Hirsch Report #3
As September comes to a close, we have teams (boys and girls golf) competing in the OHSAA Sectional Championships, and we are hosting senior days for our varsity sports teams. It's been an amazing fall season with strong leadership from the senior class along with support from our amazing community. If you have a chance, check out the upcoming senior days: varsity girls tennis (today), volleyball (Sept. 27), football (Sept. 28), cross country (Oct. 9) and boys and girls soccer (Oct. 13). Come celebrate student-athletes and coaches who proudly represent CCDS.
To further engage our student-athlete families and advance our people, places, and program, I am building a database of families by their students' interests in particular sports. Working with the Advancement Office, I'm starting the process by identifying families with students who are interested in baseball. If your child is interested in baseball, click here. We will host a community baseball gathering in November.
Alumni Spotlight: Matt Lesser '10
3. Favorite sports related memory from CCDS? Beating Summit in football on the road my senior year. Lifting the Country Day Cup in front of their fans was fun.
Varsity Senior Spotlight: Maggie Wright and Valen Zalants
How long have you attended CCDS? I am a lifer.
What is your favorite class/teacher at CCDS? Spanish
What is your favorite CCDS Lunch? Pasta Day, especially I when it falls on Cookie Wednesday.
What is your favorite activity besides playing tennis? Spending time with my friends and shopping.
How long have you played tennis? I have been playing tennis since I was 5 years old.
What other sports do you play at CCDS? Lacrosse
Tell me a few things about why you love Tennis? I love tennis because I enjoy playing the sport and spending time with the team. It is great group of girls and our coaches are fantastic.
Tell me about this year's team? This is the best team we have had in my four years. Everyone is friendly and fun, and I get to play doubles with my best friend Valen.
What is your favorite memory in tennis so far in your CCDS career? When Valen and I won the Coaches Classic during our junior year. We played the best we have ever played and beat a team we were expected to lose to.
Do you have any game day routines to get you ready to play? Certain song you listen to, food you eat, etc.? Your ritual. I always bring the same snack on match day (a Kind bar and hydration drink). I also make sure to have my visor in my bag.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life? My parents, teachers, and coaches. They all push me beyond what I believe I am capable of and I wouldn't be where I am today without them.
I'm Greek. I'm a social chair with Maggie Wright for the student body cabinet. I love playing tennis in the fall and lacrosse in the spring.
How long have you attended CCDS? I've been at Country Day for 11 years.
What is your favorite class/teacher at CCDS? My favorite class is history.
What is your favorite CCDS Lunch? My favorite lunch is General Tso's chicken.
What is your favorite activity besides playing tennis? I like to read Harry Potter and hang out with my friends.
How long have you played tennis? I've played tennis for six years.
What other sports do you play at CCDS? Lacrosse.
Tell me a few things about why you love Tennis? I love tennis because of the closeness of our team and Coach Scully. Also, being doubles partner with my best friend Maggie.
Tell me about this year's team? This year's team is energetic and fun to be around.
What is your favorite memory in Tennis so far in your CCDS Career? Beating Summit, every time Maggie and I play together, or hearing Coach Scully yell MEOW.
Do you have any game day routines to get you ready to play? Certain song you listen to, food you eat, etc.? Your ritual. I make sure I tie my shoes tight, and I drink an energy drink.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life? My hardworking grandparents and parents.
The MS volleyball team, coached by Thom Brannock and Tom Cote, is enjoying a season of teamwork and hard work while working on building skills. The team started the season with wins over North College Hill and Clark Montessori. The team fought hard through a couple losses but celebrated an impressive, fast-paced victory over Seven Hills. The team looks to continue to build on its achievements against Norwood and New Miami this week. Keep up the great work, ladies!
The Wings Soccer teams are made up of students ages eight and nine who are typically in grades 2-3. This year's teams has 14 girls led by Coach Seth Schwartz and 16 boys led by Coach Chris Stahl representing Country Day in the SAY East League. Over the past few weeks the boys and girls have fought the weather to practice their skills and build team chemistry to help them in competition. Both teams have represented CCDS well in their first games in which they demonstrated great team work and sportsmanship.
Youth Sports Clinics
Girls Tennis: The team won the Flight C Team Championship of the Coaches Classic on Saturday. Coach Scully's team dominated the finals with the girls walking away with some impressive matches. Mia Masterson won the singles title; Maggie Wright and Valen Zalants captured the #1 doubles; Gauri Midha and Abby Blum took the #2 doubles title. The ladies celebrate Senior Day on Wednesday (varsity) and Thursday (JV) at the Gordon Wright Tennis Complex.
Mark your calendar:
Oct. 10 - College Athletic Recruiting Night 6:00-7:00 p.m. US Room 201-202 (This is OPEN to anyone in the community.)
Oct. 12 - Youth Football Clinic
Oct. 13 - Youth Tennis Clinic
Coming in November—Youth Basketball Clinic
Thought of the Week: "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." – Michael Jordan
Go Country Day!
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