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GCL South Announces 2023 Soccer All-Star Teams

Posted on 11/13/2023 at 9:45 a.m.

Elder’s Paschka Player of Year; Moeller’s Welker Coach of Year

The Greater Catholic League South Division is pleased to announce its all-star soccer team for the 2023 season. Members of this prestigious team, along with winners of special awards, were voted on by league coaches at a special meeting held at the conclusion of the regular season.

Elder senior forward Mason Paschka, who led the league in goals and points scored during the regular season, was named GCL South Player of the Year. 

Moeller coach Mike Welker, whose team put together the best season in school history and one of the most incredible in state history that included winning the league championship without allowing a goal in six matches, is the GCL South Coach of the Year.

Paschka scored 21 goals and added two assists for 44 total points, leading the league in both goals scored and points.  He was the model of consistency, finding the net in 12 of Elder’s 14 matches.

As a result, Paschka is tied for second in Elder history for goals in a single season (with Joey Sabato (21 goals in 2015).  The pair trail Anthony Meyer, who scored a school-best 24 in 2007.  Paschka’s 44 points scored is third best in school history , behind Meyer (58 in 2007) and Sabato (48 in 2015).

Moeller suffered its only loss this season Saturday in the Division I final of the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Tournament at Historic Crew Stadium in Columbus, falling 2-1 to perennial power Cleveland St. Ignatius in sudden death.  The Crusaders led 1-0 with five minutes remaining in regulation before surrendering the game-tying goal.  The St. Ignatius goal was the first scored on Moeller since the Crusaders’ 4-1 win in their season opener on August 19, a 4-1 victory over Walnut Hills.
 
After neither team scored in overtime, the match and state title came down to penalty kicks – with St. Ignatius prevailing, 5-4 to capture its fifth straight state title, eighth in the last 10 years and No. 13 overall.
 
The Crusaders (24-1-0) had one of the most incredible seasons in Ohio soccer history.

During its amazing defensive streak, the Crusaders outscored opponents, 88-0, and earned their third regional championship in program history, also winning in 2018 and 2022.  Moeller and Beavercreek (2014, 2016 & 2017) have each won three regional titles the last decade, more than any other schools.  Moeller had to get past GCL South rival St. Xavier in the regional final, winning 2-0 on November 4.
 
Moeller finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in Greater Cincinnati, No. 1 in the final Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association State Poll from October 30, and were ranked No. 1 in the region and national United Soccer Coaches’ polls that were last posted on November 7.
 
The Crusaders have set three OHSAA records, including fewest goals allowed in a regular season (one), longest consecutive shutout streak (23), most shutouts in a season (23), and are tied for fourth all-time in single-season victories (24) and tied with 10 other programs for all-time consecutive wins (24).  This year’s Moeller team owns more than 10 school records.
 
As a result, Moeller placed four senior players on the first team:  Bradley Poppell, the GCL South Player of the Year last season; Mason Cooper; Maddox Miller and Sterling Segal.  St. Xavier had three first-team selections in seniors Ty Reilly, Teddy Mueller and Daniel Campos.  Senior Connor Schwarz joined Pashcka on the first team from Elder, while seniors Ryan Flueck and Owen Hodge were picked from La Salle.

It was another outstanding season for GCL South soccer, with St. Xavier winning a district title for the sixth time in seven years and advancing to the regional final.  Entering this season, the Bombers had won three consecutive league championships and carried an 18-match unbeaten streak against GCL South opponents.  St. Xavier finished 14-6-1 overall and second in the league.

Elder, which finished third in the league, finished 10-7-1 overall and opened the season with consecutive wins against Sycamore and Anderson.  The Panthers also defeated Kings, 1-0, before being knocked out of postseason play by Mason.

Here is a look at this year’s league all-star selections:

ALL-GCL SOUTH DIVISION SOCCER TEAM

FIRST TEAM
NAME, SCHOOL, CLASS
Bradley Poppell, Moeller, Senior
Mason Cooper, Moeller, Senior
Maddox Miller, Moeller, Senior
Sterling Segal, Moeller, Senior
Ty Reilly, St. Xavier, Senior
Teddy Mueller, St. Xavier, Senior
Daniel Campos, St. Xavier, Senior
Mason Paschka, Elder, Senior
Connor Schwarz, Elder, Senior
Ryan Flueck, La Salle, Senior
Owen Hodge, La Salle, Senior
 
SECOND TEAM
NAME, SCHOOL, CLASS
Austin Nowak, Moeller, Senior
Erik Warncke, Moeller, Senior
Jose Stefano, Moeller, Sophomore
Karson Lang, Moeller, Sophomore
James Jackson, St. Xavier, Senior
Charlie Lynch, St. Xavier, Junior
Adam Schwab, St. Xavier, Junior
Joey Roth, Elder, Senior
Reece Zigelmier, Elder, Senior
Nate Gerhardstein, La Salle, Senior
Andrew Reed, La Salle, Junior
 
SENIOR ACADEMIC ALL-STARS
NAME, SCHOOL
Caden Amonn, Elder
Jacob Ferrier, La Salle
Erik Warncke, Moeller
James Jackson, St. Xavier
 
SPECIAL AWARDS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mason Paschka, Elder
 
COACH OF THE YEAR
Mike Welker, Moeller

GCL South Announces 2023 Football All-Star Teams

Posted on 10/28/2023 at 9:54 a.m.

Moeller’s Marshall Is Co-Player Of Year; Crusaders’ Bathiany Coach Of Year
 
The Greater Catholic League South Division has honored its share of blue-chip football players through its rich and storied history on the gridiron.  This year is no exception, with the latest talent-laden collection of league all-star players and special award winners for the 2023 season.
 
First- and second-team members of the All-GCL South Football Team, along with winners of the categorical awards, were voted on by league coaches at a special meeting last Sunday at St.  Xavier High School.

Moeller senior running back Jordan Marshall, the GCL South Player of the Year as a junior after finishing with a career- and league-best 1,951 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns on the ground, was named co-Player of the Year this season with Elder senior quarterback Ryan Brass.

Marshall followed his record-breaking season a year ago by leading the GCL South in rushing again, totaling 1,202 yards in nine regular-season games to go along with 14 rushing TDs.  Brass, the Panthers’ dual-threat playmaker who also played in nine games,  finished second in rushing with 897 yards and GCL South-leading 22 TDs while finishing third in passing yards with 1,328 and six additional TDs.

First-year Moeller coach Bert Bathiany, who guided his team to a 6-4 overall record and unbeaten season in the GCL South to earn the Crusaders their outright league championship, was named Coach of the Year.

The Crusaders outscored their three league opponents by a combined 86-37 score.  Moeller earned the No. 5 seed in Division I, Region 4 of the final Ohio High School Athletic Association computer ratings used to qualify and seed teams for the state playoffs.  Marshall also was a weapon as a receiver, catching 19 passes for 222 yards and three TDs to help the Crusaders average 34 points a game.

After rushing for 100-plus yards in nine games as a junior Marshall surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark in eight of nine games this season – including a season-best 220 yards on 21 carries in the Crusaders’ 47-7 road victory against Cleveland St. Ignatius.  The only game he did not surpass the century mark was in Moeller’s 28-21 loss at two-time defending state champion Lakewood St. Edward in week nine, when he carried 17 times for 97 yards.

Marshall did not play in the regular-season finale.

In the three GCL South games, the University of Michigan recruit who has been ranked among the top recruits his entire prep career rushed a combined 65 times for 396 yards and five TDs.  In Moeller’s 38-7 win against Elder that clinched the outright title, Marshall carried 22 times for 113 yards and three scores.

In his varsity career at Moeller, Marshall has rushed for 4,439 yards and 59 TDs – including a career-best 1,951 yards on the ground and 30 TDs last season as the Crusaders advanced to the DI state semifinals.  Marshall, who also has 14 TDs as a receiver, has surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark 28 times that included a career-best 263 yards on 28 attempts and four scores in a 28-7 win against St. Xavier in the state playoffs last season.

Brass was the catalyst for the Elder offense, throwing for 200-plus yards twice and 100 or more yards five times.  His best passing performance came in a 32-31 overtime victory at St. Xavier, when he completed 21-of-34 passes for 239 yards and a pair of scores.  In that game, with the Panthers’ trailing 31-24 in OT, Brass ran nine yards for a TD and then converted the two-point conversion on a run to give Elder the victory.

On the ground, Brass surpassed 100 yards rushing five times.  He missed one game this season because of injury.  In the regular-season finale at La Salle, which clinched second place in the league for Elder, Brass was a workhorse, completing 10 passes for 140 yards while also rushing 33 times for a game-high 179 yards and four TDs – including the game-winning score with 14 seconds left that gave Elder a come-from-behind 29-23 win.
  
All four league members were well represented on the All-GCL South teams and in the categorical special awards, all of which are listed below.
   
Here is a look at those players named All-GCL South, along with the categorial special award winners.  League statistical leaders, along with team statistics, are available on this site by looking under the Football tab, then going to Statistics.

2023 ALL-GCL SOUTH FOOTBALL TEAMS
 
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
NAME, SCHOOL, POSITION, CLASS, HEIGHT, WEIGHT
Ryan Brass, Elder, QB, Senior, 6-2, 205
Drew Currin, Moeller, OL, Senior, 6-2, 215
Eli Jacon-Duffy, Moeller, TE, Senior, 6-3, 240
Tucker Kattus, St. Xavier, OL, Junior, 6-5, 290
Jovan Love, Moeller, WR, Junior, 6-2, 185
Kyle Kelhoffer, La Salle, OL, Senior, 6-5, 275
Jordan Marshall, Moeller, RB, Junior, 6-0, 215
Roman Mason, Moeller, WR, Junior, 6-1, 190
Patrick McLaughlin, La Salle, QB, Junior,6-0, 180
Josh Mirus, Elder, WR, Senior, 6-0, 185
Matt Ponatoski, Moeller, QB, Sophomore, 6-2, 185
Jacob Schorsch, Elder, OL, Senior, 6-5, 298
Max Welter, La Salle, WR, Junior, 6-5, 215

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
NAME, SCHOOL, POSITION, CLASS, HEIGHT, WEIGHT
Maddox Arnold, Elder, LB, Junior, 6-2, 225
Noah Beck, St. Xavier, LB, Senior, 6-2, 225
DeYor Brumfield, La Salle, DB, Senior, 6-1, 202
Gus Folke, St. Xavier, LB, Senior, 6-1, 190
Alex French, Moeller, LB, Senior, 5-10, 205
Thomas Gerke, Moeller, DL, Junior, 6-2, 275
Colton Ginn, Elder, DL, Senior, 6-1, 255
Ted Hammond, St. Xavier, DL, Junior, 6-5, 270
Jewett Hayes, Moeller, DL, Senior, 6-4, 215
Karson Hobbs, Moeller, DB, Senior, 6-2, 183
Brady O’Connor, La Salle, LB, Junior, 6-2, 222
Kyler Paul, Moeller, LB, Senior, 6-2, 220
Micah Rice, Moeller, DB, Junior, 6-2, 185
Drew Robinson, Moeller, DB, Senior, 6-3, 185
Max Stallmeyer, Elder, DB, Senior, 5-8, 185
Gordy Sulfsted, St. Xavier, DL, Junior, 6-5, 240
Andrew Weber, St. Xavier, DB, Senior, 6-0, 175

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
NAME, SCHOOL, POSITION, CLASS, HEIGHT, WEIGHT
Marty Adkins, Moeller, OL, Junior, 6-2, 260
Mateo Armenta, Moeller, OL, Junior, 6-2, 310
Brady Bennett, St. Xavier, WR, Senior, 6-1, 190
Brayden Boeing, Elder, TE, Junior, 6-5, 225
Jacob Britt, St. Xavier, RB, Sophomore, 6-0, 175
Naim Jackson, La Salle, OL, Junior, 6-4, 250
Andrew Jennings, St. Xavier, Senior, OL, 6-3, 270
Titus Land, Moeller, OL, Junior, 6-3, 280
Drew Murphy, Elder, WR, Senior, 6-4, 170
Kyle Reynolds, La Salle, WR, Senior, 6-0, 175
Thomas Roth, Elder, OL, Senior, 6-1, 240
Preston Smith, Moeller, WR, Senior, 6-0, 170
Daniel Vollmer, St. Xavier, RB, Sophomore, 6-2, 205
Dominic Weidner, Elder, OL, Senior, 6-0, 250

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
NAME, SCHOOL, POSITION, CLASS, HEIGHT, WEIGHT
Koy Beasley, La Salle, DB, Senior, 5-10, 185
Jakobe Clapper, St. Xavier, LB, Sophomore, 6-2, 195
Conner Cuozzo, Moeller, LB, Sophomore, 6-1, 210
Luke Fortkamp, Elder, LB, Senior, 6-0, 185
Christian Harris, Moeller, DL, Sophomore, 6-2, 285
Fergus Kreider, La Salle, DL, Junior, 6-0, 230
Nick Leonard, Moeller, DB, Senior, 5-11, 170
Brayden Reilly, St. Xavier, DB, Sophomore, 6-2, 180
Sayre Smothers, La Salle, DB, Junior, 5-11, 170
Lucas Stuerenberg, Moeller, DL, Junior, 6-2, 286
Camdon Wilborn, La Salle, DL, Senior, 6-3, 282

SPECIAL AWARDS
CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Ryan Brass, Elder
Jordan Marshall, Moeller
 
COACH OF THE YEAR
Bert Bathiany, Moeller
  
ALL-PURPOSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kyle Reynolds, La Salle

BACK OF THE YEAR
Jordan Marhsall, Moeller

RECEIVER OF THE YEAR
Josh Mirus, Elder
 
TIGHT END OF THE YEAR
Eli Jacon-Duffy, Moeller

CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMEN OF THE YEAR
Jacob Schorsch, Elder
Tucker Kattus, St. Xavier
 
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Gordy Sulfsted, St. Xavier
 
LINEBACKER OF THE YEAR
Kyler Paul, Moeller
 
DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR
Drew Robinson, Moeller
 
KICKER OF THE YEAR
Devin Orr, Moeller 

PUNTER OF THE YEAR
Ethan Page, Moeller

GCL South Announces 2023 Cross Country All-Stars

Posted on 10/25/2023 at 9:45 a.m.

St. Xavier’s Trapp Runner of Year Again; Bombers’ Coach Wietmarschen Claims Top Honor

The Greater Catholic League South Division is pleased to announce its all-star cross-country team for the 2023 season. Members of this prestigious team, along with winners of special awards, earned their respective status through their individual finishes at the annual GCL Cross Country Championships, a meet that was held on Saturday, October 14 over the course at Christ’s Church in Mason.

St. Xavier senior Evan Trapp was named GCL South Runner of the Year after crossing the finish line first that day with a time of 16:42.6, just .09 seconds ahead of junior teammate Alex Bruns.  Trapp also was named the league’s top runner last year after winning his first league championship varsity race.

Bombers’ coach Andy Wietmarschen, who has led his teams to league title each of the last 13 years, was again named GCL South Coach of the Year.  His Bomber runners claimed the top four spots and five of the top six to finish with a team score of 16.  The league title was No. 26 for St. Xavier’s outstanding program.

In the league championship race, Luke Fox of St. Xavier was third, Owen Paul fourth, Scott Scwetschenau sixth to earn spots on the first team along with Moeller’s Max Maney and Charlie Aug of Elder, who came in fifth and seventh, respectively.

Trapp, Bruns and St. Xavier have continued their strong performances into the postseason.  The Bomber runners claimed the top two spots in the Southwest District Division I District Championship held last Saturday at Voice of America Park in West Chester.  The two finished less than two minutes apart to help St. Xavier finish atop the 14-school field with a team score of 28. Little Miami was second with an 81, while GCL South member Moeller finished third with a 100. Elder finished in sixth place.

Here is a look at this year’s league all-star selections:

ALL-GCL SOUTH DIVISION CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

FIRST TEAM
NAME, SCHOOL, CLASS
Evan Trapp, St. Xavier, Senior
Alex Bruns, St. Xavier, Junior
Luke Fox, St. Xavier, Senior
Owen Paul, St. Xavier, Junior
Max Maney, Moeller, Senior
Scott Schwetschenau, St. Xavier, Senior
Charlie Aug, Elder, Sophomore

SECOND TEAM
NAME, SCHOOL, CLASS
Jacob Herzog, Moeller, Senior
Brock Grubert, Moeller, Sophomore
Dominic Jackson, St. Xavier, Senior
Jake Hughes, Elder, Senior
Preston Wesley, Moeller, Sophomore
Owen Speed, Moeller, Sophomore
Owen Hess, St. Xavier, Senior

SPECIAL AWARDS
RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Evan Trapp, St. Xavier

COACH OF THE YEAR
Andy Wietmarschen, St. Xavier

GCL South Announces 2023 Golf All-Star Teams

Posted on 10/23/2023 at 9:20 a.m.

Elder’s Morgan Repeats As Golfer of Year; St. X’s Kepley Again Coach of Year

The Greater Catholic League South Division is pleased to announce its all-star golf team for the 2023 season. Members of this prestigious team, along with winners of special awards, earned their respective status through a league season of matches that included a total of 72 holes comprising four one-day, nine-hole quads followed by a two-day, 36-hole tournament.

Elder junior Cayse Morgan was named GCL South Golfer of the Year for the second consecutive year after another outstanding season of play that culminated with an even-par 142 Friday and Saturday at The Ohio State University Scarlet Course to finish third among Division I boys competing in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Golf State Tournament.

Morgan’s 142 over the 36 holes set an Elder record at state previously held by Victor Caliguri, who shot a 144 in 2021.  Against league competition, Morgan’s stroke average of 35.25 was the lowest to finish atop a group of talented golfers that included a St. Xavier team that finished sixth at the state tournament, the highest finish by a Greater Cincinnati DI school.

St. Xavier coach Alex Kepley, whose team also captured the GCL Championship for the ninth straight year and won league title No. 34 in the last 44 years, is the GCL South Coach of the Year.

The Bombers also had a strong postseason.  Kepley has been selected as the league’s top coach each of the nine years.

Morgan carried his success against league golfers into postseason play, opening with a 6-under-par 65 to claim medalist honors at the Division I West Sectional held October 4 at the Miami Whitewater Forrest Golf Course.  Morgan and teammate Mikey Schutte, who finished second with a 71, helped Elder finished second in the sectional behind GCL champion St. Xavier – which had five golfers finish in the top nine.

At the DI Southwest District Tournament held October 11 at Heatherwoode Golf Club in Springboro, Morgan fired a 3-under 68 to finish two strokes in front of Moeller’s Aiden Kennedy. The Panthers finished fifth as a team, three slots behind second-place St. Xavier.  Springboro was the district champion.

St. Xavier turned in a record performance in the GCL, establishing team marks for lowest team score in the GCL Championships with a 1,155; lowest team score in GCL Tournament history (571, 3-over par); and the lowest 18-hole score in school and GCL history (282).  Four of Kepley’s Bomber seniors finished in the top six of the league competition to earn first-team honors.

Luke Kahle finished second, while teammates Robert Gerwin and Charlie Fish tied for third, and Luke Lenahan posted the sixth-best score.   The top seven finishers in league competition were named to the first team, with the second seven earning second-team honors.

Gerwin shot a 139, while Kahle fired a 140 in the two-day, 36-hole GCL Tournament at Heatherwoode on October 4 to finish with the lowest two tourney scores in the event’s history.

Joining Elder’s Morgan and the four Bombers on first team is Moeller senior Aiden Kennedy and senior Mike Schutte from Elder.  The Bombers later captured their fifth consecutive Southwest District West Sectional Tournament at Miami Whitewater.

The league’s four quads were held at Clovernook Country Club, Hyde Park Country Club, Western Hills Country Club and Shaker Run Golf Club (Meadows course).  The two-day event was held at Heatherwoode.

Here is a look at this year’s league all-star selections:

ALL-GCL SOUTH DIVISION GOLF TEAMS

FIRST TEAM
NAME, SCHOOL, CLASS
Cayse Morgan, Elder, Junior
Luke Kahle, St. Xavier, Senior
Robert Gerwin, St. Xavier, Senior
Charlie Fish, St. Xavier, Senior
Aiden Kennedy, Moeller, Senior
Luke Lenahan, St. Xavier, Senior
Mike Schutte, Elder, Senior

SECOND TEAM
NAME, SCHOOL, CLASS
Michael Stagnaro Jr., St. Xavier, Junior
Landon Harris, Moeller, Junior
Jason Muraca, St. Xavier, Senior
Will Daulton, Moeller, Junior
Charles Schenk, Moeller, Junior
Mark Makris, Moeller, Senior
Jack Richardson, Elder, Sophomore

SPECIAL AWARDS
GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Cayse Morgan, Elder

COACH OF THE YEAR
Alex Kepley, St. Xavier

 

Moeller Ends Baseball Season Where It Started – No. 1

Posted on 6/11/2023 at 1:52 p.m.

Crusaders Cap Memorable Spring With School’s Ninth State Championship

Moeller began the preseason ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches’ poll of Ohio high school baseball teams, later ended the regular season still atop the state according to the coaches, and then early Saturday, proved the rankings were correct as the Crusaders defeated Olentangy Orange, 4-1, in the Division I final of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Baseball State Tournament at Canal Park in Akron.

The victory extended Moeller’s winning streak to 17 games,  gave the Crusaders a 31-3 overall record for this memorable season that culminated with the school’s ninth state baseball championship.

Moeller last won the state crown in 2015,  when coach Tim Held’s team defeated Westerville Central, 16-0, in the title game to finish with an identical 31-3 record.

Moeller is ranked No. 18 nationally by MaxPreps.

Moeller defeated Greater Catholic League South Division rival Elder, 7-6, in the regional final to advance to the state semifinals this past Thursday.  The Crusaders then opened the state tournament that morning with a 2-0 win against Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit to advance to the title game.

Moeller is now tied with Newark Catholic for the second-most state crowns in OHSAA history, trailing only Elder – which has won 12 big-school state championships, the last coming in 2004-05. The Crusaders’ titles are in 1972, 1989, 1993, 2004, 2009, back-to-back in 2012 and 2013, 2015, and now 2023.

The Crusaders jumped out early, when CJ Richard scored on a two-out throwing error to give Moeller a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.  Moeller increased its lead to 2-0 in the third after senior Toby Hueber stole third and scored on a throwing error.  Hueber, the GCL South Player of the Year, and Richard each went 2-of-4 with two stolen bases.

Orange (22-11) narrowed the deficit to 2-1 with a run in the fourth, but Moeller came back with two more in the fifth on RBI singles by seniors Clay Burdette and Connor Richardson, who went 2-of-2 in the game.

The four runs were more than enough for sophomore right-hander Zion Theophilus, who went the distance, allowing six hits and striking out seven to finish unbeaten at 7-0 for the season.

Moeller coach Tim Held, who is 23 wins away from 400 victories at the Kenwood school, has now won five state championships since 2009.

"An amazing coach," Hueber told WCPO.com’s Mike Dyer about Held. "He lets us have a lot of fun. He's obviously got high expectations and he pushes every day. So he's an amazing coach and an amazing guy."

Hueber, a DI all-state selection, helped Moeller advance to the final by going five innings to pick up the win in the semifinal against Walsh Jesuit.  Hueber, one of 13 seniors on this year’s team, scattered just three hits and fanned five over five innings in the semifinal, to go to 10-0 on the season.  The victory also set the career victories mark for Hueber, who ended his career with 25 wins.