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Posted on 10/21/2014 at 4:28pm

The St. Xavier soccer team extended its winning streak to 12 games by recording its sixth consecutive shutout Monday, 1-0, over GCL South colleague Elder in the Cincinnati Section 4 Championship at Lakota East High School.  St. Xavier (15-2-1) advances to the Division I Southwest District Tournament and will play the winner of tonight’s Dayton Section 3 final between Northmont and Vandalia Butler at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lakota East High School.

After a scoreless first half, the game was delayed for approximately 40 minutes because of lightning in the area.  It appeared the match might be headed to overtime, but senior Drew Eagan scored off a miss by Zachary Thomas with seven minutes remaining for what turned out to be the game’s lone goal.  Senior Henry Stutz was again in goal for the Bombers.

Elder (7-8-2) is the last team to defeat the Bombers, winning 1-0 at the Panther Athletic Complex back on September 6.  St. Xavier then defeated Elder, 3-1, at St. Xavier during its current winning streak, that victory coming on September 23.   During its streak, the Bombers have allowed just two goals in the 12 games – one against Elder and the other in a 2-1 victory at Covington Catholic on September 25.  The other 10 wins have been via shutouts.

Moeller’s season also came to an end Monday, when the Crusaders (8-7-3) lost to Walnut Hills, 2-0, in the Cincinnati Section 5 final at Winton Woods.  Moeller was hoping to avenge a 2-1 loss to Eastern Cincinnati Conference champion Walnut hills in the season opener in late August.

Posted on 10/21/2014 at 4:26pm

All four GCL South member schools are in position to earn berths in the state playoffs heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.  St. Xavier (No. 3), Moeller (5) and Elder (15) are among the top 16 teams in the latest Division I, Region 2 Harbin computer rankings released today.   The top 16 teams from Region 2 earn berths in the Ohio High School Athletic Association state playoffs, with the top eight hosting first-round games.

La Salle,  competing in Division II, Region 8, continues to hold down the top spot in the latest regional rankings - ahead of Mt. Healthy, Kings and Lima Senior, which are all undefeated after eight weeks of the regular season.  All GCL South schools have tough non-conference games this weekend.  Here is a look at the GCL South games this Friday and Saturday, listed with team records and kickoff times:

FRIDAY
Elder (5-3) at Ft. Thomas, Ky. Highlands (7-1), 7 p.m.
La Salle (7-1) at Winton Woods (4-3), 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY
Cleveland St. Ignatius (6-2) at St. Xavier (6-2), 2 p.m.
(at Lockland Memorial Stadium)
Lakewood St. Edward (6-2) vs, Moeller (6-2), 4 p.m.

Posted on 10/20/2014 at 1:18pm

If the St. Xavier soccer team is to extend its winning streak to 12 games and keep its postseason hopes alive, the Bombers will have to get by GCL South colleague Elder in the third meeting between the two schools in tonight’s Cincinnati 4 Sectional Championship. The match begins at 7 at Lakota East High School.  Moeller also hopes to remain alive in the postseason tonight, when the Crusaders play Walnut Hills at 7 at Winton Woods High School.

St. Xavier (14-2-1), the No. 2 seed among all schools competing in Cincinnati-based sectional tournaments, is riding an 11-game winning streak dating back to early September.  The Bombers advanced to the sectional final with a 6-0 victory over Amelia last Thursday.  St. Xavier has recorded five consecutive shutouts and has allowed goals in only two games during its winning streak.

No. 9 seed Elder (7-7-2) got past Princeton, 2-1, on Thursday to set up a rematch with St. Xavier.  The Panthers are the last team to defeat St. Xavier, posting a 1-0 shutout on September 6.  St. Xavier won the second meeting, 3-1, on September 23.

Moeller (8-6-3), the No. 7 seed, advanced to tonight’s match with a 2-0 win over Colerain on Thursday.  Walnut Hills (12-3-2), champion of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference, moved on with a 10-0 win over Mt. Healthy.  Walnut Hills has won or tied 11 of its last 13 matches, and the Eagles defeated Moeller, 2-1, back on August 21 in the season opener for Moeller.

Posted on 10/19/2014 at 10:46am

Moeller has won multiple state titles in football, basketball and baseball, but the Crusaders added another trophy to their state championships case Saturday in Columbus – golf.  Coach Rick Bohne’s team, which took an eight-shot lead into the second and final day of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Boys’ Division I State Golf Championships, posted another solid day of scores to finish nine strokes ahead of the competition.

The Crusaders, who posted a 312 team score in Friday’s first round, shot 324 Saturday for a two-day total of 636 at The Ohio State University Scarlet Course to finish nine strokes better than St. Charles Prep and Upper Arlington (345).  St. Xavier finished eighth with a 672 (332-340).  Moeller is the second GCL South school ton win a state golf championship, with St. Xavier winning titles in 1995 and 2008.

Senior Ben Sattler led Moeller, finishing tied for third overall with a 10-over 154 (76-78). The Crusaders got great efforts from all members o9f their team, with junior Jake Fox shooting a 159 (80-79), good for eighth place; senior Nick Gruber at 162 (78-84); senior Quinn Sullivan, also at 162 (79-83), the two tying at No. 16; and junior Michael O’Brien finishing at 164 (79-85), good for a tie at No. 21.

Sophomore Joey McCarthy had the low round for a young St. Xavier team, firing a 163 (78-85) to finish tied at No. 19.  Here are the rest of the Bombers’ scores:  junior Kirran Magowan 166 (81-85), junior Domenic Maricocchi 171 (85-86), freshman Cameron Frazier 172 (88-84), and junior Paul Maricocchi 188 (95, 93).  Junior Wil Efkeman of La Salle, who qualified as an individual, finished the two-day event with a score of 173 (84-89).

Posted on 10/19/2014 at 6:43pm

Just like one week earlier in the GCL South Cross Country Championships, St. Xavier’s Michael Vitucci and Brad Eagan finished 1-2 in Saturday’s Southwest District Championships at Voice of America Park in West Chester, helping the GCL South champion Bombers finish first in the 16-team Division I-A group.  Elder came in third as a team, also earning the Panthers a spot in Saturday’s regional meet in Troy.

La Salle and Moeller, running in the Division I-B grouping at Voice of America Park, came in third and fourth, respectively, to earn berths in the Division I, Region 4 Cross Country Championships to be held at Troy Memorial Stadium.   The top four teams in each of the Division I groups advance to the regional meet.  La Salle finished with 118 points, followed by Moeller at 154.   Mason (19) and Sycamore (92) took the top two spots.

St,. Xavier, the defending state champion, finished first with 30 points.  The Bombers were followed in its group by Lakota East, 34; Elder, 88; and Turpin, 93.  Vitucci covered the 3.1-mile course in 16:26.64, followed by teammate Eagan at 15:40.71.  Matt Osubor of St. Xavier, who came in fourth at the GCL South meet, was fifth with a time of 16:02.03; Elder’s Michael Huschart came in seventh, at 16:07.19; with freshman Justin Grender of St. Xavier in eighth, at  16:20.00.  Grender was the Junior Varsity winner at last Saturday’s GCL South meet.

In the Division I-B race, Moeller senior Mitch Poch turned in the best finish among GCL South runners.  Poch finished in eighth place with a time of 16:20.60.  Michael Campbell of La Salle, who came in fifth just ahead of Poch in the GCL South meet held on ST. Xavier’s campus, came in ninth, at 16:21.49.

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