Northmont Invitational.
—Coach Bradley Martin

BASKETBALL
McKinney boys lose at Troy Christian

On Jan. 3, the McKinney School seventh- and eighth-grade boys lost basketball games to Troy Christian.
The seventh-graders had no substitutes, and with only five players, fought courageously, but lost 11–45.
The eighth-graders fell behind in the first quarter, 8–3, and fought back to tie the game at the half. The Bulldogs came out sluggish in the third quarter, fell behind by eight points, and could not make up the difference in the fourth quarter, only to lose by the final score of 33–41.
—Coach Steve Harshaw

Girls varsity bests Ansonia at home

According to area media reports, the girls varsity basketball team bested Ansonia 50–47 at home Saturday, Jan. 5.

Angie Smith was the leading scorer, with 36 points in the game, her second highest of the season.

Challenges continue for boys varsity
The Bulldogs varsity boys basketball team faced a formidable foe on Tuesday, Dec. 18, when they traveled to Emmanuel Christian to face the undefeated Lions. Senior Andrew Clark led the scoring effort with 17 points, aided by Freshman DeAndre Cowen’s eight points scored. Senior Trey Anderson and freshman Cameron Harris each added four points to the final score. But the varsity Bulldogs ultimately came up short, losing to Emmanuel Christian 36-69. Phil Renfro’s JV squad battled hard despite a losing effort to the JV Lions, with scoring led by senior Tariq Muhammad who contributed six points. Harris scored five points in the JV matchup, and field goals were also contributed by junior Romel Phillips, and sophomores Ibrahim Chappelle, Kaden Bryan, and Joseph Minde-Berman, who also scored a free throw. The game’s final score was 21–45.

Saturday, Dec. 29 brought the boys Bulldogs teams to Miami-East High School to take on the Vikings. The JV team was led by Phillips, who scored seven points, and Muhammad, who scored two field goals.
Sophomore Blaine Baker and Chappelle each scored a three-point basket. But the Bulldogs’ efforts were no match for the Vikings, who won 64–17. Bobby Crawford’s varsity team fared a bit better, with Clark leading the scoring with 15 points. Cowen and freshman Dimitri Wallace scored 8 points and five points, respectively. Anderson led the defensive effort with seven defensive rebounds. But ultimately Miami East triumphed, winning the game 42–28.
—YS News staff

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