YSHS varsity 73
Ridgeville Christian 36
YSHS JV 36
Ridgeville Christian 29
YSHS freshman 33
Ridgeville Christian 31
YSHS varsity 45
YSHS JV 59
Saturday, Jan. 4
Troy Christian 55
Yellow Springs 51
Center Andrew Richlen scoring off a fast break
during the Bulldogs 7336 win over Metro Buckeye Conference
rival Ridgeville Christian Friday, Jan. 3.
improve record to 91
The Yellow Springs High School boys basketball team improved to 91
last weekend with wins over Ridgeville Christian and Cedarville. Despite
a two-week layoff, the Bulldogs looked sharp in both contests, defeating
Ridgeville, 7336, on Friday, Jan. 3, and Cedarville, 4539,
on Saturday, Jan. 4.
In Friday nights contest, the Dogs stormed out to a 225
first quarter lead and never looked back. Using a press defense during
the entire first half, YSHS converted a dozen Lion turnovers into transition
baskets. Nine players scored for YSHS during the game.
We came out really aggressively on defense, head coach Brad
Newsome said after the game. That allowed us to run our transition
game, which is really our strength.
For the game, YSHS matched the Lions total score with 36 points
in transition alone. Many of those transition buckets were tallied by
senior guard Brent Robinson, who led the Bulldogs with 18 points. Junior
Dustin Rudegeair scored 17.
Ridgeville seemed outmanned from the start. Thats as poorly
as we have shot the ball all season, said Ridgeville head coach
Dan Doepke. Some of that has to be attributed to their defense,
but a lot of it was our failure to execute and create open shots.
Everybody in the gym knew the game was over when senior center Andrew
Richlen threw down a two-handed dunk to extend the Bulldogs lead
to 5218 with 1:18 left in the third period.
In Saturday nights game, the Bulldogs edged rival Cedarville in
a fierce battle of contrasting styles. We like to run and play our
transition game, Newsome said. They like to keep things methodical
and be patient in the half-court game.
Even though Cedarville succeeded in controlling the tempo of the game,
the Bulldogs were able to pull out the win thanks to some hot second-half
shooting from Richlen and Rudegeair. Richlen scored 8 of his game-high
18 points in the third quarter. Rory Hotaling and Matt Wallace came off
the bench to provide key defensive help in the second half.
The game was close, with neither team leading by more than 3 points until
the final minute of play.
The most exciting moment of the evening came when Rudegeair was called
for an offensive foul late in the fourth quarter. The 100 or so YSHS fans
in attendance vociferously disagreed with the call. The Bulldogs then
huddled near center court to maintain their focus. This display sparked
the opposing crowds thunderous chants of Bulldogs, Bulldogs
and Lets go Cedarville.
On the next possession Rudegeair turned a Cedarville turnover into an
easy bucket, putting the Bulldogs up by 5. The two teams then traded baskets
twice before the final horn sounded.
JV team wins twice
A strong full-court defense and good team rebounding helped the JV team
pull out a win over Ridgeville on Friday, Jan. 3.
Seven different players collected rebounds for the Bulldogs, and a 2-2-1
full-court press forced turnover after turnover as the Bulldogs won 3629.
Sophomore Jake Fulton led YSHS with 9 points, and sophomore Cody Johnson
added 7 points and six boards.
Coach Perry Williams was pleased with his teams effort. We
handled their half-court defense much better in the second half, and our
defense improved as the game went on, he said.
We had a lot of people play well tonight, he said. Jamie
Stallworth had a couple of key steals, and Chris Evans hit some pressure
shots down the stretch.
On Saturday, Jan. 4, the JV squad defeated Cedarville, 5950. Brad
Benning-Clark was the high scorer with 15. Johnson added 14 and Issa Walker
chipped in 12 for the victorious Bulldogs.
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The freshman, JV and varsity squads were all in action Tuesday evening,
Jan. 7, against Metro Buckeye Conference rival Jefferson, but results
were not available at press time.
falls to Troy Christian
The Yellow Springs High School girls basketball team held a 1 point lead
after three quarters of play Saturday afternoon, Jan. 4, but a more experienced
Troy Christian team worked the clock and pulled away to a 5551 win.
It was another close heartbreaker, said YSHS head coach Shirley
Cummins. They finished and we didnt. We still cant seem
to put four good quarters together.
Playing at home, the Lady Bulldogs stormed out of the gate, scoring the
games first 8 points. The Eagles then called timeout, regrouped
and reduced the YSHS lead to 1510 at the end of the first quarter.
Troy outscored the Lady Bulldogs 1511 in the second period, and
the game was close throughout the second half.
All in all it was a great game, Cummins said. We seem
to improve every time we step on the floor, and this game was a sign of
that improvement. Obviously, were still very frustrated with the
outcome, but Im happy that we continue to improve.
Evin Wimberly again led the team in scoring with 22 points. Through seven
games this season, the star sophomore is averaging 24 points a game. Wimberly
also led the Bulldogs in rebounds and steals against the Eagles. Evin
continues to do wonderful things on the court. She is certainly a leader
on this team, Cummins said.
Freshman Megan Burrick added 12 for the Lady Bulldogs. Burrick and sophomore
Emily Foubert led the team in assists with 4 each.
Rachel Van Scoyk and Jen Magin led the Eagles with 17 and 13 points, respectively.
The loss drops the Lady Bulldogs to 25 on the year.
JV game canceled
Due to a scheduling mix-up, Troy Christian did not bring its JV team Saturday.
Because it is extremely difficult to play a competitive, sanctioned game
with only one team, the game was canceled. The JV team next plays against
Belmont on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs were in action Tuesday evening against Clark Montessori,
but results of the game were not available as the News went to press.
School basketball report
8th graders improve to 43
The McKinney School eighth-grade boys basketball team improved to 43
with a 5121 victory over a much taller Mechanicsburg team on Monday,
Jan. 6. On Saturday, Jan. 4, the eighth graders earned a 4224 win
at the Miami Valley School.
In Mondays game, Jerricho Stubblefield scored 16 points and Ryan
Silvert added 13. Evan Firestone, Kevin Malarkey, Logan Sage, Brandon
Carver, Maurie Rothman, Abeo Miller and Buddy Adkins also scored.
In Saturdays game, Firestone and Ryan Silvert led the Bulldogs with
13 and 11 points, respectively. Stubblefield led an outstanding rebounding
effort by the eighth graders. Brandon Holley, Miller, Sage, Adkins, Sonny
Thomas and Stubblefield scored. Coach Rob Martin said that Kevin Malarkey
and Dylan Klonch played tough on defense.
7th graders recover after break
With half the team out due to illness, the McKinney School seventh-grade
basketball team fell to Blanchester, 4128, on Thursday, Dec. 19.
The Bulldogs rebounded after the holiday break and with a full squad defeated
the Miami Valley Indians, 2611, on Saturday, Jan. 4.
Kilan Brown led the Dogs with 8 points in the Dec. 19 loss. Against
Miami Valley, both Ben Welsh and Todd Sheets scored 8 points. Kyle Buchwalder
contributed with 4 points, and Yosef Johnson, James Butler and Peter Lovering
all added a bucket.
The Bulldogs are now 42 and play again Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11
a.m., at home against Xenia Christian.
youth basketball play
This winter the Bryan Community Center gym has been reserved for boys
and girls basketball on Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Beginning Saturday, Jan. 11, all boys and girls in grades three through
six are invited to play on a team and learn the basics of basketball.
Registration and pickup games will be held on Jan. 11. Team play starts
Jan. 18 and continues through March 15.
The program is underwritten by the Mills Lawn School PTO and is free to
all children. However, the teams have some expense needs: new balls and
printing. Donations are welcome.
For more information, call Cheryl Butler, 767-9178, before Jan. 18.
Fifth-grade boys win big
The Yellow Springs fifth-grade boys basketball team began the 2003 season
with 3920 victory over the Southeastern Trojans Sunday, Jan. 5.
High scorer Alexis Onfroy-Curley tossed in 12 points. First-year player
Geoffrey Pitts added 8 points and point guard Ian Wimberly guided the
team, scoring 7 points and dishing out many assists.
Ryan Phillips and Jerimiha Stubblefield played solidly on both ends of
the court. Stellar defensive efforts came from Christopher Johnson, Sam
Morrison and David Ingham. Providing solid team play were Ben Clonch,
Conor Stratton, Colby Silvert and Quinthony Freeman.
Fifth-grade girls win
The fifth-grade girls basketball team won its first Kenton Trace Conference
game on Sunday, 2621, over visiting Southeastern. Yellow Springs
jumped out to a 122 lead in the first quarter and withstood a fierce
second half comeback by Southeastern.
The Trojans closed to within 3 points early in the fourth quarter before
Yellow Springs put the game away with a tough defensive effort.
Brittany Sheets led all scorers with 11 points. Fourth-grader Stephanie
Scott had 3 points, gathered several rebounds and made a number of key
assists. Other scorers were Barbara Jewell, Stephanie Scott, Maiya Thornton,
Marlee Layh and Shakia Porter. Also contributing with solid defense were
Nell Franklin, Belle-Pilar Fleming, Salome Garcia-Halpin and fourth graders
Alex Beer, Stephanie Lloyd and Kelly Miller.
I did not know what to expect, given that all but three of the girls
either had not played basketball before or are in fourth grade,
said coach Rich Miller. We won because all of these girls have made
themselves better ball players through practice.
Sixth-grade boys fall
The Yellow Springs sixth-grade boys basketball team lost its season opener
to Southeastern, 3120, Saturday afternoon, Jan. 4.
Coach Mike Haller said the boys gave a great effort, but cold shooting
limited them to 4 first-half points. In the second half we played
much better ball at both ends of the court, but it just wasnt enough
to come back, he said.
Kevin Sikes-Gilbert, Steven Scott, Matt Finn, Joe Fugate and Jessie Rothman
scored for Yellow Springs.
Sixth-grade girls win opener
The sixth-grade girls basketball team won its first game of the season,
easily defeating Southeastern, 2610, at Yellow Springs High School.
Earlier in the week, the team defeated Blanchester, 204, in a scrimmage.
Coach Paul Comstock praised the teams aggressive defense. Southeastern
could not get anything going on the offensive end, primarily due to our
outstanding defensive pressure, he said.
Ashanta Robinson led the team with 12 points. Tenia Scarver, Theresa Skinner
and Kaci Yelton contributed 4 points each. Ryder Comstock also scored.