Since this is my last note for 2018, I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone the very best for the holiday season and the start of 2019. The first semester produced some exciting results in athletics, but it is just the beginning of the energy and passion for CCDS Athletics across the divisions.
In August, I said, "The success of the 2018-2019 athletic year requires our entire community—both past and present—coming together as one team. We MUST create a team culture in which we support and celebrate EVERY team comprised of our youngest students to the leaders of the Upper School—the Class of 2019." I can proudly say we accomplished for the last five months in 2018, but we can't let up.
Two weeks ago, I traveled to Taylor High School and cheered on our small wrestling team. I am so proud of their effort and what they represent—Captain Noah Wise, a three-year veteran of wrestling, took his lumps as a freshman and sophomore that strengthened his determination and resiliency and has started the season with a 3-1 record; Junior Keane Warner, a three-sport athlete (football, wrestling, and lacrosse), joined the wrestling team to help improve his football skills and finished the day with a 1-1 record; Junior Cader Rowe, a four-sport athlete (soccer, football, wrestling, and lacrosse), had never stepped on a wrestling mat until three weeks ago, but I trust by the end of the year will be pinning guys; and Freshman Bailey Edmonson placed third in his first varsity tournament. I'm excited to watch the growth and development of our team under the guidance of Coach Wood and Coach Hill.
Remember to follow @ccdsHirsch and @ccds_wrestling on Twitter for updates. The CCDS Athletic Department will host MS Wrestling Invitational on Jan. 5, as well as the MVC Championships on Friday, Feb. 8.
Varsity Sports Updates:
Girls Basketball: Women's varsity basketball is off to a stellar start to the season. Suffering their only loss to Roger Bacon, the team has a 5-1 record. Consisting of three freshmen, five sophomores, one junior, and three seniors, the Lady Indians are looking to win the MVC conference, a goal that hasn't been achieved in more than five years. Looking to improve their record to 7-1 before winter break, they have to defeat Lockland and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. Come cheer on your women's varsity basketball team!
Boys Basketball: The boys basketball season is off and running with three games under their belt. The freshman team has impressive wins over Reading and 7 Hills and the JV team is 3-0. The varsity team has played three tough and exciting games and has come up short in all three. I am happy about the effort the boys have shown to start the season, and I look forward to our first home game on Friday vs. St. Bernard as we work to improve each day.
Swimming: The varsity swim team is off to a great start, with strong performances in our first two meets. We're excited to be back in our home pool with a young, hungry team full of potential. Both the girls and boys 200-meter freestyle relays are looking extremely competitive, and most of our swimmers have already made significant improvements in their times. We have five (!!!) more meets on campus this season. Come cheer us on!
Gymnastics: The gymnastics team opens their season on Thursday with their first home meet in three years. The Indians will be the host team against Oak Hills, Lakota East and Lakota West. Under the leadership of seniors Emily Gonzales, Mia Masterson, Grace Straley, and Morgan Pfister, the team has improved on their level of difficulty and form to prepare for the season ahead and improve on last year's success.
Alumni Spotlight: Ellie Off '96
Sports: Tennis, Basketball, Softball
Colleges attended and degrees: Dartmouth College, AB; Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, MBA
Memory: I have so many good memories of CCDS, it's hard to pick one! That said, one that immediately comes to mind is when our softball team won districts and became one of the first women's sports teams to make it to regionals. We had worked hard to achieve the goal, and everybody on the team contributed to our success. Additionally, we had a ton of fun while we did it! The sense of accomplishment was amazing, and being a leader on that team (captain, pitcher) created an amazing experience that set the stage for future leadership opportunities and overcoming adversity.
Advice: Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and try new things. I had never shot a basketball when I joined the team my freshman year. While it took me awhile to get the hang of it, I am so glad I tried. Take advantage of everything the school has to offer. Because CCDS is small but has a wealth of activities and opportunities, it's a great opportunity to get involved and be a leader. This opportunity becomes much more difficult when you go to larger schools/universities. If you take advantage of CCDS, it will set you up for future success.
Varsity Senior Spotlight: Lily Farrell '19
Tell me a little bit about yourself. I am a lifeguard at the Evendale Recreation Center, and I am a birthday party host at Pogo Play. I have a twin brother who attends Purcell Marian High School. I enjoy spending time with my friends and helping people out. I laugh a lot, even when something isn't that funny. In addition to basketball, I play lacrosse and volleyball.
How long have you attended CCDS? I have been at CCDS since the third grade.
What is your favorite class and teacher or teachers at CCDS? My favorite teachers are Mr. Christiansen and Mr. Fossett, and I like history and math because of them.
How long have you participated in basketball? Any memories from your earlier years? I have been playing basketball since I was six. I played with my four best friends in grade school, and we had the time of our lives. We played for Glendale Youth Sports, and we were very good for being so young. I always remember playing Sharonville because they were considered our rivals. The game was always tough. We beat them every time we played, except once. My four best friends and I loved going to practice. We thought it was the best thing ever!
Tell me about this year's team. This year's team is widely talented. We have a very deep bench. The majority of our team is underclassmen, and they are all very versatile. When I walk into practice, I can feel the spirit of the team, almost like I can feel the love we have for each other and the sport. Kam Jordan, Sabrina DelBello, and I are the co-captains this year. Kam and Sabrina score a lot of the points on our team and are some of our key players. Katelynn Setters has lockdown defense and always gets points off rebounds. This year our team is heading to Florida over winter break to participate in the Holiday Rock Basketball Tournament. Right now, we are first in the league and have a 5-1 record. Come out and watch us play!
What colleges are you looking at, and what do you want to study? I want to double major in psychology and communications. That way, after undergrad, I can go to graduate school to earn my master's in psychology and possibly get a job in communications while in grad school. I want to attend the University of Kentucky or Ohio State.
What would your message be to younger CCDS student-athletes about playing sports in high school? Always remember who you are, play with confidence, and rely on your teammates to have your back!
MS Athletic Team Spotlight:
The middle school winter athletic teams are off to a fast start. The middle school swim team was excited to host its first meet at CCDS and show off their new pool against a couple league rivals. The CCDS team is made up of 16 young men and women with a wide range of swimming experience. Coaches Rumboll and Ferguson have worked with the team to improve the swimmers' technique and come together as a team. The swimmers proudly represented CCDS in their opening meet with a dominant performance with 14 first- or second-place finishes in the 14 events, including sweeping first place in all relays. They sealed the victory with 97 points, well ahead of the second-place team with 46 points. The team shows great determination as they start their season.
Youth Program Spotlight:
This winter the CCDS Youth Athletics program had a record number of sign-ups. The teams launched their season in early December with games across the city. The second-grade boys filled two teams this winter and are working with Coaches Cicchinelli and Staph to learn the skills and teamwork necessary to play basketball. The teams have already demonstrated tremendous growth and progress through their hard work and dedication in practices. Their dribbling, passing, and shooting skills have been impressive, and their teamwork shines above other teams in the league. The teams look to continue to grow and build on their cohesive play. Good luck to the second-grade boys on a promising season.
CCDS families are invited to a night of basketball on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at Northern Kentucky University. Kyle Higgason, fifth-grade grade youth coach, has worked with NKU to organize an evening for CCDS families and players at the NKU Norse vs. Oakland Golden Grizzlies game. CCDS students will shoot on the court and meet the team. This is an excellent event for all ages. If you are interested in attending, please see the attached flyer for information on purchasing tickets. Thanks again to Coach Higgason for making this possible.
Youth Wrestling Clinic
Registration for YOUTH WRESTLING CLINIC grades 1st-6th NOW OPEN! Develop strength, agility, and balance! Clinic will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Jan. 15th and ending Feb 7th at Indian Hill School Wrestling room. The clinic will be coached by Dan Wood and Mike Hill, CCDS Varsity and Middle School wrestling coaches.
See the attached flyer and use the following link for more detailed information and registration: https://clubs.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=260796
Through CD365, Country Day continues to add more year-round programming opportunities for you and your children—from weekend and afterschool sports clinics and Saturday Academies to family swimming programs to facilities rentals of our many campus spaces (athletics, arts, meeting rooms, etc.). For many parents, these offerings are a convenient way to complement their students curricular and extra-curricular learning.
Below are some of the CD365 athletic offerings. For a complete list click here for the CD365 webpage.
CCDS Athletics offers monthly youth sports clinics to connect varsity coaches and players with our young athletes.
CCDSwims for all ages! Click on the below links for what session fits your family.
EC Swim (18 – 36 months)
Country Splash (10 – 24 months)
Holiday Family Swim on Friday, Jan. 4
We will host a family swim from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4 in the Levinson Pool at the Leonard Family Athletic Center. This is a FREE event before classes resume after winter break.
Thought of the Week:
by Basketball Legend: Pat Summit
"The Definite Dozen"
Respect Yourself and Others
There is no such thing as self-respect without respect for others.
Individual success is a myth. No one succeeds all by themselves.
People who do not respect those around them will not make good team members and
probably lack self-esteem themselves.
When you ask yourself, "Do I deserve to succeed?", make sure the answer is yes.
Take Full Responsibility
There are no shortcuts to success.
You can't assume larger responsibility without taking responsibility for the small things, too.
Being responsible sometimes means making tough, unpopular decisions.
Admit to and make yourself accountable for mistakes. How can you improve if you're
Develop and Demonstrate Loyalty
Loyalty is not unilateral. You have to give it to receive it.
The family business model is a successful one because it fosters loyalty and trust.
Surround yourself with people who are better than you are. Seek out quality people,
acknowledge their talents, and let them do their jobs. You win with people.
Learn to Be a Great Communicator
Communication eliminates mistakes.
Listening is crucial to good communication.
We communicate all the time, even when we don't realize it. Be aware of body language.
Make good eye contact.
Silence is a form of communication, too. Sometimes less is more.
Discipline Yourself So No One Else Has To
Self-discipline helps you believe in yourself.
Group discipline produces a unified effort toward a common goal.
When disciplining others, be fair, be firm, be consistent.
Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from
Make Hard Work Your Passion
Do the things that aren't fun first, and do them well.
Plan your work, and work your plan.
See yourself as self-employed.
Don't Just Work Hard, Work Smart
Success is about having the right person, in the right place, at the right time.
Know your strengths, weaknesses, and needs.
When you understand yourself and those around you, you are better able to minimize
weaknesses and maximize strengths. Personality profiles help.
Put the Team Before Yourself
Teamwork doesn't come naturally. It must be taught.
Teamwork allows common people to obtain uncommon results.
Not everyone is born to lead. Role players are critical to group success.
In group success there is individual success.
Make Winning an Attitude
Combine practice with belief.
Attitude is a choice. Maintain a positive outlook.
No one ever got anywhere by being negative.
Confidence is what happens when you've done the hard work that entitles you to succeed.
Be a Competitor
Competition isn't social. It separates achievers from the average.
You can't always be the most talented person in the room, but you can be the most competitive.
Influence your opponent: By being competitive you can affect how your adversary performs.
There is nothing wrong with having competitive instincts. They are survival instincts.
Change Is a Must
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts the most.
Change equals self-improvement. Push yourself to places you haven't been before.
Take risks. You can't steal second base with your foot on first.
Handle Success Like You Handle Failure
You can't always control what happens, but you can control how you handle it.
Sometimes you learn more from losing than winning. Losing forces you to reexamine.
It's harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals.