Hirsch Athletic Report #17
Hirsch Athletic Report #17

Hirsch Report #17

Our new AD Dennis Coyle and I have begun planning for the 2019-20 year.In reflecting on the past school year, I am reminded of the incredible energy that permeates our athletic program at all levels. Last week, a Kentucky high school basketball coach mentioned that he enjoys my Twitter stories because of the multi-division aspect of our program, which isn't necessarily the case at larger schools.On Thursday, the varsity tennis squad will have a MS Assembly and be cheered down the LS hallways as they head off to the state finals.#OneTeamOneCommunity

Since I've been balancing two hats (MS Head and AD) this year, it seems appropriate to include middle school video interviews in my last report. First, I spoke to CCDS Hall of Famer and current teacher/coach Brittany Woods '04. Click Here!I also enjoyed interviewing two middle school student-athletes, Will Donovan '23 and Parker Corbin '24 who won MVC Championships in track, basketball, and swimming. Click Here! Thanks again for reading my reports and watching my videos. I welcome any suggestions, which I'll pass along to Coach Coyle.Like I tweeted last night, the next five days will be an exciting time for CCDS Athletics—track, baseball, and tennis competing in the OHSAA tournaments.

Varsity Banquet/Meet and Greet with Dennis Coyle—RSVP NOW! (Open to entire CCDS Community)

We will celebrate the year in athletics and host with a Meet-and-Greet with Dennis Coyle. Click here to RSVP for the banquet and/or the Meet and Greet.

June 3 – CCDS Athletics Celebration Schedule

5:30-7:00 p.m. Varsity Banquet in CCDS Dining Terrace

5:30-7:00 Buffet Dinner
(roasted chicken, seared salmon, stuffed mushrooms, oven roasted asparagus, and scalloped potatoes)

5:45-6:15 Celebration video of CCDS varsity athletics

6:15-7:00 Alumni speaker Jamin Johnson '99 and celebration of senior student-athletes


7:00-8:00 p.m. Gathering for Dennis Coyle in Leonard Family Athletic Center

7:00-7:30 Dessert and gathering in LAC

7:30 Introduction of Dennis Coyle and family

Sports physicals for 2019-20 in partnership with Mercy Health

Every year, students in grades 7-12 are required to complete sports physicals in order to compete in the OHSAA. The CCDS Athletic Department is a proud partner with Mercy Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, which provides sports medicine services for our student-athletes. Mercy is offering two opportunities for student-athletes to complete their physicals before the summer rush. Please see the attached flyers for the Mercy Health sessions on May 23 and June 1 sessions.

Click here for the new OHSAA Pre-Participation Form for 2019-20
Pre-participation consent form
May 23 session flyer
June 1 session flyer

Alumni Spotlight: Jimmy Gardner '05

Sports played at CCDS: Football, basketball, baseball

College attended & degree: Thomas More University – Bachelor of Science in Physics (Played Football)

What he's doing now: I am the product and operations manager of a commercial LED lighting manufacturer based in Plano, TX.

Favorite CCDS memories: I enjoyed the daily grind of practice, two-a-days, and summer workouts. The most satisfying days I remember involved big wins and outcomes based on how hard our teams worked. Our summer basketball trips stand out as great opportunities for us to play and gel, and also to earn some big wins- Coach Brownstein's 400th victory in a tough grind-it-out game at Seven Hills stands out. We also went toe to toe with NCH during their prime when they had two future NBA players. Any win against Summit was especially sweet, and we were lucky enough to have a bunch of success against them in all three sports, including an awesome come from behind football win. Certainly, getting to catch Coach Shah's no-hitter at home against Summit gave me my first real taste of success at the varsity level.

Advice for current CCDS athletes: The winning edge is doing what others aren't willing to do. Games aren't won on game day alone they are won in the days, weeks, and months preparing when nobody is watching. It's really easy to make an excuse to blow off a workout or go through the motions at practice, but at the end of the day, that won't get you where you want to be.

Varsity Sports Update:

Baseball: Baseball earned the #1 seed in the sectional tournament and started off with back to back shutouts of East Clinton and Williamsburg. Senior Jacob Renner went 7 innings vs EC and Jackson Campbell followed with a 6-inning shutout of Williamsburg. The next game is going to be the district championship against National Trail on Wednesday at Princeton HS.

Softball:Sophomore Taylor Pavlisko was named 1st Team MVC while senior Sydney Baker made 2nd Team. In addition, sophomore Catherine Kreidler, sophomore Evey Kallmeyer, and freshman Jada Moorman were named to the Honorable Mention MVC Softball Team.

Tennis: Varsity tennis started its last week of the season with an exciting victory over 7 Hills to make another trip to the Final 4 team state competition. A big THANK YOU to all our fans for coming out to show their support! The team will play for the Division II team title on Sunday, May 26 in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

At Districts last week played at the ATP, Ash Annapantula and Sai Nalagatla won the District Title and earned a 1 seed for the OHSAA State Tournament. Manav Midha and Neil Badlani finished 3rd and 4th at Districts, also qualifying for the State Tournament. Ash, Sai, Manav, and Neil will play for the Division II doubles and singles titles, respectively, on Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25 in Mason, Ohio at the ATP. We would love to see you there!

Rowing: The CCDS rowing team completed back-to-back weekends of racing. At Midwest Scholastics Rowing Championship on May 10-11, our women's lightweight double with Celie Hudson and Molly Taylor captured the bronze medal. Last weekend, the team raced at Midwest Junior Rowing Championship where the crew raced heats and semis against some very experienced clubs but did not qualify to a final. The rowers had a strong spring experience and improved throughout the season. We are excited to watch our returning rowers' progress over the next couple years.

Boys Lacrosse: The lacrosse team, filled with mostly underclassman, improved throughout the season. Coach Shearer looks forward to building on their success in 2020. The following players were recognized on the MVC All-League Team: Cader Rowe (1st Team), Keane Warner (1st Team), Sterling Snell (2nd Team), Miles Longevin (2nd Team), Hayden Bortz (Honorable Mention), and Cameron Pohl (Honorable Mention).

Girls Lacrosse: The girls lacrosse team defeated Bishop Fenwick 13-6 in round one of the regional tournament. Seniors Hannah Hess and Paige Hettinger combined for 10 goals and controlled the draws. In the net, sophomore Sophie O'Brien recorded eight saves. Sophomore Marley Cox contributed two assists and scooped up five ground balls. The season ended with a loss against 2018 State Champs Mariemont in a very well-played game. The Indians finished the season with a 11-6 record.



Track: The girls track team won the 2019 MVC title, beating Summit by two points, and the district championship. Katelynn Setters earned the MVC Field Event Athlete of the Year by winning the shot put and discus. Other winners included the 4 X 200 of Anushka Nair, Kam Jordan, Lawson Renie and Joely Virzi in a new MVC record time. Virzi also won the 400 meters. Last weekend at New Richmond High School, the team captured the district championship, qualifying for eight events at this week's regional meet (today and Friday). The top four finishers will qualify for the OHSAA State Championship on May 31 and June 1.

The boys team took third in both the MVC and district championships. The boys 4 X 800 relay of Alec Hamall, Colin Sam, Andy Osborn, and Sam Pettengill took first to lead the team. At the district meet, the team qualified for five events at regionals. It looks to be an exciting two weeks as Coach Conner's team competes at regionals and state.

Middle School Sports Updates

The middle school athletes just finished up their spring season, capping off an impressive year in sports at CCDS. With the development of individual and team skills at the front of our program goals, teams showed tremendous growth over the course of each season, and their camaraderie and CCDS spirit shined during competition.The coaches and athletic department are always proud to see the CCDS virtues in action demonstrated by our athletes who represented CCDS proudly with their determination, teamwork, and sportsmanship. The hard work and dedication of the coaches and athletes was rewarded this year as they hoisted three league championships in coed swimming, A-boys basketball, and boys track, while many other teams made it to the semi-finals and finals of their respective tournaments. The 8th grade demonstrated great leadership during practices and games. As they move on to high school, we look forward to seeing them grow and succeed, while the 7th graders step up to fill the leadership role next year and are joined by the talented 6th grade class.Go Indians!

Youth Sports Update

The spring season for Youth Sports marks the end of an excellent year for our K-6 athletes. With many changes and additions to our program, students experienced every sport CCDS has to offer through participation in one-day clinics conducted by high school coaches and athletes, intensive multi-session camps directed by master coaches, or on various teams that competed across Cincinnati.Kindergarteners through 6th graders participated and competed with classmates in competitive environments, which not only helped develop them as athletes but also brought them closer as classmates. We look forward to continuing to grow and enhance our athletic offerings next year.Registration for fall 2019 teams is open at http://clubs.bluesombrero.com/countryday.

Thought of the Week - "An Athlete's Pride"
"I'm a high school player. I'm a team player. I play with my friends and with some of my enemies, but I respect everyone when it comes to my sport. I'm not going to get a multi-million-dollar contract to play professionally. I may not even get my name in the paper. I play for love of the game. For the pride and honor, for the blood, sweat and tears it takes to make the team, to earn the spot, to win the game. I play because I can, I play because I know that my life would be empty without the sport I play. I would have a lack of everything my sport gives me... integrity, courage, talent, fearlessness, pride, strength, stamina, will, and the heart of a champion. If I didn't play, I would lose a part of me. I'm an athlete. I'm a girl. I'm a champion, not because my team always wins, but because when we don't, we learn from our mistakes. We try to fix them, and most of all because we have fun. I have built lifelong friendships and memories because of my being an athlete. I leave everything on the field or court and continue to push myself. I am never happy with second place, but I have learned to accept it. I have learned to get over and through my anger and be the athlete and player I have always dreamed of being. I don't play for my parents, for my family, for my friends; I don't play for my coach or my teachers or my school. I play for myself but when I'm playing, I represent them. It isn't about winning or losing, but I hate to lose. I won't settle for a tie, and I am not satisfied with 100%. To play, you have to sacrifice everything, your body, your time, your sweat, blood, and tears, everything... for your team. I am a player, and athlete and a champion, not because I know what it is like to win, but because I know what it is like to lose. What it is like to feel the anger and pain that comes along with "second best." I have been that girl with tears in her eyes, walking out to receive the second-place trophy and clapping as the other team, my opponents, receive the first place one. I know what it is like to lose, to win, to want to quit, to want to cry, to not want to get up. I know what it is like to hear the cheers and yells for you. I know what it is like to feel the pressure of everyone on your shoulders, and I know what it is like to choke under that pressure. I know what it means to be an athlete, a true player, and that is why I play. I AM AN ATHLETE, A CHAMPION, A TRUE PLAYER."

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