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After a three-day, mini cheer camp, local elementary school students performed at half-time with YSHS cheerleaders at the boys and girls basketball games. From left are Trinity Reeves, Niamh Jones-Graham, London Sylvester, Ava Oberschake and Jacob Levier Borger. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

February 6, 2020 — Bulldog Sports Round-Up

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Swimmers give ‘solid, team’ effort

The Yellow Springs High School girls swim team came in second in girls competition, behind Dayton Christian, at the Metro Buckeye Conference meet Saturday, Feb. 1.

“Everybody contributed to getting that second place,” coach Angela Mangen said. “Everybody won points. Overall, it was a very solid, team effort.”

The Yellow Springs team of eight girls also came in third overall, without any boys competing, Mangen said.

The 200 free relay team of Andrea Reeder, Avery Reeder, Annlyn Foster and Natalie Galarza, made first-team all conference with a time of 2:02.6.

In individual events, Avery Reeder came in first in the 200 free (2:23.14) and the 500 free (6:19.61). In the 500, she finished 35 seconds ahead of the second-place swimming.

“She just killed it,” Mangen said.

The team next heads to sectionals Saturday, Feb. 9, in Mason.

—Carol Simmons


Smith nears 1,000 points

The high school varsity girls basketball team racked up three more wins in recent play, besting Dayton Christian and Tri-County North at home and Graham on the road.

The game against Dayton Christian on Thursday, Jan. 30, ended 48–42.

Angie Smith was the top scorer, with 28 points, nine steals and eight rebounds.

Haneefah Jones took 11 points and six rebounds, while Tyler Linkhart grabbed 15 rebounds and Aaliyah Longshaw took five steals.

The Bulldogs’ contest against Tri-County North on Saturday, Feb. 1, concluded 52–17.

Smith took 25 points, 10 steals and 10 rebounds. Corinne Totty scored nine points, Linkhart had 11 rebounds; and Jones scored seven points and had eight rebounds.

The girls won 51–44 against Graham on Monday, Feb. 3.

Smith logged another 28 points, while Linkhart scored 10 points and 15 rebounds, Longshaw had 10 points and Annlyn Foster had 14 rebounds.

Smith, a sophomore, is now only 25 points away from achieving a 1,000 point total.

The Bulldgos have a big home game versus Troy Christian on Thursday, Feb. 6. If Smith achieves her 1,000th point, the team plans a celebration.

The team is 7–3 in conference play and 16–4 for the season.

—Nick Minnick, coach

Varsity boys face tough losses

The high school varsity boys basketball team played inter-conference opponent Dayton Christian at home Friday, Jan. 31, losing 47–30.

Cameron Harris led the scoring with 14 points.

The next night, Saturday, Feb. 1, the Bulldogs traveled to Milton-Union to face a well-rounded upper division team, falling 84–27.

Harris again led the scoring with eight points.

The next home game is Friday, Feb. 7,  against Troy Christian.

—Philip Renfro, assistant coach

7th grade boys show strong defense

On Monday, Jan, 27, the seventh grade boys team traveled to East Dayton Christian for the opening game of a doubleheader with the varsity men’s team.

The middle school squad showed it could play a complete game against a quality opponent with a 29–24 victory over the Rams.

The game saw great defending in the paint by Alex VanAusdal and Terrel Robinson; perimeter defending by Kaveeyon Wagner and Landon Harris led to some quality turnovers and offensive points. Leading the Bulldogs to victory was Harris with 15 points, Wagner with 10 points and VanAusdal with four points.

On Saturday, Feb. 1, both the seventh and eighth grade teams took on an elite Dayton Christian squad. Both of the Bulldogs teams were hampered by illness and missing players. The seventh grade team lost 69–20 and the eighth grade team lost 42-–29.

In the seventh grade game, Landon Harris scored 10 points on the afternoon while Mateen Sajabi knocked down a season high eight points and VanAusdal added two points.

Top scorer in the eighth grade game was Sam Miller, with 15 points.  Wagner added six points, while Isaiah Search contributed five to the total and Brady Baker made three free throws.

The focus now will be on getting the teams healthy and ready for the last few matches of their season before the tournament begins.

—Angela Harris

McKinney girls split two

On Monday, Jan. 27, the McKinney girls basketball team hosted the East Dayton Christian (EDC) Eagles at home.

Starting for Yellow Spring’s McKinney Middle School Bulldogs were eighth graders Navaeh Smith, Audrey Stacy and Joslyn Herring and seventh graders Lacey Longshaw and Adeline Zinger. Contributing off the bench were eighth graders Violet Babb and Chloe Bayard and seventh graders Anna Smith, Gini Meekin and Tiger Collins.

The game started well for the Bulldogs as Longshaw won the tip. Navaeh Smith then got Yellow Springs on the board first with a layup 10 seconds into the first quarter, which ended in a tie 6–6.

The second quarter saw the teams playing hard, with EDC hanging on to a small lead, ending the quarter with 16 points to the Bulldogs’ 14.

The second half opened with Longshaw tying the game at 16. An exciting quarter followed with both teams fighting to take the lead, concluding the quarter with another tie, 21–21.

The battle continued into the fourth quarter, with Yellow Springs up 27–24 with 2:29 to go.

As the final minutes ticked down, Babb launched a three-pointer that proved good. The crowd erupted as the score went to 30–24 in the Bulldogs’ favor.

The Bulldogs held EDC to just one more basket while taking four more points, ending the game 34–26.

The game saw eight ties, and Yellow Springs broke seven of them. They were down by six points in the second quarter, but outscored EDC 24–10 from that point on.

The Bulldogs followed the win with a tough home-court loss against Dayton Christian on Thursday, Jan. 30.

Starting for YS were eighth graders Navaeh Smith, Stacy, Babb and Herring and seventh grader Longshaw. Contributing off the bench were eighth grader Bayard and seventh graders Anna Smith and Collins.

The game started off well with Longshaw winning the tip and Stacy getting the ball, but the Bulldogs could only get one point on the board by the quarter’s end, with the score 9–1 in DC’s favor.

Herring scored in the second quarter and Collins scored in the third, putting the totals at 23–5 going into the final quarter.

DC scored 10 more points, and despite many close attempts, YS did not score again. The final score was 33–5.

Highlights of the fourth quarter for YS were: Bayard (one steal and two defensive rebounds), Stacy (two jump balls and two rebounds), Collins (caught a missed shot), Anna Smith (one defensive rebound) and Herring (one defensive rebound, one blocked shot and two jump balls).

—Kirk Meekin

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