Posted 2/22/2017 12:25 p.m.

Panthers Defeat Moeller, La Salle In Dual Format To Win

Elder defeated La Salle, 35-24, in the final match of the Greater Catholic League South Division Wrestling Championships Saturday at Elder High School – giving the Panthers their second straight league title, having finished atop a 10-school field that included the six GCL Co-Ed wrestling teams last year.  Elder defeated Moeller, 58-15, earlier in the day to advance to the finals of the dual format between the four GCL South member schools.  La Salle knocked off St. Xavier in its first match to advance.  

The Panthers were victorious over La Salle in the final – thanks largely in part to pins by Nino Salamone at 132 pounds, and then Antonio McCloud at 220 and Alec-Moore Nash at 285 in the final two weight classes.  Some of the league’s best wrestlers also squared off and wound up being decided by narrow margins, with Ethan Heard of La Salle getting past Chucky Lipps, 10-9, at 126; Corey Shie besting Jake Meridieth, 3-1, at 138; Austin Murphy of Elder beating Erick Beck, 3-2, at 145; and La Sale’s Michael Baker earning a 4-3 victory over Ti’Ric Evans at 170.

Elder also captured the GCL South Junior Varsity Championship.

Posted on 2/19/2017 at 12:00 p.m.

Bombers Defeat Winton Woods, Now Prepare For Postseason 

Senior guard Daniel Keyes led a balanced scoring attack with 11 points to lead St. Xavier to a 46-33 victory over Winton Woods in a non-conference basketball game Saturday night at St. Xavier, the last night of the regular season in Ohio.  The win was the second this season for St. Xavier over Winton Woods, snapping the Bombers’ six-game losing streak heading into the sectional tournament that begins this week.

Keyes hit 4-of-7 field goals for St. Xavier (8-14), while senior Bobby Jefferson came off the bench to add eight points on 4-of-4 shooting.  The Bombers recorded 10 assists and seven steals, two by senior Pete Rumpke, while committing just four turnovers.  St. Xavier also defeated Winton Woods, 57-29, back on December 6 as part of the Mercy Health Tipoff Classic. St. Xavier opens its postseason by facing Lakota West at 8 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton High School.

Posted on 2/18/2017

Junior Varsity This Morning, With Varsity To Follow In Afternoon

The Greater Catholic League South Division Wrestling Championships are today at Elder High School, with the junior varsity competition (consisting of a combined freshman/JV tournament) beginning with weigh-ins at 8 and first-round matches at 9:30 this morning.  The varsity, to be held as a dual meet format between the four league schools, has weigh-ins scheduled for 3 p.m. and the first match, determined by seeding, set to start at 4.   The second round is at 6, followed by the final match between first-round winners at 8.

Host Elder is the defending GCL champion, having captured last year’s 10-team varsity competition that was held at Bishop Fenwick High School and contained the four GCL South schools and the six teams from the GCL Co-ed Division.  The Panthers sent eight wrestlers to the finals, capturing three weight class titles (Austin Murphy at 126, Samuel Williams 145, and Ti’Ric Evans 170) to finish ahead of runner-up Moeller – which won the GCL title the previous two years.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and Senior Citizens.

Posted on 2/18/2017

Crusaders Defeat Elder, La Salle Beats St. Xavier In GCL South Finales

Senior Keegan McDowell scored 13 points and sophomore guard Miles McBride added 11 as Moeller defeated Elder, 53-35, Friday night in a Greater Catholic League South Division basketball game at Moeller High School.  The Victory capped a perfect regular season for the Crusaders, the first in the school’s hoops history, against the only school in GCL South history to enter postseason play undefeated.  Elder’s 1971-72 team went an un blemished 18-0 during the regular season, while the Panthers’ 1960-61 squad was the league’s first at 17-0.

Moeller came to within two games of regular-season perfection in the 2010-2011 season before losing the final two games to Middletown and La Salle.  Moeller heated up in the postseason that year, reeling off five consecutive wins before falling to GCL South colleague La Salle in the regular final, 46-35.  That win helped propel the Lancers to Columbus, where coach Dan Fleming’s team earned the school’s second Division I state basketball championship after ending the season on a 14-game winning streak.

Speaking of La Salle, the Lancers closed their regular season with a 57-44 win over St. Xavier Friday night at La Salle behind a combined 32 points from senior guards C.J. Fleming (17) and Tre Crigler (15).  The win was the fourth straight for La Salle (19-3, 4-2 GCL South), and wrapped up sole possession of second place in the GCL South for the Lancers. St. Xavier (7-14, 0-6), which dropped its sixth consecutive game, closes the regular season by hosting Winton Woods at 7:30 tonight.  

Moeller (22-0, 6-0 GCL), ranked No. xx nationally in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25, No. 1 in the Associated Press Division I state poll, and a wire-to-wire No. 1 all season in The Enquirer’s DI are coaches’ poll, kept its unblemished record in typical fashion – using stingy defense to hold Elder below its league-best 40.4 defensive average entering the game. The Panthers were the ninth team this season Moeller held below 40 points.  Moeller shot well in the game, connecting on 23-of-42 field goals for 54.8 percent.

Seniors Riley Voss and Caleb Canter each grabbed a team-high five rebounds on Senior Night as Moeller outrebounded Elder, 21-18, which has been a common theme all year.  And the Crusaders had their usual balanced scoring, with four players scoring seven more points.  Senior Dashawn Mosley scored 13 points to lead Elder (10-11, 2-4), while junior guard Brett Marsh added nine.  Junior Zach Harp, who poured in 25 points in a spectacular performance in the first meeting between the schools, was held to two points on 1-of-7 shooting.

With the regular season ending today, and St. Xavier the lone GCL South team with a game remaining, the GCL South schools will now turn their attention to the postseason.  NO. 1 seed Moeller, which receives a first-round bye, will meet the winner of Harrison-Little Miami in its sectional opener at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 at Hamilton High School.

The other GCL South teams open postseason play next week.  La Salle tips off first, opposing Winton Woods next Thursday, March 23 at 6 p.m. at Hamilton.  Elder opens sectional play next Friday, March 24 against Hamilton at 6 at Lakota West, while St. Xavier closes the week taking on Lakota West at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 25 at Hamilton.

Posted on 2/17/2017 at 7:15 a.m.

Elder Stands In Crusaders’ Path; La Salle Hosts St. Xavier In League Finale

It has happened only twice in the history of Greater Catholic League South Division basketball, a team finishing the regular season with a perfect record.  Ironically, if Moeller can defeat Elder in its final varsity game tonight, the Crusaders will accomplish something that hasn’t been done since the Panthers’ 1971-72 team completed that regular season with an 18-0 record.  It was just over a decade earlier that Elder, too, became the first league team to finish unbeaten, ending the 1960-61 regular season with a 17-0 record.

Perfection is what Moeller (21-0, 5-0 GCL South) will be shooting for when it hosts Elder (10-10, 2-3) at 7:30 p.m. at Moeller High School on Montgomery Road.  Coach Carl Kremer’s team, already having surpassed the previous best start in school history (18-0 in 2010-11) also is attempting to extend its home winning streak to 20 games tonight.  Moeller hasn’t been beaten at home since Centerville got past the Crusaders, 42-41, on February 14, 2015.

Moeller beat Elder, 52-46, in the first meeting at Elder on January 27. 

La Salle (18-3, 3-2) looks for its fourth straight victory when it hosts St. Xavier in tonight’s other GCL South game.  The Lancers are the only GCL South team to play a game so far this week, knocking off GCL South Co-Ed member Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, 58-43, on Tuesday night behind 40 points combined from senior guards Tre Crigler and C.J. Fleming.  Crigler scored a game-high 21, nailing 7-of-15 three-point shots, while Fleming added 19 for the Lancers.  St. Xavier (7-13, 0-5) will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak in the process.

For Moeller, it has been an unprecedented season.  The Crusaders, who have moved up to No. 16 nationally in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25, also have a chance to finish the regular season where it started – atop The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll.  The Crusaders, if victorious, would almost certainly maintain its hold on the top spot in the Associated Press Division I state poll.  Moeller has done it this league’s stingiest defense, allowing a GCL South-low 40.4 points a game, and balanced scoring, with five players averaging 7.1 points or better.

After tonight’s GCL game, St. Xavier closes the regular season with a non-conference game Saturday – the final night teams can play before the postseason tournament.  The Bombers will host Winton Woods at 7:30 p.m. before heading into the sectional tournament.  St. Xavier defeated Winton Woods, 57-29, back on December 6 at Winton Woods behind 16 points from Daniel Keyes and 13 each from Matthew Budde and Nathan Stockman.  That game was part of the Mercy Health Tipoff Classic.

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