Athletic Report #3
Athletic Report #3

Theresa Hirschauer - Athletic Director

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.

Our Admission Office is kicking-off the fall recruiting season for the 2019-20 year. Our admissions team is always excited to meet with new families and introduce them to Country Day's dynamic programs from academics, to the arts and athletics. If you know a family who would benefit from learning about CCDS, please have them complete our online inquiry at We encourage interested families to attend the upcoming Discovery Day (open house) that will showcase CCDS programs and facilities, including the new Leonard Family Athletic Center. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to the Admission Office or me.

Calling All CCDS Baseball Families

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.

Varsity Swimming Announcement: Click here for the news story announcing varsity swim coaches Amy Robillard and Nat Tracey-Miller. They are excited about the upcoming season in the new Levinson Pool in the Leonard Family Athletic Center.

Alumni Spotlight: Matt Lesser '10

1. What sports did you play at Country Day? I played football and lacrosse from seventh grade all the way through senior year.

2. What have you been up to since graduating from CCDS? After CCDS, I matriculated to The University of Alabama where I worked with the football team as a student manager. During my tenure, I was fortunate to be a part of two national championship-winning teams. Afterwards, I worked as the director of football operations for the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League, head football equipment manager at Middle Tennessee State University, and now as head equipment manager for Olympic Sports at Colorado State University. All of these positions have afforded me an invaluable opportunity to travel the country and the world.

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.

4. Any advice for current CCDS students either for now or in the future?
a. Once you decide what you want to do, figure out who's in charge of that department and reach out to them. Persistence helps! Some people want to see how dedicated you are to your passion before they will return your call.
b. Be a sponge! Learn as much as you can about all the different facets of your job. The more you can do, the better your staying power.
c. Always be early. If you're early you're on-time. If you're on-time you're late. If you're late, don't bother showing up.
d. Don't be afraid to use your connections! Sometimes it's more about who you know than what you know.

Varsity Senior Spotlight: Maggie Wright and Valen Zalants

Maggie Wright:
This year I am a peer mentor for the freshmen, as well as social chair on the Student Cabinet with Valen Zalents. This is my fourth year on the tennis team, and I'm sad it's my last!

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.

Valen Zalants:

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.

MS Athletic Team Spotlight: Golf and Volleyball

The MS golf team has been tirelessly practicing since mid-August. With a mix of players, from newcomers to course veterans, the team hits every type of shot in a given practice. Generally the players are pitching and chipping or hitting balls into the nets behind the old Early Childhood House. On Mondays the team holds extended practices at the Little Miami golf facility. On the par-3 course, the golfers learn valuable skills, such as missing on the correct side of the green and not leaving a club behind on the last hole. The CCDS competition team is on fire. After an early defeat to Madeira and rain cancellations, the MS golf team has reeled off three straight victories, including (gentle) clubbings of archrivals Seven Hills and Summit Country Day. In an appetizer to this weekend's Ryder Cup, the team faces off against Pacelli Wednesday at 5:10 p.m. at Little Miami. Spectators are welcome!

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!

Youth Program Spotlight: Wings Soccer

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

Country Day is offering Youth Sports Clinics in:
Football - Oct. 12
Tennis - Oct. 13
Volleyball - Nov. 2
Gymnastics - Dec. 15

For more information and to sign-up, click here.

Varsity Sports Update

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.

Football: Last Friday, the Indians traveled north to take on a tough and physical New Miami football team. Down 6-8 at the half and down 14-20 with under seven minutes to go in the game, the team scored two fourth quarter touchdowns, made two crucial stops, and forced a turnover to win 28-20. Junior RB Matthew Adkins hit junior Ethan Howard with a 65-yard touchdown pass off a quick pitch that tied the game at 20, but the extra point was blocked. With 3:30 left on the clock, freshman DB Silas Snell came up with a big hit resulting in fumble recovery to give the Indians possession at the New Miami 40-yard line. Four plays later, Matthew Adkins ran a sweep from 19 yards out, and the Indians converted a two-point conversion to take a 28-20 lead. Senior Sterling Snell ended the game with a sack off the edge on fourth down.

Cross Country: Last Saturday at Seven Hills Invitational, the girls team finished third out the seven teams, behind the winning team Taylor and the runner-up Cincinnati Trailblazers. Natalie de Beer had another strong race finishing third. She tried to stay with Taylor's top runner who finished second in state last year. Back from a knee injury, Lila Weizer ran a determined race, medaling with a ninth place finish. The boys ran their best team race of the season and finished second among nine teams. Sycamore's team of nearly 60 runners took home the first place trophy, and Country Day's boys were the runner-ups. Alec Hamall held the lead during the race's first half before being passed by two Taylor runners and two Sycamore runners. Both Alec Hamall and Andy Osborn medaled, finishing fifth and 14th respectively. David Morales was right behind Andy in nineteenth place.

Volleyball: The volleyball team celebrates Senior Day on Thursday versus New Miami in the south gym. The team had a challenging schedule over the last two weeks and is building momentum over the final weeks as they head into the sectional tournament. The ladies are currently leading the MVC Gray Division and have an overall record of 6-4.

Girls Golf: The ladies play in the sectional championships on Thursday after Monday's rain postponement. Coach Dunn's ladies have continued to improve and are building for the future with a very young team.

Boys Golf: Last week, the boys golf team finished in fourth place in the Miami Valley Conference and showed incredible progress throughout the season. The boys played in the sectional championships on Tuesday.

Girls Soccer: The #2 state-ranked ladies improved to 7-0 with two impressive victories over Hamilton Badin (3-1) and Norwood (6-0). The team concept continues to dominate the girls season as all 21 players are contributing to the success. The ladies play Clark on Thursday before moving in to the regular season's final two weeks.

Boys Soccer: The boys continued their dominating run with a couple shutout victories over Norwood and Lemon Monroe to improve their record to 6-2. The #3 state-ranked team in Division 3 is looking to build on their foundation against Clark on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. on Alamin Field. The team has an important MVC battle against Seven Hills on Alamin field Thursday, October 4 at 4:30 p.m.

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

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