The weather may have been cold outside but the student athletes at CJ were heating up the court, the pool, the mats and the lanes during the 2014-2015 winter season.
Both the men's and women's bowling teams had successful seasons. For the boys, Cole Mason, '16, was named to the GCL-Coed Second Team. Mason also qualified for districts where he bowled a 553 series with games of 180, 183 and 190. The men's team finished the season 4-10 in the conference and 5-16 overall.
For the women, Katie Sargent, '15, was named the GCL-Coed Player of the Year. Her game average was 190.5 this season. Sargent was also named to the GCL-Coed First Team while Rebecca Mayer, '15 was named to the Second Team and Anastasia McNeily, '15, had an honorable mention. The women's team finished the season 5-5 in the conference and 8-8 overall.
There were several standouts for the wrestling team this season. McKinley Screetch, '15 and Thomas McGraw, '18, were each named to the GCL First team for the 132 pound and 113 pound weight class, respectively. Micah Marshall, '18, was named to the GCL Second Team for the 120 pound weight class. The team as a whole succeeded in the GCL, with most players ranked in first, second, or third place in their weight class at the end of the season.
The swimming and diving team had four women qualify for the state championships this season. Erin Staley '15, Macleary Moran '18, Gerogia Albino '15 and Abby Arestides '17 competed in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. Moran also competed in the individual 200 and 500 freestyles and Staley competed in the individual 500 freestyle. The four swimmers were also named to the First Team in the GCL, for the 200 and 400 freestyle relays while Moran was named to the First Team for the 200 and 500 individual freestyles. Staley was named to the GCL Second Team for the 100 Butterfly and 500 Freestyle.
"I'm beyond happy. If I had to end my swimming career right now this is a great way to go. I wouldn't have it any other way and it's just really nice to be a part of this team," Staley said
about the successful season.
They men were also successful this season with Vincent Dang '17, Christopher McCoy '15, Matthew Richard '15 and John Hawthorn '15 being named to the GCL Second Team for the 200 Medley Relay. Dang was also nominated to the GCL Second Team for the 100 Backstroke.
The indoor track and field team also sent players to the state championships. The team competed in six meets to qualify players for state. Kyle McKinney '15 placed second in the state for the triple jump. Jasmyne Shaw, '15, Dejah Gilliam, '15, Ariel Caffee, '16, and Lauren Pegues, '17 competed in the 4x200 placing fourth in the state. Gilliam also placed fourth in the state in the 60 meter dash. McKinney and Olivia Brown '16 also competed in a national competition at the University of Kentucky, where McKinney placed third in the triple jump.
The women's basketball team made it to the postseason again after ending the season 4-6 in the GCL North Conference. Overall, the team went 11-12 after losing in the first round of postseason play to Bellbrook. Haleigh Shaw, '15, was named to the GCL First Team, while ReAnna Dudley, '15 and Ta'Jah Parker, '15, were named to the GCL Second Team.
The men's basketball team had their best season in years, advancing to the state semi-finals on March 26. The team won the GCL North Conference with a 9-1 record. Overall, the team went 22-7 this season.
The team was not only named the GCL North champs, but also the Division 3 District and Regional Champions. Alan Vest, '15, was named the Player of the Year and Coach Joe Staley was named the Coach of the Year for the GCL North. Other honors this season included:
All-GCL North Team
- Alan Vest (1st Team)
- Myo Baxter-Bell, '15 (1st Team)
- Christian Montague, '17 (1st Team)
- Zach Burneka, '15 (2nd Team)
- Jacob Harrison, '16 (2nd Team)
District 15 All Star Team
- Alan Vest (1st Team, Player Of the Year)
- Myo Baxter-Bell (1st Team)
-Christian Montague (1st Team, Underclassmen Team)
All Southwest District
-Alan Vest (1st Team)
-Myo Baxter-Bell (2nd Team)
- Christian Montague (Honorable Mention)
-Alan Vest (2nd Team)
- Myo Baxter-Bell (Honorable Mention)
Alan and Myo were also nominated to play in the North/South game.
When asked about this season, Coach Staley said, "I'm very proud of the way our team competed this season. They were a true team in every sense of the word. They were extremely unselfish and really cared about each other. Our senior class is a very special group, and their leadership was outstanding."
Congratulations to all of our teams for a successful winter season!