June 2018

2018 Spring Sports Season In Review

The 2018 spring sports season was filled with exciting accomplishments and victories from all teams, including a state tournament win from Eagles baseball. Learn more about each team’s season highlights:

Record: 24-5 (12-2 in GCL)
Winning the state championship was the crowning achievement of a historic season for Eagles baseball. Prior to their return to Columbus, the Eagles were named GCL champions for the second year in a row. The team was also named division and regional champs before facing Tallmadge High School in the state semi-finals. The Eagles defeated that team to then face #1 ranked Wapakoneta in the state championship. With a come from behind victory, the Eagles won their second state baseball championship in school history, with a score of 3-1.

“We clearly proved we were the number one team in the state after that run,” shared head coach Mike Barhorst. ‘85.

Post Season Honors
GCL Player of the Year
Ryan Pletier

GCL Coach of the Year
Mike Barhorst

All-GCL First Team
Sebastian Gongora
Ryan Peltier
Andrew Simones
Nick Wissman

All-GCL Second Team
David Ernst
Jack Huffman
AJ Solomon
Ben Thomas

All-Area First Team
Ryan Peltier

All-Area Second Team
Andrew Simones

All-Area Honorable Mention
Sebastian Gongora

PBR All-State First Team
Ryan Peltier
Nick Wissman

PBR All-State Second Team
Sebastian Gongora

PBR All-State Honorable Mention
Andrew Simones

PBR Coach of the Year
Mike Barhorst

CJ Team Awards
Most Outstanding Player - Ryan Peltier
Offensive Player of the Year - Andrew Simones
Co-Pitcher of the Year - Nick Wissman
Co-Pitcher of the Year - Sebastian Gongora

Men’s Lacrosse
“In the second year of the program, the Eagles saw a lot of youth gain valuable experience, many freshmen played in big roles on the varsity level,” said head coach Ricky Redinger. “After suffering some heartbreaking losses and taking on several of the elite teams in the state of Ohio, we broke through in the last week of the season by gaining our first win of the season, avenging a loss to Xenia from earlier in the year and beating them 8-3 in Roger Glass Stadium. The season came to an end after a noble effort against GCL rival Alter. The program is in a great spot for the future and I am excited to see how much this group of freshmen can accomplish the next three years. Will Slaybaugh was a captain who led the team in goals, while J’Lyn Lindsey was the anchor of a young defense.” 

Post Season Honors
Ohio All-Region Team
J’Lyn Lindsey
Will Slaybaugh

Women’s Lacrosse
Record: 10-10 (varsity) and 10-5-2 (JV)
The women’s lacrosse team had their first shut-out in team history against McNicholas this season shared head coach Danielle Cash.

“We also defeated Fenwick for the first time and went to the second round of the state tournament since 2014. Brooke House is the new record holder for number of goals in one season (67), Rachel Stefan tied her sister, Megan's, team record for most assists in the season (21) and we had one signing - Madie Denman to Transylvania University.

“Three freshmen, who were on JV, earned varsity letters for playing up when varsity was short - Mia Andrews Pope, Maddy Richardson, and Rebecca Weinel,” Cash continued.

Post Season Honors
Ohio School Girls Lacrosse Association Second Team All-Region
Brooke House
Greta Spees

Ohio School Girls Lacrosse Association Honorable Mention All-Region
Rhiannan Beall

All Academic Americans in Southern Ohio
Rachel Stefan

CJ Team Awards
MVP Offense - Brooke House
MVP Defense - Rhiannon Beall
Most Improved - Rachel Stefan  
Most Groundballs - Anna Duggan
Most Interceptions and Turnovers - Greta Spees
Most Goals - Brooke House
Most Assists - Rachel Stefan

Record: 7-15
The softball team finished third in the GCL north. Highlights from the season included defeating Alter both home and away. 

Post Season Honors
All-GCL First Team
Alex Camp
Carly Fugett

All-GCL Second Team
Courtney Ayers McClinton
Natalie Northern

All-Southwest District Team
Carly Fugett

Men’s Tennis
The Eagles finished third overall for men’s tennis in the GCL. The team defeated GCL opponents Badin, McNicholas and Carroll this season.

Post Season Honors
All-GCL First Team
Sam Kohls (singles)

All-GCL Second Team
Will Marshall (singles)

Men’s & Women’s Track & Field
“We had a great year,” reflected head coach Jerry Puckett.” 18 students qualified for the state competition in relays and individual races. The results were: 

  • Jazmyn Potts: 2nd in the 100 high hurdles
  • Calvin Hatcher: 7th in the 100 dash
  • Women's 4x200: 7th overall
  • Men's 4x200: 5th overall
  • Men's 4x100: 7th overall
  • Jesse Kahmann: 5th in the seated shot

“Most of our athletes are young and will be back next year,” Puckett added.

Post Season Honors
All-GCL First Team
Calvin Hatcher (100 meter dash)
Terrence Robinson, Isiah Dickerson, Deondre Jamison, Calvin Hatcher (400 meter relay)
Donnie Stevenson, Calvin Hatcher, Jance Peters, Preston Grant (800 meter relay)

All-GCL Second Team
Donnie Stevenson (200 meter dash)
Preston Grant (400 meter dash)
Donnie Stevenson, Cory Henry, Jance Peters, Preston Grant (1600 meter relay)
Eugene Gray (discus)

Men’s Volleyball
Record (15-8)
The Eagles, which sported three teams this year (JV-B, JV-A, and varsity) swept all of the Cincinnati co-ed schools (Badin, McNicholas, Purcell Marian and Roger Bacon) this season.  Senior Chase Hoffman recorded 1000 career digs by the end of the season.

Post Season Honors 
All-GCL First Team
Chase Hoffman
Alex Mayer

All-GCL Second Team
AJ Murray

All-Region First Team
Chase Hoffman

All-Region Second Team
Alex Mayer
AJ Murray

All-State Honorable Mention
Chase Hoffman
AJ Murray

“Nine out of 12 varsity players received an Academic All Ohio Award for having a GPA of 3.5 or above,” added head coach Megan Marrinan. “The varsity team also won the Academic All Ohio Team Award for having an average team GPA of 3.758.”

Posted June 28, 2018


Students Volunteer in Solsberry, Indiana

Shortly after the 2017-2018 school year ended, Eagles came back together to volunteer their time and talents to those in Solsberry, Indiana.

The group worked hand-in-hand with students from fellow Marianist high school, Moeller, in Cincinnati.

“It was such a nice place,” said Aidan Kelly ‘21. “The Moeller kids and the CJ kids got along well. I met new people and the hosts were very inspirational in their faith life. It was also really nice to give back to the community by volunteering at food banks and the women’s and children’s center. It was a really good place to go to try new things.”

Students also volunteered at Solsberry Hill, which was where the group spent their evenings. Along with completing the service projects, the students came together through reflection time and community building.

Posted June 24, 2018

Students Serve Others in Taos, New Mexico

While students only spent five days in Taos, New Mexico, they brought home a lifetime worth of memories.

11 students traveled to Taos as part of a service mission trip the week of June 11. During their time there, the students not only volunteered, but learned more about the history and people of Taos. They also spent a lot of time outdoors, including taking several hikes.

“New Mexico feels like a different world, and the hike we took only made me more excited for this trip,” said Josie Forsthoff ‘19.

Avery Meyer ‘19 agreed, “We drove for a few hours and the scenery is so so beautiful. It’s like nothing any of us have ever seen! All around us is the desert, mountains, and adobe houses.”

Students spent part of their trip volunteering on Red Willow Farms (a non-profit farm) and with the students in Taos Pueblo.

“I had so much fun playing and interacting with the children at the Taos Day School,” shared Gabby Cambron ‘19.

“At Red Willow Farms, we were split into three groups and spent time weeding, harvesting, and planting,” said Nica Stephens ‘19. “It was really an eye opening experience. The people we worked with were so grateful that we were giving our time to help them.”

Katie Bardine ‘19 reflected, “It was fun to learn more about their culture and we are very appreciative of them sharing it with us.”

The students also had some community building time during their mission trip, which included trips to a gorge and river in addition to a hatchet throwing competition.

“Everyone was able to throw five hatchets, and most people missed,” explained Josh Kinnear ‘19. “A student from another mission trip group threw four out of five of the hatchets into the target. Our very own Nica, though, did the unthinkable and got every single hatchet into the target.”

The group experienced the Pueblo culture first-hand by seeing a native corn dance and meeting artist Larry Torres.

“We saw festivities for St. Anthony’s feast day in the Taos Pueblo,” Ryann Rippey ‘20 said. “Later on we got to visit and learn about the house and life of Larry Torres, a very eclectic deacon.”

Griffin Ferdelman ‘19 agreed, “His house was full of paintings and things that had many meanings which he explained to us. Today was an eye opening experience for me.”

On their last day of the trip, the students had the choice to be with the Taos students or return to Red Willow Farms.

“I chose to go to the Taos Day School because I love the kids there,” Paige Tincu ‘19 said. “I had such a great morning helping the kids. We went to the library with them to pick out books to read. I helped the kids read the books and it was one of my favorite things from this week!”

“I chose to go to the Red Willow Farm because I love the people who work there,” Kelsey Dickey ‘20 shared. “We weeded, dug a lot of dirt, and planted a lot. We had so much fun, and it felt really good to help those who work there.”

Lanie Sorg ‘20 concluded, “This was a great mission trip and I can’t wait to look back on these memories.”

Posted June 19, 2018

Take a Seat Sale Now Through June 30

The Chaminade Julienne seat sponsorship is a great way to participate in the revitalization of the school and campus during this historic time. Whether it's your show of support for this historic transformation of Chaminade Julienne, or a way to honor someone special - parent, child, teacher, coach - now is your chance to personalize a seat in one of CJ's fantastic venues.


Juniors Go Tech Free and Learn Life Lessons

Even before the school year begins, students at CJ are given a Chromebook as part of the school’s Connected Classroom program. As part of a six-week assignment in Dr. Mick Mominee’s junior religion class, he challenged his students to turn off their Chromebook, and technology, during his class to better connect with one another.

“My hope was that students would consider how technology helped them connect to one another or how it could hinder or limit connection,” Mominee said. “I also hoped they would reflect on how they use technology and the level to which is creates stress, anxiety, addiction and/or the like. I hoped they would be able to reflect on how they could limit or enhance their technology use to find more spiritual, emotional, and physical connection and contact with others and God.”

Six students from Mominee’s seventh period class were interviewed each week during the assignment: Josh Kinnear, Nick Wissman, Gabe Campion, Tim Bullock, Diana Ekezie, and Jessie Hutton. Throughout the assignment, the students were asked their thoughts on the progression of the assignment and to rate how they felt overall about the challenge with a 1 being the worst and 10 being the best.

Week 1
Group rating: 5.5
Student notes:
“I think this is an excellent way to look at class compared to what it has been. I feel it’s going to be difficult for me because I like to use my Chromebook to check different classes and email. I don’t use my Chromebook in my classes very often except this class and study hall so if someone sends me important information or an email I might miss it. So I think that will be difficult but overall I feel this will be a good experience.” - Kinnear
“I think it’ll be a good experience because coming into Dr. Mominee’s room, we use our technology a lot. It’ll be good for the class to unplug. Typing of the keyboard helps me focus better, so that may be hard.” - Hutton

Week 2
Group rating: 6.6
Student notes:
“I’m enjoying this assignment. I think there are a lot of benefits that can happen from it.” - Bullock
“I’m feeling OK about it. I thought some people would be distracted and bring out their Chromebooks but overall they’ve been good. We’ve been talking as a class more.” - Ekezie

Week 3
Group rating: 6.3
Student notes:
“In class we have been talking about stereotypes, privileges and what privileges are common at CJ even if we don’t think we have those privileges. Having technology available all the time is a privilege. Having it taken away shows how easy it is to access stuff and use technology for our own needs. You get the feeling of how privileged you are in that regards.” - Wissman
“Overall people are listening and are more engaged in the class conversations.” - Hutton

Week 4
Group rating: 6.5
Student notes:
“I do like it a lot. It’s really helped the whole class focus in general. We’re all having good conversations now instead of being absorbed in technology the entire time.” - Campion

Week 5
Group rating: 6.6
Student notes:
“From this assignment I’m learning how technology has more of a hold on us and there are groups out there trying to us hooked on technology more.” - Ekezie

Week 6
Group rating: 8.5
Student notes:
“It was challenging in a different way compared to most school projects because it forced me to think differently from what I would and complete activities differently in a classroom setting.” - Kinnear
“I thought it was good for our class specifically. It was good to see the challenging scenario with us.” - Wissman
“I did really enjoy the project because it gave us time to have really good in class discussions. We got a lot done where a lot people weren’t paying attention. The class came together as a whole.” - Campion
“I  thought it was a really good unit. We had a lot of good discussions and focus more on the class.” - Bullock

When reflecting on the assignment overall, Mominee noted, “The real insight was that these students are so overloaded with stuff, assignments, tasks, and the like, that they do not have time or attention for spiritual growth. The technology is not hindering spiritual growth, it is the stress, anxiety and things they are asked to do. As a result, these students stay up way too late, distract, shut down, and find themselves over worked and without time for rest, hobbies, and spiritual or emotional growth. We as teachers contribute to this and I think we as a school need to consider the loads we expect, encourage and praise. I also think we need to consider helping these students with healthy stress management, to learn to say no, to limit their efforts, and to make time for friends, community, prayer and more rest.

“I am going to consider how I can add in more time in class to help students learn to do just that,” Mominee continued. “While I am not going to limit or scale back academic learning, I want to find ways to be more efficient, go more in depth, and encourage the students to consider limits, so they have the space to rest, growth and do things they enjoy, which I hope includes spiritual experiences and emotional growth.”

Posted June 14, 2018

Faculty and Staff Recognized for Years of Service

CJ faculty and staff celebrating milestone years in education were honored at the annual Miami Valley Teacher Recognition Banquet this spring. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which holds the event, recognized educators from the greater Dayton region.

Celebrating milestones during the 2017-2018 school year were:

  • Dan Eiser - 5 years
  • Matt Fuhs - 5 years
  • Caty Maga - 5 years
  • Alan Rozanski - 5 years
  • Meg Draeger - 10 years (not pictured)
  • Ann Szabo - 10 years
  • Charles Szabo - 10 years
  • Gina Harrington - 15 years
  • Jenny Secor - 20 years
  • Molly Bardine - 25 years
  • Peg Regan - 40 years

Those celebrating milestones were also recognized at the annual CJ end-of-the-year faculty and staff luncheon.

Posted June 13, 2018

Eagles Elected to the North-South All-Star Game

Five members of the Class of 2018 will get to play under the Friday night football lights one more time.

Jonathan Bell '18, Isaiah Haywood '18, Keshaun Owens '18, Ryan Peltier '18 and Rocky Stark '18 were elected to play in the Miami Valley Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game on Friday, June 8. Elected to lead the south squad was Eagles head football coach Marcus Colvin.

“It’s a lot of hard work,” Colvin laughed. “It’s a cool honor, but it’s really cool to see these kids and have them combine and work together on one team.”

Schools from throughout the Miami Valley had players elected to their respective teams based upon the school’s location. For the Eagles, being on the south team meant being with players from many of the teams they faced throughout their 9-4 season.

“It’s good to be back with these guys one more time and play for our coaches one more time,” Peltier noted.

On being elected to the team, Bell shared, “It feels good to know that other coaches see what we brought to the table this year.”

Haywood added, “It shows how hard we worked and how much adversity we went through this year. I really loved how our team transitioned our senior year.”

While each of the Eagles has new opportunities ahead of them after CJ, Owens and Stark were the only ones out of the group who will continue playing football in college.

“It feels amazing to keep doing what I always dreamed to do,” Stark said.

Learn more about the North-South All-Star Game here.

Posted June 8, 2018


CJ Receives 23 DayTony Awards

The CJ performing arts department received a record number 23 DayTony's at the annual award ceremony on Thursday, May 31.

"The DayTonys are a great way to celebrate our accomplishments this year, and always remember how proud we are of all of our cast and crew members,” said choir and drama teacher Caitlin Bennett! “We tackled two very challenging productions this year, and I think this recognition celebrates the excellence of these productions as a whole.”

CJ Adult/Designer/Director Awards were:

Adult Design and Technology Merit Award

  • Derek Dunavent - Properties, Tartuffe
  • Derek Dunavent - Lighting Design, Once on this Island
  • Rachel Robinson - Scenic Design, Tartuffe
  • Ronald Frost - Sound Design, Tartuffe
  • Bryan Sharpe, Sound Design , Once on this Island

Adult Design and Technology Excellence Award

  • Charis Weible- Costume Design, Tartuffe

Adult Direction Merit

  • Derek Dunavent, Director, Once on this Island

Adult Direction Excellence

  • Caitlin Bennett, Director, Tartuffe

Adult Direction Award of Excellence

  • Debi Schutt, Musical Direction, Once on this Island

Student/Ensemble Awards were:

Performance in a leading role - Merit in a Play

  • Sam Brown, Tartuffe

Performance in a leading role - Excellence in a Play

  • Anna Kutter, Tartuffe
  • Jacob Ely, Tartuffe

Performance in a leading role -  Merit in a Musical

  • Sarah Benson, Once on this Island
  • Ashley Gerhard, Once on this Island

Performance in a leading role - Excellence in a Musical

  • Angelo Knight, Once on this Island
  • Natalie Mussin Phillips, Once on this Island
  • Jacob Ely, Once on this Island

Ensemble Performance - Excellence

  • The cast of Tartuffe
  • The cast of Once on this Island

Special Recognition for Outstanding Overall Production

  • Tartuffe
  • Once on this Island

Posted June 6, 2018

Eagles to Compete in National Rowing Competition

Update: Congratulations to the Eagles who competed in the USRowing Youth National Championships. The women's lightweight 4+ placed 11th overall and the women's open 4+ placed third overall. 

First Report: Five Eagles will represent CJ and Dayton as members of the Dayton Boat Club when they compete in the 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships June 8-10 on Lake Natoma in Gold River, California.

“We’re excited, but nervous,” Lainey Groll, Aubrey Trimbach, Riley Ferdelman, Kyla Boehringer and Grace Blust all shared.

“There is definitely a lot of competition,” Trimbach added.

For most of the rowers, the sport is something they have been only doing for a short time.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s as much if not more a mental game than physical one,” Ferdelman said.

Groll, Trimbach, Ferdelman, Boehringer and student from Carroll all qualified for the women’s lightweight 4.

“I’m a coxswain, so I yell at the group,” Groll laughed. “But it’s more encouraging and motivational than anything else.”

Blust is the sole CJ representative in the women’s open 4. Her cousin, Molly Bruggeman ‘10, who is a member of the US Rowing team, has been on the same waterway before.

“It’s nice because I can get a lot of advice from my family since they have raced on this course,” Blust said.

Both Blust and Boehringer said they would consider continuing to row after CJ.

“I’m not looking at colleges who have rowing teams necessarily but if they do, I’ll want to consider joining,” Boehringer shared.

As for the immediate future, all five Eagles said they have their eyes set for the top spot in California.

Good luck to all competitors!

Posted June 6, 2018, Updated June 11, 2018