Chaminade-Julienne could retake title as Dayton’s best D-II team

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Last season Chaminade-Julienne’s boys basketball season ended with a loss to Oxford Talawanda in the first round of the Division II sectional tournament. Expect the Eagles to venture a little farther this season. “We’re young, but we expect to be very good,” head coach Joe Staley said.


Last season Chaminade-Julienne’s boys basketball season ended with a loss to Oxford Talawanda in the first round of the Division II sectional tournament. Expect the Eagles to venture a little farther this season.

Traditionally one of the Miami Valley’s top programs, C-J is expecting big things with a solid nucleus returning from last season’s 9-12 squad.

“We’re young, but we expect to be very good,” head coach Joe Staley said.

Staley knows how to coach and critique. In 22 years at C-J his teams have compiled 238 wins, six district titles and three regional crowns. This year’s rendition could add to those championship credentials.

Neither size nor athleticism should be problems.

Senior Zack Kauth (6-foot-4) and junior Kurt Hess (6-4) return after earning second team GCL North honors last season. Kauth was a standout receiver on the Eagles football team, while Hess blossomed into one of the area’s better quarterbacks.

Staley said both Kauth and Hess are “really athletic” and the “anchor of our team.”

The duo is also first cousins and the nephews of past University of Dayton great Ann Meyers (HOF member for basketball, volleyball and softball).

Joe Staley (6-2) and Joe Szabo (6-4) will also add depth and muscle in the post.

Out front, sophomore Ryan Bass leads the show.

The 5-10 sophomore point guard projects as a “big-time” college prospect according to Staley. Bass, described as “amazing athlete” by his coach, can touch four inches above the square on the backboard despite being under 6-foot. He started last season.

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