A class reunion of sorts took place when seven CJ alumni were inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame on January 23, 2016. Six of the honorees are members of the Class of 2005.
"The 2015 CJ Hall of Fame Induction Class is headlined by arguably the most accomplished athletic class in school history," said Mike Lehner, Associate Director of Development. "The six athletes being recognized this year are all in their first year of eligibility for consideration and went on to compete at the Division 1 level in college for their respective sport. Simply put, no collection of individual athletes in school history accomplished more while at CJ and after than the Class of 2005."
The inductees were recognized during halftime of the 7:30 p.m. home men's varsity basketball game against Roger Bacon on Friday, January 22.
Patrick Mansfield '05
One of the most decorated swimmers in school history, Mansfield swam on varsity all four years of his high school career and remains the school record holder in both the 100 and 200 meter freestyle. He was a two-time state qualifier (2003, 2004) in both the 100 and 200 and finished in the top six in both events at the 2004 State Finals. He won the sectional championship in the 200 free his senior season and was third at the district meet. Mansfield continued his swimming career by earning an athletic scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh.
Maria Getty '05
In a program full of historically great players, the 2005 class stands above them all when it comes to women's basketball at CJ. Getty's accomplishments include being named to the 1st team all-state twice while leading her teams to two state championships (2003 & 2005), a runner-up finish (2004) and a combined 99-7 record during her four years. In 2005, she was named Ms. Ohio Basketball by the Associated Press, and was the recipient of the Rae Burick Award. Getty continued her playing career at Villanova University on an athletic scholarship where she was a four year starter and named to the Big East all-academic team all four years.
Aisha Jefferson '05
Jefferson was one of the most dominant post players in the country during her four year career at CJ. She earned countless national accolades and was named as Ms. Ohio Basketball by the Ohio State Basketball Coaches Association for 2005 (no other team in state history has had two different players be recognized as the state player of the year on the same team). Along with the team accomplishments already listed (see Getty), USA Today ranked CJ #1 in the country twice during their careers and named Jefferson one of its recipients of the National Player of the Week in 2005. In 2004, Jefferson was a participant in the USA Women's Youth Development Team, and after graduation she went on to play at Michigan State University. She was a three time captain at MSU and finished her career 11th and 13th on the all-time MSU scoring and rebounding lists.
Derrick Brown '05
Brown is the only player in school history to go on to play in the NBA. He was a three year varsity starter who helped lead the Eagles to the State final four in 2005. He was named Player of the Year in the GCL and earned all state honors in both 2004 and 2005. After graduating from CJ, Brown received a full athletic scholarship to Xavier University and led the Musketeers to wins in the NCAA tournament in each of his three seasons. Following graduation, Brown was selected 40th overall in the NBA draft and played in the NBA for three seasons.
Javon Ringer '05
Football and Track
Ringer was named 1st team all state in football three times and set the record for most rushing yards and touchdowns in a state championship game (251 yards and 4 touchdowns) while leading the Eagles to their only state championship in school history as a sophomore. Ringer also excelled on the track, where he clocked a 10.6 100 meter dash. Following graduation, he accepted an athletic scholarship to play football at Michigan State University and finished his career at MSU as its all-time leader in total yards. After graduating from MSU he was selected in the 5th round by the Tennessee Titans and spent four years in the NFL.
Jaimel Johnson '05
As a three year varsity goaltender for the Eagles women's soccer program, Johnson set school records for fewest goals allowed in school history. She was named to the Dayton All-Area team all three years, and her final season she was selected as the Division 1 player of the year, along with first team all-state. She continued her playing career in college after receiving an athletic scholarship to the University of Tennessee. While in Knoxville, Johnson earned All-American nods and was named a finalist for soccer's highest award, the Hermann Trophy, in 2007.
George Menker '55
In 2007, George Menker took on the task of starting the girl's golf program at CJ. The girls have an all time record of 204-48 in nine years, and have finished an astounding 131 - 9 over the past five seasons. They have finished in the top four in the state championship each of the past five seasons, including winning it all in 2011. Menker has had six girls go on to receive athletic scholarships at the collegiate level and he has won five straight GCL, Sectional and District Championships.
Click the picture to view larger photos of the halftime Athletic Hall of Fame presentation. Photos courtesy Matt Allaire '16