February 13, 2003
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Bulldog Scoreboard

Boys basketball
Friday, Feb. 7
YSHS varsity 72
Jefferson 85

Jefferson JV 47

Saturday, Feb 8
YSHS varsity 83
Middletown Christian 38

Girls basketball
Thursday, Feb. 7
Cincinnati Christian 68


Bulldogs strive to ‘never let up’
When asked what makes this year’s YSHS boys basketball team different from Bulldog teams in the recent past, team leaders Andrew Richlen, Brent Robinson and Dustin Rudegeair say the same things: more focus, more desire, more intensity.


Sophomore is on top of her game

It is a wonder that Evin Wimberly gets any sleep at all. The sophomore star has led the Lady Bulldogs in nearly every statistical category all season, she has been a varsity cheerleader for the boys basketball team and within a week of the end of the basketball season she will be running track and playing AAU basketball at full tilt.

High school swimmers make strong showing
The Yellow Springs High School boys and girls swim teams completed the winter season with strong performances in the sectional meets at Wittenberg University last weekend.
On Friday, Feb. 7, the boys tied with Tipp City for 7th place out of 18 teams with a total of 122 points. In the girls meet on Saturday, Feb. 8, YSHS was 22nd out of 26 teams, scoring 8 points.
On the boys’ side, the 200 medley relay team of Spencer Jordan, Aaron Zagory, Michael Hosket and Jon Bullock placed seventh with a season-best time of 2:00.84. In the 200 freestyle, Will McCuddy placed 14th, Jacob Wishart placed 16th, and Kyle McEvoy was 31st, each swimmer posting season-best times in the event. Hosket had a personal-best time in the 50 freestyle, swimming to a 15th place finish.
In the 100 butterfly Jordan bested his fastest time of the season by four seconds, finishing in sixth place. Hosket placed fifth in the 100 freestyle. Zagory, in eighth place, and Andy Chen, 25th place, both swam personal bests. In the 500 freestyle, McCuddy dropped 23 seconds to finish eighth. Jordan was 12th in the 100 backstroke and Wishart dropped two seconds, swimming his best time of the year to place 18th. Miggy Visbal placed 18th in the 100 breaststroke, shaving over two seconds from his personal best.
The meet ended on a strong note, with the 400 freestyle relay team of Zagory, Chen, Jordan and Hosket placing fourth, and dropping over five seconds from their best time in the process.
In the girls meet, the 200 medley relay team of Amanda Bush, Elizabeth Dixon, Monica Erickson and Morgan Laurens placed 17th, nearly matching their season best time. Paia LaPalombara and Erickson were 34th and 35th, respectively, out of 57 swimmers in the 200 freestyle. Laurens was 30th in the 50 freestyle out of 79 swimmers. Erickson swam to 21st place in the 100 butterfly.
Laurens swam her best time of the season in the 100 freestyle, dropping three and a half seconds to finish 28th out of 73 swimmers. Julia Swisher and Elizabeth Dixon finished 21st and 22nd, respectively, in the 500 freestyle, with Dixon lowering her time by over eight seconds.
Swisher swam to 46th place in the 100 backstroke. In the 100 breaststroke, LaPalombara and Elizabeth placed 42nd and 45th place, respectively, out of 57 swimmers. Finally, the girls’ 400 freestyle relay including Erickson, Swisher, LaPalombara and Laurens swam their best time of the season by six and a half seconds to finish 13th.
Despite the fact that no swimmers from Yellow Springs will be competing at the district meet to be held at Miami University this weekend, coaches Dave Wishart and Seth Moore were pleased with the teams’ performances. Wishart said that the boys swam extremely well and both 400 freestyle relays had their season-best performances. “Doing well in that race says a lot about the quality of a swim team,” Wishart said Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, we had problems with illnesses and injuries on the girls’ team, but these athletes never gave up,” Wishart continued. “It says a great deal about the character of the athletes to come back in the last race [the 400 freestyle relay] knowing that you are probably done for the season and to drop a substantial amount of time.

Lady ’Dogs drop early lead, game
The YSHS girls basketball team fell to 8–9 on the year, losing 68–53 to Cincinnati Christian on Thursday, Feb. 6.
The Lady Bulldogs started the game with a furious pace, outscoring their opponents 25–5 in the first quarter.
But, YSHS was outscored 26–5 in the third, and was never within striking distance during the final period.
Coach Shirley Cummins said that she was frustrated with the meltdown. “We still can’t seem to finish on a good percentage of our opportunities for an entire game.We just can’t put a whole contest together,” she said.
Evin Wimberly led YSHS with 23 points and 12 steals, and Megan Burrick added 13 points.
Unfortunately for the Lady ’Dogs, Saturday’s game was as bad as Friday’s game was good.
YSHS never seemed to be able to match the intensity of the night before, and even though they were down by just 6 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Lady Bulldogs could not come from behind to beat Troy Christian.
Sophomore Evin Wimberly was the leading scorer in both games, turning in 28 against Xenia Christian and 18 against Troy Christian. Wimberly just missed a rare quadruple-double against Xenia Christian, compiling 10 assists, 12 steals and nine rebounds.
Freshman Megan Burrick and sophomore Tricia McLinden both scored in double figures against Xenia, turning in 14 and 17, respectively.
Sophomore Emily Foubert missed both games with a severe illness, and the Lady ’Dogs dedicated Friday’s win to their absent teammate.

Boys high school basketball—
YSHS win streak snapped
The YSHS boys basketball team’s school-record winning streak was halted at 16 as the Bulldogs fell to conference rival Jefferson, 85–72, on Friday, Feb. 7. The following night, the Bulldogs regained their stride, defeating an outmatched Middletown Christian team, 83–38.
The split left the Bulldogs with a 13–1 record in the Metro Buckeye Conference. With a win this Friday, Feb. 14, at Cincinnati Christian, the ’Dogs will clinch the MBC championship.
In last Friday’s contest, the Bulldogs got off to a shaky start, turning the ball over frequently in the first quarter. Jefferson was able to control the tempo throughout the first half, and although the ’Dogs led 38–37 after the second period, they never appeared to be comfortable or in their usual rhythm.
Playing at home, Jefferson broke the game open in the third quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 24–12 in that frame. Playing without star forward Regi Shedd, who suffered a bruised knee earlier in the week, many different Broncos stepped up and sank jumpshot after jumpshot to help Jefferson pull away in the second half.
After a fourth-quarter timeout in which coach Brad Newsome challenged his players, the Bulldogs went on a 7–0 run to climb within 6, but Jefferson continued its hot shooting and put the game out of reach with just over a minute to go.
Junior forward Dustin Rudegeair was held to a season low 2 points and five rebounds.
Another key to the Broncos’ victory was their ability to consistently out-rebound the ’Dogs. Jefferson ended up with a 40–22 rebounding edge, and many of those rebounds came on the offensive glass and were easily converted into second-chance points.
Following the game, Bronco coach Art Winston said that he was very pleased with his team’s inside play. “I thought we did a great job on the boards tonight. Rebounding is all about effort, and with the best team in the area in our gym, we gave our best effort,” he said.
The Bulldogs were led by senior guard Brent Robinson, who scored a career-high 30 points. Junior swingman Jordan Skinner also turned a solid outing with 10 points, eight boards and five assists.
In an interview later in the week, Robinson put a positive spin on the game. “We needed that wake-up call,” he said. “We didn’t have a good week of practice, and we came into the game too cocky. The loss will put us in a much better frame of mind for the playoffs.”
At least on the stat sheet, Saturday’s game against Middletown Christian was a complete turnaround. The Bulldogs rebounded from Friday’s loss by blowing out a smaller, slower Middletown Christian team that came into the game with a 0–15 record overall.
The win raised the Bulldogs’ season record to 17–2.
Five YSHS players reached double figures in scoring, and Rudegeair returned to form and led the team with 17. Skinner turned in his second great all-around game in as many nights, scoring 10 points, collecting 10 rebounds and dishing out eight assists.
Coach Brad Newsome said that he was proud of the way his team bounced back, but that he would like to see more intensity out of his kids for the rest of the season. “We came in with a positive attitude, and that was good, but we still need to play harder down the stretch,” he said.

McKinney basketball report
Seventh-grade boys
The McKinney School seventh graders fell 41–31 to Greeneview in their final game of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
The loss left the Bulldogs with a 7–5 record for the year.
The seventh graders kept the score close for three quarters, but Greeneview’s height advantage proved to be too much to overcome.
Kalin Brown led the ’Dogs with 19. Todd Sheets, Andy Peters and Kyle Buchwalder also scored for Yellow Springs.
Eighth-grade boys drop final
The eighth-graders also fell to Greene-
view in their final game of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The Bulldogs remained in the game until the final minute, but eventually fell 49–42.
Evan Firestone and Ryan Silvert led the eighth graders with 13 and 12 points respectively. Jerricho Stubblefield added 9, Kevin Malarkey 3 and Mori Rothman and Logan Sage each scored 2 points.
Coach Rob Watkins also credited Brandon Carver-Halley, Abeo Miller and Buddy Adkins with outstanding play, even though they did not score.
The ’Dogs ended their season at 7–5.
Eighth-grade girls end 9–5
The eighth-grade girls squad finished its season with a strong 9–5 record despite losing their final game to Greeneview 44–23 on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
Alyssya Walker led the Lady Bulldogs with 14. Carly Bailey, Niquelle Orr and Alyssya Lucas also scored for Yellow Springs.

Youth basketball report
5th-grade boys still undefeated
The 5th-grade boys basketball team improved its record to 7–0 with two impressive victories over KTC opponents this weekend. The team bested visiting East Clinton Massie 31–16 on Saturday, Feb. 8, and Greeneview on Sunday, Feb. 9, 35–17 on the road. Alexis Curley led all scorers in both games, including a season high of 19 points on Saturday, and 10 on Sunday. Ian Wimberly added 6 points in each game with Ryan Phillips scoring 8 and David Ingram adding a personal best of 7 points against Greeneview. The entire team played solid defense in both games, and were led defensively by Jeremiha Stubblefield and Christopher Brown. The Bulldogs also received an outstanding all-around performance from Quinthony Freeman.
5th-grade girls drop two
The fifth-grade girls basketball team lost to East Clinton Massie 30–12 and Greeneview 39–6 last weekend. In each game, Yellow Springs played good defense in the first half before giving up many fast-break points in the second half. Scorers included Brittany Sheets, Barbara Jewell, Stephanie Scott and Maiya Thornton. Most improved players this week were Nell Franklin and Stephanie Lloyd. “This was the toughest part of our schedule but we are still positive and everyone gained a lot of valuable playing experience,” coach Rich Miller said Monday.
6th-grade boys swept
The sixth-grade boys lost to East Clinton Massie at home Saturday with a score of 29–17, and dropped a heartbreaker to the Greeneview Rams 29–28 on Sunday. The Bulldogs led the entire game Sunday, only to lose by a freethrow in the final few seconds. Scoring for the Bulldogs were Kevin Sikes-Gilbert with 12 points, Joe Fugate with 10, Steven Scott with 4 and Asa Casenhiser, who added 2. Despite not scoring, the Bulldogs also received solid play from Rapheal Allen, Jesse Rothman, Matt Finn and Jacob Auten.
6th-grade girls split two
The sixth-grade Lady Bulldogs split their two games over the weekend. On Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs lost to league-leading Clinton-Massie, 19–18. After a rough start, the Lady Bulldogs played good team defense to get back into the game. Ashanta Robinson led all scorers with 10 points, followed by Theresa Skinner with 4. Tenia Scarver and Jessica Kellar also scored.
On Sunday, the Lady Bulldogs defeated Greeneview, 14–7. Robinson lead the scoring with 8 points, while Skinner had 4 and Ryder Comstock added 2. The Lady Bulldogs take a 6–2 record into the last home game of the season this Saturday, Feb. 15.
The Yellow Springs youth teams’ final home games are this Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Yellow Springs High School gym.