Hirsch Athletic Report #9
Hirsch Athletic Report #9

Hirsch Report #9

NKU CCDS Basketball flyer
Second Semester Sports Clinics

Happy New Year! January is a busy month with the varsity sports pushing through the middle of their seasons prior to the OHSAA tournaments. Over break, the varsity girls basketball team traveled to Orlando for the Rock Holiday Classic. Coach John Snell's team played three games against high level competition to bring their record to 8-3 heading into the second half of the season.

The team was led by point guard Sabrina DelBello '21 who earned All-Tournament honors. Over the break, the deeply talented team was recognized by the Cincinnati Enquirer as the Team of the Week (Check out the article). The ladies return to action tonight in a MVC match-up against Clark before returning home Saturday for a game versus New Miami.

On March 1, CCDS Athletics will partner with mCORE (Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation) to screen students for cardiac conditions and abnormalities that may put them at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Students must be 12 years old at the time of registration. Check out the attachment for all the details, or simply click here and choose Cincinnati Country Day School.

Celebrate Girls Soccer State Championship Team

The state championship run was an exciting time for the CCDS community. The athletic department will celebrate the team with two events in 2019. On Sunday, Jan. 20, a replay of the championship game will be shown before the soccer banquet at Jim and Jack's on the River (3456 River Road, 45204). Kickoff is 3 p.m., and the banquet will follow the game. Come enjoy the game, along with some food and drinks. On Saturday, Feb. 2, we will recognize the team at halftime of the varsity girls basketball game versus Norwood. It will be an important game as the team looks to win an MVC championship. Tip-off is 11:30 a.m. in the north gym with the team recognition at halftime.

Parent Wellness in Leonard Family Athletic Center
We are excited to announce some new opportunities for adult members of the Country Day community: open swim in the Levinson Pool, morning work-outs in the new weight room, and fitness classes with Coach Shah. Click here for details as we continue to offer more ways to stay fit by using our amazing new facility.

Varsity Sports Updates

Wrestling: Wrestling finished 2018 with a home meet two days before winter break. The wrestlers grappled with opponents from Western Brown, Schroeder, and Hughes. Every wrestler had a match, and we won each bout, a rare feat in this sport. Junior captain Noah Wise went 2-0 for the evening and recorded a 21 second pin in one of his matches. First-year wrestler Cader Rowe won the first two bouts of his career. It was a special night with everyone showing grit and grace in victory. Before school reconvened, the team traveled to Valley View High School for a tournament. Three-sport junior Keane Warner placed sixth. Warner made it to the championship semifinals before dropping into the consolation bracket. He showed a lot of heart as he lost his fifth-place match in a hard-fought overtime battle. Freshman Bailey Edmonson also placed sixth.

Boys Basketball: The boys varsity basketball team started the season with some tough losses that went down to the wire, but the boys have bounced back to win four of their last six games. The backcourt duo of Kylan Young and Matthew Adkins, along with formidable defense, have led the team. The freshman and JV teams are off to a hot start with a combined 13-2 record. The future is bright for the Indians.

Swimming: Congratulations to freshman Camille Huxol who qualified for sectional diving championships on Monday, Feb. 4 at Miami University. The swim team returned to the pool on Tuesday with a tri-meet and travel Monday to Norwood. The team will compete in the Southwest Coaches Classic on Saturday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, Jan. 20 as they prepare for the MVC Championships at CCDS on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Gymnastics: The CCDS gymnasts hosted their first meet in three seasons before the holidays. Even though the team finished fourth, they had great performances for the year's first meet. They matched last year's first score of 114.1. Sophomore Jasmine Gonzales led the way by finishing second in All-Around. She also had the top scores for the Indians on vault, bars, and floor. Junior Cate Collett had the team's high score on beam. On Sunday, the varsity gymnastics team competed in the Oak Hills Invitational. The gymnasts improved their team score from the first meet, scoring 115.85. Jasmine Gonzales led the team with 32.45 points on All-Around. She also scored an 8.2 to place eighth on bars. Cate Collett also had a strong meet for the Indians.

Alumni Spotlight: Lisa Elam Kelp '94

: volleyball, basketball, softball

Colleges attended and degrees: CCU (BA Education); Xavier University (MEd)

Memory: My favorite athletics memory at Country Day was during my sophomore basketball season. We had upperclassmen, who were on an MVC winning streak, and I enjoyed every moment that I was part of that team. I had the opportunity to watch players like Mary Zimmerman and Kristy Walsh, and several others, learn from them, and be a part of exciting moments including the district championship at Vandalia.

Advice: My advice to all student-athletes is to make every effort to play multiple sports. If I had only focused on one, I would have missed out on many opportunities for growth. CCDS afforded me the chance to be involved on several teams, for which I am forever grateful.

Varsity Spotlight: Noah Wise '20

Tell me a little bit about yourself: My name is Noah Wise, and I'm a junior at Country Day. I've been a CCDS since sixth grade.

What is your favorite class and teacher or teachers at CCDS? I have always enjoyed history and the teachers who teach history.

How long have you participated in wrestling? Any memories from your earlier years? I'm currently in my fifth year of wrestling. I always enjoyed practice in Middle School because of the big (relatively) team and the kids on the team. It was fun.

Tell me about this year's team: This year's team is great. I had originally thought that there would be only two team members, including me, but two of my friends who are also juniors joined the team. Our current team has good overall experience with wrestling having only one newcomer. It's has been exciting opening month.

What would your message be to younger CCDS student-athletes about playing sports in high school? The sports are often more intense, and the competition can be a lot harder, but if you practice, it almost always pays off.

MS Athletic Team Spotlight: The middle school wrestling team may be small, but they are already making an impact. At their first invitational at North College Hill, Tristen Davis placed third and Noah Webb placed fifth in their weight classes. The team also came back to school earlier than other teams from winter break to practice and host their own invitational. On Saturday, Jan. 5, the team hosted 14 other schools and more than 100 wrestlers at the CCDS Wrestling Invitational. The day was filled with some great matches as wrestlers competed to earn top honors of the day. Tristen Davis went undefeated in the 116-pound pool bracket and completed the day with a second-place finish. Noah Webb pinned his opponent in his final match to earn a third-place finish in the 124- pound weight class. The invitational was a fantastic opportunity to show CCDS's wrestling pride and for our wrestlers to demonstrate that their hard work and dedication are paying off as they drive toward the MVC Championships on Feb. 8 at CCDS. Good luck in the upcoming meets.

Youth Program Spotlight:

The third-grade basketball teams kicked the season off with great energy and determination. The boys and girls teams have practiced since the beginning of December to build both team and individual skills. Their growth has been tremendous. Each team's selfless play has created some exciting games over the season's first few weeks. Under coaches Zimmerman's (boys) and Ross's (girls) direction, the teams continue to grow and develop their skills with smiles on their faces. The team's joy of playing is infectious, and every game demonstrates their Indian pride and the strength they have built as a team. We look forward to continuing to represent CCDS proudly over the rest of the season. Go Indians!

CCDS families are invited to a night of basketball on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at Northern Kentucky University. Kyle Higgason, fifth-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 1-6 is now open. Develop strength, agility, and balance. The clinic will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Jan. 15 and ending Feb. 7 at Indian Hill School's wrestling room. Dan Wood and Mike Hill, CCDS varsity and middle school wrestling coaches, will coach the clinic. Use the following link for more detailed information and registration: https://clubs.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=260796

Flag Football (Grades 1–5) Registration Open

Register at https://playfanatics.com/youth-sports/flag-football-leagues/

Choose the Kenwood-Blue Ash program

Choose SUNDAY games

Enter Michelle Newman for coach

Enter Cincinnati Country Day School under 2018/19 School or Daycare Name

Playfanatics fees are based on registration dates. Each month, the fee increases by $10, so register early to avoid the monthly price increases.

If you have additional questions not found on the league website, please contact Michelle Newman at newmanm@countryday.net

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.

CCDSports Clinics

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)

Family Swim

Thought of the Week:

"Life is a team sport; it's not about you." - Sue Enquist, UCLA Softball Coach.

To Do Today: Remember, "The greatest of the great make others better." - Sue Enquist

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