Cross Country: The girls' team, led by Natalie de Beer, finished second in the team competition. Natalie ran a great race and finished second overall. Lila Weizer, new to the team this year, exceeded the coaches' expectations by finishing fourth and medaling. Terre Virzi had a breakthrough race in her very first cross-country race and finished 18th. It was Terre's determined run, in which she dropped minutes off of her training runs, that secured a second place team finish. Eliza Osborn and Sylvia Nica rounded out the top five Country Day runners finishing in 21st and 22nd. The Country Day Invitational was the team's first meet of the season.
The boys' team edged out Clark Montessori by three points, 36-39, to win the Country Day Invitational Meet. The team was led by senior sensation Alec Hamall. Alec ran a smart and tactical race and won going away in an impressive time of 17:25. David Morales was not far behind in team placing third with a time of 18:28. Returning to the team after a year's absence, Andy Osborn finished seventh in team placing. Second year runner, Griffin McAndrew ran a gutty race and finished 12th. Ashton Snell was the team's fifth finisher for team scoring and earned a 13th place. Ashton is a promising freshman There are eight first-year runners on the team, seven are freshmen. Prospects are bright for the year.
Performance Training: The Sports Performance/Strength and Conditioning department is off to a great start with athletes from Women's Soccer, Volleyball, Softball, Men's Basketball, Football, Baseball, and Lacrosse all working out at different times throughout the week. The excitement surrounding the program is at a high level and will only increase when we move into the new facility. The addition of the Beast Sensor to track velocity is also a welcome addition that will help give us a competitive edge in our Velocity Based Training.
Girls Soccer: The Girls Soccer team has started the season 2-0 with victories over McNick (1st time in school history) and Mariemont 2-1. The strong group of 24 young women are training hard and focusing on doing things together as ONE TEAM. The theme is ALL IN with the leadership coming from eight seniors. The team plays Summit on Thursday before traveling to MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus for a Saturday match up with Catholic Central at 10:30. If you live in Columbus, come to the game---NO CHARGE!
Volleyball: Exciting start to the volleyball season. Working on fundamentals, rhythms of practice, and positive team interaction have been hallmarks of the first few weeks. Bonus has been the 3-0 start! The girls are feeding off the positive momentum and are extremely focused as a team on continuing to develop skills to execute at game time! Should be an exciting upcoming week.
Girls Golf: The team traveled to Camargo Country Club on Monday for a match with Turpin High School. The team was led by sophomore Maggie Gardner and freshman Natalie Kaminski. It will be exciting to watch the girls progress throughout the season.
Boys Golf: The Country Day Boys Varsity golf team has only one match scheduled against Fairfield at Walden Ponds on Monday, Aug. 27. The team has been greatly improving over the past month and are continually scoring in the 190 range. We are excited to announce that freshman Drew Bagnoli has been a great addition to the team! Drew shot a 14-over 50 during his debut match at Indian Ridge against Hamilton last week. Everyone is working very hard on their games as Sectionals are quickly approaching at the end of September.
Boys Soccer: On Saturday, the boys soccer team won a huge rivalry game versus Mariemont 1-0 with a goal in the final 10 minutes. The defense held strong and secured the shutout. Earlier in the week, the Indians lost a tough 1-0 contest to McNick to open the season.
Football: The football team went across the river and knocked off Holy Cross, Ky 25-6. With the game tied 6-6 at the half, we rallied to outscore Holy Cross 19-0 in the 2nd half to pull out the win. The leadership from our captains Sterling Snell, Josh Payne, and Keane Warner has been tremendous and the younger guys are feeding off of it. Freshmen and sophomores were stepping up and making big time plays having never played varsity football before. Huge shout out to our offensive line as well for creating nice holes for our running backs. We rushed for 279 yards as a team.
Sterling Snell (Sr.) - 10 tackles, 2 sacks, and a fumble recovery
Matthew Adkins (Jr.) - 8 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 1 INT and 145 yds rushing with 4 TD's
Michael Noack (So.) - 8 tackles
Keane Warner (Jr.) - 7 tackles
Jalen Brooks (So.) - 6 tackles and 50 yds rushing
Jackson Higgason (Fr.) - 4 tackles
Ethan Howard (JR) 80 yds rushing
QB Zach Corbin (FR) was 4/6 for 50 yds and a few huge completions as he showed lots of poise in the 2nd half.
Girls Tennis: Last week the girls tennis team had some great matches. The varsity won 5-0 against Norwood while the JV won 5-0 against Summit. On Wednesday the varsity had a tough match against Walnut Hills with a great victory at three singles from senior Maggie Wright. On Thursday the varsity and JV played CHCA. Seniors Mia Masterson and Maggie Wright won 6-1, 6-0, against a strong CHCA doubles team. Senior Valen Zalants and sophomore Gauri Midha battled in three sets against CHCA's second doubles. Our JV team won 5-0 against CHCA with great matches at 1 singles by freshmen Georgie Masterson and at 1 doubles with sophomores Grace Ramirez and Rowan Castrucci.
CCDS Cheer: The squad traveled to Holy Cross last Friday and led the Country Day crowd with cheers and energy. They have practiced and worked hard during the pre-season and will be supporting the football team again this Friday!