Cincinnati Christian 27
Xenia Christian 60
Cincinnati Christian 54
high school basketball
advance to sectional finals
YSHS senior Andrew Richlen grabbed a rebound over
junior Dustin Rudegeair during the Bulldogs win over Xenia
Christian in the Division IV sectionals Monday, Feb. 24, at the
bandwagon is growing. The number of Yellow Springs supporters in attendance
for Mondays second-round tournament victory over Xenia Christian
was nearly twice as large as the crowd that turned out for the Bulldogs
first tourney win, on Feb. 18 over Miami Valley.
Those spectators who ventured out to the University of Dayton arena to
see the Bulldogs beat their Greene County rival for the third time this
season were not disappointed as the Dogs prevailed 7660 on
A trip to districts will be on the line, when YSHS will face Cedarville
on Tuesday, March 4.
As they have all season, the Bulldogs took control early and never looked
back. YSHS used a full-court press and its transition offense to build
a 3718 lead at halftime.
I thought our transition offense worked really well tonight,
coach Brad Newsome said after the game. We passed the ball well
on the move, and we finished most of our easy opportunities.
The Bulldogs got in a little trouble in the third quarter when three starters,
juniors Jordan Skinner and Dustin Rudegeair and senior Andrew Richlen,
had to sit on the bench with four fouls apiece. Xenia Christian went to
a full-court press and was able to cut the Bulldogs lead to 10.
Over a two-minute span, the Ambassadors forced four consecutive turnovers
and looked to be back in the game.
But senior Matt Wallace and junior Rory Hotaling helped YSHS keep its
composure late in the third, and the Bulldogs lead never dropped
to single digits.
The Dogs also shot well from the free-throw line late in the game
to help seal the win. Yellow Springs was 12 of 17 from the line in the
I was really happy with our free-throw shooting at the end of the
game. Dusty, Rory and Matt all hit some big shots from the line, and that
was the difference, Newsome said. When you have a lead in
the fourth, you can expect to be fouled a lot, and you wont win
if you dont make your foul shots.
Brent Robinson led the Bulldogs with 22 points. Rudegeair finished with
16. Richlen had 10 and junior Anthony Brandon scored 8. Matt Wallace finished
with 4 points and 10 rebounds, including 5 on the offensive glass.
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YSHS athletic director Chris Rainey will sell tickets to the Bulldogs
next tournament game this Saturday, March 1, 10 a.m.noon, downtown.
girls finish at 1013
Coach Shirley Cummins, kneeling, talking to the
YSHS girls basketball team during the Lady Bulldogs loss to
Covington in the Division IV sectionals last Thursday, Feb. 20.
Yellow Springs High School girls basketball team ended its season last
week with two losses.
On Friday night, Feb. 21, YSHS lost 5649, in a makeup game with
Cincinnati Christian, and on Thursday, Feb 20, the Lady Bulldogs fell
6449 to Covington in the second round of the Division IV sectionals
at Twin Valley South.
The girls team finished the season with a 1013 overall record and
a 59 mark in the Metro Buckeye Conference.
In Thursdays game against heavily favored Covington, the Lady Bulldogs
played well and challenged the No. 2 seed for three quarters. Covingtons
perimeter passing and excellent free-throw shooting down the stretch proved
to be the difference.
they have so many times this season, the Lady Bulldogs played outstanding
basketball for three of the four quarters, but failed to execute offensively
when the game was on the line.
Down by 10 points at the half, the Lady Dogs rallied to within 2
with three minutes remaining in the third quarter, but Covingtons
defense tightened, and by the end of the period the lead was back to 5.
We played really well for three quarters, but we just couldnt
keep it together for the entire game, coach Shirley Cummins said.
We are a young team, and we played like it on Thursday. That lack
of experience really shows up in the fourth quarter.
Usually Yellow Springs likes to press its opponents right away, but against
Covington, the Lady Bulldogs waited until the second half to start playing
the full-court defense. We didnt want to tip our hand too
early, and going to the press gave us a much needed boost in the third,
But Covington seemed to figure out the press in the fourth quarter, and
the Lady Bulldogs hopes of winning and their energy faded at the
end of the game. Its really tough to switch gears like that
in the middle of the game; it takes a lot out of you, Cummins said.
We will definitely have to look at the way we approach our conditioning
in the future.
Friday night, the Lady Dogs traveled to Cincinnati to make up a
Jan. 16 conference game with Cincinnati Christian. When they arrived on
the floor they were met with respect by their opponents, but hostility
by the referees.
I dont want to take anything away from their team, they played
well and they were very sporting about the whole thing, but the officiating
was terrible, Cummins said.
Cincinnati Christian fans, players and coaches all complemented the Lady
Dogs on their ability to maintain their composure during such a
lopsided performance from the officials. Ive never had an
opposing coach apologize for the refs like that before. Their coach actually
suggested that I complain, Cummins said Monday. I feel like
both teams were cheated out of a fairly called game.
Cincinnati Christian made twice as many free-throws as Yellow Springs
even attempted, sinking 20 of 30. The Lady Bulldogs made five of eight.
The points from the line proved to be the difference. YSHS outscored Cincinnati
2613 from the field in the second half, but because their opponents
were scoring so much from the line, the Lady Dogs were not able
to bridge the 6-point halftime deficit.
Sophomore Evin Wimberly was the leading scorer in both games, hitting
for 28 against Cincinnati and 21 against Covington. Freshman Becky Pasch
had 11 in Thursdays game.
boys win conference title
The YSHS boys basketball team won its fourth Metro Buckeye Conference
Championship in five years after defeating Cincinnati Christian, 5927,
on Friday, Feb. 21.
The win improved the Bulldogs regular season record to 182
overall and 131 in the MBC.
The Bulldogs had no trouble dispensing Cincinnati Christian, and many
reserves played throughout the second half. It was a total team
effort, coach Brad Newsome said, We had a lot of guys play
and play well.
Junior Dustin Rudegeair led all scorers with 15, and three other Bulldogs,
seniors Brent Robinson and Andrew Richlen and junior Anthony Brandon,
added 9 points each. Robinson also had five assists and five steals.
The Bulldogs finished the regular season ranked seventh statewide in the
Division IV Associated Press poll.
Bulldogs capture awards
The accolades keep piling up for the Bulldogs. Last weekend coaches from
District 15 and the Metro Buckeye Conference showered the Bulldogs with
In District 15, which includes schools from all four athletic divisions,
Robinson was named player of the year, and YSHS coach Brad Newsome and
his staff of Perry Williams, Neal Perry, Sterling Wiggins and Greg Felder
were named coaches of the year.
Richlen joined Robinson on the District all-star team, and Rudegeair was
named to the Districts all-underclassman squad.
Rudegeair got the better of Robinson among Metro Buckeye Conference coaches
voting for player awards last weekend.
Rudegeair finished two votes ahead of Robinson to claim conference player
of the year honors. Both players were first team all-MBC. Richlen and
junior Jordan Skinner were named second-team all-conference.
Boys win league championship
The Yellow Springs fifth-grade boys basketball team finished the season
110 after winning the Kenton Trace Conference tournament on Sunday,
The Dogs claimed the championship by beating Wilmington, 2726,
in overtime and Blanchester, 2520, in back-to-back games on Sunday,
Ian Wimberly and Alexis Onfrey-Curley each had 11 points in the doubleheader
to lead the Bulldogs. Other Yellow Springs scorers included Ryan Phillips,
Geoffrey Pitts, Jerimiha Stubblefield, David Ingham and Quinthony Freeman.
Sam Morrison, Ben Clonch, Shaq Collett, Colby Silvert, Christopher Johnson
and Conor Stratton played solid defense.
Girls wrap up season
The fifth-grade girls team lost, 298, to eventual league champion
East Clinton in the first round of the Kenton Trace Conference tournament
Sunday, Feb. 23.
The girls lost to Southeastern 2418, Wednesday, Feb. 19, and won
by forfeit Friday, Feb. 21, against Blanchester and lost to Wilmington,
2715, the following day.
Brittany Sheets, Maiya Thornton and Stephanie Scott led the team in scoring,
and Scott, Marlee Layh and Sheets led the team in rebounding.
We were disappointed by losing to Southeastern and not getting another
shot at Blanchester, but I am extremely proud of what these girls have
achieved given their inexperience coming into the season, coach
Rich Miller said.