This fall season was a season unlike any other. Our coaches and student-athletes dealt with the changes that were handed down due to the pandemic and never looked back. Over the course of the fall season, our teams not only competed on the field but bonded and became better leaders and students off the field. Below, is a sport-by-sport recap of the fall season at Purcell Marian High School.
This year the Golf team increased in numbers by 250% and finished with a match record of 2-6, posting wins against Reading and Norwood. The future looks promising for the Cavalier golf team as we return all golfers next year. The team this year was young with three freshmen, one Sophomore, and one Junior. The team also had two first time golfers, each of whom shaved over 25 strokes off their 18-hole scores from the beginning to the end of the season.
Girls Soccer had a great group of girls who became great friends and got in the best shape of their lives. Coach Brady noted that they played an extremely challenging schedule and came out better, stronger players because of it. Kendall Fields was named All-Southwest Ohio, an enormous accomplishment that we are all so proud of.
The 2020 boy’s soccer season began with a slow start but as time went on more players began to join the team. Our first practice had 6 players but we were able to end the season with 16 players on the team! The team consisted of a mix of returning players along with new freshmen. We began our season off with a tie and our first win was against Mount Healthy. Practices and scrimmaging with the girl’s soccer team allowed us to improve our skills during the season. We suffered quite a few losses but our team always kept a positive attitude on and off the field. Every game was a challenge and we were up against some tough teams, but we continued to move forward and have fun!
The Cavaliers Girls Volleyball team introduced a new coaching staff for the 2020 season, led by Varsity Head Coach Kalen Butcher and JV Head Coach Jasmine Butcher. The Cavaliers volleyball team had a challenging but improving 2020 season at Purcell Marian High School. Girls Volleyball finished their season with a record of 3-16 improving by two wins from the previous 2019 season. A 3-1 set victory against Mt. Healthy on Senior Night, a 3-0 set win against North College Hill, & a 3-1 set victory against Deer Park were some of the best season highlights. The biggest highlight this season was the continual building & improvement of the JV teams throughout the entire season. Head Coach Kalen Butcher says, “Coach Jasmine has been very instrumental to the program’s success by laying the foundation and growing roots for the future volleyball athletes next season. The incredible development that has taken place at the JV level is irreplaceable and will only help continue to build upon the growth of the program & mindset we are trying to instill here.” The ten seeded Cavaliers season ended in the first round of sectionals against powerhouse & two seed Wyoming Cowboys. The Cavaliers volleyball program will graduate eight seniors: Abbi Kabel, Kara King, Teasyah Isaac, Trinity Cole, Sarah Castleman, JaNiyah Rice, T’ila Staley-Fenderson, & Anastasia Westbrook, who will truly be missed. Next season, the Cavaliers will be leaving the GCL Co-Ed conference and will be competing in the Miami Valley Conference.
The Cavalier Football team took the field this season under first-year head coach D.J. Dowdy. After losing the starting QB to a preseason injury, the Cavaliers struggled out of the gate losing their first three contests. The Cavs got their first win of the season in week four vs. a long time rival Norwood. Cavs put up a season-high offensive output of 353 yards in the victory to keep the Mayor’s Cup on Hackberry Street. They then went on to win the next three out of five contests including two playoff victories over higher-seeded teams. The first coming over #14 North College Hill in which the Cavs never trailed. This win marked the first playoff victory for the Cavalier Football team since the 2000 season. and #3 Brookville.
Purcell Marian Cross Country completed its season with a strong individual showing at the District tournament race at Voice of America Park on Saturday, October 24th, with Marion Pope barely missing a regional bid by three seconds, finishing 21st. The kids were very fortunate to have a season and began conditioning early in the summer in the hopes it would happen. When OHSAA gave the go-ahead, the kids dedicated themselves to running, responding to early morning calls for practice, even once school started. From the first meet of the season at Talawanda all the way to the District competition, effort, dedication, and commitment were staples of the team all year long, and at each race, they left it all on the course. Purcell Marian’s varsity cross country athletes include Gretchen Busemeyer, Chris Walker, Julian Pruitt, Cormac Gerrard, and captain, Marion Pope. The team was led by senior Marion Pope, each member of the team set new personal bests in the 5,000-meter event throughout the season. Marion finished a season-high 8th place at the CHCA meet. Thank you to all the students for an outstanding season of hard work and commitment.