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).