Winter sports wrap-up seasons with strong tournament showings

Basketball: Boys

Record: 10-13


“[The] biggest highlight for me is our guys turnaround of the season after starting 1-10 with the toughest schedule McNick probably has ever had. Kids kept battling and believing and never quit.” – Coach Tim Monahan

“I would say my favorite memory has been winning the CJ game because there was a great student section, and the locker room celebration was great.” – Senior Trey Gardner


“We lose 3 great seniors — Isaiah, Trey, Ben — but do bring back experience. [I] think we could be very good next year and build off this 2nd half of the season momentum we have right now.” — Coach Tim Monahan 


“The basketball program gas helped me not only develop as a player but as a person. I’ve learned a lot from Coach Monahan and all the coaching staff.” – Senior Trey Gardner

Basketball: Girls

Record: 8-17

Highlight: “My favorite memory was celebrating with the team after our victory over Fenwick.” – Senior Kaycie Badylak

Prediction: “[It’s] hard to make a prediction that far out, but I think we will have a good mix of experienced players and youth and raise our win total from this past year.” — Coach John Blackwell

Quote: Something I would say that made the program so special for me was getting to play with my best friends and strengthening those relationships on and off the court.” — Senior Kaycie Badylak

Bowling: Boys and Girls


Boys finished with a record of 9 and 11 and became just the second boys team at McNick to qualify for Districts.

Girls finished with a record of 6-16 and became the first girls team from McNick to qualify for Districts.


Senior Dean Singleton led the boys with a 199.9 average, the highest in school history.  Dean made first team all-GCL Co-ED league; Second team all-league were Luke Righter, Sam Noble, and Shawn Roesel.

Senior Emily Fridley led the girls’ bowling team with a 128.8 average and made second team all-GCL Co-ED league along with senior Nicole Bell.

The highlight of our seasons were having both the girls’ and boys’ teams make it through Sectionals and qualify for Districts. On the boys’ side, McNicholas finished fifth and the Rockets were led by senior Dean Singleton, who made the all-tournament team and had the second highest score of all bowlers with a 710 three game series. The girls finished seventh in Sectionals and qualified for Districts by jumping three other teams in the final team Baker games to advance from Sectionals for the first time in school history.


Even though we lose three seniors on the boys’ team, we are in excellent shape for next season, with juniors Sam Noble, Shawn Roesel and Matthew Robey, all starters this year returning next year. We also have a number of boys on the JV squad who had very good years who are ready to move up! The girls lose five seniors and will be looking to the younger members of the team to step up next season. Sophomores Avery Elliot and Lucy Timko both showed great improvement during this past year and will be the team leaders next season.


“I couldn’t be prouder of how our bowlers performed this year. This was the best overall season of any in my nearly 20 years of coaching bowling at McNick. We finished very strong to have both teams move on in the state tournament which has never happened before and we did it under some very difficult circumstances dealing with COVID absences and restrictions,” Coach Brian Combs.

Cheerleading: Football and Basketball

Swimming: Boys and Girls


West Clermont vs. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy vs. McNick – Girls 3rd and Boys 3rd

Harrison Invitational – Girls 4th and Boys 5th

GCL Co-Ed Championships – Girls 6th and Boys 6th

Fenwick – Girls 2nd and Boys 2nd

Highlight: “When Junior Allison Plush qualified for the District Meet in the 100 Backstroke.” – Coach Ron Kelly

“I was happy that my brother and I were able to compete together on a team, something that neither of us has been able to do. I hope he decides to join us again next year.” – Junior Aiden Kelly


“Most of the team plans to return, plus there are several incoming freshmen interested in swimming next year. This will allow us to have a stronger team with more depth at each event.” – Coach Ron Kelly

“Next season I hope to expand the swim team and to have more people go to Districts.” – Junior Allison Plush  


“We had a good year. We added nine new swimmers to the four returning from last season.  Juniors Allison Plush and Aiden Kelly showed great leadership for both the girls’ and boys’ teams. Next year looks bright for McNick swimming.” – Coach Ron Kelly

“If I were to think of one word to define the swim team it would be enthusiastic – everyone was there for one another and always excited to do something new.  I wish that everyone knew how much time we spend training and how fun it can be to do something you love with others who love it.” – Junior Allison Plush

“We are very fortunate to be here because some of the fastest kids in the country happen to come out of Ohio, just behind Florida and Texas, and I believe that there are a lot of talented athletes at this school who could be pretty good in the water. Swimming is extremely fun and energetic, the atmosphere is unlike most sports. For example, no spectators cussing at the refs, and you will meet some of the nicest people, both athletes, and coaches. It takes a lot of time, practice, and commitment, but for those who really try and push themselves, it pays off being able to compete with some of the best in the country.” – Junior Aiden Kelly


Senior Pierce Taylor won his weight class in the Sectional Tournament the weekend of February  26-27 and followed that by winning Districts the weekend of March 5-7. Taylor will represent McNicholas in the State Wrestling Tournament the weekend of March 11-13 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus at The Ohio State University. His first match is Friday, March 11 at 3 p.m. To follow coverage through OHSAA, follow this link for Division III Individual State Tournament Participants. This part of the story will be updated after the State Wrestling Tournament.

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