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The following story was written by John Bombatch for the Xenia Daily Gazette, Fairborn Daily Herald, Beavercreek News-Current

John Bombatch

Greene Country News Ports Editor

Xenia Daily Gazette, Fairborn Daily Herald, Beavercreek News-Current

A division of Civitas Media

They might need a new banner in the Yellow Springs High School gymnasium.

The current one reads “1,147 and counting + …Elizabeth Smith” and then the banner has the 18 point totals Yellow Springs senior Liz Smith has scored thus far this season. The banner is running out of room.

Smith needed until there were 50 seconds left in Thursday’s Feb. 2 girls basketball game with Miami Valley to surpass the 1,500 point mark in her career.

Upon reaching the milestone on a free throw attempt, teammates Jasmine Davidson and Ayanna Madison shook her hand. Seconds later, Morgan Minnich and Julian Roberts came up to her from behind with more congratulations. Play was stopped and Yellow Springs Athletic Director Nate Baker presented Smith with a plaque congratulating her for her achievement.

After Thursday’s 59-51 loss to Miami Valley, Smith asked to do interviews after the team met in the girls locker room, but she still hadn’t left when this writer had to leave. Yellow Springs coach Tim Minnich admitted that the team was distracted, especially in the first half, with getting Smith her 1,500th point.

“Sure it was a distraction. The girls were talking a lot about getting her the ball. I mean, she gets the ball enough anyway, but in that first quarter, my daughter (Morgan) was passing up on a lot of shots she normally would take. In lieu of that, I think we were trying to get the ball over to her a little quicker. I would’ve been okay if we’d have waited until next game. We’re home then for Senior Night (6:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 against Dayton Christian).

“This team is used to Liz being the lead dog. In the second half, you saw that they played a lot better together. But we were just too far down to come back. We’re all very proud of Liz and her accomplishment, though.”

Rams coach Randy Duff said it takes a special player to reach that scoring mark.

“When you have a kid that shoots 1,500 points in their career, they’re pretty special,” Duff said. “We’ve got one of those: Tia Karras. Coming into tonight, I think she had 1,510. Liz Smith has carried this team and the Yellow Springs program for four years, and we were well aware of that. She’s very talented.”

Karras led the Metro Buckeye Conference leading Rams (14-3, 6-1 MBC) with a game-high 25 points, and Miami Valley teammate Alyssa Clements was next with 21.

Smith led the Bulldogs (9-9, 4-4 MBC) with 23, and now has 1,501 points in her four-year high school career. Madison finished with 13 points and Minnich tossed in 10.

“I’ve never had a team play as hard as they do. We’re just not skilled,” Yellow Springs coach Minnich said. “I took this program over when they’d won two games all season, and we’re 9-9 right now, and these girls played Miami Valley to a two-point game at halftime the last time we played them. …. We played like we could in that second half. Unfortunately, we live and die by that outside shot.”

With the celebrating behind her, Yellow Springs senior Liz Smith eyes up her final free throw of the night. Smith connected on the shot to finish with a team-high 23 points and 1,501 thus far in her girls high school basketball career, Thursday, Feb. 2 at Yellow Springs High School.

John Bombatch

Greene Country News Ports Editor

Xenia Daily Gazette, Fairborn Daily Herald, Beavercreek News-Current

A division of Civitas Media

 Olivia Chick

Olivia Chick just wrapped up her swimming career at Yellow Springs with more great results for her senior year, she finished 4th in state in both the 100 Freestyle and 100 backstroke.  Not only was her senior year impressive but she excelled in her previous years.

Freshman year 2013-2014- OHIO HIGH SCHOOL STATE MEET  200 free-6th   100 Free-7th

Sophmore year 2014-2015-OHIO HIGH SCHOOL STATE MEET 200 free-6th      100 free -6th

Junior year 2015-2016-District Champion- 200 free and 100 free
                                     OHIO HIGH SCHOOL STATE MEET 200 Free-5th    100 Free- 3rd

Beyond going to state four years she was also The Metro Buckeye Swimmer of the Year for 3 years and she was on the Metro Buckeye Conference First Team all 4 years.

Olivia is a also two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American.  She swims year-round with Dayton Raiders. A long-axis stroke specialist, she has Winter Juniors cuts in the 100 free and she competed in the 50/100/200 freestyles and 50/100/200 backstrokes, as well as the 50 fly at the 2016 NCSA Spring Swimming Championships. Chick’s best SCY times are:

  • 50 free – 23.94
  • 100 free – 50.98
  • 200 free – 1:50.26
  • 50 back – 26.63
  • 100 back – 57.11
  • 200 back – 2:03.84

After signing with Michigan State University she commented . "I come from a long line of Spartans! After visiting campus and learning more about what all Michigan State has to offer in the classroom and in the pool, it just felt like the perfect fit for me. I am really looking forward to the next four years ahead of me! Go green!" 

Congratulations and best wishes Olivia, we are all proud of you and your accomplishments.

Wyatt Riddle took third at districts in 106 to qualify for State.
Tommy Hoskins was district champion in 120 and is expected to place High at State.
AJ Warner took third at districts in 126 and advances to State.

Congratulation to Eric Knowles, from Legacy Christian Academy, State Champion in two events!

200 Yard IM 1:49.61

500 Yard Free 4:24.57