MVC Spring Sports Season Updates / Honors

03/10/2019

CCD Tennis Sends Four to State!

Four Cincinnati Country Day boys' tennis players have advanced to the 2019 OHSAA State Boys' Tennis Championship May 24-25 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.  Manav Midha and Neil Badlani (singles) and Ash Annapantula and Sai Nalagatla (doubles) advanced after their fine performances at Districts!  Good luck to all four players pictured below with all State qualifiers from the Southwest District (photo from SWDAB Twitter)!

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BASEBALL:  CHCA (15-1) and Summit Country Day (15-1) finished as co-champions this spring.  It is the 16th consecutive league title for the Eagles and the second straight season the two squads finished as co-champs!  In the Gray Division, Cincinnati Christian is 12-3 and has wrapped up its second straight divisional title.  Pitcher of the Year honors went to Seven Hills' Andrew Brown and CHCA's Clayton Brock, while Player of the Year recognition went to Summit Country Day's Wil Eads (Scarlet) and Cincinnati Christian's Mitchell Smith (Gray).  Coach of the Year accolades went to Summit Country Day's Triffon Callos (Scarlet) and Lockland's Mark Ellis (Gray).   POSTSEASON UPDATES:  Tournament match-ups are as follows:  Cincinnati Christian vs. Tri County North today at Carlisle HS and Cincinnati Country Day won the District Championship and moves on to face Roger Bacon May 30 at Wright State University at 2 pm.

Baseball Season Brings Three Perfect Games!

Cincinnati Christian's Mitchell Smith pitched a perfect game March 28, a 10-0 gem to lead Cincinnati Christian over Norwood!  He recorded 11 strikeouts and went 4-for-5 at the plate with a home run, three RBIs, three runs scored, and a pair of stolen bases.  Read more HERE.  He followed that masterpiece up with a second no-hitter on April 4!

Later in the season, New Miami's Jaden Phillips hurled a perfect game of his own in a 12-0 victory over Hillcrest on May 7.  He struck out 13 batters on only 67 pitches in the five-inning gem.  Read more HERE.

And how about one in tournament play?  Seven Hills' Dominic Keller threw a perfect game in the second round of the Sectional tournament.  He three a five-inning 11-0 perfect game against Ripley on May 15, striking out eight batter along the way.  Congratulations Dominic!

Photo by Keith Neu

SOFTBALL:  Cincinnati Christian captured the Scarlet Division championship with an impressive 13-0 record.  It is the Lady Cougars' seventh divisional title since 2010.  Read more HERE.  The Gray Division has Seven Hills sitting at 9-3 in league play, and the Lady Stingers have wrapped up their second straight divisional title.  Pitcher of the Year recognition went to Cincinnati Christian's Briahna Bush and Player of the Year awards went to CHCA's Finley Payne (Scarlet) and Seven Hills' Abby Markworth.  Cincinnati Christian's Gary Rice (Scarlet) and Seven Hills' Marty Gerhardt and Clark Montessori's Elise Mercer (Gray) earned Coach of the Year honors.

Girls Each Record Multiple Perfect Games

Shout out to Seven Hills' Abby Markworth and Cincinnati Christian's Briahna Bush for each tossing perfect games!  Abby's came against Purcell Marian on April 4, while Briahna's gem came against CHCA, also on April 4.  Congratulations to both pitchers!  UPDATE:  Abby picked up her second perfect game of the season April 11 against North College Hill, while Briahna notched her second on April 30 in a 19-0 win over Lockland and her third against Gamble Montessori (a 19-0 win) on May 7 in Sectional tourney action!

Photo by Tara Clark

BOYS' TENNIS:  Cincinnati Country Day and Seven Hills finished the MVC portion of their schedules tied at 7-1 and will share the 2019 boys' tennis championship!  The last thirteen MVC Championships have been won or shared by the Indians or the Stingers.  Congratulations to both squads.  Player of the Year honors went to Cincinnati Country Day's Manav Midha and Coach of the Year recognition went to Seven Hills' Tim Drew for the fifth straight year.  POSTSEASON UPDATES:  District qualifiers include Cincinnati Country Day's Manav Midha (Sectional Champion) and Neil Badlani (Sectional runner-up) and the doubles teams of Herschel Albert / Kasey Chopra and Ash Annapantula / Sai Nalagatla, as well as Summit Country Day's JP Tew / Michael Hajjar.  Seven Hills'  Max Yuan (Sectional Champion) and Kevin Wang / Naail Sajjad also advanced to the District tourney.  STATE BOUND:  Congratulations to Cincinnati Country Day's Manav Midha and Neil Badlani (singles) and Ash Annapantula and Sai Nalagatla (doubles) for advancing to the OHSAA State Tennis Championships! (see more above).

BOYS' TRACK:  Congratulations to CHCA for winning the Conference Meet, the Eagles' second in the last three years!  Runner of the Year went to CHCA's Julian Herman and Field Event Athlete of the Year went to the Eagles' Alex Barnard.  Coach of the Year honors went to CHCA's Jeff Timmers.  POSTSEASON UPDATES:  In the DII District Meet, CHCA's Julian Herman is the District Champion in the 200 meters, Clark Montessori's Brazeil Moore in the 400 meters, and Norwood's Jordin Evans in the high jump!  Complete DII results can be found HERE.  In the DIII District Meet, Summit Country Day won the team title, while Cincinnati Country Day finished third.  District Champions from the DIII Meet include Summit Country Day's Zach Watford in the 400 meters, Brian DeWine in the 3200 meters, and the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400 relays; Cincinnati Country Day's Sam Pettengill in the 800 meters, Alec Hamall in the 1600 meters, and the 4x800 relay; and Seven Hills' Joe Moses in the discus.  Complete DIII District Meet results can be found HERE.  The top four finishers in each event qualified for the Regional Meet tomorrow at Piqua HS (DII) and today at Troy HS (DIII).