The latest signees from the CJ Class of 2014 include a pair of pioneers. Congratulations to seniors Julie Ward (lacrosse) and Braden Chipman (football). These student athletes join 12 of their classmates who will continue their athletic careers in college.
LACROSSE - TRANNSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY
Julie Ward signed her National Letter of Intent April 30 to play lacrosse for the Pioneers of Trannsylvania University.
Ward will receive academic grants and intends to study anthropology at the private institution in Lexington. The school’s NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse program competes in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
“From day one when we were the pioneer lacrosse team at CJ, I knew this day would come,” said head coach Danielle Cash. Ward is one of four members of the CJ Class of 2014 who were part of the school’s inaugural men’s and women’s lacrosse club teams during the spring of 2011.
“Julie has a dedicated nature, she is a caring friend and a delight to be around,” Cash said.
The four-year letterwinner and team co-captain was named to the First Team All-District and a 2013 US Lacrosse Academic All-American last season. She is CJ’s second women’s lacrosse student athlete to sign since the program became an interscholastic varsity sport this school year.
FOOTBALL - MARIETTA COLLEGE
Braden Chipman signed his National Letter of Intent April 24 to play football at Marietta College.
The defensive lineman started for one season under head varsity football coach Marcus Colvin after transferring to CJ from Oakwood for his senior year. He recorded 36 tackles over 10 games during the 2013 Eagles football season.
Chipman will receive academic grants and intends to study accounting at Marietta, an NCAA Division III school in southeast Ohio. The Pioneers compete in the Ohio Athletic Conference.