Spring sport athletes give final push as seasons draw to an end

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The end of school year is fast approaching, which means that the last sports seasons are drawing to an end. Many of the McNick’s spring sports teams have had successful seasons up to this point and are heading into to tournament time.

The Men’s Varsity Baseball roster combines young players with senior leaders such as pitcher Dylan Kirby, who is currently ranked second in the GCL in ERA. The team is currently 109-9, with a 65-5 record in the GCL. Kirby said that to make the season even better, the team needs to work on their hitting.

“The pitching is very strong this season,” Kirby said. “I’m ranked second in the GCL in ERA, and [sophomore] Sam Browning is third. Our hitting is in a slump right now, and we need to start hitting better as we head into games against Badin and into the tournament.”

The team is coached by John Christmann, McNicholas Class of 1985, who is in his third year with the Rockets. The team’s next game is on Wednesday, May 7 at Amelia High School.

Softball is off to a successful start, with an 11-6 record. On April 29, they played their senior night game, and won 11-4 against Goshen. The team is currently 6-4 in GCL play, and is ranked eighth in the city.

Senior Carly Dugan said the team has great camaraderie. “I love hanging out with the team before and after games and practices,” Dugan said. “It’s a really fun bunch.”

Head Coach Terry Doyle said the team hinges on their senior leadership. “Players like Carly Dugan, Danielle Piening, and Meaghan McGraw have been fantastic leaders this year,” Doyle said. “They take care of the pre-game warm ups, pull everyone together and schedule team outings.”

The team’s next game is May 7 at Anderson, followed by the final regular season game at Chaminade Julienne.

Men’s Track and Field
The Men’s Track and Field team is composed of numerous upperclassmen on the varsity level. The team has many returning seniors, including Connor Nelson who placed first in the 800 at the New Richmond Meet. Junior Will Allgeier placed second in the Shot Put at the Anderson Meet, and at the Coach’s Classic held at McNick, the men’s 4×800 , composed of seniors Mark Flatt, Anthony Luster, TJ McSwigan, and Connor Nelson, placed first. The team placed ninth overall.

Coach Kyle Jepson said that the team has greatly improved. “Last season, the men had a few strong events, but this season there are a lot of new young runners that give us depth in most, if not all, events .”

The next meet is the Mariemont Invitational on Wednesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 8, followed by the GCL Coed Championships at Fenwick High School.

Women’s Track and Field
Women’s Track is also led by a veteran group, with seniors Megan Schaefer and Catherine Adams leading the team. Adams is a first year track runner, but she is a two-time first team Cincinnati All-Star for Cross Country. Coach Kyle Jepson said the women’s team is full of talent everywhere.

“Most of the events we should compete in at are at a high level,” Jepson said. “We missed winning the GCL title by two points last year, so we want that this season.”

The women’s team won the Coach’s Classic, with their 4×800 team , composed of senior Catherine Adams, senior Claire Griffiths, junior Alana Osterday, and freshman Megan Rack , winning the meet. At their last meet, the women’s team took first in the home McNick Invitational. Their next meet is the Mariemont Invitational on Wednesday, May 7.

Men’s Tennis
Men’s Tennis is under new leadership as coach Brian Combs is in his first season as head coach of the tennis program. The team is currently 1-6 after their first win of the season on April 21 against Chaminade-Julienne . The team was led by junior Kyle Cullion, who anchored their first win of the season with a three hour match that ended in victory. Combs said that Cullion and senior Adam Dill are important leaders to the team.

“They’re both multi-year guys who give the team a lot, both on and off the court,” Combs said.
Combs said the team is looking forward to the Sectional Meet in May at the Tennis Center at Kings Island. Combs encourages the McNick students to come out, especially for home matches, their next being on Wednesday, May 7 against New Richmond. “We play all our home games at Lunken Airport, so we could really use people come out and cheer us on,” Combs said.

Men’s Volleyball
The Men’s Volleyball Team is off to a 11-10 start, with a 4-4 record in GCL matches. The team is off to a new start, as it lost five of its six starters when the seniors of 2013 graduated.

“The team is good at picking each other up when we’ve given up a few points in a row and keeping each other up while we’re doing well,” senior Elliot Painter said. He added that the team has a lot that could be improved on, especially going into the second half of the season. “We need to communicate more on the court, especially during the point. If we want to do well in the tournaments then we have to improve on that.” The volleyball team plays again at Chaminade-Julienne on Saturday, May 10.

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