2017-2018 Year Review, June 2018


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.

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. 

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.

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.