As the calendar prepares to turn from May to June, and the Class of 2016 prepares for their final trip to Mariemont High School as students, the end of another year in Mariemont athletics is just around the corner as our track athletes prepare for the regional finals and, hopefully, a trip to the State Championship in Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.
It seems like a very long time ago since we opened the season with our Meet the Team cookout in August, kicking off another year. The fall season witnessed the girls cross country team winning the CHL and District Championship with a very young squad, and qualifying for the Regional Championships in Troy. The Boys Cross Country team finished the season as CHL and District Runner Up. The Boys Soccer team added a CHL crown to their collection, and finished their season as District Runner Up, with season highlight wins over rivals Madeira and Indian Hill. Their record included an unblemished 7-0 mark in the CHL and 15-3-2 overall. The Girls Soccer team finished their season a game out of first in the CHL and a tough loss to Ross in the Sectional Final to finish 11-6-1. The season included a win over the Madeira Amazons, always a big game in the CHL. The Volleyball team increased their total number of wins over the previous season, and the girls varsity tennis team ended a 16-4 season in 2nd place in the CHL, a game behind Indian Hill. A young golf team struggled to find its way, but improved in the second half of the season and picked up some wins. The varsity football team concluded their season with a road win at Madeira to finish 6-4 overall, their 3rd consecutive winning season.
The winter season brought us an experienced Lady Warriors basketball team set on setting the mark for the program. The Lady Warriors won the CHL outright with a dramatic but convincing win in the season's final regular season game. The squad posted a perfect 14-0 record in the CHL heading into the post season. The team's only loss of the regular season came at the hands of Franklin Road Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, over the Christmas break. In the post season, the Lady Warriors rolled through the sectional championship, and led the Tippecanoe Red Devils in the District Championship the whole game until the last second. The Red Devils, following a late game surge, caught the Lady Warriors on the final shot of the game. In overtime, the Lady Warriors fell, still achieving a District Runner up title. The boys basketball team entered a rebuilding season, and finished the regular season at 7-7 in the CHL, 11-11 overall. A loss in the first round of the tournament ended the season at 11-12. The wrestling team witnessed a bit of a resurgence with some new faces in the program. The Warriors will lose two seniors to graduation, but look forward to next season. The Water Warriors entered the season looking to repeat or improve on the 2015 Girls State Runner Up Finish. The boys and girls once again had much success through the regular season meets, and added a number of divers to the program. The girls team, anchored by a strong set of relays, ran the table, finishing a CHL Champions, Sectional Champions, District Champions, and with some terrific wins at State, State Runner Up. The boys team ended the season as CHL Runner Up and Sectional Champions. In all, the team sent 16 swimmers and divers to the State Championships in Canton, Ohio.
Spring arrived wet and cold, and a number of game cancellations marked the spring season. The softball team increased the number of team members and the number of wins this year, as they look to rejoin the varsity ranks next year. The varsity baseball team finished the season 7-6 in the CHL, including a 10 inning win over Madeira in the last game of the season, and 11-11 overall. The girls lacrosse team dropped a heartbreaking loss to Summit in the Regional Semifinal, finishing the season at 9-5. The Boys Lax Warriors struggled to find the winning combination early on, but rallied for big wins over Loveland and Indian Hill. The boys finished their season at 6-11. The Boys tennis team, loaded with six seniors, finished the season at 8-5, 2-2 in the CHL. The Track teams collected a lot of hardware during the regular season with 1st and 2nd place finishes in just about every meet they ran in. The Girls team finished the season a CHL Runner and District Runner Up, as the boys team finished 4th in the CHL and District Runner up. As of this article, the teams are sending 13 athletes to the Regional Finals on Saturday.
to be continued....