Watkins Commits to Heidelberg University

P'Hariz Watkins '17 became the second senior on the men's basketball team to say "yes" to continuing playing in college when he committed to Heidelberg University earlier this month.

CJ men's head basketball coach Joe Staley '72 noted that Watkins holds the all-time record for charges taken in Eagles history.

"It's one of the hallmarks of a tough kid," Staley said. "A lot of kids are afraid to take it. He took more charges and had more charges called than anyone we've ever had, so that's pretty cool."

Montague Signs with Walsh University

On Friday, May 12, Christian Montague '17 confirmed his passion for basketball by signing to play the sport at Walsh University.

"I'm ready to play," Montague emphasized.

The leadership and talent of Montague is something head men's basketball coach, Joe Staley '72, will miss the most about the senior.

"I'm very proud and sad he's leaving," Staley said.

Stamper Signs with Ursuline College

A second member of the women's lacrosse team will continue to play the sport in college. Lydia Stamper '17 committed to Ursuline College on Wednesday, April 12.

"Ursuline is a pretty small college," Stamper noted. "When visiting Ursuline for the first time, I got the impression that they were a close knit community just like CJ. The people at Ursuline were very welcoming and reminded me of how welcomed I felt at CJ."

Women's lacrosse head coach Danielle Cash shared her confidence for Stamper's success in college.

Freeman-Parks Signs With West Virginia Wesleyan University

The Eagles football team will be losing ten seniors at the end of the school year, including Jacquel Freeman-Parks. “Shaq,” as he’s affectionately known, will continue to showcase his talent when he plays for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats beginning in the fall.

Freeman-Parks signed with the team on Thursday, March 30. He received a scholarship to play at the Division II school. He said he plans to study sports management.

“The school has better competition,” Freeman-Parks said. “The football coaches reminded me of CJ because of the way they interacted with me.”

Bowman Signs With Otterbein

Sara Bowman ‘17 will continue hitting the links after CJ as she takes her passion for golf to Otterbein University in the fall.

“I chose Otterbein because I can shape my college experience there with golf, my art major, and other extra-curriculars,” Bowman said.

She noted that another appeal of Otterbein were some of its similarities to CJ.

“They are both in or around major cities, which is important to me since I want to be a graphic designer and big businesses are important clientele for my field,” Bowman explained.

Walk to State: Wrestling

“It’s the cherry on top.”

Wrestling Assistant Coach Paul Marshall ‘86 excitedly shared that summary of the 2016-2017 CJ wrestling team experience after Micah Marshall ‘18 and Isaiah Wortham ‘20 participated in the traditional Walk to State on Thursday, March 9. Marshall qualified for the tournament in the 138 weight class and Wortham qualified for the tournament in the 120 weight class.

“It’s an experience I’ve been waiting for for the last three years,” Marshall said. “It’s amazing to know my work led up to this.”

Walk to State: Indoor Track and Field

On Thursday, March 2, ten indoor track and field members didn't sprint, but rather walked, as the CJ community cheered them on ahead of the state championships. For several state qualifiers, this was their first trip to the state finals.

"It’s exciting for them, but it’ll be nerve wracking," men's and women's track and field head coach Jerry Puckett predicted prior to the event. "They are all very talented."

Montague Becomes Sixth Eagle to Score 1,000+ Points

Valentine’s day 2017 will always hold a special place in Christian Montague’s ‘17 heart as that was the night he surpassed scoring more than 1,000 points in his basketball career at CJ, becoming only the sixth Eagle to achieve the accomplishment.

“I'm very proud of being the only the sixth Eagle because it's a long milestone,” Montague said. “This sure wouldn't be possible without my teammates!”  


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