2018-2019 Winter Sports Recap

The winter sports season was full of great wins, some tough losses, and tearful goodbyes to coaches. Learn more about each sports’ season highlights below:

Men’s Basketball
Record 19-5
The men’s basketball team earned several accolades this season, including winning the GCL North, being named #1 in the AP DII state ranking poll for two weeks in a row, and finishing #7 in the final AP DII state ranking poll.

“This year's team was perhaps the best team I've coached at CJ at winning close games, and at overcoming big deficits to come back and win,” said head coach Joe Staley '72.

On February 5, Milton Gage ‘19 earned elite status as he became only the seventh Eagle to score 1,000 points.

This season also marked the last for Staley, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Post-Season Honors
GCL Player of the Year
Milton Gage

GCL Coach of the Year
Joe Staley

First Team All-GCL
Milton Gage
Jack Nauseef

Second Team All-GCL
Brandon Gibson
Dominic Wilcox

First Team AP All-Southwest Ohio & First Team All-District 15
Milton Gage

Coach of the Year AP All-Southwest Ohio, Coach of the Year All-District 15, Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Division II Coach of the Year
Joe Staley

Women’s Basketball
Record 9-14
The women’s varsity team finished third in the GCL North. The JV team finished their season 19-2. Along with other awards listed below, Diana Ekezie, Staci Greene, Eve Monaghan, Jordyn Varise and Alyssa Whatley were named Scholar Athletes by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association. During the season, head coach Randy Duff also celebrated his 250th career coaching win.

Post-Season Honors
First Team All-GCL
Jordyn Varise

Second Team All-GCL
Staci Greene
Courtney Redd

Team MVP and All-Southwest District
Jordyn Varise

Bowling
Record 2-12 in the GCL
The young bowling team made great strides from the previous year, head coach Joe Burless noted. The team placed third in the GCL North Tournament and 23 out of 31 in the State DII Sectional tournament. Tian Turner individually placed third in the sectional tournament and qualified for the divisional tournament.

“This season we had both a varsity and JV men’s team,” said Burless. “We hope to be able to continue that for next season and perhaps be able to add both a varsity and JV women’s team.”

Post-Season Honors
First Team All-GCL
Tian Turner (only freshman in the league to be named to the First Team).

Team Award - Best Spirited
Jaden Baez
Kris Nartker

Men's and Women's Swimming
Multiple school records were broken during the winter swim season. The team also had several members compete at the state level. That competition resulted in Jorge Zelina placing 8th in the 200 yard freestyle and 12th in the 100 yard backstroke, the men's 200 and 400 yard freestyle relay (Zelina, Sebastian Gongora, Mason Wilkson, Logan Brown) placing 13th and 14th in the state respectively, and McKenzie Reid placing 11th in the state in the 100 yard backstroke.

At the end of the season, both head coaches, Kate Corrado-Whistler and Paul Biermann, shared they would be stepping down from their coaching duties. 

"Both coaches have been integral in the Eagles swim programs for several years, guiding individuals and relays to breaking multiple school records and state appearances," shared Director of Athletics, Jeremy Greenleaf. 

Post-Season Honors
First Team All-GCL
Jorge Zelina (100 yard freestyle)
Sebastian Gongora, Mason Wilkson, Logan Brown, and Jorge Zelina (200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay)

Second Team All-GCL
Jorge Zelina (200 yard freestyle)
Logan Brown (200 yard I.M.)
Sebastian Gongora (50 yard freestyle)
Logan Brown (500 yard freestyle)
Mason Wilkson (100 yard backstroke)
McKenzie Reid (100 yard backstroke)

GCL Women’s Coach of the Year
Kate Whistler

Indoor Track
“This was the first year in my 11 years that we had to cancel a meet due to weather,” laughed head coach Jerry Puckett. “During the first meet, many of our kids qualified for state, and it just got better from there.

“Our two biggest highlights of the season were at state,” Puckett continued. “Calvin Hatcher ran a 22.17 in the 200 finishing 2nd. That’s a blink of an eye from a 21 which is big time. Then during the women’s 4x200 relay, another competitor fell into Jazmyn Potts knocking her down and scraping her up. Somehow, she managed to get the baton to Jayda Grant who had to jump over the other girl. We went from 2nd to 5th in the race, but Jayda ran a big leg and got us closer. Julia DiLoreto ran the next leg and got us closer, then Meyah Haywood almost caught the leader and our relay finished in 2nd place. Every coach wants their athletes to compete and leave it all on the track - that’s what this group did.

“Right after that relay, Jazmyn brushed off her scrapes and ran the 60 meter high hurdles placing 3rd. All of this makes for an exciting spring season.”

Wrestling
Both the wrestling team and individuals earned top honors throughout their season. Highlights for the team included being team GCL, Sectional and District Runner-Ups. GCL individual champions were Adam Elder, Isaiah Wortham, Roman Jones, Nicholas Machuca, David Frederick, and Hunter Johns. Frederick and Johns were sectional champions and qualified for state alongside Wortham and Machuca. At state, Wortham placed 4th and Johns placed 3rd in their respective weight classes.

Post-Season Honors
GCL Wrestler of the Year
Hunter Johns

GCL Coach of the Year
Joel Sanchez

First Team All-GCL
Adam Elder
Isaiah Wortham
Roman Jones
Nicholas Machuca
David Frederick
Hunter Johns

Second Team All-GCL
Lance Roberts

First Team All-Area
David Frederick
Hunter Johns

Second Team All-Area
Isaiah Wortham
Nicholas Machuca

All-Area Division II Coach of the Year
Joel Sanchez

Posted March 27, 2019

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