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Herd Signs to Play Soccer at Findlay

Just two seasons removed from her first organized soccer game ever, senior Schaudon Herd signed a National Letter of Intent February 7 to attend Findlay University and play goalkeeper for the Oilers.

Herd began playing the game after her sophomore year at CJ when friend and Eagles basketball teammate Lynsay Strahorn ’11 (currently a midfielder at Cleveland State) suggested she try out for the team. The rest, as they say, is history.

“Lynsay told me, ‘You’re quick, you’re athletic. You should just try it out,’” Herd said. “Never once had I thought about playing soccer.”

Eagle Bowlers on a Roll

Following a season spent solely practicing together after school, the members of the men’s and women’s bowling team are back on the lanes and competing once again in 2012.

The Eagles have settled back into the GCL and GGCL, finding their groove down the stretch this year. The men’s team wrapped up the regular season in second place behind only Carroll in the North division, while the women’s team finished third in the Grey North ahead of Fenwick.

Five Make it Official on Signing Day

Eagle student-athletes Cierra Brown, Nick Flannery, Marco Gresham, Sean Miller and Darian Reynolds signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday afternoon on the first day for high school seniors to do so.

Brown will run track at Purdue University; Flannery, Gresham and Reynolds will play football at the College of Wooster, Notre Dame College and Ashland University respectively; and Sean Miller will play soccer at Tiffin University.

Defense and Discipline Defining Eagles

With just four regular season contests remaining, the men’s varsity basketball team will look to increase its lead in the GCL North on the road against league rival Carroll Friday night.

Support the feature team of the week during the 7:30 p.m. matchup at Carroll High School (directions). The freshmen team will play at 4:30 p.m., followed by the JV at 6 p.m. A limited number of pre-sale tickets are on sale in the athletic office for $6 (adults) and $4 (students), with all tickets being $6 at the door.

Preview:  CJ (11-5, 7-3 GCL) vs. Carroll (9-6, 4-6 GCL)

CJ Wrestlers Focused as Feature Team

Eagle grapplers got off to a great start as the feature team of the week Monday, Jan. 23, trouncing opponents National Trail and Fairborn in a Senior Night tri-meet.

Looking ahead, the team hopes to keep its momentum high entering the Eaton Invitational this weekend and through next month’s end-of-season tournaments. Divisional duals begin February 4, with the league and sectional tournaments held during the weekends that follow.

Popularity of Eagle Swim Team Soaring

Since fall 2010 when the Feature Team initiative was first introduced, members of the Spirit Committee have been highlighting CJ sports teams throughout all three athletic seasons, and their efforts to build school-wide support for Eagle student-athletes officially resumed during the week of January 17-21.

The committee has had its hands full hanging locker signs and organizing lunch-time appreciations for members of the men’s and women’s swim team this week due to the growing number of Eagle swimmers in 2012. Participants have increased by 30 percent since last season.

Softball Team Spreads Christmas Cheer

Members of the CJ softball team spent Saturday, Dec. 3 serving youngsters of all ages at the Pancakes with Prancer community event hosted by the City of Moraine.

Eagle volunteers were in charge of leading arts and crafts activities during the event, which is aimed at raising money for the city’s Christmas Smiles Program. The program provides food and gifts for needy families from Moraine.

Dee Bowling, head coach, said the girls had a great time interacting with the children and taking a team photo with Santa and his reindeer, Prancer.

John Staley Signs with NKU

Eagles fans will not have too far to travel to watch basketball standout John Staley compete at the collegiate level one year from now.

After verbally committing to Northern Kentucky University in September, the CJ senior made it official on Thursday, Nov. 10, signing his National Letter of Intent to join the Norse next season.

“It feels great to sign with NKU,” Staley said. “I have played basketball all my life because I love the game, so it’s just a bonus to be able play for four more years and get my college education.”

Long Signs to Play Basketball at Vandy

Less than 16 hours into the official opening of the high school signing period Wednesday, Nov. 9, Chaminade Julienne senior Raytea Long inked her National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Commodores of Vanderbilt University.

As part of her commitment, Long will receive a full athletic grant to cover all tuition costs at the university located in Tennessee’s capital city, where she plans to study chemical engineering.

“Vanderbilt was just a perfect fit for me. The location, the academics, and the basketball program all felt right,” Long said.

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