June 2014

2014 Spring Sports Season in Review

It was an historic spring season for the Eagles, punctuated by fantastic postseason performances in baseball, crew, lacrosse, tennis and track & field. Altogether, CJ student athletes finished the 2013-14 school year earning runner-up honors among the eight Greater Catholic League Coed schools for the All-Sports Trophy with 118.5 points.

Team Highlights

Record: 15-11 (8-6 GCL)

Key Wins: The Eagles rode a five-game win streak, collecting the program’s first district championship in 28 years along the way, before bowing to CHCA -- the eventual Division III state runner-up -- in the regional finals. CJ swept league rival Alter and split with GCL Coed North champion Fenwick. The team avenged regular season losses to both Waynesville and Badin in the postseason, outscoring all opponents by an average of 3.8 runs while allowing just seven total over five games.

All Stars: Stephen Hoendorf '16 (GCL First Team, All Area Second Team); Kyle Shoup ‘14 (GCL First Team); Chandler Spees ‘14 (GCL First Team); Alex Livingston ‘14 (GCL Second Team); Corey Lugiano ‘14 (GCL Second Team); Matthew Richard ‘15 (GCL Second Team).

Key Moments: Seven student athletes finished their season at the USRowing Youth National Championships in Rancho Cordova, Calif. this June (six with Dayton Boat Club, one with the Greater Dayton Rowing Association). Eagles compete as members of the DBC and can earn a varsity letter for their participation.

National Qualifiers: Tony Bogard ‘14 (8th place, boys double); Sophie Johnson ‘15 (12th place, girls pair); Margaret Geraghty ‘15, Abby O'Loughlin ‘15, Erin Carmody ‘15, and Ashley Erich ‘14 (17th place, girls lightweight four); Spencer Mullins ‘17 (top 22, GDRA boys double).

Record: Men’s 11-6  |  Women’s 6-11

Key Wins: The men’s Eagles Lacrosse Club reached the 2014 quarterfinals in its most successful season to date. Along the way, CJ earned the No. 1 ranking in all of Ohio club lacrosse in late April propelled by a five-game win streak.

Women’s lacrosse became a school sponsored interscholastic varsity sport in 2014. The Eagles bounced back from mid-season struggles to record their first tournament victory in program and school history on May 13, 2014, beating Miami Valley School 16-15 in the opening round of the postseason.

All Stars: Ben Reis ‘14 (OHSLA Midfielder of the Year, First Team All State, and First Team All Region); Keiley Ayers ‘14 (Academic All American, Academic All Ohio; All District Honorable Mention); Megan Barrett ‘14 (Academic All American, Academic All Ohio); Julie Ward ‘14 (Academic All American, Academic All Ohio); Emily Meyer ‘15 (Academic All American, Academic All Ohio); Terri Vo ‘15 (Academic All American, Academic All Ohio); Emma Eichenauer ‘16 (Academic All Ohio), Caitlin Erbacher ‘16 (Academic All Ohio), Audrey Thacker ‘16 (Academic All Ohio), Colleen Wagoner ‘16 (Academic All Ohio), Katie Ward ‘16 (Academic All Ohio); Lauren Cartone ‘17 (Academic All Ohio), Logan Dix ‘17 (Academic All Ohio), Alexis Jackson ‘17 (Academic All Ohio), Olivia Livingston ‘17 (Academic All Ohio), Alexis Olwine ‘17 (Academic All Ohio), Sara Peters ‘17 (Academic All Ohio), Megan Stefan ‘17 (Academic All Ohio).

Record: 10-11 (7-7 GCL)

Key Wins: The Eagles finished second in the GCL Coed North, losing inside the division only to champion Fenwick. The girls rallied late in the year to win five of their last nine regular season games all against league opponents. In the opening round of the Division II tournament, the Eagles stunned No. 3 seeded Clinton Massie 8-4 on their home field before exiting in the sectional semifinals. Dee Werbrich was named Coach of the Year for the second time in the last three seasons.

All Stars: Erin Colbert ‘17 (GCL First Team); Caitlin Mathews ‘14 (GCL First Team); Lauren Rose ‘16 (GCL First Team); Olivia Childs-Taylor ‘15 (GCL Second Team); Noelle Grierson ‘15 (GCL Second Team); Sydney Petroski ‘14 (GCL Second Team).

Record: 11-8 (4-1 GCL)

Key Wins: The Eagles ranked fifth among area Division II teams and finished tied atop the GCL Coed after losing only to McNick in league play. Sophomore Carlos Estrada-Sanchez won the Division II sectional singles championship, defeating challengers from Bellbrook and Miami Valley School. Jim Brooks was awarded Coach of the Year honors for the third time in five years.

All Stars: Malik Guy ‘15 (All Area Honorable Mention, Singles; GCL First Team, Singles); Carlos Estrada Sanchez ‘16 (All Area First Team, Singles; GCL First Team, Singles); Warren Reynolds ‘14 & Anthony Genovesi ‘15 (All Area Third Team, Doubles; GCL First Team, Doubles); Will Huffman ‘16 (GCL Second Team, Singles); Robert Smith ‘15 & Aaron Talib ‘15 (GCL Second Team, Doubles).

Key Moments: CJ track & field athletes concluded their season in Columbus again this season, sending thirteen qualifiers and two alternates to the Division II state meet. After the men’s team took third at districts, the 4x100 meter dash team of Isaac Renner, Will Peterson, Kendall Pegues and Braxton Horton would go on to take first place at regionals. Also winning a regional championship was Kyle McKinney who ended up finishing fifth at state in the long jump (and was ranked as Ohio’s top triple jumper in D-II). McKinney would eventually join teammates Renner, Horton and Pegues on the 4x200 meter relay team, which took eighth place at state.

The women’s team finished fourth at districts and qualified for two events at state after Jasmyne Shaw, Faith White, Lauren Pegues and Dejah Gilliam finished second in the 4x100 meter relay at regionals. Joining them at state were Emily Stayer, Abby Stayer, Helen Wittman and Beth Stumpf who took third in the 4x800 meter relay at regionals. Those relay teams finished ninth and 11th respectively at state.

All Stars: Kyle McKinney ‘15 (All State, Long jump); Kendall Pegues (GCL First Team, 100m dash); Isaac Renner ‘14, K. McKinney, Braxton Horton ‘15, & K. Pegues (GCL First Team, 800m relay); Nick Boyd ‘16, K. McKinney, Will Peterson ‘14, & B. Horton (GCL First Team, 1600m dash); Dejah Gilliam ‘15 (GCL First Team, 100m dash); Jasmyne Shaw ‘15, D. Gilliam, Faith White ‘15, & Ariel Caffee ‘16 (GCL First Team, 800m relay); K. McKinney (GCL Second Team, 300m IM hurdles); I. Renner, B. Horton, N. Boyd, & K. Pegues (GCL Second Team, 400m relay); K. McKinney (GCL Second Team, Long jump); A. Caffee (GCL Second Team, 400m dash); Beth Stumpf ‘15, Emily Stayer ‘14, F. White, & A. Caffee (GCL Second Team, 1600m relay); B. Stumpf, Helen Wittman ‘15, Abby Stayer ‘14, & E. Stayer (GCL Second Team, 3200m relay).

Record: 6-15 (1-9 GCL)

Key Wins: The Eagles recorded their first wins of the season in the newly renovated Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gymnasium by going 2-1 in the GCL Challenge. Half of the team’s victories came against larger Division I opponents in Fairborn, Pickerington Central and Hamilton. CJ returns a solid young core of players next season, losing just two seniors.

All Stars: Tim Menker ‘16 (All State Honorable Mention, D-II West Region First Team, GCL First Team, OBSVCA Scholar Athlete); Matthew Pyper ‘15 (D-II West Region Second Team, GCL Second Team); Thomas Wilimitis ‘16 (D-II West Region Honorable Mention, GCL Second Team, OBSVCA Scholar Athlete); Thomas Krug ‘16 (OBSVCA Scholar Athlete); Jarred Stamper ‘15 (OBSVCA Scholar Athlete).


Eagles Fly West for National Finals

Six Eagles rowers finished their season with the Dayton Boat Club (DBC) in Rancho Cordova, Calif. at the USRowing Youth National Championships held June 13-15 on Lake Notoma.

Among the 504 crews that competed in 18 events, two CJ crews advanced to the semifinals. The boys double with senior Tony Bogard placed 8th nationally (7:31.230) and the women’s pair with junior Sophie Johnson finished in 12th place (9:11.804).

Additionally, the girls varsity lightweight four made up of all CJ student athletes with juniors Margaret Geraghty, Abby O'Loughlin, and Erin Carmody and senior Ashley Erich finished in 17th place (8:45.915). A congratulations also goes out to CJ freshman Spencer Mullins who qualified for nationals in the lightweight double rowing for the Greater Dayton Rowing Association.

This year’s semifinals and finals were streamed live on YouTube, and you can watch a re-broadcast online from USRowing’s official channel. Complete results are also available online.

CJ men’s and women’s rowers and coxswains compete under the DBC. The program has produced at least one college signee from Chaminade Julienne every year since 2006, including most recently 2014 graduate Grace Horner, who is headed to Canisius College.


CJ Community Bids Farewell to Retirees

This June our school bid farewell to veteran teachers Janet Lasley and Marilyn McCrate along with longtime staff member Lois Mann who each retire after a combined 52 years of service to the CJ community.

Lois, who works as Assistant to the Principal in the Welcome Center, is celebrating 20 years in Catholic education this school year (see all celebrating milestones in 2014). She and her husband Tom have two children, Curtis ‘98 and Keri ‘03, who are both graduates of CJ. In retirement, Lois plans to spend lots of time with her granddaughter and assist her daughter with wedding planning.

Janet has served as an art teacher at CJ for the last 16 years and retires after dedicating a total of 41 years to education. She looks forward to devoting more energy to art and yoga, and spending time with her eight grandchildren and husband Tom, a member of the CJ Board of Trustees.

Marilyn retires after 16 years teaching religion and serving as Assistant Director of Ministry & Service. She and her husband Tom belong to a lay Marianist community and are parishioners at Queen of Apostles. Marilyn intends to set aside the first six months of her retirement for travel, outdoor recreation, and visits with family and friends. Ultimately, she'd like to put her prior experience in social work to use by providing counseling to at-risk children and victims of family violence.

We thank these women for their hard work and dedication, and send our blessings and best wishes in retirement!

18 Celebrate Catholic Career Milestones

Eighteen members of the faculty and staff celebrated anniversaries in Catholic education during the 2013-14 school year, but perhaps none more impressive than the 40 years Charlene Wheeler ‘65 has dedicated to her alma mater.

Her relationship with the CJ community actually dates back more than 50 years when Charlene started as a freshman at Julienne High School. Since that time, she has proudly been a cheerleader, alumna, parent (to graduates Mollie ‘90 and Mark ‘94), and valued employee.

“Throughout my time at CJ, Charlene has filled a number of professional roles: counselor, principal, mentor, parent of two students, testing coordinator, and post secondary coordinator to name a few,” said math teacher Ann Meyers ‘76. “Charlene is always informed, prepared, and willing to help move the school forward.”

Doing just that, Charlene is fondly remembered for stepping up to take over as interim principal during the 1998-99 school year. “Charlene, needless to say, did an excellent job, as she always does,” said math department chair Nancy Dever.

Charlene has been characterized by her colleagues as a friend, a role model, a leader, an advocate, a class act, and a spirited fan. Most notably, she has helped countless young people discover their talents and maximize their opportunities for success as a longtime counselor and the director of the Guidance office.

“While she has been an outstanding colleague for all of us and an inspiring mentor for many, her impact can best be seen in her passionate focus on generations of CJ students,” said Dan Meixner ‘84, president.

“Chaminade Julienne is — and will remain — a better Catholic educational community because Charlene Wheeler has been here,” he said.

Celebrating 30 years is Tim Dillon.The veteran educator has spent his entire teaching career in the CJ religion department where he currently serves as chair. Tim teaches both freshmen and seniors, but owns the distinction of having taught every religion course offered during his tenure.

In December 2013, Tim received his doctorate in theology from the University of Dayton’s Department of Religious Studies. He and his wife Mary Ellen have two children, both graduates of CJ: Brendan ‘10 and Kateri ‘12.

Cindy Budde, 20 years of service
Cindy began working in the development office and is currently in the Welcome Center serving as Assistant to the President. Cindy and her husband Steve ‘69 are parents of three CJ graduates: Mike ‘97, Julia ‘02 and Laura ‘02.

Lois Mann, 20 years of service
Lois works in the Welcome Center as Assistant to the Principal. Her children, Curtis ‘98 and Keri ‘03, are both graduates of CJ. She joins her longtime colleagues Janet Lasley and Marilyn McCrate in retirement this summer.

Angela Ruffolo, 20 years of service
All 20 years of Angela’s teaching career have been spent in the social studies department at CJ. She is actively involved in student life as faculty moderator of Student Council and organizer of the annual senior trip to Washington, D.C.

Cheryl Smith, 20 years of service
Cheryl joined the staff in 1995, founded the Students of Diversity Club in 1999, and currently serves as Accounts Receivable and Tuition Coordinator in the business office. She has two sons, Dwayne and Troy ‘98.

Claire Davis, 15 years of service
Claire began working at CJ in the Welcome Center in 1999. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Ministry & Service. She and her husband Jim have five children, all of whom graduated from CJ: James ’95, Amanda ’97, Emily ’98, Kip ’01, and Hannah ’03.

Judi MacLeod '88, 15 years of service
Judi is department chair of the Cuvilly program. She earned her National Teaching Certification in 2010 and received the first annual Founders’ Award this school year. The award honors an adult member of the CJ community who best represents the spirit of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and Saint Julie Billiart. Her daughter Jenny is a member of the graduating Class of 2014.

Dan Meixner '84, 15 years of service
Dan has served in both the development office and as President of his alma mater. He and his classmates are celebrating their 30th reunion this year during Reunion Weekend 2014. His daughters Cari ‘12 and Carly ‘13 are both graduates of CJ.

Mick Mominee, 15 years of service
Mick has spent his entire teaching career in the religion department at CJ. He recently graduated with a doctorate from the University of Cincinnati’s Urban Educational Leadership program in May 2013. Mick is married to alumna Nicole LaSelle ‘96.

Jeanne Spitzig '75, 15 years of service
Jeanne began working in the development office and is currently in the Welcome Center as Assistant to the Director of Admissions. She and her husband Ken ‘75 have five children, all of whom attended CJ: Kenny ’02; Denny ’03, Lisa ’05, John ’08 and George ’10.

Marcus Colvin, 10 years of service
Marcus joined the faculty to teach social studies in 2004 after working as a student-teacher at CJ. After he was named head varsity football coach in 2011, the Eagles finished the season as regional runners-up. He has amassed a 21-13 record with two playoff appearances in three seasons and was selected to the coaching staff for the 2014 OHSFCA North-South Classic.

Mike Kelly, 10 years of service
Mike has served as a baseball coach and English teacher since returning to his alma mater in 2005. He has been a full-time faculty member since 2011.

Angela Mason '81, 10 years of service
Angela joined the staff as an administrative assistant at her alma mater in 2004. In addition to working in the Office of Student Services, she also serves as Spirit Committee moderator and helps staff many CJ events and activities. Angela and her husband Lonnie are current CJ parents and parents of alumni: Brenna ‘09, Logan ‘11, Sarah ‘16, Cole ‘16 and Riley ‘18.

Jim Sparrow, 10 years of service
Jim has taught social studies and religion at CJ. He also serves as moderator of the National Honor Society and the highly successful Quiz Bowl team, which has won league championships seven of the last eight years. His son Benjamin is a member of the Class of 2016.

Amanda Ooten, 5 years of service
Amanda Ooten serves as a Project Lead the Way biomedical sciences teacher and co-chair of the science department. She has also coached tennis. Amanda and her husband Mike are expecting their first child this summer.

Joe Whatley, 5 years of service
Joe serves his alma mater as Director of Choirs. During the 2010-11 school year, he founded Vega, the school’s premier pop a cappella group. In four years, Vega has released two highly regarded studio albums and competed in the International Championships of High School A Cappella, taking second place in 2014.

CJ Track & Field Teams Send 15 to State

Best of luck to 15 Eagles student athletes who land their season at the OHSAA Division II state track meet June 6-7 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (directions).

Thirteen men’s and women’s runners will compete, with two serving as alternates, across five events. One relay team and a long jumper enter the state competition coming off regional championship-winning performances.

Cheer on our state qualifiers this weekend. The meet begins Friday at 9:30 a.m. and continues Saturday at 9 a.m.

Men's Qualifiers

Isaac Renner, Will Peterson, Braxton Horton, and Kendall Pegues
Alternate: Jaylen Freeman

4X200 - 2ND PLACE (1:30.69)
Isaac Renner, Braxton Horton, Kyle McKinney and Kendall Pegues
Alternate: Jaylen Freeman

Update - Congrats to the 4x200 relay team on taking 8th place (1:30.48).

Kyle McKinney (pictured above)
CJ long jumper 'flying' to state (14-0529, myDDN.com)

Update - Congrats to Kyle McKinney who took 5th place (21-07.25).

Women's Qualifiers

4X100 - 2ND PLACE (50.24)
Jasmyne Shaw, Faith White, Lauren Pegues and Dejah Gilliam
Alternate: Camille Stevenson

Update - Congrats to the 4x100 relay team on taking 9th place (50.72).

4X800 - 3RD PLACE (9:45.25)
Emily Stayer, Abby Stayer, Helen Wittman and Beth Stumpf

Update - Congrats to the 4x800 relay team on taking 11th place (9:45.14).


Class of 2014 Celebrates Commencement

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School celebrates its Commencement ceremony Monday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated Thursday, May 29 at Emmanuel Church in Dayton. Graduating first in her class is Claire Meyers (St. Christopher, Washington and Lee University) followed by Salutatorian Thomas Weckesser (St. Albert the Great, University of Dayton).

In addition to the top students, the faculty and staff of Chaminade Julienne annually recognize three seniors who best exemplify the three elements of the school’s mission — commitment to faith, dedication to learning, and demonstration of school and family spirit. Matthew Dudon received the Founder’s Award for demonstrating on a daily basis the spirit of St. Julie Billiart and Blessed William Chaminade. Abigail Lisjak received the Michael D. Trainor Award, named in honor of CJ’s principal from 1999 to 2004, which is given to a student who has regularly demonstrated intellectual curiosity. For best exemplifying the Chaminade Julienne spirit, Lauren Mathile was awarded the Gerard “Fuzzy” Faust Award, named for CJ’s legendary coach and teacher from 1933 to 1980.


  • Nearly $6 million awarded in scholarships to the class of 137 students.
  • Over 10,047 service hours were contributed during their four years at CJ with 32 seniors volunteering over 100 hours, including Jordan Stemple who contributed over 645 hours in her four years.
  • 18 student athletes signed to play sports for a college or university.
  • 2 graduates received the OHSAA Scholar-Athlete Scholarship award; they are Conor Hickey and Rachel Strahorn.
  • 2 graduates received the OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award; they are Kelsey Dufresne and Thomas Weckesser.
  • 2 graduates received the NFHS National Award of Excellence certificate; they are Keiley Ayers and Lyle Plummer.
  • 1 graduate received the OHSAA Courageous Student Award; he is James Schwendeman.
  • 1 graduate was named to the Greater Cincinnati Academic League (GCAL) All Academic 1st Team; he is Nick Dalton.
  • 22 graduates served as Kairos retreat leaders.
  • 53 graduates are members of the National Honor Society.
  • 30 graduates are Presidential Academic Award Recipients.
  • 19 graduates are Presidential Achievement Award Recipients.

This year's graduates will be attending 46 colleges and universities, with a majority of the graduates attending colleges and universities in Ohio including the University of Dayton, Bowling Green State University, Sinclair Community College and Wright State University. Graduates will also be attending post-secondary institutions across the nation including Bucknell University, Canisius College, John Carroll University, Marquette University, New York University (Abu Dhabi), Purdue University, Saint Mary’s College and Virginia Tech. Two graduates will join the Army National Guard, two received appointments from the United States Air Force Academy, and one received an appointment from the United States Naval Academy.

Chaminade Julienne is pleased to announce Bishop Joseph R. Binzer will present this year’s Commencement Address. A native of Cincinnati and graduate of LaSalle High School, Bishop Binzer was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on June 4, 1994. He was named Vicar General of the Archdiocese in June 2007 and Auxiliary Bishop in 2011.

Twenty-four student athletes graduating in the class of 2014 earned varsity letters in a particular sport during all four years at CJ.

Congratulations and GO EAGLES!