A men’s basketball district title and a wrestling state-runner up finish highlighted a successful 2013-14 winter sports season for Eagles student athletes. Take a look back at their accomplishments and find out where the Eagles stand in the hunt for the GCL All Sports Trophy.
MEN’S BASKETBALL - DISTRICT CHAMPIONS, GCL CO-ED CO-CHAMPS
Record: 15-10 (7-3 GCL)
Key Wins: The No. 1 seeded Eagles won the program’s first district championship since 2008 with a 66-50 win over Cincinnati Shroder Paideia. Over the course of its tournament run, CJ won four games by an average of 30 points. During the regular season, the team swept GCL Co-ed North foes Carroll and Alter, and defeated Lima Central Catholic, the No. 2 team in Division III basketball, in late January. The win helped spark a streak of six consecutive victories which included the 65-56 defeat of Beavercreek on the road, and the Eagles finished the regular season as GCL Co-ed North co-champions.
All Stars: Myo Baxter-Bell '15 (AP All-State Third Team, AP All-Southwest District First Team, GCL First Team), C.J. Riazzi ‘14 (AP All-Southwest District Special Mention, *Ohio District 15 All Star, GCL First Team), Alan Vest ‘15 (AP All-Southwest District Special Mention, GCL First Team), Aaron Hammond ‘14 (GCL Second Team), Jacob Harrison ‘16 (GCL Second Team)
*The Ohio District 15 All Star Game is being held Wednesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at Centerville High School (directions). Admission is $5.
Record: 7-16 (4-6 GCL)
Key Wins: The women’s team completed the season sweep of GCL North rival Fenwick and recorded huge wins over Division I opponents. In late December, the Eagles tallied a 10-point road win against Dublin Coffman, an eventual D-I state semifinalist, and the girls also decisively downed Fairborn 58-44.
All Stars: Haleigh Shaw ‘15 (AP All-Southwest District Special Mention, Ohio District 15 All-Underclassman First Team, GCL First Team), Angel Curry ‘14 (GCL Second Team), Tyanna McDowell ‘14 (GCL Second Team).
MEN’S & WOMEN’S BOWLING
Records: Men’s 9-9 (5-9 GCL) | Women’s 8-5 (5-5 GCL)
Key Wins: The CJ men and women finished fifth and fourth respectively in their first year together in the expanded GCL Co-ed. Neither team lost a regular season match to non-league opponents and both teams swept Fenwick. In postseason play, Eric Handorf ‘14 and Katie Sargent ‘15 each advanced to the Division II district tournament.
All Stars: Eric Handorf ‘14 (GCL First Team), Katie Sargent ‘15 (GCL First Team), Shannon Leik ‘14 (GCL Second Team), Rebecca Mayer '15 (GCL Second Team), Kris Heidenreich '14 (GCL Honorable Mention.
MEN'S & WOMEN'S INDOOR LACROSSE
Records: Men's 6-0 | Women’s 1-5
Key Moments: The men's team went undefeated during the indoor season. The women’s team bounced back from a slow start and recorded its first indoor victory 19-13 over Lebanon on January 26. Women’s lacrosse is now a school sponsored interscholastic varsity sport for the spring season.
Spring Season: The women’s team plays its season opener at Lakota East (directions) on Saturday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. The men’s lacrosse team opens the spring outdoor season on Friday, March 28 at 6 p.m. against Licking Valley at home (Dog Leg Park; directions).
MEN’S & WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK
Key Moments: For a fourth consecutive season, the men’s and women’s indoor track program qualified to compete in the Division II/III Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (OATCCC) Indoor Track & Field State Championships at Akron University in early March. Although the team did not place, many individual ran their fastest times of the year. View individual results >
Spring Season: CJ opens the 2014 outdoor season on Saturday, March 29 at the Up and Running Invitational hosted by Troy High School (directions).
MEN’S & WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING
Key Moments: The CJ men and women each finished second at the January 25 league championship meet in their first year together in the expanded GCL Co-ed. First place finishes at the league meet were had by Erin Staley ‘15 (500 yard freestyle) and Claire Meyers ‘14 (100 yard butterfly). In the program’s first year hosting the Best of the Nest meet, the women’s team took first place and the men’s team took third. In the postseason, the Eagles sent 17 swimmers and one diver to the district tournament where the women’s 200 yard freestyle relay team missed going to state by three tenths of a second, finishing in 25th place.
Men’s - Coach of the Year Paul Biermann
John Hawthorn ‘15 (GCL Second Team, 500 Yard Freestyle)
Vincent Dang ‘17 (GCL Second Team, 100 Yard Backstroke)
Vincent Dang ‘17, Aarik Fretz ‘15, Gary LaBianco ‘14, John Hawthorn ‘15 (GCL Second Team, 400 Yard Freestyle Relay)
Christopher McCoy ‘15 (GCL Honorable Mention, 100 Yard Breaststroke)
Vincent Dang ‘17, Christopher McCoy ‘15, Matthew Richard ‘15, John Hawthorn ‘15 (GCL Honorable Mention, 200 Yard Medley Relay)
Claire Meyers ‘14 (GCL First Team, 100 Yard Butterfly; GCL Second Team; 50 Yard Freestyle)
Erin Staley ‘15 (GCL First Team, 500 Yard Freestyle; GCL Second Team, 200 Yard Freestyle)
Claire Meyers ‘15, Georgia Albino ‘15, Erin Staley ‘15, and Abby Arestides ‘17 (GCL Second Team, 200 Yard Freestyle Relay)
Abby Arestides ‘17 (GCL Honorable Mention, 50 Yard Freestyle)
Kaitlin Kearns ‘14 (GCL Honorable Mention, 500 Yard Freestyle)
Kaitlin Kearns ‘14, Natalie Murray ‘16, Samantha Cudney ‘14, Katy Harrington ‘15 (GCL Honorable Mention, 400 Yard Freestyle Relay)
Key Moments: In his fourth consecutive trip to Columbus, Lyle Plummer ‘14 finished as the Division III state runner-up in 132-pound class. He was joined at state by teammate and first time qualifier McKinley Screetch ‘15, an alternate in the 120-pound class. The team placed second among all GCL Co-ed schools and sixth overall in the league tournament on February 1. At that meet, which included teams from the GCL South, Mason Kooser ‘14 and Plummer finished third while Screetch finished fifth in their respective classes.
All Stars: Lyle Plummer ‘14 (GCL Athlete of the Year, GCL First Team, March Penn Station Athlete of the Month), Mason Kooser ‘14 (GCL First Team), Deeter Spees ‘16 (GCL Second Team), McKinley Screetch ‘15 (GCL Second Team).
All Sports Trophy
The GCL All Sports Trophy recognizes across-the-board athletic excellence. Teams in each season are awarded points depending upon where they finish in the league. At the end of the school year, all points are totaled and the top school from each division (north and central) wins the trophy. CJ scored 39 points for the winter season and is in third place headed into the spring sports season with 85.5 total points.
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