Posted on 10/29/2014 at 2:30pm

The St. Xavier soccer team looks to extend its winning streak to 14 consecutive games when the Bombers meet Lakota East in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Region 4 Semifinals at 7 tonight at Sycamore Stadium, which is located at Sycamore Junior High School on Cooper Road.

The Bombers (16-2-1) have been nothing short of dominating during the 13-game unbeaten streak, outscoring the opposition, 37-2, recording 11 shutouts, including seven in a row currently, and allowing single goals in wins over Elder and Covington Catholic in late September wins.

St. Xavier’s last loss was to Elder, 1-0, back on September 6.  The Bombers advanced to tonight’s regional semis with a 4-0 victory over Vandalia Butler in the district final last Thursday, scoring all four goals in the second half.

Lakota East (12-5-3) also enters tonight’s game on a streak.  The Thunderhawks have won six straight, including four consecutive in the postseason.  East, like St. Xavier, has had strong defense – outscoring its opposition, 30-4, while recording three shutouts and holding the opposition to one or fewer goals in five of six games.  East advanced to the regional semifinals with a 1-0 win over Walnut Hills in its district final.

The winner tonight advances to the regional final against the either Beavercreek or Mason, which are playing in the other semifinal match.  The regional final will be played at noon Saturday at Lakota West High School.

Posted on 10/29/2014 at 2:20pm

All four GCL South football teams are in good standing heading into Friday’s final regular-season games.  St. Xavier, winner of four consecutive games, has moved to the No. 1 position in the latest Division I, Region 2 Harbin computer ratings released Tuesday.  The top 16 teams from the two Division I regions advance to the state playoffs, with the top eight schools hosting first-round games.

The Bombers (7-2), who are ranked No. 8 in this week’s Associated Press Division I state rankings, host Louisville St. Xavier at 7 Friday.  Moeller and Elder also are in good positions in Region 2.  Moeller (6-3), despite losses in three of its last four games, is No. 9 this week.  The Crusaders host Louisville Trinity in their regular-season finale at 7 Friday at Lockland Memorial Stadium.

Elder (6-3), winners of its last two games, is up to No. 11.  The Panthers, fresh off their victory at Highlands last Friday, host La Salle at 7 p.m. Friday in a game that will determine which schools are GCL South champions.  Moeller and St. Xavier already have clinched a tie for the GCL South crown, and the Lancers can make it a three-way deadlock with a victory over the Panther at The Pit.

La Salle, which has lost only once this season (24-21 to St. Xavier on a last-second field goal), still holds the No. 1 spot in the Division II, Region 6 Harbin ratings after nine games. The Lancers undoubtedly will maintain that position with a win at Elder.  Even with a loss, La Salle is almost certain to host a first-round state playoff game on Friday, November 7. The Lancers are ranked No. 4 in this week’s AP Division II state poll.

Posted on 10/26/2014 at 7:31pm

St. Xavier seniors Michael Vitucci and Brad Eagan finished first and third, respectively, in Saturday’s Ohio High School Athletic Association Troy Regional Cross Country Championships – helping the Bombers come in second behind Mason and earn one of four team berths in the OHSAA State Cross Country Championships to be run Saturday at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.

The Bombers finished the regional meet with a team score of 66, trailing only Mason – which totaled 55.  Lakota East came in third, at 86; and Beavercreek was fourth, at 95, to capture the remaining state qualifying spots.  GCL South members La Salle was sixth, with 190; Elder came in at No. 10, with 286; and Moeller was No. 14, at 347.

Vitucci, the GCL South Runner of the Year who also won the league and district meets, covered the 3.1-mile course at Troy in 15:35.52.  Eagan’s time of 15:44.36 earned him third place after finishing second in both the GCL South Championships and the district meet. Bombers senior Matt Osubor came in sixteenth, finishing with a time of 16:23.13.  St. Xavier’s Gave West came in a No. 23 (16:39.31); Cole Grabowski finished at No. 33 (16:55.31); and Chris Reischel finished at No. 37 (16:57.70).

Here are the other GCL South runners, listed with place and time:

La Salle – Michael Campbell (21), 16:38.56; Brad Anneken (35), 16:55.62; Devon Scheuerman (51), 17:10.69; Jaylen Hasan (57), 17:18.27; Simon Weyer (105), 18:23.19; Frank Pierce (106), 18:23.61.  Elder – Eric Huff (27), 16:47.02; Drew Mack (73), 17:36.20; Michael Huschart (81), 17:44.48; Nick Rackers (82), 17:44.75; Andy Buelterman (87), 17:50.71; Nick Ellerhorst (90), 17:55.06.  Moeller – Matt Dewine (66), 17:24.44; Mitch Poch (78), 17:42.48; Edward Pappalardo (85), 17:46.52; Jacob Menke (89), 17:51.94; Nicholas Mendel (104), 18:22.07; Jacob Weisgerber (115), 19:00.35.

Posted on 10/26/2014 at 8:19am

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, the Official Broadcast Partner of the GCL South, is airing replays of Saturday’s St. Xavier and Moeller football games, today and tomorrow.  The games will be replayed on TWC channels 1311 HD and 311.

Moeller vs. Lakewood St. Edward
Today, 10:30 a.m.

St. Xavier vs. Cleveland St. Ignatius
Monday, 10:30 a.m.

St. Xavier Extends FB Winning Streak To Four

St. Xavier parlayed a strong rushing game and a sound defense into a 24-10 victory over Cleveland St. Ignatius Saturday afternoon at St. Xavier, giving the Bombers their fourth consecutive victory over a team with at least six wins and strengthening their hold on one of the top spots in the Division I, Region 2 Harbin computer ratings.  St. Xavier was third in the regional rankings  entering the game with St. Ignatius.

Senior Ben Glines led St. Xavier’s rushing attack, picking up 72 of his team’s 202 yards rushing against St. Ignatius (6-3), ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press Division I state poll. Senior Ronnie Fricke added 44 yards on the ground, including a 15-yard TD run in the fourth quarter that gave his team a two-TD advantage.  No. 10 St. Xavier (7-2) did the rest on defense, limiting the Wildcats to just 10 first downs and forcing two turnovers.

The Bombers’ defense was led by junior defensive back J.P. Bitzenhofer, who had a team-high seven total tackles and also intercepted a pass.  Senior linebacker Justin Hilliard, an Ohio State University commit, had six total tackles, a forced a fumble and a sack, while St. Xavier held St. Ignatius to an average of 0.7 yards per rush, while also limiting the Wildcats to just 3 of 12 conversions on third down and 0 or 3 on fourth down.

Like St. Xavier, Moeller was attempting to defeat a Northeast Ohio perennial power Saturday afternoon at Lockland Memorial Stadium and, in the process, become the second GCL South team this season to beat Lakewood St. Edward.  Elder knocked off the Eagles, 21-14, on September 20, when St. Edward was ranked No. 1 nationally by at least one prep football publication.

Moeller, however, couldn’t overcome five turnovers in a 24-10 loss to St. Edward, No. 8 in the latest AP Division I state rankings.  The Eagles broke open a 10-3 game with two TDs in the second quarter, the first coming on a 32-yard interception return by Matt Carandang to make it 17-3, and then a 4-yard run by Andrew Dowell gave the Eagles a 24-3 halftime lead. St. Edward (7-2) intercepted four passes in the game.

The loss was the third in the last four games for Moeller (6-3), the two-time defending state champions who started the season 5-0 and had an 11-game winning streak alive before falling to La Salle, 34-9, four weeks ago.  The Crusaders are in solid playoff position, ranked No. 5 in last week’s Region 2 Harbin computer ratings.  Moeller ends the regular season Friday by playing Louisville Trinity Friday night at Lockland Stadium.

Posted 10/25/2014 at 6:43am

St. Xavier seniors Michael Vitucci and Brad Eagan, who finished 1-2 in last Saturday’s District Championships at Voice of America Park in West Chester, head the pack of runners from all four GCL South schools set to compete in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I, Region 4 Championships to be run today at Troy Memorial Stadium.  The Division I boys’ race is set to begin at 12:30 p.m.

The OHSSA Cross Country State Championships are scheduled for Saturday, November 1, at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.  The top four teams, along with any of the top 16 individual finishers not on qualifying teams, advance from today’s regionals to the state meet.

St. Xavier, the defending Division I state champion and GCL South champion this fall, won its group comprising 16 schools at the district meet.   Elder finished third in that same Division I-A race, with the top four teams from each district race advancing to the regionals.  La Salle and Moeller, running in the Division I-B race, finished third and fourth, respectively, among the 16 schools to also earn berths in the regional meet.

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