January 30, 2003
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Bulldog Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 24
YSHS varsity 92
Xenia Christian 82
Xenia Christian 44

Girls Basketball
Thursday, Jan. 23
YSHS vs. Miami Valley ppd.
Saturday, Jan. 25
Ridgeville 44
Monday, Jan. 27
Spring Valley 43

Bulldog Swimming
Tuesday, Jan. 21
1. Bellefontaine 119; 2. YSHS girls 82; 3. Kenton Ridge; 60
1. Bellefontaine 116; 2. YSHS boys 80; 3. Kenton Ridge 20.

Upcoming games
Boys Basketball
Tuesday, Jan. 28
JV/varsity at Miami Valley, 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 31
JV/varsity at Ridgeville, 6 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Thursday, Jan. 30
YSHS vs. Xenia Christian, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 1
JV/varsity at Troy Christian, 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 3
YSHS at Cedarville, 5:30 p.m.

Bulldog Swimming
Saturday, Feb. 1
YSHS boys and YSHS girls at Metro
Buckeye Conference Championships
at Wittenberg, 5:15 p.m.


YSHS senior Brent Robinson drives to the basket during the Bulldogs’ 92–82 win over Xenia Christian Friday, Jan. 24. Robinson scored 17 points as YSHS improved to 14–1 and 10–0 in the Metro Buckeye Conference.

Boys high school basketball—
Perfect finish for Bulldogs at home
The Yellow Springs High School boys basketball team completed a perfect home season by defeating Xenia Christian, 92–82, on Friday, Jan. 24, during senior night.
The Bulldogs improved their record to 14–1 overall, 10–0 in the Metro Buckeye Conference and 10–0 at home.
Despite a final margin of just 10 points, the outcome of the game was never in doubt after the Bulldogs jumped out to a 12–0 lead three minutes into the game. The Bulldogs dominated almost every aspect of play except foul trouble, and numerous Xenia Christian trips to the line allowed the Ambassadors to close the gap to 10 with less than a minute to go.
Both teams’ fans expressed continuous displeasure with the way the game was officiated, and many fans, even some from Xenia, were surprised at how many calls went Xenia’s way during the game.
Xenia shot 42 free-throws, while the Bulldogs managed to find their way to the line only 16 times.
In the second half, Yellow Springs was charged with five technical fouls for delay of game. Each of these technicals came when a Yellow Springs senior was taken out of the game. Senior Matt Wallace fouled out with 4:50 left to go in the game, but before leaving the floor, Wallace paused at mid-court to kiss the painted Bulldog portrait on the floor. As seniors Brent Robinson, Andrew Richlen, Dylan Borchers and Evan Davis left the game, they also celebrated at mid-court, and each was hit with a technical.
YSHS coaches and players said that the celebration is a tradition at YSHS, and the team has never been charged with technical fouls before. “We’ve done that or something like it every senior night since I played,” coach Brad Newsome said. “And we’ve never been called for delay of game before.”
Yellow Springs earned its 14th victory of the year with strong pressure defense and transition scoring. As they have in nearly every game this year, the Bulldogs stifled their opponents and created many easy baskets of their own with their full-court press.
Xenia Christian’s Tyler Kettering led all scorers with 33 points. His 13th and 14th points put him over the 1,000 point mark for his high school career.
YSHS junior Dustin Rudegeair led the Bulldogs with 28. Robinson added 17, and another junior, Jordan Skinner, chipped in 14 for the ’Dogs. Every Bulldog scored during the game.
YSHS JV squad wins
Poor fourth-quarter free-throw shooting nearly cost the YSHS JV basketball team a win on Friday night, but in the end, the ’Dogs defense gave the Bulldogs just enough momentum to slip by Xenia Christian, 49–44.
At one point in the fourth, the JV team missed five free-throws in a row, but tight defense didn’t allow Xenia Christian to get off a quality shot down the stretch.
The Bulldogs were led by Cody Johnson with 11, Brad Benning-Clark with 10 and Issa Walker with 9.

Girls basketball—

Lady ‘Dogs score two big wins
The Yellow Springs High School girls basketball team raised its season record to 7–6 with home wins over Ridgeville and Spring Valley last week. The Lady Bulldogs have now won five of their last six games.
On Saturday, Jan. 25, YSHS defeated Ridgeville, 48–44. The Lady Bulldogs played one of their best defensive games of the year, forcing their opponents to turn the ball over 26 times.
“This was a very big win for us. Everybody contributed offensively and defensively, and we are really coming together as a team,” coach Shirley Cummins said on Monday.
Sophomore Evin Wimberly was the game’s leading scorer with 18, and sophomore Tricia McLinden and freshman Megan Burrick added 6 points apiece. Wimberly also led the defensive effort with nine steals and nine rebounds.
The win improved the Lady Bulldogs to 3–5 in the Metro Buckeye Conference.
In Monday night’s game, Jan. 27, the Lady Bulldogs ran out to a 29–4 first-quarter lead and never looked back, defeating Spring Valley 63–43.
YSHS again forced 26 turnovers, but this time the offense stole the show.
The Lady Bulldogs had one of their best shooting nights of the season, hitting 43 percent of their field goals and 67 percent of their free-throws.
Wimberly once again led all scorers with 28. She also had nine steals and six rebounds. Burrick added 14 and nine steals. Freshman Becky Pasch scored 10.
Postseason play to begin
The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced its postseason tournament pairings for girls basketball this week, and Yellow Springs is scheduled to play Miami Valley on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Division IV Twin Valley South Sectional.
The Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to play at Miami Valley last Thu
rsday, Jan. 23, but the game was postponed due to snow. Earlier in the year, the Lady Bulldogs lost to Miami Valley, 58–55.

High school swimming—
’Dogs finish 2nd in tri-meet
The Yellow Springs boys and girls swim teams both finished second at a three-team meet with Kenton Ridge and Bellefontaine on Tuesday, Jan 21, at Wittenberg.
On Saturday, both teams traveled to Bellefontaine to compete in the Bellefontaine Invitational, but official results were not available.
Bellefontaine’s boys and girls teams won both competitions at the tri-meet. The girls squad scored 119 points to defeat YSHS, 82, and Kenton Ridge, 60.
The Bellefontaine boys scored 116, while YSHS had 80 and Kenton Ridge, 20.
Girls competition
The YSHS girls were led by the 200-medley relay team of Julia Swisher, Paia LaPalombara, Monica Erickson and Morgan Laurens, which finished first with a strong time of 2:27.95. The four girls finished second in the 400 freestyle relay.
Erickson also won the 100 butterfly in 1:26.52. Swisher and Elizabeth Dixon were first and third in the 500 freestyle. Bush and Swisher were first and second in the 100 backstroke.
LaPalombara and Erickson finished third and fourth in the 200 freestyle. In the 50 freestyle, Laurens and Amanda Bush were also third and fourth. Laurens and Sarah Wolfe finished third and fourth in the 100 freestyle. In the 100 breaststroke, LaPalombara and Dixon placed third and fourth.
Boys competition
The YSHS boys 400 freestyle relay team of Spencer Jordan, Will McCuddy, Jon Bullock and Michael Hosket came in first with a time of 4:15.34. The 200 medley relay team of Jordan, Miggy Visbal, Hosket and Bullock finished second in 2:04.45.
McCuddy was first and Kyle McEvoy was third in the 500 freestyle.
In the 200 freestyle, Jacob Wishart and McCuddy placed second and fourth. Hosket was third in the 50 freestyle. Jordan finished second and Visbal was third in the 100 butterfly. Hosket was third and Bullock was fourth in the 100 freestyle. Jordan and Wishart were second and third in the 100 backstroke.
MBC championship
The Bulldog swimmers will compete in the Metro Buckeye Conference Cham-
pionships this Saturday, Feb. 1, at Wittenberg University. Warm-ups start at 4:30 p.m., and the meet starts at 5:15 p.m.

McKinney School basketball report
Seventh-grade boys win
The McKinney School seventh graders improved their season record to 6–4 with a 21–20 victory over Middletown Christian on Saturday, Jan. 25.
Coach Shirley Martin credited the Bulldogs for their composed play throughout the contest.
Kilan Brown led all scorers with 15, and Kyle Buchwalder, Max Buchwalder and Todd Sheets added 2 points each.
8th graders let one slip away
The McKinney eighth-grade boys basketball team allowed a late lead to slip away and eventually lost to Middletown Christian, 54–51, on Saturday, Jan. 25.
The loss drops the Bulldogs to 6–4 on the year.
Evan Firestone led all scorers with 21, including five three-point baskets. Jerricho Stubblefield added 12 and Ryan Silvert chipped in 11..

5th-, 6th-grade basketball report

Fifth-grade girls
The fifth-grade girls basketball team continued to learn and improve despite losing 35–12 to Clinton Massie on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Barbara Jewell and Stephanie Scott led the girls in scoring and Scott led the team in rebounding. Belle-Pilar Fleming and Shakia Porter also scored.
“The good thing about playing these tough teams is that it teaches us what we need to improve on,” coach Rich Miller said. “This week we will work on passing and team defense, but I am seeing improvement in many areas.”
Sixth graders lose 1st game
The sixth-grade girls basketball team lost for the first time this year on Saturday, Jan. 26, falling to undefeated Clinton-Massie, 31–23.
Although the Lady Bulldogs led after the first quarter, they were stymied by their opponent’s switch to a tight 2-3 zone defense.
Tenia Scarver led the Bulldogs with 9 points, followed by Ashanta Robinson’s 7 and Jessica Kellar’s season-high 4. Theresa Skinner also scored for the Lady Bulldogs.