Posted on 09/02/2014 at 4:33pm

Both the La-Salle vs. Moeller and Elder vs. Covington Catholic soccer matches for tonight have been postponed because of soggy field conditions.  La Salle-Moeller will be played Wednesday at Kolping Park, with the junior varsity at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity at 7.  No make-up date has yet been scheduled for Elder-Covington Catholic.
The St. Xavier at Mason matches are still on for tonight, with junior varsity at 5 and the varsity at 7.

Posted on 09/02/2014 at 1:29pm

All Friday home football games at GCL South schools will begin at 7 p.m. this season, 30 minutes earlier than in the past.   The earlier start time, approved by league athletic directors, takes into consideration increasing length of games and tighter nightly media deadlines.  The time change also will allow players to be home earlier, especially for league games on the road.

Here is a look at this week’s games:

Colerain at St. Xavier
Covington Catholic vs. Moeller (at Lockland Stadium)
East Central at La Salle
Lakota West at Elder

Posted on 09/02/2014 at 1:19pm

It was quite an impressive opening weekend for GCL South football, as all four member schools posted impressive victories in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown.

None, however, was any more notable than La Salle’s 40-21 win over rival Colerain at Miami University’s Yager Stadium last Friday night.  Junior running back Jeremy Larkin rushed 28 times for 288 yards and three touchdowns, while sophomore Jarell White carried 13 times for 113 yards and three TDs.  Senior quarterback Nick Watson got into the act, too, carrying five times for 71 yards as La Salle amassed 515 yards of total offense.  The two schools had not played since the 2004 season.

Here’s a look at the other GCL South opening games:

ELDER 34, OAK HILLS 6 – Junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey completed 9-of-12 passes for 108 yards and a score, junior running back Ja’Vahri Portis rushed 24 times for 99 yards and two TDs to earn game Most Valuable Player honors, and senior defensive back  Matt Peters returned in an interception 25 yards for a score in a 21-point third quarter for the Panthers, who traveled to Oak Hills last Friday.  Elder and Oak Hills have not played since the 2008 season, and the Panthers have now won 24 in a row in the series.

MOELLER 21, PICKERINGTON NORTH 6 – A rematch of the 2012 Division I state semifinal game, won by Moeller, 26-21, also went to the Crusaders – who are vying for a three-peat this fall.  Senior quarterback Matt Crable, making his first varsity start, connected with senior receiver Chase Pankey for a 25-yard score in the second quarter, and then rushed 14 yards for a TD in the third for the Crusaders – who have now won seven straight games.  The game was played at Crew Stadium in Columbus.

ST. XAVIER 35, EAST ST. LOUIS, ILL. 20 – Senior running back Ben Glines carried 21 times for 126 yards and three touchdowns to help St. Xavier to the season-opening victory Saturday at St. Zavier as part of the Showdown, where the Bombers own a career 14-2 record.  St. Xavier was able to overcome five fumbles, thanks to a rushing attack that racked up 207 yards on 40 carries.  The Bombers also were solid on defense, limiting East St. Louis running back Natereace Strong – a Missouri commit – to only 56 yards rushing.

Posted on 06/01/2014 at 9:00am

A day after hitting a two-run double to help lead Moeller over Beavercreek in the regional semifinals, junior Joe Vranesic was at it again Saturday against Mason in the Division I, Region 4 championship played at the University of Cincinnati’s Marge Schott Stadium.

Vranesic, a junior designated hitter, snapped a scoreless tie with a run-scoring single in the top of the fourth inning, was later hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth to produce what turned out to be the winning run, and then recorded the save by getting the final three outs in the bottom of the inning to help Moeller to a 4-3 victory in nine innings and a third straight berth in the state baseball tournament .

Moeller (25-4), winners of seven games in a row, advances to meet Massillon Jackson (24-5) in the state semifinals at 1 p.m. Friday at Huntington Park in Columbus. Gahanna Lincoln (17-12) will oppose North Royalton (21-7) in Friday’s first semifinal, at 10 a.m.  The state championships game is 4 p.m. Saturday at Huntington Park.

Coach Tim Held’s Crusaders are vying to win their third consecutive Division I state crown, fourth in the last six seasons and eighth overall – the first coming back in 1973.  But it wasn’t easy against Mason, which ends its season at 25-5 after falling for the first time in May.  The Comets, who tied the game at 3 with a run in the bottom of the seventh, entered the game riding a 14-game winning streak, including a perfect 13-0 record in May.

Sophomore Kyle Butz, sophomore Bryan Soth and senior Cole Proia each collected two of Moeller’s 10 hits Saturday en route to winning the regional crown for the 11th time in school history.  Sophomore Nick Bennett picked up the victory in relief, moving his record to 4-2 this season.

Posted on 05/31/2014 at 10:07am

Senior Zach Logue allowed just three hits and struck out eight to remain perfect this season, lifting Moeller to a 3-0 victory over Beavercreek in the Division I, Region 4 semifinals Friday night at the University of Cincinnati’s Marge Schott Stadium.  The win moves coach Tim Held’s Crusaders one step closer to winning the state baseball championship for the third consecutive year.

Logan (8-0), who entered the game with a GCL South-leading 55 strikeouts and an earned run average of 1.03, received all the run support he would need in the bottom of the second inning – which junior designated hitter Joe Vranesic smacked a two-run double to left center field to give Moeller an early 2-0 lead.  Logue also was recently named the GCL South co-player of the year along with Shane Smith of Elder.

The victory moves Moeller (23-4), winners of six straight games, into today’s regional final against Mason (25-4), which defeated Troy, 5-0, in Friday’s first regional semifinal.  The Comets are trying to close out May with a perfect record, having won all 13 of its games this month and 14 straight overall.  Mason’s last loss was to Sycamore, 1-0, on April 25.

First pitch is 5 p.m. at UC’s Marge Schott Stadium.

The two schools have not played since the 2010 postseason, when Moeller defeated Mason, 11-1, in the regional final.  The Crusaders then lost to rival GCL South member Elder, 1-0, to end a 27-game winning streak and finish the season at 29-2.   This postseason, though, Mason pitching has allowed just seven runs in five games – including only four in the last four games with two shutouts.

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