Posted on 03/09/2014 at 12:23am
Junior center Nate Fowler scored 22 points and junior guard Adam Gigax chipped in 14 to lead top-ranked Moeller to a 55-43 victory over Fairborn Saturday night at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. The victory, No. 17 in a row for the Crusaders (23-1), moves Moeller – undefeated in 2014 - into the Southwest Ohio Division I Regional Tournament and a matchup with Middletown. Tipoff is 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Cintas Center.
The Moeller-Middletown matchup should be an entertaining game. The Middies (19-6) advanced with a thrilling 54-53 win over Wilmington in Saturday’s district tourney, as senior guard Kyle Shouse sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Middletown its eighth straight win. Senior Vince Edwards, a Purdue University recruit, led Middletown with 20 points, including a three-pointer with 21 seconds left, that tied the game at 51.
La Salle, playing in the district final for the sixth time in seven years, held high-flying Trotwood-Madison almost 40 points below its season-scoring average (88.5 points), but the Rams managed to outscore La Salle, 12-6, in the final minutes for a 51-50 win in the first of four district tournament games held Saturday at Cintas Center. Trotwood-Madison will meet Huber Heights Wayne in the first regional game at 6:15 Wednesday.
The Lancers (18-6) got a team-high 15 points from freshman guard C.J. Fleming, son of coach Dan Fleming, but were hurt by foul shooting – connecting on 8-of-15 in the game - and an uncharacteristic 24 turnovers. La Salle had another successful season under Fleming, as the Lancers posted a 16-2 record outside the GCL South - including a 44-36 win at Middletown, Moeller’s next opponent, back on December 17.
Posted on 03/08/2014 at 1:00pm
Moeller and La Salle look to keep their postseason basketball runs alive when they take to the court today in the Southwest Ohio Division I District Tournament at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. La Salle (18-5), winners of three straight, faces Trotwood Madison (21-2), one of the top teams in the state and winner of eight straight, in the first of four games at 1 p.m. The Lancers defeated Mason, 65-48, in the sectional final to advance.
Moeller (22-1) looks to keep a couple of streaks alive when it meets Fairborn (17-7) at 7 p.m., the third of four games. The top-ranked Crusaders have won 16 straight games and have yet to lose in 2014 or to a team from Ohio. Moeller advanced to the district tournament by beating Lakota East, 55-42, in its sectional final last Friday. Fairborn, like Moeller, has a double-digit winning streak having won its last 10 games.
Tickets to the district tournament are available at the Cintas Center Box Office. Fairfield meets Huber Heights Wayne in the second game of the afternoon at 3, with Middletown taking on Wilmington in the night’s final game at 9. Middletown defeated GCL South member Elder, 54-47, in its sectional final last Friday night at the Cintas Center.
Posted on 03/03/2014 at 12:12pm
St. Xavier senior Joe Heyob capped off a perfect season Saturday night in Columbus, winning an overtime decision against Jesse Palser of Mansfield Senior to win the 170-pound state championship at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Individual State Championships at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on The Ohio State University campus.
Heyob’s 3-2 victory in the final seconds of the match made him a perfect 50-0 this season. In the process, he became only the second wrestler in Bombers’ history to win a state title – Josh Robbins won the 152-pound state crown back in 1991. Heyob helped St. Xavier finish at No. 12 in the team standings, with 40.5 points.
Moeller – which sent nine wrestlers to the state meet - turned in another solid team performance, finishing in eighth place, with 47.5 points. La Salle – which had three freshmen earn berths to Columbus - wound up at No. 28, with 17.5 points, followed by Elder tied at No. 46, with 8.0.
Posted on 03/03/2014 at 12:10pm
Moeller and La Salle both used strong second-half performances to capture their respective sectional basketball championships with victories Friday night at Xavier University’s Cintas Center, thus earning berths in the Southwest Ohio Division I District Championships next Saturday. Elder fell just short of earning a district berth in the first of three sectional finals involving GCL South schools held at XU.
Top-seed Moeller (22-1) extended its winning streak to 16 games and remained perfect in 2014 with a 55-42 win over Lakota East in the Cincinnati 2 Sectional final. Senior guard Tre’ Hawkins scored 16 points to pace the Crusaders, while junior center Nate Fowler added 12 points and nine rebounds. Senior forward Jack Anton scored nine points and grabbed a team-best 13 rebounds.
Moeller advances to meet Fairborn at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Cintas Center. Fairborn (17-7), like Moeller, has a double-digit winning streak – having won 10 straight games, including a victory over Tecumseh Friday night in the sectional final.
La Salle used its full court pressure and strong defense to pull away from Mason in the second half, en route to a 65-48 victory for the Lancers in the night’s third and final game. The Lancers (18-5), winners of three straight, broke open a two-point halftime lead behind the Larkin brothers – Jeffrey (21 points) and Jeremy (18). Senior guard Tim Bell added 16 for the Lancers, who recorded 13 steals.
La Salle will face Trotwood Madison at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cintas Center. Trotwood Madison (21-2), the champion of the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division, has won eight straight games and defeated Miamisburg Friday to win its sectional title.
Elder had its chances against Middletown, but the Panthers fell short, 54-47, in the Cincinnati 4 Sectional final. Despite hitting just 8-of-25 field goals in the first half, Elder only trailed, 27-23, at halftime. The Panthers (17-7) also had opportunities in the second half, but finished the game connecting on just 17-of-52 field goals and 6-of-22 from three-point range.
Junior guard Brad Miller led the Panthers with 18 points, while senior forward Devin Pike added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore guard Frankie Hofmeyer came off the bench to score 11. Middletown (18-6) advances to the district tournament riding a seven-game winning streak.
Posted on 03/01/2014 at 12:40pm
Moeller senior Chalmer Freuauf and senior Joe Heyob from St. Xavier will both wrestle for state titles in their respective weight classes tonight in the third and final day of competition in the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Championships being held at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on The Ohio State University campus in Columbus. Championship matches in Division I are set to begin at 5:45 p.m.
Freuauf, also a member of the Crusaders’ two-time defending state champion football team, has a chance to defend his state title at 220 pounds after a 6-0 decision over Alex Woicehovich of Macedonia in Saturday’s semifinals. Freuauf will meet Austin Pfarr of Marysville in the championship round.
Heyob – who is undefeated this season - moved to the 170-pound championship match by winning a 5-0 decision over Tim Knipl of Wadsworth in Saturday’s semis. Heyob will meet Jess Palser of Mansfield Senior in tonight’s final match.
Moeller – which came in fourth at last year’s state meet - is tied with Oregon Clay for third place in the team standings after two days, with 57 points. Massillon Perry leads Division I with 163, followed by Marysville at 60.5. St. Xavier is holding down the No. 11 spot with 30.5. La Salle, which had three freshmen (Eric Beck, Andrew Sams and Corey Shie) advance to state, is No. 28, with 13.5, and Elder is tied at No. 41, with 8.0.