February 2012

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.

“It is a great day for these individuals and their families, but it’s also a great day for Chaminade Julienne athletics,” said Scott Pierce, athletic director. He addressed a group of about 50 students, family members, friends and supporters before athletes inked their names during CJ’s National Signing Day ceremony in the library February 1.

“We are proud to celebrate with these athletes today as they continue their athletic journeys and prepare for college,” Pierce said.

The sought-after upperclassmen were key contributors to CJ’s recent run to the regional finals under first-year varsity head coach Marcus Colvin in 2011. The Eagles ended the season at 9-4 overall and 6-1 in the GCL.

“I’ve probably had 100 coaches come through this building interested in those three kids,” Colvin said.

“This senior class did an outstanding job becoming great people, focusing on academics and using football as a tool to get there,” he said.

Nick Flannery, OL, College of Wooster: Flannery intends to study either business economics or psychology and will receive a partial, merit-based academic scholarship. He is an Eagles two-year varsity letter winner and earned second team All-GCL North honors in 2011.

Marco Gresham, CB, Notre Dame College: Gresham intends to study business management and will receive a full athletic grant to cover tuition expenses. He is an Eagles three-year varsity starter, a two-time first team All-GCL North performer, and a 2011 Division IV defensive first team All-Ohio and All Southwest District honoree.

Darian Reynolds, WR, Ashland University: Reynolds intends to study sports management and will receive a full athletic grant to cover tuition expenses. He is an Eagles three-year varsity starter, a first team All-GCL North performer, and earned Division IV All Southwest District honorable mention.


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)

After a 17-point home victory in the teams’ first meeting, the Eagles face the Patriots for a second time at a pivotal point in the schedule.  Alter, Carroll and CJ are all mathematically in contention for the 2012 league title and could face each other for a third time in the Division II tournament.

The Eagles have taken pride all season on “defense and discipline,” according to senior co-captain Tremayne Leonard. In victories, CJ has allowed opposing teams to score an average of less than 40 points per game.

“Anyone can win the GCL right now,” Leonard said. Victories against GCL South opponents St. Xavier and Elder have helped the Eagles’ cause, but will mean nothing if the team cannot close it out in February. CJ finishes the season with home games against McNicholas (Feb. 10), Moeller (Feb. 14) and Alter (Feb. 18 at Trent Arena) following Friday’s game at Carroll.

“Carroll is coming off a hot streak, and we have to get a win going into their place,” said fellow senior co-captain Aaron Lassalle. While CJ holds the longest winning streak of any team in the unpredictable GCL North this season, the Patriots are tough to beat at home, losing only two all year.

The difference-maker Friday night could be CJ’s experience playing in big games, said senior John Staley, co-captain. He helped lead the Eagles to a Flyin’ to the Hoop tournament victory (scoring a tournament-best 34 against Chilicothe), and a holiday tournament championship in West Virginia over the state’s 2011 runners-up.

“We’ve played a tough schedule, but I think it will pay off for us in the end,” he said.

The men's basketball postseason does not officially begin until the week of February 20; however, CJ will know its first-round opponent after the OHSAA sectional tournament draw on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.