As we head toward the end of the year, May promises to be an eventful month as we host senior days and participate in OHSAA tournaments. I am excited to welcome incoming Athletic Director Dennis Coyle to campus on Thursday and Friday as we begin to connect him with the CCDS coaching staff. Hirsch Report #16 will feature an interview with Dennis along with information on a community welcome gathering for the Coyle family.
Sports physicals for 2019-20 in partnership with Mercy Health
Every year, students in grades 7-12 are required to complete sports physicals in order to compete in the OHSAA. CCDS athletics is a proud partner with Mercy Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, which provides sports medicine services for our student-athletes. During the spring, Mercy is offering two opportunities for student-athletes to complete their physicals before the summer rush. Check out the attached flyers for the Mercy Health sessions on May 23 and June 1 sessions.
Alumni Spotlight: Xanni Brown '10
College attended and degrees:Harvard, where I earned a degree in Social Studies and captained the school's first varsity rugby team.
Favorite CCDS Memory: One of my favorite sports memories from CCDS is when it was raining too hard to hold an actual soccer practice, so the captains called a special practice where we worked on diving headers and slide tackles in the mud. Everybody got completely covered. It was a great day—everyone had fun, but everyone also tried laying out for a headball, which can be a pretty scary thing to learn in a more serious setting.
Advice to current CCDS athletes: I have two pieces of advice for CCDS athletes: 1) practice being a great teammate - right now you're surrounded by a lovely, supportive community, where you can easily give of yourself to make the team better. Whether or not you go on to play sports after school, those teamwork skills will serve you well. 2) don't limit yourself - I picked up a new sport in college, and it's taken me farther than I ever could have imagined. Try something new, even if it seems crazy and commit to the effort.
Varsity Sports Update:
Baseball: Baseball has been rolling with five straight wins including a come from behind walk off win over D2 McNicholas and an impressive conference win over Cincinnati Christian. As of April 22, the team is 9-5 and 5-1 in the conference. Freshman Jackson Campbell leads the team with four wins on the mound while fellow classmate Payton Ebbing continues to lead the team and the conference in hitting at an astonishing .641 clip. Junior Ethan Howard is slugging .750 with a team leading three triples and has played at an elite level in the outfield. This week, the Indians play four straight conference games that will test the depth of our pitching staff as we continue the pursuit of a conference championship.
Softball: The young softball team continues to improve with each game game and demonstrates remarkable teamwork and positivity. Junior Taylor Pavlisko and freshman Jada Moorman lead the team in hitting while senior Sydney Baker has handled shortstop duties with grace. The team will celebrate seniors Morgan Pfister and Sydney Baker before the 4:30 p.m. game on Monday, April 29. Come and celebrate two outstanding student-athletes.
Tennis: The Country Day boys tennis team has moved to 8-4 this season, remaining undefeated in the MVC and playing hard against some tough Division 1 programs. This week, the boys are looking to secure the MVC title with matches against Summit and 7 Hills on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Country Day will also be competing in the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches' Association tournament on Thursday and Saturday. Friday is a home match against Indian Hill at 4 p.m. Come show your support! The team has also advanced to the next round in the OTCA state tournament with a 5-0 victory over Chaminade Julianne last week. The boys continue to put in long hours and hard work as they enter into the second half of the season.
Boys Lacrosse: The boys lacrosse team went 2-1 this past week, including its first overtime win of the season against Chaminade Julienne on Monday. The team was led by outstanding play from our senior goalie Sterling Snell and middie Cader Rowe as well as several freshmen stepping up with big plays.
Middle School Sports Updates
The middle school lacrosse teams have started its season, and both teams have demonstrated impressive progress in team play and skill building. The teams have a range of new lacrosse players as well as some veterans. Coaches Froelich and Frye for the boys and coaches Parlin, Schoeny, and Lance for the girls are excited about both the individual and team growth the teams have shown in a short time.
The middle school boys tennis team also opened up its season over the past couple weeks, and with 20+ boys on the team, each practice has been competitive and has pushed the players to improve their skills and grow as players and teammates. The team has demonstrated significant effort and grit and has played some exciting matches this season. The team was victorious against Miami Valley School, Cardinal Pacelli, and Summit and fought a close match against Seven Hills. Coaches Corwin, DiMatteo, and Blum hope the boys continue to demonstrate their work ethic during practices, which promises to raise the skills and play of each player and the team as a whole.
Youth Sports Update:
This spring, CCDS athletes have demonstrated their pride and team unity on soccer fields around Cincinnati as they proudly represent the school in the SAY East soccer league. This season, the youth sports program has fielded five teams this spring. The kindergarteners and 1st graders combined to form one boys and two girls teams. The 2nd and 3rd grades girls formed a wings team. And, a combination of mostly 5th and 6th grade boys with a couple 4th and 7th graders put together the first Kickers team for boys ever in our youth sports program. All teams practice with the CCDS soccer trainers, Jack Hermans or Paul Rockwood, and work on skill development and team play. Parent coach volunteers also work with the players at practice and coach them at weekend games.
Thoughts of the Week - A Couple Quotes from my coaching folder!
"Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble."
"Adversity will happen. How a person reacts to adversity is critical. Successful people have a tendency to see adversity as an opportunity to learn something new, to improve and become a better person."
Go Country Day!
Hirsch Report #15