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When Ben Bayless of Indian Hill cross the finish line Saturday in the 3200 Run at the state meet, it brought the curtain down on the 2017-2018 school for CHL sports. A year that started on August 7th with the first golf matches.  In between, there were many championships, milestones, & achievements for league athletes, coaches, & teams. We will breakdown the highlights by seasons.

FALL
Boys' golf got the season started in early August.  The league champ in golf is decided by a point system.  Wyoming had a perfect 30 points to win the league title.  The Cowboys swept the preseason tourney and the conference championship.  Dylan Stevens of Wyoming made it to the state championship (19th).

Girls' golf is not a league sport with only three schools having teams.  Wyoming finished the regular season 8-6.  The Cowboys were Division II sectional champions and missed by 8 strokes getting to state as a team.


Girl's tennis saw Indian Hill dominate again.  The Braves were 5-0 in league & 16-4 overall.  They have won 21 straight league titles, the longest current streak of any team in the CHL.
Five Indian Hill players made it to state: sophomore Samantha Pregel (Singles), senior Julia Yingling & junior Nina Price (Doubles), and senior Gracey Hirsch & sophomore Hayley Hirsch (Doubles). The Hirsch sisters were 3rd in the state  and were named to the First Team All Ohio.  Indian Hill finished 3rd in the state team tournament.

Wyoming's volleyball team finished 14-0 in the league.  They have won 112 league games in a row.  Their last league lost was October 2009.
  The Cowboys lost in the sectional finals.  Madeira made it to the Division III district finals.

Wyoming girls cross country won the league championship, their 2nd in the last 4 years.  Junior Riley Bahr (Wyoming) was league champ.  Mariemont & Wyoming were district champs.  Wyoming was regional runner-up and 14th in the state.


Madeira boys cross country won their first league championship since 2000.  Junior Ben Bayless (Indian Hill) was league champ.  Indian Hill & Madeira were district champs.  Madeira was regional champ and 15th in the state.


In girls' soccer, Indian Hill went 7-0 in the league.  The Braves (22-0-1) rolled through post season to win the Division II state championship with a 2-0 win over Lake Catholic.  Anna Podojil was the Division II Player of the Year & Ms Ohio Soccer.  Brave's coach Amy Dunlap was Coach of the Year.  Morgan Jackson was 1st team All State.


Wyoming won the boys' soccer league title with a 6-1-0 record & 14-4-3 overall.  Wyoming (D2) and Madeira (D3) made it to the regional semifinals.  Adam Mutasim (Indian Hill) was Division II 1st Team All State.  Ryan Lienhart (Madeira) was Division III 1st team All State.


In football, Wyoming won their 2nd league title in a row. The Cowboys were 7-0 in league play & 12-1 overall.  They have won 15 league games in row winning back to back titles.  Wyoming made it to the regional semifinals. Indian Hill & Reading also made the playoffs. 

WINTER
Indian Hill stopped Reading's 12 straight wrestling league titles.  Three league wrestlers made the state championships.  Junior John Mark Williams (Indian Hill) had a 7th place podium finish in D2 170 class.  Senior Yima Nyamor (Wyoming) also made the D2 state championships (152). Senior Wilber Compress of Reading was in the Division III 106 weight class

Bowling made it's debut as a league sport in the CHL. 
Girls - Reading won the first league title (6-0, 12-4).  Deer Park & Reading both qualified for the district tournament.
Boys - Deer Park (7-1, 9-5) & Taylor (7-1, 16-2) tied for the first league title.  Taylor won the Division II sectional title.  Deer Park also qualified for districts.  Sophomore Brady Leisure miss qualifying for state by 9 pins.

Mariemont girls' swimming & diving team won its 5th league title in a row.  It is now the longest league winning streak in the CHL by any Mariemont team.  Mariemont won the district title and finished 4th in the state meet.  Junior Cora Dupre was a two time state champ in the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle.

Indian Hill boys' swimming & diving team now has won back to back league titles.  The Braves were district champs and end up 6th in the state meet.  Senior Noah Vigran of Indian Hill defended his state diving title with a state record 584.45 points. As a matter of fact, the CHL went 1-2 in Division II diving at the state meet as junior Ilusha Gerasimchuk of Wyoming was runner-up.

Madeira (13-1, 22-4) & Mariemont (13-1 17-6) tied for the girls' league basketball title.  Madeira made it to the district final.

The story of the year in the CHL was in boys' basketball.  Deer Park opened some eyes when they scored over 100 points in each of their first two games of the season.  For the next 2 1/2 months, they powered their way through non-league and league games remaining undefeated.  Most wins were double figures. Two close calls were league teams.  Madeira came within 4 points of breaking the win streak.  Indian Hill was even closer, losing in overtime by 2. In the post season, Deer Park cruised through the first 4 games winning by an average of 31 points. In the regional semifinals, Purcell Marian had a lead in the 2nd half, but the Wildcats ended up winning by 11.  Madeira had been quietly making its way through the post season.  A big win over North College Hill in the regional semifinals set them up for their 3rd meeting with Deer Park. This time it was in the regional final for a spot in the Division III state final four.  Madeira had lost 4 of their first 5 games of the season but had won 18 of the next 21 games including a win streak of 7.  Deer Park won for the 3rd time over the Mustangs to make their first final four trip.  Two wins later, Deer Park was the Division III state champs. They finished 29-0 one of only about 40 teams in Ohio history to have a perfect record in basketball. Coach Steve Gentry's Wildcats were name the best team in any sport in the city this past school year.

SPRING
Taylor softball once again dominated the league.  the Yellowjackets were 14-0 in the league for the 2nd straight year and 18-4 overall.  Taylor pitcher Brooklynn Linneman had an unforgettable spring. The sophomore had two perfect games, another no hitter, and in a 10 inning game, struck out 26!  Deer Park (18-6) made the deepest run in post season finishing district runner up.


In baseball, Taylor made it three straight league titles (13-1, 19-5).  Madeira went the deepest in the tournament.  The Mustangs (20-7) made their 5th state final four, losing in the semifinals to the eventual state champ.

Indian Hill sweep the track and field championships, the first team to do that since Wyoming in 2012.  The girls won their 2nd in a row.  The boys won their first title since 1989.  At the league meet this year, 15 league records were broken.  Indian Hill boys went on to be Division II district champs.  A total of 19 league athletes made it to the state meet, 4 of them had podium finishes.

Lacrosse has been an OHSAA recognized sport for two years now.  In those two years, the CHL has proven to have overall the best Division II teams in the state.  Interesting enough, lacrosse is not league sport yet in the CHL since only 4 schools have varsity teams.
In the girls, Indian Hill ((13-7) made it to the regional finals losing to Mariemont.  The Braves had won the D2 state title last year.  Mariemont (17-4) had to come from behind in their last three games of the season and ended up beating Chagrin Falls for the Division II state title.  It is the first state title for any Mariemont girls team in school history.
Indian Hill boys (15-5) also made it to the regional final, also losing to Mariemont.  Mariemont boys (18-3), defending state champ, could not get past St. Francis De Sales in the state semifinal game.

So that is the recap on a great and historical season for the CHL.  As this is being posted, summer camps are already beginning for the fall sports.  We hope to have stories on the website throughout the summer months.

Finneytown, Madeira, Taylor & Wyoming have coaching positions open. As the summer months go on we will probably see more positions listed from the CHL schools.  Check out the details under the Coaching Positions link at the top of the page.

With the double first places in track & field, Indian Hill clinched the All Sports Trophy for the 2nd year in a row.  The Braves had 107.5 points for the school year, 6 more than Wyoming.  Complete point standings can be found under the All Sports link.

Last year in the first ever OHSAA state championship for lacrosse, Mariemont boys were champs.  Although the Warrior boys made it back to the state final four, they lost in the semifinals. This year, it was the Warrior girls' turn.  Mariemont won the state championship over Chagrin Falls!  It is the first state lacrosse title for Mariemont girls.  As a matter of fact, it is the first girls state team title in Mariemont history.  The boys lacrosse have previously won four state championships. Three of those were in the coaches association tournament.

For the 3rd game in a row, Mariemont girls found themselves behind.  Chagrin Falls scored two early goals to go up 2-0.  This time, the Warriors didn't have to wait for most of the game to come back. With 18:49 to go in the half, Courtney Robinson tied the game at 2 all. Mariemont would never trail again.  Robinson scored again 48 seconds later to give her team their first lead 3-2.  After being up by as many as three goals, Mariemont saw its lead go away when the Tigers tied it at 8 all right before half.  Mariemont did score one more time to have a 9-8 lead at the mid way mark. In the second half, Mariemont kept the lead at 2-3 goals. Frances Harrington in the nets came up with some huge stops. Chagrin Falls got within one goal 11-10 with 13:31 to go.  They never got any closer as the Warriors scored 2 more goals to win 13-10. Sophia Tomas's goal with 7:43 to go closed out the scoring.  In the two years of OHSAA sponsored lacrosse championships, CHL teams have claimed both girls' Division II state titles (Indian Hill last year).  The Warriors finished the season 17-4.  They won their last 9 in a row and 14 of the last 15 games.
Congratulations to Coach Kevin Ferry and the Mariemont girls' lacrosse team!

Special thanks to Mariemont Athletic Director Tom Nerl.  Tom is the "king" of CHL Twitter and provided many of the facts for this story.  Check out his Tweets on the right side of this page.

A total of 19 athletes represented the CHL at the state track & field championships in Columbus.  The two day meet was on Friday & Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State.  In the sprint events and relays, the top nine make it to the finals.  The top eight in each event will make it to the podium for a medal.  Here is the results for the CHL athletes:
Division III
Girls 800 Run Finals - Senior Tess Mitchell (Madeira) finished 15th.

Division II Girls
High Jump Finals - Junior Marin Valentine (Mariemont) finished 11th with a jump of 5'.
1600 Run Finals - Tiffany Chen (Wyoming) made the state meet as one of two fastest regional runners that did not make top four in the region.  She made the most of her "second chance" as the sophomore ran a PR time of 5:09.88 to finished on the podium in 8th place.  Sophomore Ashleigh Prugh (Indian Hill) finished right behind Chen in 9th place.

300 Hurdles Finals - Ellie Podojil (Indian Hill) qualified 5th for the finals but ended the highest place finisher of the league athletes.  The sophomore finished 4th with a school record time of 44.06

Division II Boys

Long Jump Finals - Senior Mykal Bright (Indian Hill) had a podium finished of 5th place with a best jump of 21'6.25.  Bright, a senior, finished 12th last year .
4 x 800 Relay Finals - 10. Indian Hill (senior Johnny Giroux, junior Ben Bayless, junior Nolan Heffernan, senior West Gardner), 14. Madeira (sophomore Dylan Whitson, senior Chet Dobson, sophomore Ben Ramos, sophomore Diego Arredondo)
100 Dash Prelims - Junior
Dimetrius Baylor (Indian Hill) was 14th.
300 Hurdles Prelims - Mykal Bright finished 10th &  junior Jonah Dill (Mariemont) was 16th.

100 Dash Finals - Junior Don'nek Patterson (Reading) made it to the podium in 6th place in a photo finish. Patterson's time is listed as 11.00. His actual time was 10.999, 002 behind 5th place.  It was a PR and is the fastest FAT time ever for a Reading athlete.
1600 Run Finals - Sophomore Chase Grauel (Taylor) finished in 10th but he did break the school record with a 4:25.97.
  Senior Jack Schwartz (Wyoming) was 16th.
800 Run Finals - West Gardner (Indian Hill) was 10th with a PR time of 1:56.59.  Fourteen runners were under 2:00 with the winning time a 1:53 .

3200 Run Finals - Senior Joe Murdock (Indian Hill) finished 12th.  Ben Bayless (Indian Hill) was 17th.

Congratulations to the state qualifiers and their coaches!

Madeira baseball were making their 5th appearance in the state final four, the first since 2011.  They were playing a Canfield South Range team that came into the game with a 16-15 record.  The two teams played scoreless baseball the first 5 innings.  Tyler Sullivan had a shut-out through 5 but in the top of the 6th, with 2 outs, Canfield scored 5 runs.  The Raiders added 2 more in the 7th to shut out the Mustangs 7-0.  Madeira finished the season 20-7.  Congratulations to Coach Scott Stocker and the Madeira baseball team on a great season!

The three Indian Hill players in the state tournament all made the finals.  Andrew Pregel made his 3rd trip to state the best.  The senior won the Division II singles title over Trevor Ball of Columbus Wellington School.  Pregel was 4th last year.  In doubles, the team of junior Mack Ellis & senior Maanas Pisati fell short in the state finals finishing runner-up to Connor Biernat & Grif Biernat of Wellington School.  Congratulations to Andrew, Mack, & Maanas on great seasons!

Indian Hill won their state team semifinal match but lost to Wellington School in the team state title match to finish runner-up in Division II. Congratulations to coach Wade Ward and the Braves on a great season season.

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