Theresa Hirschauer, Athletic Director
Athletic Report #4
Grit, heart, resilience and teamwork. These are some of the non-cognitive constructs we discuss often in the Middle School because they are skills, highly sought after by college and employers, that distinguish individuals in our society. During the fall, the varsity football team embodied these qualities every Friday night. While playing only six games, the team and the coaching staff demonstrated what can be achieved if you work together and believe in those around you. With every game, the team grew stronger. With each challenge they faced, the players demonstrated the dedication that is at the heart of a Country Day student-athlete. On Friday, we will celebrate the 2018 football team's achievements in the LS and MS. Later in the fall, the US will have our traditional fall sports assembly celebrating the achievements of all the athletic teams.
Varsity Senior Spotlight: Miller Lyle, Katelynn Setters, and Alec Hamall
Miller Lyle—Varsity Boys Soccer
How long have you attended CCDS? I am proud to say I am a lifer starting in Montessori I.
What is your favorite class/teacher at CCDS? US Government is my favorite class; favorite teachers are Dr. Franzosa and Mr. Fossett.
What are other activities do you do besides playing soccer? My friends and I love hanging out at Skyline and telling stories and just relaxing and enjoying each other's company. I love relaxing in the woods, on a hammock and just chillin'.
What other sports do you play at CCDS? Tennis.
Tell us a few things about why you love soccer? It is a team sport and others are counting on you. The camaraderie of being on a team. In soccer, you have to train hard like any other sport, but soccer is different because you play the game with your feet, which is different than most sports.
Tell us about this year's team? We have a lot of seniors and our leadership has been great. We have tremendous depth and we know the younger guys are hungry when they get in there. We know they will step up and make big plays.
What is your favorite soccer memory so far in your CCDS career? Beating Summit this year. The togetherness of the team after tough losses and knowing that you are there for each other.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life? My grandparents have been big influences as they picked me up every day from school when I was younger. My soccer influences are Coach Hirschauer and Coach Shenton who I had from 5th-7th grade.
What are your aspirations after graduating from CCDS? My goal is to live in New York City and work as a photographer. Photography is a huge passion of mine and would love to go to NYU to study.
Katelynn Setters—Varsity Girls Soccer
How long have you attended CCDS? Ninth grade was my first year. I attended Our Lady of Grace in Colerain.
What is your favorite class/teacher at CCDS? Favorite class is calculus. Favorite teacher is Mr. Dunn.
What are other activities do you do besides playing soccer? Watching movies and hanging out with friends. I also work at Pogo Play, which has inflatables for little kids. I also lifeguard.
What other sports do you play at CCDS? Basketball, track.
Tell me a few things about why you love soccer? Team sport vs. individual sport (your teammates are counting on you), I love the competition, I love playing with my friends and the camaraderie.
Tell me about this year's team? I love that we are a very close knit group.
What is your favorite soccer memory so far in your CCDS career? Going to STATE.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life? My mom who has always supported me in soccer, especially driving me everywhere and coming to all my games. My coach, when I was 9 yrs. old (Saundra), was a huge influence on me and my love for the game of soccer.
What are your aspirations after graduating from CCDS? I will be playing soccer at Morehead State University and will be studying pre-med. My hopes are to be a pediatrician some day.
Alec Hamall—Varsity Cross Country
How long have you attended CCDS? I started in 9th grade. I attended Good Shepard Catholic Montessori School K-8. I learned about CCDS through the Glosby family, who are family friends. I shadowed and loved it and knew CCDS was the school for me.
What is your favorite class/teacher at CCDS? I really enjoyed my Spanish conversation course last year with Mrs. Suarez.
What is your favorite activity besides running cross country? Throwing Frisbee with my friends out by the amphitheater.
What other sports do you play at CCDS? I picked up basketball for the first time last winter.
Tell us a few things about why you love running cross country? In cross country, you challenge yourself mentally and physically to push through when you are fatigued.
Tell us about this year's team? We have the biggest team in my four years (18 boys / 9 girls). Running is so much more rewarding when you get to train with others. The camaraderie on this year's team is awesome.
What is your favorite cross country memory so far in your CCDS career? My freshman year the pre-race speech the seniors gave before the MVC Championships and running the horse trail and getting lost my freshman year.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life? Parents.
What are your aspirations after graduating from CCDS? Run cross country & track in college.
MS Athletic Team Spotlight: Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, and Tennis
Despite a small roster with few subs, the MS boys' soccer team has played impressively this fall. They started the season with three solid wins, scoring 2-1, 5-0, and 5-3 against CCS, Summit and Norwood, respectively. This was followed by two hard-fought losses in which the team worked to develop their position skills and defending styles. The boys have come a long way as a team, and I hope the 8th graders are enthusiastic about joining the upper school soccer program next year. There are two games, against Seven Hills and Clark Montessori, on the schedule, and I know the players will give it their best, leaving it all on the field.
The girls' MS soccer team has had an exciting year so far. The team has six returning players and added 11 more athletic players to the roster. In a rebuilding year, the girls have competed competitively with some of the fastest and most skilled teams in league history. With strong team play, the girls have to earned a 2-2-1 record. The girls are looking to take on Seven Hills and Clark for their final two games of the season.
The girls' tennis team is small in number but they have incredible commitment and courage. The mighty four have competed against larger opponents but the matches have been close. Coaches Corwin and Blum have been impressed by the team's work ethic in practice, which has paid off as they have faced stiff competition on the court. They have continued to represent CCDS with pride, and we look forward to hosting this week's CCDS Tennis invitational to complete their season.
Youth Program Spotlight: Youth Soccer
The striker teams are off to a great start this fall. The teams, formed from our 5th and 6th grade athletes, have combined for an undefeated 7-0-2 record this fall.
The boys' team lead by Coaches Horton, Donovan, and Kohnen are 4-0-2 with big wins over Kilgour, Nativity, Northside, and Summit, with their win over Summit capping a current three-game winning streak. With four games left in the season, the boys look to climb to the top four in their division and earn a spot in the state playoffs. The boys have come together as a team this season and have impressed their coaches with their hard work they demonstrate daily on the field.
The girls' team, 6-0-1, are currently in first place in their division. They began the season with a big win over the second-place team, Clifton, and are now on a five-game winning streak with three games left in the season. Coaches Kranias and Fitzpatrick are excited to lead these girls who have worked hard week in and week out to improve their teamwork and skills. The team will play in the state playoffs at the end of the month if they continue to hold on to a top-four spot in their division.
Both teams have represented CCDS proudly exhibiting tremendous sportsmanship, and we look forward to an exciting finish.
Varsity Sports Update
Boys Soccer: The #8 ranked team in the state improved to 7-3-2 after a hard-fought tie versus Seven Hills on Alamin Field and tie versus Bethel. The team will vie for a share of the MVC Championship tomorrow when they travel to CHCA for the 5:00 p.m. kick-off. The Indians will have Senior Day Saturday, October 13 with ceremonies starting at 12:45 p.m. Please come celebrate the incredible senior class and watch some outstanding soccer. Click here for the tournament draw.
Girls Soccer: The ladies have a 11-2 record going into a big game on Thursday versus CHCA at 7:00 p.m. They look to wrap up MVC play undefeated. The Indians will have Senior Day Saturday, October 13 with ceremonies starting at 3:10 p.m. before a 3:30 p.m. kick-off with Roger Bacon. Come enjoy an afternoon of soccer and celebrate a special group of seniors. Click here for the tournament draw.
Girls Tennis: Mia Masterson finished fourth in the sectional championship last Saturday. She will compete in the district championship on Thursday with an opportunity to qualify for the state championship tournament in Columbus with two wins.
Cross Country: The team hosted the MVC Championships on Tuesday on our beautiful 62-acre campus. Thank you to all the volunteers who made it a successful championship.
The Boys Cross Country team finished in 2nd Place in the MVC with a complete team effort. The boys were led by senior Alec Hamall (2nd Place), Andy Osborn (11th), and David Morales (12th). The team is excited about Districts in two weeks.
The Girls Cross Country team finished 3rd Place in the MVC. The girls were led by junior Natalie de Beer (3rd Place) and Lila Weizer (9th).
Volleyball: The volleyball team is battling for the MVC Gray Division title with a huge match versus Clark Montessori on Thursday. The ladies have a 9-5 record as they complete the last week of the regular season. Click here for the tournament draw.
Mark your calendar: College Athletic Recruiting Night and Youth Clinics
Check out the youth clinics during the first semester.
Thought of the Week from CCDS Hall of Famer Bradley Keiser—Class of 2003
"My greatest memory is not of personal success, but of the success of my teammates. Being able to watch athletes, who at a big school would never play, grow and become participating members in the success of the teams I was on was truly amazing. It's the best part of Country Day athletics. Every student who puts in the work can experience the success, and failures, of being on a team. It allows men and women of Country Day to grow as individuals and teammates."
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Athletic Report #4 - October 10, 2018