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McKinney boys basketball player Brady Baker went for a layup while Kaveeyon Wagner got open in the paint during the team’s Feb. 3 match against Emmanuel Christian Academy. Baker scored 12 points in the home loss. (Submitted photo by Jyoti Miller)

February 20, 2020 — Bulldog Sports Round-Up

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Basketball

Sensational YSHS girls season ends

The Yellow Springs High School girls basketball team has rebounded.

After years of losing records, including just two wins in the 2016 season, the team drove to an 18–5 record this season.

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The team also finished an impressive 9–3 in the Metro Buckeye Conference, good for third place.

Unfortunately, their post-season hopes were dashed on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in a close 49–41 loss to Springfield Catholic Central in the sectional semi-finals.

Sophomore standout Angie Smith contributed 20 points in the game, with Aaliyah Longshaw adding 15.

The girls team should be a force for years to come, as most players are due to return.

YSHS girls receive individual awards

At the conclusion of the regular season, several YSHS girls basketball players were commended with a slew of awards.

Smith was selected District 15 first team, as well as the Metro Buckeye Conference first team. She’ll also play in the District 15 all-star game.

In the end, Smith finished as the top scorer in the league, averaging 21.8 points per game. She also led the league in steals (4.9/game), and came in fourth in assists and fifth in blocks.

Second team MBC honors were given to Longshaw, also a sophomore, and Haneefah Jones, a junior. Junior Kayla Ross won the Sportsmanship Award.

Although they didn’t receive MBC awards, senior Tyler Linkhart and junior Annlyn Foster finished high on the leaderboard for their individual feats. Linkhart was second in the league in rebounds (11.6/game) and in blocks (2.0/game). Foster came in fourth in the league in rebounds (9.7/game).

Coaches Tim and Nick Minnich were also honored for their role in the team’s stellar season. Tim was selected Coach of the Year for both District 15 and the league, and will coach the all-star game. Nick Minnich was selected Assistant Coach of the Year for District 15.

— Nick Minnich, assistant coach

McKinney boys fall in tournament

Trying to pick up its first Metro Buckeye Conference tournament win, the eighth-seeded McKinney Middle School boys basketball team got off to a good start last Saturday, but couldn’t hold on in a 39–19 loss to the No. 1-seeded Legacy Christian in a game held at Miami Valley School.

The Bulldogs came out strong with a game plan, and were down only one point at the end of the first period, but Legacy Christian took a 23–10 halftime lead and stretched it the remainder of the game.

The Bulldog boys definitely had their share of ups and downs this season, but it was evident that as the season went on, they came together as a team and showed tremendous growth.

Leading the Bulldogs in their last game of the season was seventh-grader Kaveeyon Wagner, with eight points. Seventh-grader Landon Harris had four points and fellow seventh-grader Lucas Price had a three-point basket. Eighth-graders Isaac Grushon and Kellen Scott added two points each. The Bulldogs’ opponent, the Legacy Christian Knights, went on to be the eventual Metro Buckeye Conference Middle School Champion.

— Angela Harris

Swimming

Reeder finishes season at districts

YSHS sophomore Avery Reeder swam strong at the Southwest Ohio District II swimming and diving tournament, held last week at Miami University in Oxford.

Reeder, competing in the 500-yard freestyle, finished with a time of 6:19.38. It was not good enough to earn her a ticket to states, however.

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