Saturday, Dec. 28
Yellow Springs 91
Saturday, Dec. 28
Yellow Springs 39
prevails at YSHS alumni basketball tourney
The Yellow Springs girls and boys basketball teams had the weekend off,
but that didnt stop nearly 200 people from braving ice, snow and
freezing temperatures to huddle in the Yellow Springs High School gym
for the championship game of the annual YSHS alumni basketball tournament.
Spectators expecting competitive and exciting play were not disappointed
both the semifinal and championship games were decided in the last
minutes of action.
In the championship game, the Classes of 9597 defeated
the Classes of 9899, 4741. Jason Randolph, a 1997
alumnus, led the victors with 18 points and seven rebounds. Last
year was a lot of fun, and we did pretty well, but we knew it would be
more fun if we won, Randolph said.
For the winning side Gene Jackson added 10 points, and Mike Childs and
Adrian Benning scored 6 points and grabbed six boards apiece. The winners
used tough defense and good free-throw shooting to put the game away with
under a minute to go.
Prentice Tomas led the Classes of 9899 with 14 points
and 12 boards.
YSHS boys varsity head coach Brad Newsome played on the 8386
team that lost in the semifinals. This is my sixth year running
this tournament, Newsome said. It just seems to get better
every year. Its a lot of fun for everybody involved, and its
a great chance for alumni to show that they still care about the program.
Participants each donated $10, and spectators paid $2 apiece to watch
the tourney. According to Newsome, the money raised will go to purchase
T-shirts for varsity players and equipment for the entire basketball program.
It doesnt bring in a ton of money, but its still a great
fundraiser because it brings so many people together. This year we expect
to raise $600 or $700, Newsome said.
Jason Ryder, a 1997 alumnus and tourney participant, echoed the coachs
sentiments. I am out to show my support for YS basketball, and its
a great chance to see a lot of people I havent seen in a while,
Ryder said. The best part is seeing who can still play.
Boys junior varsity coach Perry Williams said that the tournaments
benefits go even deeper. There is a lot of fellowship among former
players on the court. It is a good time for the older guys who can still
play, but it also very important for our younger players to see what it
means to be part of this program, he said.
Although the championship game drew the largest crowd of the weekend,
Saturdays two semifinal match-ups provided the most excitement of
the tournament. The first semifinal was decided when the Class of 82
and Earlier forward Carl Schumachers last-second shot clanged off
the rim. Schumacher claimed he was fouled. The 9597
alumni won the game 6058.
The second semifinal looked to be decided at the end of overtime with
the 9899 alumni trailing Newsomes 8386
group by 3 with seconds left to go. But with two seconds left on the clock,
98-99 guard Jerrod Martin sank a 22-footer with two defenders
in his face to send the game into a second extra frame. The younger team
dominated the second overtime period. Tomas sank 7 of 11 free-throws in
the final minute of play to send his team to the finals with a 7465
At the end of the night, trophies were handed out to the champions, and
an all-tournament team was selected. The all-tournament team will receive
medals at halftime of the varsitys home game against Ridgeville,
Friday, Jan. 3.
All-tournament team selections were: Jason Randolph, Vaughn Crandall,
Mike Childs, Carrie Cordell, Mike Taylor, Tony Finn, David Mahle, Brian
Crosswhite, Billy Pearson, Carl Schumacher, Prentice Tomas, and Jerrod
swim to victory
The Yellow Springs High School boys swim team won a tri-meet Saturday,
Dec. 28, defeating Wayne and Stivers.
Swimming at the downtown Dayton YMCA, the Bulldogs earned 91 points. Stivers
had 63 and Wayne had 52.
The YSHS girls team finished third with 39 points behind Wayne, which
had 158, and Stivers, 71.
In the boys competition, the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay,
both consisting of Spencer Jordan, Andy Chen, Jon Bullock and Michael
Hosket, placed first in both events.
In individual events, Hosket won the 50 and 100 freestyle races and Jordan
placed second in the 100 butterfly and first in the 100 backstroke. Bullock
was third in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 backstroke, Chen was
first in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 500 freestyle. Will McCuddy
was second in both the 500 freestyle and the 200 freestyle, and Kyle McEvoy
was third in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 freestyle.
In the girls competition, the 200 medley relay team of Amanda Bush, Elizabeth
Dixon, Julia Swisher and Morgan Laurens placed second. The 200 freestyle
relay (Laurens, Swisher, Dixon and Sarah Wolfe) placed fourth.
Scoring in individual events were Dixon, third in the 100 breaststroke
and fifth in the 200 freestyle; Swisher, third in the 100 backstroke and
sixth in the 200 freestyle; Bush, third in the 50 freestyle. Wolfe finished
fourth in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 50 freestyle; and Laurens
was fourth in the 100 freestyle.
Coaches Seth Moore and Dave Wishart said they were generally pleased with
Both teams have been hit hard by the viruses going around the last
few weeks. Several swimmers were missing on both teams, Wishart
said. Weve had some individuals having good practices and
swimming well at meets, but we havent found a groove as a team yet
in either our practices or our meets. Were hopeful that as the holidays
wind down we can be more focused, get healthy, stay healthy and swim faster.
basketball season tip off
The KTC (Kenton Trace Conference) Pee-Wee basketball season starts this
Saturday, Jan. 4, with the KTC Preview at the Central State University
The Yellow Springs fifth- and sixth-grade girls teams will play at 2 p.m.
The fifth- and sixth-grade boys games will begin around 4 p.m.
The official season will begin on Sunday, Jan. 5, with games at the Yellow
Springs High School gym. The fifth-grade girls will play Southeastern
at 2 p.m., followed by the sixth-grade girls, fifth-grade boys and sixth-grade
Each game takes approximately an hour to play. Admission is $2 for adults
and $1 for children.
Families of players are reminded that volunteers are needed to run the
concession stand, take tickets and to serve as official timekeepers and
scorekeepers. Family members should contact the coaches to volunteer.
toughens for YSHS
After starting the season at 71, the Yellow Springs High School
boys basketball team begins one of its toughest stretches of the season
this week. Head coach Brad Newsome sees the games as a valuable benchmark
for his team.
We have built up some momentum over the last couple of games, and
we will look to continue that success over the next three games,
Newsome said Friday evening, Dec. 27, at an alumni fundraiser. Ridgeville
is a talented team, and Cedarville is an arch rival. Those games are always
tough. At the end of the week we face a tough Jefferson squad, so after
these three games we should know more about what kind of team we are.
The Bulldogs will host Ridgeville Christian Friday, Jan. 3, in a triple
header, with the freshmen starting at 3 p.m., the JV taking the court
at about 4:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 6 p.m. The games were
moved up to allow fans to see Ohio State play Miami in the NCAA national
football championship game. YSHS will play at Cedarville Saturday, Jan.
4, at 6 p.m., and host Jefferson Tuesday, Jan. 7, beginning with the freshmen
at 5 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs also face a tough opponent in Troy Christian this weekend.
Head coach Shirley Cummins says she expects a great effort from her players.
In the second half of the season we are looking for everybody to
step and play better basketball, she said. We have room to
improve on offense and defense, and that starts against Troy Christian.
The Lady Bulldogs host Troy Christian on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 1 p.m.
Both the boys and girls swim teams will compete Saturday, Jan. 4 at the
Wayne High School Invitational at Wright State University. Warm-ups will
begin at 1:15 p.m., and the meet will start at 2:00 p.m. The meet should
conclude by 5:00 p.m.