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The Yellow Springs High School girls and boys cross-country teams leaped from the starting line during last week’s invitational meet in Fairborn. Cheyane Sundell-Turner placed thrid overall in the three-mile race with a time of 22:05.2. The fastest YSHS boy was Jackson Bleything, who came in 59th, with a time of 22:33.3. (Photos by Kathleen Galarza)

September 12, 2019 Bulldog Sports Roundup

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High school girls shine in first meet

Wednesday, Sept. 4, the Bulldogs competed at the Skyhawk Cross-Country Invitational at Fairborn.

The high school girls team fought fiercely and were able to secure the runner-up trophy. According to Assistant Coach John Gudgel, more than 10 years has past since a Yellow Springs High School cross-country team has been able to bring home a trophy from a high standing invitational meet.

The pack was led by freshman Cheyane Sundell-Turner, who came in third place overall with a time of 22:05.2 for the 3-mile course. Her teammate, freshmen and rising star Josie DeWine placed eighth with a time of 23:33.4.

Sophomore Avery Reeder (12, 24:09.7), senior Evelyn Potter (20, 24:45.7) and senior Ivy Tebbe (46, 28:04.3) completed the strong girls team.

For the high school boys race, Jackson Bleything was the fastest of the Yellow Springs squad, placing 59th overall in 22:33.3. His teammates Rilo O’Berg (63, 23:06.0), JP Anderson (73, 25:00.6) and Harper Measure (89, 35.53.1) also had a good start into the season.

McKinney boys run hard race

The middle school boys placed sixth out of 12 middle school/junior high teams at the Sept. 4 Fairborn Invitational.

Isaac Grushon was Yellow Springs’ top scorer, with a 12th-place finish in 13:00.6 for the 2 miles.

Samuel Trelawny-Cassiti (19, 13:40.6), Malik Booth (52, 14:45.6), Jia Sundell-Turner (71, 15:18.9), Kael Cooney (72, 15:21.0), Jack Horvath (73, 15.22.5), Cal Freeman (101, 16:20.1), Evan Galarza (138, 18:24.7), Isaac Lewis (142, 18.27.8) and Nick Meister (157, 20:08.3) fought well and impressed Head Coach Isabelle Dierauer, who said she is very happy with the progress everyone has made.

Running for the McKinney girls, Tiger Collins had a strong showing in her first ever cross-country race (70, 18:36.7) .

The next outing for the Bulldogs, both high and middle school teams, is Saturday, Sept. 14, in Graham, Ohio.

—Peter Dierauer, coach


Bulldogs show strength

On Tuesday, Sept. 3, the Bulldogs hosted Middletown Christian Eagles.

Their third conference match of the season, the Bulldogs wasted little time in defeating the Eagles in just three sets 25–10, 25–13, 25–7.

Tyler Linkhart led the Bulldogs with 9 kills, 7 aces, 16 digs, 7 digs, and 3 blocks, followed by Emma Ronnebaum with 7 kills, 8 aces, 12 assists, 3 digs and 1 block.

Senior Olivia Snoddy helped out in both the front and back row with 6 kills and 6 digs, while Aaliyah Longshaw was dominating at the net with 3 blocks, 7 aces, and 4 kills along with 6 digs, and Angelina Smith followed with 4 kills, 1 ace, 4 blocks and 4 digs.

Exciting rematch

Last year’s game against the Northeastern High School Jets was collectively the worst game the Bulldog’s have ever played. Scoring only a total of 37 points in the match, the Bulldogs couldn’t wait to play the Jets again.

So last Saturday morning, Sept. 7, when the undefeated Jets walked into the YS gym, they seemed to have a nonchalant attitude toward the local team.

The Bulldogs were slow to warm up on early Saturday morning, falling behind by six points early in the match, but a great serving by Annlyn Foster brought the Bulldogs to within three.

Keeping steady, the Bulldogs tied the game at 20–20, but the Jets gained momentum and finished the game 20–25.

Going into the second match, the Bulldogs were fired up, jumping out to an early lead. A connection between the two setters/outside hitters of Tyler Linkhart and Emma Ronnebaum showed the Jets a force they had yet to see.

Linkhart (17 kills, 3 aces, 19 assists, 1 block) also proceeded to serve up 10 straight points with 2 aces in that set, causing the Jets to call time out twice in that rotation. The Bulldogs went on to win the set 25–10.

The third set brought some confusion on the YS side of the net, and despite battling hard, the Bulldogs lost the set 16–25.

Sets four and five were a volleyball lover’s dream, as both were battles to the end.

Keeping the score close throughout the whole fourth set, the Bulldogs nevertheless were in the position of playing continual catch up to the Jets. Finally, tying the set at 23–23, Linkhart went back to the service line again and gained the lead 24–23.

Several tight plays at the net allowed the Jets to win the point, to again tie the game 24–24. A kill by Ronnebaum got the ball back on the Bulldogs side for Olivia Snoddy to serve. A bad pass by the Jets led to a poor set to their outside hitter, who tried to hit around the block of Aaliyah Longshaw (1 kill, 2 aces, 4 blocks, 15 digs), but ended up putting the ball in the net instead. Bulldogs won the fourth set 26–24.

The fifth and deciding set was no less exciting, as each team battled for every point, keeping the game close.

YS jumped out to a three-point lead, only to have the Jets fight to catch up and take over a two-point lead.

Again, with Linkhart setting Ronnebaum (21 kills, 3 aces, 17 assists, 6 blocks), and the big blocks of Angelina Smith (1 kill, 2 aces, 3 blocks, 20 digs), Longshaw and Ronnebaum, the Bulldogs, put the ball away for a Bulldog win 15–13.

The Bulldogs shot down the Jets 3–2 sets and improved their record to 7–0 (4–0 conference).

—Chris Linkhart, coach


Girls play two away

The girls soccer team hit the road last week for games against Legacy Christian Academy in Xenia, Tuesday, Sept. 3; and Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, Thursday, Sept. 5.

The hard fought game against Legacy ended in a draw 1–1, while the Stivers match finished with a loss for the Bulldogs, 3–1 in Stivers’ favor.

The girls entered the new week with a 3-2-1 record.

—Compiled from Yellow Springs Schools website

Boys secure win

According to MaxPrep Sports, the boys trounced Emmanuel Christian Academy on Emmanuel’s field Tuesday, Sept. 3, with a score of 17–0.

The game put the Bulldog’s record at 4–1 for the season at that point, according to Yellow Springs Schools’ website.

—Compiled from online sources


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