Fall Sports teams enter final season stretch

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As the fall sports season winds down for the Rockets, many teams are looking towards their postseason runs.

Cross Country
The Men’s Cross Country Team continued its rebuilding period, continuing to grow in young talent. The team featured as many as three freshmen in the top 7, with four in the top 10 of the team. The team was led by first year runner senior Eric Frey, who had the best time by a Rocket since the 2010 season, with a time of 17:50. Coach Jepson said that he is encouraged by the youth of the team, and that the team is continuing to get better.
“On the boys’ side, we had our best race at the district meet since 2008, which was the season we won districts and advanced all the way to the state meet,” Jepson said. “We did it with an incredible amount of youth, so if we continue to work we’re only a few steps away from regionals and state.”
The Women’s Cross Country Team is also in the middle of a major rebuilding season. The top four runners of the 2013 season have since graduated, and the team lost two other varsity runners to injuries this season. However, the team finished 5th in Districts, two places away from moving on to Regionals. Jepson said he was very proud of how his team performed.
“This team is much better than anyone could’ve anticipated,” Jepson said. “To lose the top six runners from a season ago and still get close to regionals, it’s very impressive,”

Women’s Tennis
The Women’s Tennis Team ended their season above .500, priming themselves for future success. The team was led by two seniors, Katie St. Charles and Nicole Geygan, but was composed mostly of juniors and sophomores. The team finished with a 7-6 record and advanced to Districts.

Men’s Golf
The Men’s Golf Team’s season was highlighted by winning the King of the Hill Tournament, and taking a trip to the State meet, where they finished 6th overall. Sophomore Ty DeBonis finished 4th overall in the State. The team included just one senior, Nick Niehaus.

Women’s Golf
The Lady Rockets had an encouraging season, led by sophomore Alexandra Wells and junior Maria Ciampone in scoring. The team’s highlight for the season was winning the Queen of the Hill for the eighth consecutive season.

After seven consecutive wins, the Rockets took a loss of 49-0 at home on Oct. 18 to the 7-0 Alter Knights before defeating Roger Bacon 35-19 in their final home game of the season. The team still has an 8-1 record preparing for their final game of the season on Oct. 31 at Hamilton Badin.

Men’s Soccer
The Men’s Soccer season came to an end in the district finals in a heartbreaking double penalty kick overtime loss to Bellbrook. They finished their season with an 11-4-2 record. The team has been able to find success despite losing 11 seniors from a season ago. Coach Jason Peters said the only way the season can be deemed a success will be determined by how they do in the postseason.
“We have had a great season, but a fantastic season can only be defined by having a strong postseason,” Peters said.

Women’s Soccer
The Women’s Soccer Team continues its postseason run with a 3-0 victory over Dayton Carroll in the District Finals. This was Senior Goalkeeper Lauren Rice’s twelfth shutout and pushed the team record to 17-1. They next play on Oct. 28 at Norwood vs. Wyoming. The game starts at 7 p.m. at Shea Stadium. They too lost a large chunk of their varsity team, with the departure of eight seniors, but they’ve been able to put together their best regular season record in years. Coach Ben Kirkpatrick said the team just needs to continue playing the way they are to find further success this year.
“We should be able to make a long run this year,” Kirkpatrick said. “Right now we are taking every game as it comes and focusing on playing up to the high standards that we have set this year .”

Women’s Volleyball
The Women’s Volleyball Team is hoping to cap off their season with a strong postseason run. They are currently into Regionals. The team will play against Kettering Archbishop Alter at a site that has not been announced. The team’s current record is 17-8, and they are led by three seniors: Gabbie Latreille, Morgan Cox, and Emily Bloemer.

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