December 24, 2003



Bulldogs beat Troy in home opener

The YSHS boys basketball team dominated Troy Christian last Friday to win its home opener, 62–52. The following night, the Bulldogs lost 76–63 to Greeneview. The Bulldogs are now 3–2.

Rory Hotaling readjusted a shot in midair to avoid a Troy Christian defender during the Bulldogs’ 62–52 win over the Eagles at home last Friday.

The Bulldogs got off to a slow start, but came back when Aaron Cobb scored on several baskets in the paint, and those he missed, Dustin Rudegeair tipped in. But Troy was also scoring, finding holes in the Bulldogs’ defense and hitting 3-pointers to end the half leading 34–33.

A few steals early in the third quarter by Anthony Brandon, Jordan Skinner and Rudegeair put the Bulldogs ahead 43–38, and they weren’t giving it back. The ’Dogs tightened their zone defense and played conservatively on offense to maintain a 10-point lead.

Though Troy never gave up, with 50 seconds left Aaron Cobb stole the ball and scored on a slam dunk to clinch the win.

“I didn’t think, I just kept shooting,” Cobb said after the game. “Dusty and Jordan had a good game, they both gave 110 percent.”

Skinner had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Rudegeair had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Coach Brad Newsome was pleased with the team’s second half, saying the Bulldogs picked up their defense and “got a lot of turnovers for easy buckets.”

“This is the first time these guys have played together at the varsity level, and they’re still learning with each other,” Newsome said. “I’m very pleased and proud of their effort and execution, it went sky high the second half.”

Saturday’s game was a trial for the Bulldogs, as they got off to another slow start but this time were unable to recover. The ’Dogs fell behind 20–9 in the first quarter, and, though Duncan Silvert-Noftle’s defensive play and Skinner’s huge 26-point scoring flurry narrowed Greeneview’s lead in the second half, the outcome was inevitable.

Skinner scored 32 total points, to go along with 14 rebounds, and Rory Hotaling had 6 assists.

“Our team effort wasn’t consistent the whole game,” Newsome said.

Bulldog notes

YSHS purchased a new score table this year with donations from Village Automotive of Yellow Springs, Cowen’s Sporting Goods of Xenia and Meijers of Fairborn.

McKinney boys report

Both McKinney boys basketball teams defeated Miami Valley on Saturday.

In seventh grade action, the team improved its record to 3–0 with a 28–22 win. Leading scorers were Joey Bailey, with 10 points, and Steve Scott with 8. Brock GunderKline, Raphael Allen, Jesse Rothman and Ethan Brown each scored 2.

The eighth-grade team also improved 3–0 with a 45–28 win. Kilan Brown led all scorers with 27 points. Todd Sheets scored 6 and Josh Foster 5. Pete Lovering, Kyle Buchwalder and Andrew Ferguson had 2 points and Mike Harding 1 point.

Both teams will put their undefeated records on the line on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 5 p.m., at home.


Lady ’Dogs win 2

The YSHS girls basketball team defeated Miami Valley, 59–48, in front of a home crowd last Thursday. The Lady Bulldogs then beat Ridgeville, 62–55, on Saturday to improve to 5–2.

Thursday’s game was a hard fought battle against a Miami Valley team that did not give in easily. Megan Burrick and Evin Wimberly took charge, scoring 22 and 21 points, respectively. Burrick made three 3-pointers and had 5 steals, while Wimberly dished out 7 assists.

Freshmen Ashlee Jackson and Carly Bailey played aggressively on offense. Dana Ingham and Sarah Finn forged a strong defense.

Wimberly controlled Saturday’s game single-handedly, scoring 30 points and collecting 8 steals. She hit five 3-pointers. Tricia McLinden scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

Though YSHS and Ridgeville played a close first half, by the end of the third quarter, the Lady Bulldogs had an 18-point lead and cruised to a win.


Swimming report

The YSHS girls and boys swim teams competed with 12 other high schools at the Greenon High School Fall Invitational Dec. 13 at Wittenberg University.

Both YSHS teams were hit hard by the flu and injuries, and only the boys team managed to score in the 200 freestyle relay. The relay team of Will McCuddy, Evan Gerthoffer, Jacob Wishart and Aaron Zagory placed sixth in 1:48.41.

Several younger swimmers posted strong performances in their first high school meet. On the girls’ side, Eve GunderKline swam well in the 50 freestyle and 50 butterfly and Tina Chen in the 100 freestyle and 50 breaststroke. Olivia Dixon’s performance in the 50 breaststroke set the stage for future improvement, and Michaela McCuddy swam a solid 50 backstroke in her first high school meet.

On the boys’ side, Brandon Carver-Halley swam an excellent 50 breaststroke in his first high school meet. Carey Dixon, who is swimming for the first time, competed well in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

Coaches Dave Wishart and Mickey Bullock were pleased overall with the two teams’ performances. “Our younger swimmers rose to the occasion, which sets the stage for a fun year,” Wishart said.


Annual YSHS alumni basketball tournament

The annual YSHS alumni basketball tournament will tip off Saturday, Dec. 27, at 5 p.m., in the high school gym, when the Classes of 1984–1986 play the Class of ’03.

The Classes of ’83 and before play the Classes of ’87–’90 at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Classes of ’91–’95 play the Classes of ’01–’02. Last year’s champs, the Classes of ’96–’98 will play the Classes of ’99–’00 at 6 p.m.

The tournament will resume on Sunday, Dec. 28, at 5 p.m.