CCDS Athletic Report #5
CCDS Athletic Report #5

Theresa Hirschauer, Athletic Director
Athletic Report #5

Grit, heart, resilience and teamwork---sound familiar? After watching the thrilling boys soccer sectional championship, I was left with the same words to describe our team. The boys battled from behind to defeat Mariemont 2-1 in double overtime. The game involved a little bit of everything---beautiful goals, incredible saves, but nothing shined brighter than the teamwork displayed on Monday evening. While exhausted and frustrated, the team pushed forward with great resolve and scored with 7 minutes left before penalty kicks. The boys will play for a district championship on Thursday, October 25 vs. Troy Christian at Wyoming High School. Kick-off at 7 p.m.

The cross country teams had a huge weekend at districts and are preparing for the regional championships on Saturday. The boys captured the district runner-up trophy with a complete team effort. Alec Hamall led the way in 7th place followed closely by Andy Osborn (9th), David Morales (11th), and Sam Pettengill (12th). The girls team captured 3rd place with Natalie de Beer leading the way in 3rd place, followed by Lila Weizer (10th).

Last night, the girls soccer team dominated Finneytown 8-0 to win the sectional championship. In a complete team victory, the Indians won every facet of the game to improve to 15-2. The ladies will battle for a district title on Saturday evening (7:00 p.m.) vs Prebble Shawnee at Monroe High School.

Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach Announcement

Cincinnati Country Day School has named Ryan Shearer as the new head coach of the boys varsity lacrosse team.

Coach Shearer is excited to jump back in the lacrosse coaching community after taking a couple years off to complete his master's in special education. One of the original players who started the Little Miami High School program, Coach brings a passion for developing a program through solid skill foundation, teamwork, and love for the game. A history teacher at Shroder High School, Coach Shearer fits the philosophy of the CCDS athletic program by turning the lacrosse field into an outdoor classroom. Previously, Coach Shearer was on the staff at Walnut Hills High School for two years.

Assisting Coach Shearer will be Vosler Taylor who played lacrosse at Little Miami High School, as well. Currently, Coach Taylor works at the University of Cincinnati in the Campus Recreation Office. A coordinator of club and intramural sports, Vosler has a passion for building programs through outstanding organization and effective communication.

The new coaches will join returning assistant coach and CCDS alum Jack Victor '13 who recently completed a successful football season working with many of Country Day's young athletes. Stay tuned for details about upcoming winter play dates and a youth lacrosse clinic directed by Coach Shearer along with MS Coach AJ Froehlich.

Admissions: Student-Athletes

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 whose children have the talent, character, and motivation to succeed at CCDS, please have them complete our online inquiry at We encourage interested families to attend the upcoming Discovery Day (open house Nov. 7) 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.

Alumni Spotlight: Jamin Johnson '99

Where did you go to college: I attended Wittenberg University and graduated with a B.A. in English and a Minor in Sociology.

What sports did you play in high school: Basketball, Football, Track and Field

What is your favorite memory from CCDS: I had so many great memories. It's hard to pick one. Being on a state semi-final team in football my freshman year (3 MVC titles in 4 years), a sectional championship in basketball my senior year, and state runner-up in track my junior year. Also, being inducted into the CCDS Hall of Fame in 2013 was a great memory.

What advice would you give to current Country Day students: Take advantage of the opportunity to play multiple sports at the high school level. The memories you have and will share with your classmates will last a lifetime.

Varsity Senior Spotlight: Nevie Smith

Tell me a little bit about yourself? I participate in a lot of different activities for school, including volleyball and lacrosse, The Scroll, Students Helping Students, Peer Mentoring, the winter musicals, and Student Ambassadors. I've been attending Country Day since Kindergarten (13 years) and I really consider it my second home.

Who are your favorite CCDS Teachers? My favorite teachers at CCDS are Dr. Tyrrell, Ms. Back, and Mr. McGivern.

What do you enjoy outside of volleyball? I really love hanging out with my friends.

How long have you played volleyball? I started playing volleyball in 7th grade, so six years.

What other sports do you play? I also play lacrosse.

Tell me about this year's volleyball team? I really love this year's team because we are all super close with each other. I honestly think that it's the best team I've been on during high school because everyone is very resilient and willing to fight as hard as they can for the win.

What is your favorite memory of playing volleyball at CCDS? My favorite memory of volleyball was definitely winning the game, senior night. All six of us seniors were able to play together throughout the whole game and it was so fun seeing all my friends in the student section. I'd say that it was the most exciting volleyball game I've been a part of during all four years of high school, and I couldn't have asked for a better group of seniors to play one last time with!

Who are your biggest influences? I would have to say that my friends have been the biggest influences in my life. They are all really some of the best people I know and being with them for the past 13 years (especially throughout high school) has really made me who I am. I'm definitely going to miss them all so much next year.

What are your plans after graduating from CCDS? I'm not totally sure what I want to study in college, but I'm thinking either communications or marketing, and I really want to continue studying Spanish and hopefully study abroad.

Tell me about Volley for the Cure? Volley for the Cure is a fundraiser that high school volleyball teams participate in from all across the country, to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and breast cancer research. This year, the entire team put a lot of effort into the event, and we raised $600 from donations and the bake sale that we held during school. It was a great game and one of the best Volley for Cure fundraisers we've ever had!

MS Athletic Team Spotlight: Football

The Middle School football team was a small but determined group of players. The group dedicated extra time and effort this season by practicing on and off campus each week for extended periods while combining with MVCA in order to play this season. With 10 CCDS players and six MVCA players, the boys took the field each week against many teams twice their size, but were determined to grow and improve as individual players and as a team. Each contest they showed marked improvement, and their hard work led to some big plays and exciting games. Coaches Conner, Froelich, and Hill could not be prouder of the boys and their efforts and look forward to the seventh graders anchoring next year's Middle School team and the eighth graders making their impact on the high school squad.

Youth Program Spotlight: Cheer and Youth Soccer

The Youth Cheer squad (27 students in grades 1-4) spread amazing school spirit and pride through their performances. With the help of coaches Jurgensen, Molloy, and Wall, the girls practiced routines each week, honed formations, and learned to sound as one voice in their cheers. They completed their season with performances at the all-school pep rally which brought students to their feet. Later that night, they performed for the alumni and homecoming crowd and helped spur our football team to another victory.

This weekend, the boys and girls Strikers teams will compete in the first round of the SAY State tournament. Both teams earned the bids to the tournament through their hard work and team play, which led to excellent records and top finishes in the SAY East soccer league. This is the first time that both the boys and girls team will play in the tournament in the same year. The coaches are proud of the effort of every fifth and sixth grader on the team, and I'm excited to see them finish up the season with Indian Pride. Good luck to both teams in the tournament this weekend. GO INDIANS!

Mark your calendar:

Check out the youth clinics during the first semester. Clinics are run by the varsity teams and varsity coaches. Click here! Stay tuned for more clinics in 2019: boys and girls lacrosse, baseball, softball, and performance training.

Thought of the Week: "Authenticity is everything! You have to wake up every day and look in the mirror, and you want to be proud of the person who's looking back at you. And you can only do that if you're being honest with yourself and being a person of high character. You have an opportunity every single day to write that story of your life." Aaron Rogers

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