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Mills Lawn Elementary School kids bolted off the starting line at the one-mile-long Bulldog Chase on Thursday, Aug. 29. Over 40 students participated in this year’s annual race. Sixth graders Teddy Horvath and Malayna Buster were the 2019 Bulldog Chase champions. (Photo by Kathleen Galarza)

September 5, 2019 Bulldog Sports Roundup

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Fun Run opens X-country season

The Yellow Springs cross-country runners opened this year’s season on Thursday Aug. 29, with the annual two-mile Fun Run home event.

For the third year, the fall kick-off event included the Bulldog Chase, a one-mile run that was open to all Mills Lawn Elementary School students. Over 40 Mills Lawn students signed up for this year’s Chase, with  Malayna Buster finishing first among the girls with a time of 10:02.24 and Teddy Horvath besting the boys at 8:06.70, earning them the title of 2019 Bulldog Chase Champions.

Tiger Collins, of the McKinney Middle School girls team, completed the Fun Run in a winning time of 14:56.39, while McKinney’s strong boys team was led by Isaac Grushon, in 14:56.39, followed by Samuel Trelewany-Cassity (15:35.52) and Jia Sundell-Turner, in 17:16.55.

High School Principle Jack Hatert joined the high school race, winning the male open category in 15:43.77. His participation was highly motivating for the runners and led to friendly, but tough, competition. First-grader Sierra Sundell-Turner won the female open category in 20:34.86.

Freshman standout Cheyan Sundell-Turner won the high school girls category in 15:05.74 followed by freshmen teammate Josephine DeWine in 16:58.80. The boys race was won by JP Anderson in 17:31.92.

The season’s first competitive contest, the Fairborn Invitational at Fairborn Community Park, was held Wednesday, Sept. 4. The next scheduled meet, the Graham Invitational at Graham High School, is set for Saturday, Sept. 14, beginning at 10 a.m.

—Peter Dierauer, coach


Bulldogs win two more

The Bulldogs opened their conference play Thursday, Aug. 22, on the court of the Troy Christian Eagles. The Eagles started off strong, challenging the Bulldogs and taking early control of the first set. The Bulldogs stepped up to the challenge a little too late, losing the first set to the Eagles.

After seeing what it was going to take to beat the Eagles, the Bulldogs came out in the second set with renewed determination. The Eagles weren’t ready to just give up and put up a hard fight, but with great blocks by Angelina Smith (6 blocks), Tyler Linkhart and Emma Ronnebaum (5 blocks each), the Eagles couldn’t find any traction, giving that set to the Bulldogs.

The third set saw more of the same, but the Bulldogs stepped up their attacking game. The Eagles tried their best to dig up the hits, but the Bulldogs proved to be too powerful for them and took the third set from the Eagles.

Going into the fourth set, a scoreboard malfunction caused a long delay in the start of the match, which gave time for the Bulldogs to formulate their plan of attack. The Eagles didn’t seem to know how to handle the tough serving and attacking of YS and couldn’t get their game going.

The Bulldogs won the match in four sets, 22–25, 25–23, 28–26 and 25–16.

Smith ended the game with 25 digs, 2 kills, 1 ace and 6 blocks. Linkhart put down 19 kills, 2 aces and 5 blocks, along with 24 digs and 20 assists. Ronnebaum was strong for the team, with 22 kills, 2 aces, 5 blocks, 10 digs and 20 assists. Annlyn Foster and Aaliyah Longshaw both had a great night digging up would-be Eagles kills with 18 digs, each, and Foster putting up 2 blocks. Haneefah Jones helped out with 7 digs, 1 block and 1 kill.

In their next game, against Greenon on Monday, Aug. 26, the Bulldogs were ready for a tough match and prepared to do battle. The Bulldogs again put up some big blocks, preventing the Knights hitters from doing much damage.

The Bulldogs won the match in just three sets, 25–18, 25–20 and 25–19.

Emma Ronnebaum led the Bulldogs with 13 kills, 2 aces, 16 assists and 6 digs, followed by Tyler Linkhart with 12 kills, 7 aces, 14 assists, 4 blocks and 13 digs. Annlyn Foster helped the Bulldogs with her 6 blocks and 7 digs, while Aaliyah Longshaw put down 5 kills, 1 block and kept the ball alive with 5 digs. Olivia Snoddy had a big night with 9 digs and 1 ace, while Angelina Smith kept up her digging game with a total of 19 for the match, along with 5 blocks. Haneefah Jones and Josephine Zinger dug up 3 and 1 dig, respectively.

The Bulldogs are now 3–0 on the season.

Christine Linkhart, coach


2 more wins for girls soccer

The high school girls soccer team ended their home opening game Tuesday, Aug. 27, with a win, besting Middletown Christian 4–1.

Two days later, the team trounced Dayton’s Ponitz 13–1 on the Ponitz home field.

—Compiled from online sources

Boys gain another win

The high school boys soccer team, ranked seventh of 10 teams in Boys Division 3 of the Miami Valley Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association, blanked Legacy Christian 2–0 in away play on Thursday, Aug. 29.

—Compiled from online sources

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