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Athletic Report # 12 from Hirsch

Hirsch Athletic Report #12

As we enter March, the CCDS athletic teams have achieved tremendous results across city and state. Since my last note, the middle school boys basketball team won the "A" Team MVC Championship in a thrilling overtime against CHCA. The boys battled back from a nine-point deficit in the third quarter before winning. In another display of OneTeamOneCommunity, the CCDS MS student body, faculty, and parents came out in full force and dwarfed the smaller CHCA crowd.

The next day, our small but mighty varsity swim team competed in the district championships with every CCDS swimmer dropping time. CCDS sophomores Grace Ramirez and Sam Pettengill qualified for two events at the state championship in Canton. Both swimmers gained valuable experience, which will serve them well in the next two years. Sam finished 14th in the 50 Free and 15th in the 100 Breaststroke while Grace finished in the top 20 in her two events. With the MS swim team capturing the MVC title along with a fantastic group of younger swimmers, it will be an exciting time for CCDS swimming in the coming years.

The girls basketball team (20-4) battled Georgetown in the district semifinals on Monday and came away with an exciting 60-41 victory to move onto the district championship on Saturday. Coach Snell's team will attempt to be the first girls basketball team in CCDS history to capture the district championship and cut down the nets at Troy High School. Hope you can join me on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. to cheer on the girls before an evening of fun at CountryDate!

Athletic Director Search Update

The committee has narrowed the search to five individuals who will come to campus over the next couple weeks. The group has a wide range of coaching ability, as well as experience in high school and college athletic departments. The committee hopes to have the next athletic director named before we head to spring break.

Miami Volleyball Conference—1st Team, Coach of the Year, and Dick Sndyer Award

Congratulation to our MVC 1st Team winter award winners: Matthew Adkins (Boys Basketball), Sabrina DelBello (Girls Basketball), Kamryn Jordan (Girls Basketball), Katelynn Setters (Girls Basketball), Bailey Edmonson (Wrestling), Keane Warner (Wrestling), Noah Wise (Wrestling), and Emma McNeil (Cheerleading). In addition, Congratulations to MVC Coach of the Year John Snell (Girls Basketball) and Dick Snyder Sportsmanship Award winner Tori Keller.

Varsity Sports Updates

Wrestling: Junior captain Noah Wise placed second at the DIII Blanchester Sectional Tournament to qualify for districts. Wise missed last year's tournament due to injury and started this season with a goal to qualify. He pinned his opponents in the quarterfinals and semifinals to win a berth in the district tournament. He lost a heartbreaker in the finals to land the runner-up spot for 2019. Wise competes for a chance to go to Columbus on Friday, March 1 at Trent Arena.

Boys Basketball: The boys basketball team finished the regular season winning three of their last four games and built momentum heading into the sectional tournament where they knocked off higher seed CNE 67-44. In Tuesday's Sectional Championship, the boys battled on the hardwood against Reading High School but came up on the short end of the scoreboard. Many thanks to the senior who we celebrated last week. Senior night is always a special night at CCDS, and this year we honored five seniors (Kylan Young, Ethan Jeffries, Colin Sam, Nick Cordea, Alec Hamall). There was infectious excitement on senior night with a loud and supportive student section. The Indians did not disappoint with a big 72-70 win in overtime against Lockland with junior Matthew Adkins leading the way with a career high 35 points. The JV team finished its season with an outstanding 18-4 record and the freshman team made it to the Championship game of the MVC Tournament.

Gymnastics: The gymnastics team finished the season with a 117.80 score at the district championship. The girls faced some difficult scoring but improved over the course of the year with programs and individual skills. With many young gymnasts coming back, the future for CCDS gymnastics looks bright. Jasmine Gonzales was named All-District and Emily Gonzales, Mia Masterson and Grace Straley were State Scholar Athletes.

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Natalie Geier Cohen '01 and Dr. Matt Cohen '01

Natalie Geier Cohen—CCDS Athletic Hall of Fame 2011

Sports: Soccer, Basketball

Colleges attended and degrees: Williams College, Psychology; University of Cincinnati, Medical.

Memory: Building meaningful and lasting relationships with my teammates and coaches.

Advice: Climb high, climb far, your goal is the sky, your aim the star - Williams College

Dr. Matt Cohen—CCDS Athletic Hall of Fame 2012

Sports: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track

Colleges attended and degrees: Miami University, Family Studies; University of Cincinnati, Middle Childhood Education; University of Cincinnati, Master of Education; University of Cincinnati, Ph.D. Educational Studies.

Memory: Playing sports with great people and learning many things about life from them.

Advice: Your best is good enough.

Interview with Baseball Coach Asif Shah

Middle School Sports Updates

The Middle School is proud to have brought home two MVC Team League Championships for swimming and A-Team boys basketball and an individual championship in wrestling. But we're prouder of the commitment, hard work, and growth seen in every team and player as they improved their performances. The athletes represented CCDS in events across the city in which they shined a spotlight on our school's great sportsmanship and Indian pride.

Youth Sports Updates

The CCDS Youth Sports Program just completed its winter season. More than 125 students participated on the basketball teams or in the wrestling, lacrosse, rowing, and performance training clinics over the winter months. The development of skills and teamwork under the guidance of many wonderful volunteer coaches was tremendous. The fifth-grade boys team made it to the semifinals of the league tournament while the sixth-grade grade boys blue team represented CCDS in the league finals. The skills and confidence they built this season will carry them far in their next athletic endeavors.

This spring the youth sports program will expand by fielding teams in flag football, soccer and girls volleyball, while offering clinic opportunities in baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, and track and field.

Thought of the Week:

"Follow your dreams. If you have a goal, and you want to achieve it, then work hard and do everything you can to get there, and one day it will come true." -Lindsey Vonn, four-time World Champion in Alpine Ski Racing.

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