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By Mount Vernon News
January 1, 2014 1:09 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — There’s a major turnaround going on at Mount Vernon High School.

And, judging by recent attendance, the public has noticed.

The Mount Vernon girls basketball team is off to its best start in 10 years. The Yellow Jackets are 6-1 and are tied with Olentangy for first place in the Ohio Capital Conference at 4-0. And they don’t appear to be slowing down.

“They’ve been really tuned in this year,” said junior varsity coach Scott Dapprich. “They have a positive attitude. They’re willing to come in and say, ‘What’s the next thing we’re willing to soak up?’”

That willingness to learn has translated into a new, high-energy style of play on both sides of the ball for Mount Vernon.

“I always knew we were capable of doing great things,” said senior Kaitlin Dallas. “We just needed a push in the right direction.”

It began during open gyms over the summer. When Joe Rucker stepped down as girls basketball coach, Doug Savage orgainzed the open gyms over the summer. Eventually, Savage got the job. And the team has reflected his positive, encouraging style of coacing.


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