Football players and coaches from local Catholic high schools recently gathered together not for a game under the lights, but at Holy Trinity Church in Dayton. On July 22, Archbishop Alter, Carroll, Lehman Catholic, Bishop Fenwick and Chaminade Julienne players attended a Rosary Rally organized by Sportsleader, a faith-based athletic character building program.
Whether they were on the diamond, on the court, on the field or on the track, the 2016 spring sports season ended with several student athletes and teams being recognized for their accomplishments throughout the season.
On Tuesday, May 31, Stephen Hoendorf '16 became the latest graduate to commit to playing a sport in college.
Hoendorf will play baseball for the University of Findlay and study physical therapy at the university.
"I am really excited to be a part of a young but growing team," Hoendorf shared. "I hope to make a great impact on the team."
Update: The women's 4x200 relay finished 11th in the preliminary round of the state tournament. The women's 4x100 relay finished 10th in the preliminary round of the state tournament and was less than one second behind the top place relay in that round.
Road to State: Five members of the women's track team had a "ready to run" mentality as they prepared to compete in the 4x100 and 4x200 relay races at the track and field state tournament, June 3 and 4 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University.
Despite graduating the night before, Kate Ward '16 came back to CJ on Tuesday, May 24 to sign her letter of intent to play lacrosse at Transylvania University.
"I really liked the campus when I went to visit," Ward explained. "When I stayed the night, I got to meet with the team and the coaches. Their sense of community was similar to CJ."
Ward, who lettered all four years in lacrosse, also earned Academic All-Ohio honors in 2014 and 2015 (2016 honors will be released later this summer) and was named a Scholar Athlete at the recent CJ Honor Awards.
Three football players will continue playing the sport they love as Tyler Curtis '16, Spencer Dufresne '16 and Deter Spees '16 committed to playing college football on Wednesday, May 4. Curtis will attend Otterbein University, Dufresne will attend Mount St. Joseph University, and Spees will attend the Florida Institute of Technology.
All three said the schools they chose had the academic and athletic needs they were looking for.
After a comprehensive search, Chaminade Julienne has selected Brian Reinhart as the school’s new Athletic Director.
“Brian comes to us with great school administration experience, leading a wide range of student activities, including directing an athletic program,” said John Marshall ‘86, principal. “He has come to understand and embrace CJ’s sense of family spirit, the importance of collaboration throughout the school community, and the swell of energy surrounding the opening of Roger Glass Stadium and the outdoor practice field in August.”
Two athletic seniors will continue to be classmates after graduating CJ as TJ Mills '16 and Christian Wortham '16 both committed to take their talent to Bluffton University on Monday, May 2.
Mills, a point guard on the women's basketball team, received several post-season accolades this season including GCL All-League First Team, District 15 All Star, Honorable Mention Southwest District and being named a Dayton Daily News Athlete of the Week.
The CJ winter sports teams brought heat to the basketball court, pool, bowling alley, track and mats even with the cold weather outside. The season ended with two teams sending students to the state level competition and several athletes receiving post-season awards.
Update: The results from the indoor state track and field competition on Saturday, March 5 were: