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
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
7:00-7:30 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.
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.
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"
Go Country Day!
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Hirsch Athletic Report #17