Eighteen seniors, or about 13 percent of the Class of 2014, signed a National Letter of Intent this school year. Signees represent 10 of the school’s 15 competitive athletic programs.
“This is an accomplishment that speaks to the diversity of talents among the students here at Chaminade Julienne,” said Scott Pierce, athletic director.
Eagles will continue their academic and athletic careers at 14 different colleges and universities -- seven in state, seven out of state -- and compete across all three NCAA divisions. Sports include baseball (2 signees), basketball (1), crew (1), football (4), golf (1), lacrosse (2), soccer (4), softball (1), swimming (2) and wrestling (1).
Congratulations to the following student athletes who were our final signees this May:
BASKETBALL, MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY
After four years of Eagles basketball, Ja’waan joins the Fighting Muskies at Muskingum University where he intends to study business management.
“I couldn’t imagine if Ja’waan wasn’t able put a basketball in his hands and keep getting better,” said head coach Joe Staley. “All of his outstanding basketball is still ahead of him.”
SWIMMING, OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY
Kaitlin will swim for the Polar Bears of Ohio Northern University where she intends to study molecular biology. The four-year varsity letterwinner qualified for districts in all four of those seasons. She owns school records in the 1,650 yard freestyle and the 200 meter butterfly.
“We really could put her in any event and she would do well,” said assistant coach Amy O’Loughlin. Her versatility earned the senior the nickname of “utility swimmer” during her career at CJ.
SOFTBALL, WILMINGTON COLLEGE
The Eagles ace joins the Lady Quakers pitching staff at Wilmington College where she intends to study athletic training. Caitlin is a four-year varsity letterwinner and a first-team All GGCL recipient. She owns 26 career wins and 284 career strikeouts.
“Caitlin has pitched every inning of every game for the last three years,” said head coach Dee Werbrich. In 2013, Caitlin helped Werbrich record her 100th career victory at CJ as part of a 12-win season in which she threw a no-hitter.
BASEBALL, WILMINGTON COLLEGE
Corey also joins the Fighting Quakers of Wilmington College where he intends to study either criminal justice or athletic training. Corey is a three-year varsity letterwinner at catcher and a recipient of GCL Coed second team honors. He has appeared in all 24 games for the Eagles this season and is second among his teammates in hits (24) and doubles (5).
DID YOU KNOW
A total of seven student athletes, including all May signees, will compete in the Division III Ohio Athletic Conference next season.
FELLOW CLASS OF 2014 SIGNEES
- Grace Horner, rowing, Canisius College
- Keiley Ayers, lacrosse, Berry College
- Lyle Plummer, wrestling, Air Force Academy
- C.J. Riazzi, football, Air Force Academy
- Kaitlyn Cartone, golf, Saint Mary's College
- Claire Meyers, swimming, Washington and Lee University
- Rachel Strahorn, soccer, Ursuline College
- Elijah Kinney, football, Otterbein University
- Alex Livingston, football/baseball, Otterbein University
- Abby Stayer, soccer, Franklin College
- Emily Stayer, soccer, Franklin College
- Emma Hawthorn, soccer, Wittenberg University
- Braden Chipman, football, Marietta College
- Julie Ward, lacrosse, Trannsylvania University