CHCA football coach Eric Taylor held a leadership course this spring at school for some of his rising seniors in preparation for this season.
Utilizing a book on the leadership topic, Taylor said the sessions went through each week of a football season and identified and characterized the challenges and struggles most teams will experience through several weeks together.
The class has certainly resonated well with several of the Eagles’ seniors this summer in the preseason.
“In my four years I would say this is our best offseason workouts – everything – getting guys in,” said senior returning cornerback Jon Allen, who is also a candidate for the quarterback position.
“… We’re really focused on stepping up and being vocal leaders this year – trying to change the way you look at a leader.”
CHCA went 10-0 in the regular season in 2013 and finished 11-1. The players understand the regular-season challenges but also want to be ready for a deep run in the Division V postseason.
Despite losing to Badin in the postseason last year, the Eagles said they’ve embraced another opportunity in the regular-season opener this season when they play Fenwick – another GCL opponent.
CHCA plays Fenwick at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Kings in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown.
“I think the first game of a season is always one of the most important,” Allen said. “It kind of sets the tone. So I think that us going out and scheduling a GCL team like Bishop Fenwick is a really big statement that we are making. That we are not afraid – we are ready to step up and we are ready to be in a group with a lot of big names.”
Taylor said the Eagles’ team chemistry has been superb and he likes the type of poise his seniors have exhibited this month.
Senior wide receiver Cam Murray, a three-year starter, says he’s very hungry this season to reach postseason success especially after the Eagles were a state runner-up in baseball this past spring.
“It’s more urgency than I’ve ever been a part of,” Murray said.
Senior offensive lineman/defensive lineman Jacob Halter (Penn commit) likes the toughness on the squad and says the Eagles are eager to prove they belong with the area’s elite.
“With this group of guys we’ve got, we are going to go far,” said junior defensive tackle Prince Sammons, who has high-profile offers that include Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State and several others.
BASEBALL: Andy Ey, a longtime Anderson assistant, was named the head baseball coach, according to athletic director Chris Newton.
BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Franklin senior shooting guard Luke Kennard and his USA Midwest team had a successful debut in the opening game of the Nike Global Challenge Wednesday night in Chicago. Kennard, who is verbally committed to Duke, had seven points and six rebounds in 27 minutes in a 97-82 win over Canada. Kennard, the reigning Associated Press Ohio Mr. Basketball, and USA Midwest was scheduled to play Brazil late Thursday afternoon.
OHSAA: The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced it has 821 member high schools for this school year. …The 2014 state girls’ basketball tournament attendance was 37,281 at Ohio State this March, up from 35,953 in 2013. The net profit for this past year’s tournament was $12,747. The state boys’ basketball tournament attendance was 116,100, up from 115,343 in 2013. The net profit this past year was $917,960.