2014 Fall Sports Season in Review

A strong fall sports season has landed the Eagles in second place among fellow GCL North opponents for the league’s All Sports Trophy.

The winner of the trophy is decided using a point system that recognizes across-the-board athletic excellence. Teams in each season earn points for their school depending upon where they finish in the league standings.

With one season down, the Eagles have amassed 48.5 points and sit in second place. CJ men's and women's cross country and golf teams combined to each contribute 13 points apiece, the most of any sport. Women’s tennis pitched in nine points, the most of any singular sport with no coed counterpart competing during the same season.

Cross Country

KEY MOMENTS: The men’s cross country team couldn’t have asked for a hotter start to the 2014 season. In their first meet Aug. 22, the Eagles took first place among Division II/III schools at the Moeller Primetime Invitational to win the McCarty Cup Trophy. The guys would go on to win the Brookville Invitational (pictured top) in early September and finished in third place as a team at the end-of-season GCL Championship meet. The Eagles were led by solid performances from their upperclassmen and a strong group of sophomores, including standout Tucker Helms ’17. Tucker finished the season in 27th place at regionals.

Starting the season solo, the women’s team finished 16th at the OHSAA Early Season Invitational and gave a strong performance at the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival, finishing 15th. The Eagles improved with each meet and earned runner-up honors at the GCL Championships. CJ was led by senior Helen Wittman '15 who finished her high school cross country career in 30th place at regionals. As a team, the girls placed fourth in the district meet -- one spot shy of qualifying for regionals together for a third consecutive season.

ALL STARS: Tucker Helms ‘17 (First Team GCL), Helen Wittman ‘15 (First Team GCL), Duncan Burke ‘17 (Second Team GCL), Rachel Coughlin ‘17 (Second Team GCL), Jack Dalton ‘17 (Second Team GCL), Maura Peck ‘17 (Second Team GCL)

RECORD: 5-5 overall (3-4 GCL)

KEY WINS: Winning five of their first six games by an average 30 points, CJ football came on like gangbusters early this fall. The Eagles high-powered offense put up 370 points over 10 games -- second most of all league teams -- behind the tandem of junior quarterback and AP Division V Southwest District Offensive Player of the Year, Jacob Harrison ‘16, and senior wide receiver Zach Burneka ‘15. Harrison threw for 2,471 yards and Burneka had 1,297 receiving yards to finish tops among all area players in their respective categories according to the Dayton Daily News. Kicker Spencer Dufresne ‘16 (48 points) also finished among area leaders with 48 points, converting on 88 percent of all kicks. In the final game of the season, the Eagles and Knights celebrated the 50-year anniversary of the rivalry between Catholic powers CJ and Alter.

ALL STARS: Zach Burneka ‘15 (First Team AP Southwest All District, First Team GCL), Jacob Harrison ‘16 (AP Southwest District Offensive Player of the Year, First Team GCL), Davion McKinney ‘15 (First Team AP Southwest All District, First Team GCL), Danny Meyer ‘15 (First Team AP Southwest All District, First Team GCL), Adam Pendergrass ‘15 (First Team GCL, Second Team AP Southwest All District), Stephen Bizimana ‘16 (Second Team GCL), Spencer Dufresne ‘16 (Second Team GCL), Trey Harper ‘15 (Second Team GCL), Jeffrey Pooler ‘16 (Second Team GCL), Derson Pratt ‘16 (Second Team GCL), Marvin Radford ‘15 (Second Team GCL), Josh Simons ‘16 (Second Team GCL), Antwand Wilson ‘16 (Second Team GCL, Honorable Mention AP Southwest All District).

RECORDS: Men’s 12-26 | Women’s 31-1 (10-0 GCL)

KEY WINS: Men’s golfers welcomed new head coach Ben Davies and a number of fresh faces in 2014. Five freshmen and six sophomores teed it up behind the senior leadership of Matt Boudinot ‘15, with a majority of teammates earning their first varsity experience. Boudinot shot a combined 164 in the two-day GCL Championship tournament, helping his team finish in fifth place.

The question entering the season for the Eagles women’s golfers was not if the team would make it back to the state tournament, but rather how far would they go. CJ returned to the Division II championships for a sixth consecutive season and placed fourth in the state. The team lost one match all regular season and won titles at the GCL championships as well as at the sectional and district tournaments. The girls were led by GCL Player of the Year Ellie Cronin ‘16, senior Sarah Downing ‘15 and Coach of the Year George Menker ‘55. Read full season recap >

ALL STARS: Ellie Cronin '16 (GCL Player of the Year, First Team All District), Sarah Downing ‘15 (First Team GCL, First Team All District), Lizzi Yeazel '16 (First Team GCL, First Team All District), Colleen Wagoner ‘16 (First Team GCL, Second Team All District), Matt Boudinot ‘15 (Second Team GCL)  Sara Sue Bowman ‘17 (Second Team GCL)

RECORDS: Men’s 5-10-2 (1-5-1 GCL) | Women’s 5-5-7 (2-3-2)

KEY WINS: In their second game of the season, the Eagles recorded a shutout victory over area rival Oakwood. The men’s soccer team would go on to also shutout Division I opponents Miamisburg and Sidney, and win 2-1 over Fairborn.

The women’s soccer team fought tooth and nail all season long against stout competition. The Eagles faced both the eventual OHSAA Division II and Division III champs in league rivals McNicholas and Badin. Their never-say-die attitude is reflected in the team’s record, with a total of seven ties. CJ’s defense never allowed more than two goals in a single match all season long. Highlights included wins over Division I opponents Fairmont and Northmont. Head coach Roy Craig was chosen as the Private School Coach of the Year by the Miami Valley Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association (MVSSCA).

ALL STARS: Cierra Stevenson ‘15 (First Team GCL, First Team All District), Will Duffy '15 (First Team GCL, First Team All District South), Jacob Murray ‘16 (First Team GCL, Second Team All District South), Anna Money ‘16 (First Team GCL, Third Team All District South), Jacob Marshall ‘15 (Second Team GCL, Third Team All District South), Thomas Wilimits ‘16 (Second Team GCL, Third Team All District South), Mikayla Kleinhans ‘15 (Second Team All District South), Rachel Stayer ‘15 (Second Team GCL), Grace Saunders '15 (Second Team GCL), Marie Weckesser ‘15 (Second Team All District South)

RECORD: 18-3 (6-0 GCL)

KEY WINS: Following their regular season sweep of all league opponents, the women's tennis team stormed into the state finals of two postseason tournaments. Individual singles qualifiers Kelly Pleiman ‘17 and Natalie Allen ‘16 each made appearances in the OHSAA state finals, and the two-time GCL Coed champion Eagles also played together for an OTCA team championship. Read full season recap >

ALL STARS: Natalie Allen ‘16 (First Team GCL, singles), Kelly Pleiman ‘17 (First Team GCL, singles), Brianna Douglas ‘17 & Alexis Robinson ‘17 (First Team GCL, doubles), Ashley Huffman ‘15 (Second Team GCL, singles), Amanda Draeger ‘16 & Katarina Dranchak ‘16 (Second Team GCL, doubles)

RECORDS: 11-10 (4-5 GCL)

KEY WINS: Women's volleyball showed tremendous improvement as the season progressed in the team’s second year under the leadership of coach Megan Smith. CJ defeated five of the six Division I opponents on its schedule with wins over Springboro, Hamilton, Beavercreek, Butler and Seton. The team finished strong, earning victories in four of their last seven regular season contests and winning two playoff matches.

ALL STARS: Beth Stumpf '15 (First Team GCL, First Team All District 15), Haleigh Shaw '15 (Second Team GCL, First Team All District 15, Senior Academic All Star), Jillian Hammerly ‘16 (Second Team GCL), Brooke Cartone '16 (Honorable Mention All District 15), Emilie Nevius '16 (Honorable Mention All District 15), Kayla Lamantia ‘15 (Senior Academic All Star), Gretchen Theil ‘15 (Senior Academic All Star)

SIGNEES: Beth Stumpf ‘15, Slippery Rock University (Pa.)