The CJ winter sports teams brought heat to the basketball court, pool, bowling alley, track and mats even with the cold weather outside. The season ended with two teams sending students to the state level competition and several athletes receiving post-season awards.
The men's basketball team finished their season an even 11-11 overall. The team won the Versailles Holiday Tournament over Christmas break, which head coach Joe Staley '72 said was the highlight of the season. On December 4, the team had another accomplishment, giving Staley his 400th win after CJ defeated McNicholas, 48-36. In the post-season, Christian Montague '17 was named All Southwest Ohio, All District 15 Underclassmen and GCL All-League First Team. Peyton Young '17 was named to the GCL All-League Second Team.
The women's basketball team had a 11-14 record this season with highlights including defeating Kettering Fairmont and winning two post-season games against opponents who the Eagles lost to during the regular season.
"The players never quit and kept getting better," said head coach Mandy Myers '00. "It was a great group to coach and we had fun kids who wanted to get better each practice."
Kelsey Jones '16 and TJ Mills '16 were both named Dayton Daily News Athletes of the Week this season. Mills also received post-season honors including GCL All-League First Team, District 15 All Star and Honorable Mention Southwest District. Lauren Peltier '16 also received an Honorable Mention Southwest District honor and was named to the GCL All-League Second Team. Annie Weckesser '18 made the District 15 All Underclassman Team and Honorable Mention Southwest District.
Men's and Women's Bowling
The men's bowling team's record this season was 2-12 and the women's bowling team's record was 1-13. Cole Mason '16 was named to the GCL All-League Second Team.
"Both teams learned the importance of their individual games as well as how to work together as a team for the team games," said head coach Joseph Burless. "We will lose some very good seniors to graduation but I believe the core of the teams are strong enough to pick up some new players for the next season and have another productive and positive year."
Men's and Women's Swimming
Both men's and women's swimmers broke school records this season and a member of each team qualified for the state tournament. In the state championship, Macleary Moran '18 placed seventh in the 500 and 11th in the 200 freestyle events. Jorge Zelina '19 placed 12th in the 200 and 20th in the 100 freestyle events.
Eight previous CJ swimming records were broken by members of the swim teams this season. The new records set were:
- 200 Medley Relay (1:47.11) Vincent Dang '17, Matthew Keaty '18, Phillip Hawthorn '17 and Jorge Zelina
- 200 Backstroke (2:08.45) Vincent Dang
- 200 Butterfly (2:17.86) Phillip Hawthorn
- 200 Freestyle (1:53.27) Macleary Moran
- 100 Freestyle (0:53.47) Macleary Moran
- 500 Freestyle (5:02.70) Macleary Moran
- 200 Backstroke (2:15.46) Macleary Moran
- 200 Butterfly (2:39.52) Anna Kutter '19
Both men's and women's head coaches, Paul Biermann and Kate Whistler, were named the GCL Coach of the Year for their respective teams. Other GCL honors for the teams included:
- Men's Swimming - GCL All-League Second Team: Dang, Keaty, Hawthorn and Zelina (200 Medley,) Zelina (200 Freestyle,) Dang (200 Individual Medley) and Hawthorn (500 Freestyle).
- Women's Swimming - GCL All-League First Team: Moran (200 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle) and GCL All-League Second Team: Clara Mussin-Phillips '17 (1 Meter Diving).
"The wrestling team had a successful season despite having a small team," said head coach Larry Dryden. Highlights from the season included the team finishing second place at the Oakwood Invitational and Tri-County North Panther Invitational. Thomas McGraw '18 led the team in wins with a record of 36 – 5 and Micah Marshall '18 placed sixth at the district tournament and finished the year with a record of 31 – 11. Both Marshall and McGraw were named to the GCL All-League First Team.
The indoor track team sent seven members to the state championship meet on Saturday, March 5. Christian Wortham '16 placed third in the triple jump (40'11.50") and 13th in the long jump (19'10"), Ariel Caffee '16 placed eighth in the 400 meter dash (1:00.43), Olivia Brown '16 placed 12th in weight throw (37'10") and threw 30'10" in shot put, and Micaela Colbert '18, Camille Stevenson '16, Danielle Lewis '17 and Lauren Pegues '17 placed fifth in the 4x200 relay (1:48.02).
Congratulations on a great season to all of our athletes!
Posted March 31, 2016