Posted on 12/20/2014 at 7:31am
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
Posted on 12/16/2014 at 6:27pm
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:
Elder at Purcell Marian, 7:30 p.m.
North College Hill at Moeller, 7 p.m.
Northwest at La Salle, 7:30 p.m.
Elder at Northwest, 7:30 p.m.
Aiken at La Salle, 7:30 p.m.
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
The Crusaders return home Tuesday to host North College Hill as part of the inaugural Mercy Health Tipoff Classic. Tipoff is 7 p.m.