Posted on 5/27/2017 at 7:05 a.m.

State Tournament Berths On Line In Both Regional Championships

It will be a busy start to the Memorial Day weekend for the Greater Catholic League South Division, as member schools compete in both the lacrosse and volleyball regional finals with a berth in both state tournaments on the line in both sports.  Moeller and St. Xavier will meet in regional finals in both sports, while Elder will play in a regional final in volleyball as the league prepares to send representatives to the state tournament in two spring team sports.

Moeller, which defeated Mason, 10-5, in a semifinal lacrosse match that started Wednesday and then was completed Thursday after inclement weather forced completion a day later, meets St. Xavier, which knocked off Milford, 21-11, in Tuesday’s semifinals, in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I, Region 4 lacrosse final at 3:30 p.m. today at Anderson High School’s Brown Stadium.  The winner advances to the first sanctioned OIHSAA State Lacrosse Tournament that Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware.

St. Xavier won the only meeting between the two schools, earning a 15-9 victory on April 7.  Moeller, however, is playing its best lacrosse of the season – having posted seven consecutive victories.  St. Xavier is the No. 1 seed in the 19-team region, entering its final match with a 17-4 record that includes three postseason wins by a combined 73-19 score.

The GCL is guaranteed at least one representative in the Ohio High School Boys’ Volleyball Association State Tournament, with Moeller and St. Xavier facing each other in the South Region #1 final at 5:30 p.m. today at Elder High School.  The winner advances to the OHSBVA event that will be held June 3-4 at Capital University in Columbus.  The two schools split close matches during the regular season, with St. Xavier (20-4) winning in five sets in the opener back on March 28.

Moeller (14-7) won in five sets on May 1.

Elder (21-4) will oppose neighborhood rival Oak Hills in the Region #2 final at 7 tonight at Elder.  Led by GCL South Player of the Year Mark Klusman, the Panthers enter the match holding down the state’s No. 3 ranking.  Hilliard Darby is the state’s top-ranked Division I team, followed by the three GCL schools – with Moeller and St. Xavier at Nos. 2 and 4, respectively.  Elder defeated Oak Hills in straight sets at Oak Hills back on April 7.  Oak Hills advanced to the regional final with a win over Fairfield.

Posted on 5/27/2017 at 7:00 a.m.

Bombers End Memorable Season with Stellar 22-5 Record

Lakota West sophomore Max Kiker allowed just six hits, striking out two, in recording his first complete game of the season to help Lakota West edge St. Xavier, 2-1, in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I, Region 4 championship game Friday evening at University of Cincinnati’s Marge Schott Stadium.  The victory earned the Firebirds a berth in the state tournament.  West, the Greater Miami Conference winner this spring, last won the state baseball championship back in 2007.

The one-run loss ends St. Xavier’s outstanding season in the regional final, where the Bombers also lost to West, 4-2, in 2007.  St. Xavier (22-5) was vying for its first berth in the state semifinals since 2003 – when the Bombers won their last state baseball title.  It wasn’t to be, however, as West managed to score single runs in the first and third innings and – behind solid defense and Kiker – was able to limit the Bombers’ strong offense on this day.  Kiker retired the final nine hitters he faced in order.

The victory moves West (25-5), winner of six straight games, into the semifinals where the Firebirds will face either Massillon Jackson or Mentor at 4 [p.m. next Friday at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus.  Sam Kendall was the tough-luck loser for St. Xavier, suffering his first defeat of the season in seven decisions despite allowing just four hits.  Michael Cleary and Pete Fisher each had two hits for St. Xavier, with Cleary driving in the Bombers’ lone run.

Coach Bob Sherlock’s team wrapped up a season to remember that included St. Xavier’s first outright Greater Catholic League South Division championship since 1999, sectional and district championships, and an appearance in the regional final.  Sherlock was voted the GCL South Coach of the Year by his peers, while junior right-hander Nathan Kappers was named the league’s Pitcher of the Year after turning in an outstanding regular season.

Posted on 5/26/2017 at 2:41 p.m. ET

Bombers To Face GMC Champ Lakota West In Today’s Final

Junior right-hander Nathan Kappers, voted the Greater Catholic League South Division Pitcher of the Year by league coaches following the regular season, has lived up to his accolades in the state playoffs and, as a result, St. Xavier is one win away from reaching the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Basketball Tournament in Columbus.

Kappers, who pitched the Bombers to an 11-2 win over Mason in last week’s sectional final, allowed seven hits, striking out two and allowing just one unearned run in a complete-game performance Thursday evening to help the Bombers to a 4-1 victory over Fairfield in the OHSAA Division I, Region 4 semifinals at University of Cincinnati’s Marge Schott Stadium.  The win moves St. Xavier (22-4) into the regional final against Lakota West (24-5) at 5 p.m. today at UC.  Lakota West got past Centerville, 3-1, in nine innings in Thursday’s first game at UC.

St. Xavier is trying to win its first regional championship since 2003, when the Bombers went on to win the Division I state title.  St. Xavier last appeared in the regional title game in 2007, when it lost to eventual state champion Lakota West – which again stands in the way of the Bombers and a berth in the Final Four.

Kappers, now 8-1 this season, got the run support he would need in the top of the first inning.  Senior right-fielder Jon Brus smacked a two-out double to give the Bombers a 1-0 lead, and senior designated hitter Alex Markley followed with a two-run single to give coach Bob Sherlock’s team a 3-0 lead.  That is all Kappers would need, though he worked out of his share of trouble to move St. Xavier one step closer to the state tournament – which will be held next week at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus.

St. Xavier, which has won 11 of its last 12 games (the lone blemish a 6-5 setback to Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in a regular-season game Monday), won the GCL South championship outright for the first time since 1999.  West won the always competitive Greater Miami Conference by one game over Fairfield, finishing with a 15-3 league mark.  The Firebirds have won five consecutive games, including a 7-3 win in the postseason against GCL member La Salle last week.

Posted on 5/25/2017 at 12:46 p.m.

St. Xavier Awaits Winner In Saturday’s Lacrosse Regional Final

After multiple weather delays, the Moeller at Mason lacrosse match Wednesday night was suspended and will resume at 5 p.m. today at Mason High School.  Moeller was ahead 10-5 with 4:14 remaining when the match was finally called after multiple delays in play because of inclement weather.  The winner advances to meet St. Xavier in the Division I, Region 4 final at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Anderson High School’s brown Stadium.

St. Xavier advanced to the final with a 22-11 victory over Milford Tuesday at St. Xavier.  The region champion advances to the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Tournament at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware.  Semifinal matches begin on Wednesday, May 31 at Ohio Wesleyan’s Selby Stadium, with the state final matches set for Saturday, June 3. Moeller and St. Xavier met once during the regular season, with the Bombers winning 15-9 on April 7 at Moeller.

Posted on 5/25/2018 at 7:36 a.m.

Moeller To Face La Salle-St. X Winner, Elder Also Alive

The Greater Catholic League South Division will be well represented when the Ohio High School Boys’ Volleyball Association Division I Regional Tournament resumes matches this evening.  Moeller, which defeated Sycamore in straight sets Tuesday in the South Region #1 semifinals, awaits the winner of GCL colleagues La Salle and St. Xavier in Saturday’s regional championship game.  La Salle travels to St. Xavier in the other Region #1 semifinal at 6 tonight.

Elder, the fourth GCL South team still alive in the postseason, is competing in the South Region #2 bracket.  The Panthers take on Princeton at 7:30 tonight at Elder.  Fairfield will play Oak Hills in the first semifinal at 6 at Elder, with the winners scheduled to meet in the Region #2 title match at 7 p.m. Saturday at Elder.  The regional champions advance to the OHSBVA State Tournament scheduled for June 3-4 at Capital University in Columbus.

Three of the four GCL South teams – Moeller, Elder and St. Xavier – are ranked Nos. 2 through 4, respectively, in the latest Division I state rankings behind top-ranked Hilliard Darby.  Moeller (14-7, 5-1 GCL South) was the regular-season GCL South champion, finishing one game ahead of second-place Elder (20-4, 4-2), while St. Xavier came in third (19-4, 3-3).

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