Fall Sports Season Recap

From trips to state, to big plays and wins over competitors, the fall sports season at CJ was an exciting one. Learn more below about the accomplishments and coaches' thoughts on the season.

The men's cross country varsity team had top finishes in both the GCL Championship race and Southwest District Tournament race. The varsity team placed fourth out of eight teams in the GCL Championship race with Duncan Burke '17, Mike Carper '16 and Jack Dalton '17 earning second team All-GCL honors for their times. At the Southwest District Tournament, Dalton, with his finishing place, qualified for the regional tournament.  During that race, he had a time of 17:00 and placed 35th overall.

The women's cross country team also had a runner recognized post-season. Maura Peck '17 was selected for the All-GCL first team after finishing in the top five or better with her times at the GCL meet, Fairmont Firebird / Neal Charske Invitational, and Brookville Invitational.

"We had a young team this year with a lot of opportunity for new runners to gain valuable varsity experience," said assistant coach Dan Eiser. "The girls worked hard and it paid off at the end of the season."

Eiser added that at the GCL meet, every Eagle had the fastest time of their season.

"That is extremely rare, not just for CJ, but for any team," Eiser noted.

The football team had four players earn post-season honors this season. LB captain Josh Simons '16, was named to the All-GCL first team after leading the Eagles in tackles with 74. Three players were named to the All-GCL second team - LB Adam Oppy '16, QB Ryan Peltier '18, and DL Derson Pratt '16. The Eagles went 2-8 this season.

“There is no doubt that this year was a tough one," said head coach Marcus Colvin. "I was impressed and encouraged with my student-athletes' ability to be resilient. While we dealt with lots of adversity, our young men continued to be positive and worked to get better every day."

Other highlights of the season were Peltier throwing for 1,194 yards and five touchdowns, RB Jacquel Freeman-Parks '17 leading the Eagles in rushing with 711 yards, and WR Miles Joiner '17 leading the team in receiving with 30 receptions for 337 yards.

Colvin added, "As I told our underclassmen, use this year as a catalyst to what this program can be in the coming years... Bring on Roger Glass Stadium!”

The men's golf team had two players who were recognized by the GCL. Andrew Detmer '19 and Aaron Gerhard '17 earned second team  All-GCL honors.  This season, the men's dual meet record was 3-6, and the team finished fourth out of eight teams at the GCL tournament.

"Although our record may not reflect it, we performed well against many strong teams this season," said head coach Ben Davies. "More importantly, though, we represented ourselves and our school at high standard competitively and with good sportsmanship."

The men's and women's golf teams' scores combined earned them the overall winner at the Diana Schwab Invitational on August 25.

The women's golf team made a seventh straight trip to the state tournament this season. Along with winning the conference, the team also took first place in the sectional and district tournaments. The team record was 30-2 with the two losses against DI schools.

Several members of the women's golf team earned post-season honors including:

Ellie Cronin '16

  • GCL Player of the Year
  • All-GCL first team
  • Academic All Ohio
  • Dayton Daily News Player of the Week (October 1)
  • SW District first team
  • SW District Player of the Year

Colleen Wagoner '16

  • All-GCL first team
  • Academic All Ohio
  • SW District honorable mention

Lizzi Yeazel '16

  • All-GCL first team
  • Academic All Ohio
  • SW District first team

Sara Sue Bowman '17

  • All-GCL second team
  • SW District honorable mention

Aryana Sutton '18

  • All-GCL first team

Head Coach George Menker '55 was also honored with the SW District Coach of the Year.

The men's soccer team, under new head coach Alex VanderSluijs, finished 8-8-2 this season, making it the first .500 season since 2007. Big wins for the Eagles this season came against Northmont, Fairmont, Oakwood and Bishop Fenwick. The team also had the lowest goal against average since 2003. The team made it to the second round of the sectional tournament.

Jake Murray '16 earned All-GCL first team and All-Miami Valley first team post season honors. Nick Barnes '17 was also selected for the All-GCL first team while Yusef Muqtadir '18 and Matt Weckesser '16 were  selected for the All-GCL second team.

The women's soccer team finished this season 5-10-3. The season started with injuries to two players who both were four year letter winners , Katie Settich '16 and Anna Money '16.  While both women returned in the fifth game of the season, the team had several other injuries during the year. The women's soccer team also made it to the second round of the sectional tournament.

"The team played an attractive possession oriented attacking formation but really struggled all year  scoring goals," said head coach Roy Craig. "The team stayed focused and improved throughout the year."  

Money earned post-season honors including All-GCL first team, SW District first team and All-Dayton South first team. Logan Dix '17 was also selected for the All-GCL first team and All-Dayton South second team. Manisha Kullar '16 earned an All-Dayton South honorable mention while Taylor Burrows '16 and Kayte Jackson '17 were selected for the All-GCL second team.

The women's tennis team had another successful season, finishing as the GCLC champions and district runner-up in the state team tournament. The team was ranked first in the area in Division II and fifth in the state of Ohio.

Kelly Pleiman '17 qualified individually for the state tournament for the second year in a row after finishing first in the sectional tournament and second in the district tournament. Pleiman was recognized in the post-season earning All-GCL first team honors and first team all area for the Miami Valley region.

Several other members of the women's tennis team received post-season honors including:

Brianna  Douglas '17

  • All-GCL first team
  • All-Miami Valley second team

Kat Dranchak '16

  • All-GCL first team
  • All-Miami Valley honorable mention

Amanda Draeger '16 and Alexis Robinson '17

  • All-GCL first team
  • All-Miami Valley first team

Olivia Boch '18 and Lydia Bice '18 

  • All-GCL second team
  • All-Miami Valley second team

Head coach Jim Brooks was named the All-GCL Coach of the Year.

The women's volleyball team finished the season with an advancement to the second round of the sectional tournament. Anna Miller '16 was selected to the All-GCL first team, while Jillian Hammerly '16 and Emilie Nevius '16 were selected to the All-GCL second team.

Great season, Eagles!