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Posted on 12/20/2014 at 7:31am

Both Elder and La Salle posted non-conference home basketball victories Friday night to remain undefeated.  Elder (4-0), playing the second of four games in eight days, had four players in double figures to record a 63-56 victory over Northwest.  La Salle also was a winner at home, handing Aiken – No. 1 In The Enquirer’s Divisions II-IV weekly coaches’ poll - its first loss of the season, 47-38, behind 23 points from senior forward Donte Buycks.

Elder (4-0), No. 4 in The Enquirer’s Division I poll, got 13 points each from juniors Frankie Hofmeyer, Peyton Ramsey and Nate Roell, while senior Brad Miller added 11 in the win.  It doesn’t get any easier for Elder, which hosts No. 6 Walnut Hills at 7:30 tonight at The Pit. Walnut Hills (5-0) opened Eastern Cincinnati Conference play Friday night with a 64-43 win over Anderson.

No. 3 La Salle got a big offensive night from Buycks, who was 9 of 13 from the field and hit 4 of 5 three-point field goals.  Sophomore guard Tre Crigler also was in double figures with 11, hitting 3 of 6 from long range.  La Salle (4-0)  is off until next Saturday, when the Lancers head to Ocala, Fla. To participate in the Kingdom of the Sun Invitational – where the team will play four games in five days.

St. Xavier and Moeller, off Friday night, both are in action today.  The Bombers (3-0) try to match Elder and La Salle for the unbeaten start when they travel to Centerville for a 7:30 game tonight.  Moeller (2-1) steps out of conference to take on Mt. Healthy on the road. Tipoff is 7:30.

Posted on 12/16/2014 at 7:35pm

Elder, La Salle and St. Xavier – all 3-0 just over a week into the basketball regular season – look to remain undefeated when they face tough non-conference matchups tonight and tomorrow.  Elder is at Northwest tonight before returning to The Pit to host unbeaten Walnut Hills (4-0) – No. 6 in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly coaches’ poll and scheduled to host Anderson tonight.  Elder is No. 4.

No. 3 La Salle faces a tough test tonight, when the Lancers host unbeaten Aiken (5-0) – which is No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Divisions II-IV poll.  The Falcons beat Western Hills, 74-67, on Thursday night.  St. Xavier is off tonight, but the Bombers travel to Centerville Saturday evening to take on the Elks (2-0) – who are at Beavercreek tonight.

Moeller (2-1), which defeated North College Hill, 80-46, in the Mercy Health Tipoff Classic Tuesday, also is off tonight.  The Crusaders face Mt. Healthy (2-0) on the road tomorrow night.  Mt. Healthy is at Little Miami tonight.  All varsity games tip at 7:30 p.m.

Posted on 12/17/2014 at 5:13pm

Steve Rasso, who spent 26 years at St. Xavier High School of a coaching career that spanned nearly four decades, passed away Tuesday, the school announced this morning. Rasso, who coached the Bombers from 1978-2003, was 76.

“With great sadness, St. Xavier reports that former teacher and head football coach Steve Rasso has passed away,” St. Xavier President Fr. Tim Howe SJ said on the school’s website. “Coach Rasso touched so many lives throughout his career; he will he will truly be missed.”

Rasso, who also had coaching stints at GCL South members Elder (assistant from 1963-65) and La Salle (head coach from 1968-75), posted a 189-86-2 record at St. Xavier, including six GCL championships, 11 state playoff appearances, five regional titles and three state runner-up finishes, in 1992, 1998 and 2001.  Overall, Rasso amassed a 249-122-6 record in his head coaching career.

Current Bombers coach Steve Specht also played for and was an assistant (defensive coordinator) under Rasso, who Specht calls his mentor.  Specht took over as head coach in 2004, the year after Rasso retired from coaching.

St. Xavier is encouraging former players and students to share their memories of Rasso, who was a physical education teacher.  If you wish to send a message that will be posted on the school’s website, please email bschulte@stxavier.org.

Rasso is survived by his wife, Sally, children Steve Jr., Francine and Maria, and his grandchildren.  The school will announce details about funeral services when they are available.

Cincinnati.com article
St. Xavier Memorial Page

Posted on 12/16/2014 at 6:27pm

Three of the four GCL South basketball teams are in action tonight, with Elder and La Salle attempting to stay undefeated on the young season.  Elder (2-0) travels to Purcell Marian for a 7:30 p.m. game, while La Salle also looks to make it 3-0 when the Lancers host Northwest at 7:30 p.m.  Moeller attempts to get back on the winning track when the Crusaders (1-1) face North College Hill as part of the inaugural Mercy Health Tipoff Classic.

Tipoff is 7 at Moeller.

St. Xavier, the lone GCL South team that doesn’t play tonight, travels to Centerville for a 7:30 p.m. game Saturday. Behind balanced scoring and a stingy defense, the Bombers have won their first three games.  Elder is the busiest GCL South team this week, playing three games between now and Saturday  and four in eight days – culminating with a game next Tuesday, December 23, at Princeton..  

Two of the most intriguing non-conference matchups this week are Aiken at La Salle on Friday, and then Walnut Hills at Elder on Saturday.  Aiken (3-0) is ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Divisions II-IV weekly coaches’ poll; La Salle is No. 3 in Division I.  La Salle beat Aiken, 50-47, last season on the road.  Walnut Hills (4-0) is No. 6 in Division I, while Elder is No. 4.  The Eagles defeated Elder, 59-58, last December at Walnut Hills.

Here is a look at GCL South games this week:

TODAY
Elder at Purcell Marian, 7:30 p.m.
North College Hill at Moeller, 7 p.m.
Northwest at La Salle, 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY
Elder at Northwest, 7:30 p.m.
Aiken at La Salle, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY
Moeller at Mt. Healthy, 7:30 p.m.
St. Xavier at Centerville, 7:30 p.m.
Walnut Hills at Elder, 7:30 p.m.

Posted on 12/14/2014 at 9:11am

Moeller took a one-point lead into the second quarter at Wilmington Saturday night, but the Crusaders were outscored 20-6 in that eight-minute span, trailed 33-20 at halftime and never were able to recover in a 61-46 non-conference loss.  Senior forward Brad Munz came off the bench to score a team-high 11 points, and junior guards Nate Georgeton and Trey McBride added 10 each for Moeller (1-1).

The Crusaders return home Tuesday to host North College Hill as part of the inaugural Mercy Health Tipoff Classic.  Tipoff is 7 p.m.

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