From school record breakers and league award recipients to state qualifiers, it was a strong season for Chaminade Julienne athletes.
"We had a great and exciting winter season,” CJ athletic director Jeremy Greenleaf said. “We had two first-year head coaches in Charlie Szabo (boys basketball) and Kevin Van Buskirk (swimming) who really kept the traditions of Chaminade Julienne alive. I really look forward to what the future holds for these young head coaches."
From the court to the pool and, even, on the lanes, Eagles athletes carried on the winning tradition of CJ athletics.
The varsity team finished the season 12-13, bowing out in the sectional finals. Several players garnered individual honors.
- Larry Turner – 1st team All-GCL, honorable mention All-Southwest Ohio, District 15 All-Senior Team
- Daniel Nauseef – 2nd team All-GCL, District 15 All-Underclass Team
- Brandon Gibson – 2nd team All-GCL
- A.J. Solomon – 2nd team All-GCL
- Sean Menker – Honorable mention All-GCL and was awarded the 4th Annual Premier Flyin’ to the Hoop Scholarship presented by River Valley Credit Union.
In the junior varsity ranks, the Eagles finished the season 18-3 overall with a perfect 14-0 GCL record and league title.
The varsity team finished the season 16-9 – the Eagles best record since 2013. Eight of their nine loses were to teams that reached at least the state Sweet 16. Several girls earned league and area awards and coach Mark Jones was named District 15 Assistant Coach of the Year.
- Eve Monaghan – 1st team All-GCL, Southwest District third team, District 15 All-star
- Jordyn Varise – 1st team All-GCL, Southwest District honorable mention, District 15 All-star * Courtney Redd – 2nd team All-GCL second team, Southwest District honorable mention
- Staci Greene – 2nd team All-GCL second team, Southwest District honorable mention
- Jayden Haywood – GCL honorable mention
In the junior varsity ranks, the Eagles finished the season with an 11-1 league record, winning the GCL.
The Eagles had quantity and quality this season with 28 bowlers this year, allowing CJ to field varsity girls and boys, JV-A and JV-B teams. Tian Turner bowled his way to the first team All-GCL ranks and was named the GCL Male Bowler of the Year. Trinitee Howard qualified to the third team All-GCL. Kyle Peters advanced to the district tournament.
It was one for the record books for the CJ swim team as multiple school records were crushed this season, three by state placer McKenzie Reid. She set records in the 100-yard butterfly (:55.86), 100-yard backstroke (:58.42) and 200-yard butterfly (2:18.37). Reid placed third in the 100-yard butterfly and 7th in the 100-yard backstroke at the state meet.
Reid wasn’t the only record breaker as Mason Wilkson set records in the 100-yard butterfly (:53.54) and 200-yard backstroke (1:58.48) while Matt LaBianco set a school record in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.48). The relay team of Logan Brown, Andrew Kutler, Wilkson and LaBianco broke the Eagles record in the 200 medley relay and finished 15th at the state meet.
The Indoor Track team performed extremely well at the OATCCC Indoor State Championship with multiple runners placing in their event and several PR’s:
Imani Wortham – 7th place 60m dash
Jazmyn Potts – 2nd place 60m hurdles, 3rd place 200m dash
Julia DiLoreto – 8th place 400m dash
Calvin Harris – 1st place 60m dash and 200m dash, 2nd place 400m dash
Trey Myers – 5th place 800m run
Girls 4x200m relay (Imani Wotham, Julia DiLoreto, Jazmyn Potts, Meyah Haywood – 1st place
Girls 4x400m relay (Jazmyn Potts, Alyssa Jones, Meyah Haywood, Julia DiLoreto) – 3rd place
Eagles wrestlers Roman Jones, Isaiah Wortham, David Frederick Jr., and Marquel Henry are hoping to add to their season accomplishments at the OHSAA Individual Wrestling State Tournament March 13-15 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus.
The Eagles finished on top at the 10-team Catholic Invitational Tournament this season and junior David Frederick Jr. – winner at both the Catholic Invitational and Eaton tournaments at 170 pounds – was a Dayton Daily News Athlete of the Week.