Coyle Report #1
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Welcome to the 2020 fall sports season. Our teams are off to a fantastic start, and the energy can be felt throughout campus. A special thanks to all our parents, coaches, and players for adjusting to the new Covid-19 policies and procedures. I ask for your continued support as we navigate this year, and I assure you we will continue to do our best to keep our students safe and active.
This is my second year as Country Day's AD and after a year of observation, there is one change and one clarification to the program I would like to share. I had intended to communicate this information sooner to our families and fans, but the uncertainty about the start of the sports season prevented communication until this point. I apologize for this delay.
Both changes will strengthen the athletics program for our scholar-athletes by making better use of resources. First, we will increase the number of events at which we charge admission. Second, we will continue to expand our transportation policy which we began last Spring before our athletic seasons were ended because of Covid19. We want to allow for greater flexibility of transport options to make the most efficient use of our transportation budget and to limit the number of students riding in a school vehicle.
As we continue to improve the ways we support our athletes' development, we are exploring new technologies. To help cover the expenses, including the ever-increasing cost of officials, without placing that burden directly on tuition dollars, we will use additional revenue from entrance fees. CCDS students may attend campus events for FREE, but parents and non-CCDS siblings will be charged at more events, as will all our visiting fans – a policy implemented by many of the Miami Valley Conference member schools. We will collect admission at the following events this year (MS/US football, US soccer, MS/US volleyball, MS/US basketball, MS/US wrestling, MS/US gymnastics, MS/US swim, MS/US baseball, MS/US softball, US Lacrosse). We encourage our student athlete families to join our Athletic Boosters organization. Free admission is granted at HOME games to families purchasing membership at the Champions Club and Athletic Director membership levels. Please note that families will still be required to observe the current COVID-19 restrictions on spectators permitted at athletic events. Click here for details.
This Fall, as I did last Spring, I have asked parents to sign a waiver to give permission for their child to travel to games by (a) driving themselves, (b) driving with another student, or (c) driving with parents in lieu of using school-provided vehicles. The practice of student athletes traveling in this way is not new for CCDS athletes. Several of our teams did this in the past, and amidst Covid-19 concerns, many families have expressed a preference for providing their own transportation. In the Spring of last year, I instituted a formal waiver to simplify the process of students/families being allowed to provide their own transportation, a practice we have continued this Fall. Parents who wish to allow their child to take transportation other than that provided by the school will now be required to sign a waiver to release the school from transportation responsibility. We have three Suburbans and two newly leased Ford Transit passenger vans, which we will use to transport any student who needs school-provided transportation to an event. We will still use school buses for some of our larger teams and when needed. In eliminating the use of buses for teams comprising ten or fewer student athletes, we can partner with our families to be better stewards of the school's funds. We will expect all drivers to follow state of Ohio driving regulations and to respect passenger limits in vehicles.
Important upcoming games/events in September
Tuesday the 8th
• Boys Varsity Golf plays Seven Hills HS
• Girls Varsity Golf plays Wyoming HS at 4PM
• Girls Varsity Volleyball play Norwood HS in the North Gym at 6PM
Wednesday the 9th
• Girls Varsity Tennis plays Wyoming on the CCDS Courts at 4PM
Thursday the 10th
• Girls Varsity Golf plays Madeira HS at 3:45PM
• Girls Varsity Tennis plays Summit on the CCDS Courts at 4PM
• Girls Varsity Soccer plays CHCA on Alamin Field at 4:30PM Senior Night
• Boys Varsity Soccer plays CHCA on Alamin Field at 6:15PM
• Girls Varsity Volleyball play St. Bernard-Elmwood Place in the North Gym at 6PM
Friday the 11th
• Boys Varsity Football plays Summit at Summit at 7:00PM
Saturday Sept 12
Boys Varsity Soccer 1PM at
Girls Varsity Soccer 3 PM at
Sunday, Sept. 13th
Boys Varsity Golf –
Hadley Tournament @ Glenview, 1:30
Monday the 14th
• Boys Varsity Golf plays Batavia HS
• Girls Varsity Tennis plays Kings HS on the CCDS Courts at 4PM
• Girls Varsity Golf plays Indian Hill HS at 5PM
Tuesday the 15th
• Boys Varsity Golf plays Summit
• Girls Varsity Tennis plays Norwood HS on the CCDS Courts at 4PM
• Girls Varsity Golf plays Summit at 4:45PM
• Girls Varsity Volleyball play Seven Hills at Seven Hills at 6PM
Wednesday the 16th
• Girls Varsity Tennis plays Mariemont at Mariemont at 4:15PM
• Girls JV Soccer plays Summit at Summit at 4:30PM
• Boys JV Soccer plays Summit at Summit at 5:45PM
Thursday the 17th
• Girls Varsity Soccer plays Summit at Summit at 4:30PM
• Boys Varsity Soccer plays Summit at Summit at 6:15PM
• Varsity Football plays Lockland at CCDS at 7PM
Saturday the 19th
• Cross Country is running in the Milford Invitational at 9AM
• Boys Varsity Golf is playing in the Middletown Christian Invitational at 1PM
CCDS Varsity Girls Soccer
The girls soccer team is excited to tackle one of the most difficult schedules in the city as it prepares to defend their D3 state championship. Even with Covid restrictions, the ladies worked extremely hard during the summer and pre-season. The attendance at summer training was one of the highest in program history. With no summer scrimmages, the team is focusing on playing its best soccer in October and November. The team's success will be determined by how quickly the seniors (Jenna Setters, Marley Cox and Sabrina Delbello) and juniors (Annabel Blum, Sarah Coyle, Jada Moorman, Emma Robinson, and Sarah Zimmerman) connect with the sophomores and freshman. The opening two games were defensive shows with a victory over Indian Hill 2-0 and a scoreless tie versus Mariemont. The team plays CHL foes Wyoming (defeated 4-1 on Tuesday night) and Madeira along with MVC rivals Seven Hills and CHCA over the next two weeks.
CCDS Varsity Boys Soccer
CCDS Boys Soccer has a positive group of young men who have been working hard together throughout the summer and during the August preseason. After training in three separate player pods, with a focus on technical skills, small sided games and intra-squad scrimmaging, the players were happy when Friday Night Futbol arrived on August 21, and we were played against an excellent D-I opponent in Lakota West.
CCDS Boys JV played hard versus a talented Lakota West JV team with some important opportunities to challenge themselves. We are proud of their effort during their first scrimmage.
CCDS Boys Varsity also played hard in the contest with Lakota West; the team defended well, created numerous scoring chances, eventually scoring a late second half goal by Trey Vredeveld, off a great individual assist play by Jack Wright for a 1-0 win. The defensive shutout was anchored by Sam Nitzberg in goal, with Casey Graff, Dereck Gray, Hayden Bortz, Jack Connelly, and Cameron Pohl in the back line.
On Monday, August 24 the boys soccer team traveled for matches with a strong McNicholas program - CCDS JV Boys played hard and came back with second half goal by Aidan McGivern and strong defensive effort in the second half led by Max Wendel and Andrew Zimmerman for a 1-1 draw.
Varsity played well throughout its match versus McNicholas, as the offense created numerous goal scoring opportunities, eventually breaking through with 12 minutes to play on Tarun KIlli's first varsity goal! The shutout was preserved by an excellent defensive performance, and several great saves by Sam Nitzberg.
Next up was CCDS Boys Soccer Varsity versus a solid Cincinnati Christian Boys Soccer team. The first half was tightly contested, with the only goal scored by Hayden Bortz on excellent hustle play to get to a rebound and score. Second half CCDS took control, as the midfield led in part by freshmen Lucas DeAlarcon, Tarun Killi and Andrew Pavlisko was able to control possession and get the ball to Jack Wright, Jonathan Dawson and others for nearly constant offensive pressure. Second half goals scored by DeAlarcon, Wright, Michalski and Connelly, the first varsity goals for DeAlarcon and Michalski.
On Saturday, the boys played versus Mariemont and the JV played hard, lost a competitive match, but did some good things throughout. Positive leadership from Max Wendel, Christoff Spies, Ben Jaccaci, Melvin Van Cleave, Andrew Zimmerman, and Luc Bunomo.
Varsity played an intense match versus a fellow Cincinnati Top 5 D-III team in Mariemont, losing a tough result 1-2, in a match that could have gone either way. All three goals were scored in the last 20 minutes, and CCDS was a bit unlucky to hit the post and crossbar in the second half. Great goalkeeping by Sam Nitzberg and defensive work from the back line of Casey Graff, Ryan DeBeer, Dereck Gray, Hayden Bortz, Jack Connelly, and Andrew Pavlisko kept CCDS even with opponents throughout the match.
Coach Greg Hirshauer is very happy with the progress and potential for the CCDS Boys Soccer team(s) in 2020 and is looking forward to getting back on the field for match on Saturday at home versus Indian Hill.
The CCDS Football Team exploded for 41 points in its opener versus. MVCA while recording its first defensive shutout since Coach Coyle took over the program last year. Senior RT Adkins led the offense with eight carries for 125 yards, one reception for 22 yards and two TDs, followed by freshman Parker Corbin who added five carries for 83 yards. In total, the offense rushed for 368 yards and eight different players had rushing attempts in the game. Junior QB Zach Corbin was efficient at QB competing 2 of 4 passes for two TDs. On defense, we were led by junior Silas Snell (10 tackles and 3 sacks) and senior Marsalis Reed (8 tackles and 1 sack) stymied the MVCA offense all night. Senior Captains Michael Noack and Wynton Jackson also played key roles on both sides of the ball.
The CCDS Football Team travels to Bron Bacevich Stadium tonight for a 7:00 PM kickoff versus. St. Bernard. Tune into the HSFB Tonight Show on ESPN 1530 as they interview Coach Coyle tonight about the CCDS football team. It will air between 6:15 - 6:40 pm tonight leading into the St.Xavier/La Salle football game.
CCDS Boys Golf
The Varsity Golf Team is off to a great start under the leadership of Coach Greg Faulhaber. The boys have played well and after the first day of the MVC tournament CCDS holds a six-stroke lead in the tournament. The team had one rainout last week versus Sycamore. The make-up date has been moved to Wednesday, September 9 at Blue Ash Golf Course. On Tuesday, the team lost to McNicholas 161 – 185, led by Sam Pettengill who shot a 1-over par 36 and Matthew Castrucci who shot a 7-over par 41. Next week, the team has matches versus Madeira, Seven Hills, and Sycamore.
CCDS Girls Golf
The CCDS Girls Golf Team is off to its best start in eight years. Winning its first four-dual matches (versus. McNicholas, Madeira and Indian Hill), the team is in second place in the CGGC (Cincinnati Girls Golf Conference) after the second round of play. Leading the team is Natalie Kaminski who has been medalist in all four dual matches to date. Strong contributors include Pooja Kantemneni (District Qualifier 2019), Sophie O'Brien, Jessica Rutherford, Maggie Gardner, Sig Smyth, and Alison Kohler. Freshman Katie Wang has been a promising addition to the team. A head-to-Head match with Summit CD on Thursday 9/3 will be the squad's next challenge.
CCDS Girls Tennis
The CCDS Tennis Team has been working hard this August. Freshman Rana Arebi and Senior Sabrina Delbello took second place in the first doubles bracket of the CCDS Invitational. Junior Priya Thompson won the back draw of the first singles bracket at the tournament as well. Congratulations! We are looking forward to more successes as the season continues.
Country Day Volleyball is focusing on doing the work needed to repeat its success from last year. The team has been working hard all summer with home workouts and skills training. The team is looking forward to playing in-conference matches this week and next.
CCDS Cross Country
The cross country team is off to a strong start, led by captains Lila Weizer ('21), Griffin McAndrew ('21), Terre Virzi ('22), and Christopher Langenbahn ('22). The roster, just shy of 30 strong, is the largest in years and is augmented by multiple runners joining us in workouts from home. Although the start of our schedule has been disrupted by Covid, we are excited to build toward the Milford Invitational on 9/19 with some intrasquad competitions in the next two weeks. Junior Ashton Snell and sophomore Joe Gibson are both in peak season form already, and we're excited to clock everyone in the first team time trial next week.
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