Spring Sports Preview


Margaret Hodson

By Adam Peng ’17, Sports Editor

As third quarter ends and the new 2016 spring sports season begins, Cincinnati Country Day School sports teams are beginning practices and setting their sights on history.

Last year, Country Day’s baseball team had a great 2015 season on the field. They ended their season with a team record of 24-5. Season highlights included legendary coach Tim Dunn’s 500th career victory, a District title, and an appearance in the Regional Finals. This dominant team will start their season with a scrimmage against Woodridge Academy on March 22nd. Their first official game will be against Finneytown on March 29th.

The boys’ lacrosse team had a record of 8-7 last season. Despite their loss to Kings in the first round of the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association State tournament, they should be one of the strongest teams in the district this year. The team will return all of their players from last season. Their first game will be against Walnut hills on March 26th. The girls’ lacrosse season will begin against Kings High School on March 30th. They finished their 2015 season with a tough loss to a very good Bishop Watterson team after a 5-8-1 regular season.

The Country Day softball team ended their season last year with 11 victories and 7 losses. In 2015, they reached the OHSAA Sectional Finals after a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory over New Miami in the previous round. Their first game will be on March 29th against Taylor High School.

The boys’ tennis team had a very memorable season last year. They won the Division II State Team Championship for the second year in a row and Coach Matt Dektas was named Coach of the Year in the process. Juniors Shaheel Mitra and Vishaal Nalagatla also won the Division II Doubles State Championship, adding to the team’s historic season. Senior star player Asher Hirsch ’15 was nominated for Ohio High School Athlete of the Year and finished third in the singles state tournament. With Hirsch now in college, how will the team turn out this year? You can come find out when they play their first match on March, 29th against CHCA.

Last season, the boys’ track team won both the MVC and District Championships, and the girl’s team finished in third place in the District. Star sprinter Darryn Jordan ’16 will look for his third straight top-ten finish in the 100 meter race this year. Their first meet this season will be at the beginning of April, so let’s hope they start the season at their best.

Good luck to all spring sports players and have wonderful 2016 seasons!

Sources: http://www.countryday.net/athletics/upper-school-athletics/index.aspx?Referer=https%253a%252f%252fwww.countryday.net%252fstudents%252findex.aspx

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