Three GCL South Teams To Play In Sectional Finals


Posted on 3/2/2017 at 8:33 a.m.

Elder’s Schoenfeld Now School’s All-Time Winningest Coach

The Greater Catholic League South Division will be well represented in this week’s basketball sectional finals, as unbeaten Moeller, No. 2 seed La Salle and Elder all have moved to within one win of earning a spot in the upcoming Southwest District Tournament.  The latest victory for Elder, a 50-26 win over Northwest Tuesday in the Cincinnati Sectional 1 semifinals at Lakota West High School, gave Panthers’ coach Joe Schoenfeld career win No. 384 – making him the winningest coach in Panthers’ basketball history.

Schoenfeld’s historic victory moved him past legendary Panthers’ basketball coach Paul “Hans” Frey, who won 383 games during his tenure in Price Hill.  Schoenfeld, a 1977 Elder graduate who played for Frey before eventually taking over the Panthers’ program in 1992, is now 384-217 in 26 seasons as Elder’s head coach.  Elder advances to meet Walnut Hills (17-6) in the sectional final at 7 p.m. tonight at Lakota West.  Walnut Hills advanced with a 58-47 win over Fairfield in the semifinals.

Elder beat Walnut Hills, 51-46, in the season opener back on December 9 behind a season-high 25 points from Dashawn Mosely.  Walnut Hills is currently on a seven-game winning streak.  Mosley also led Elder against Northwest, scoring 18 points and grabbing six rebounds.  Mosley hit 6-of-9 field goals and converted 5-of-6 free throws for the Panthers – who held Southwest Ohio Conference champion Northwest to single digits in all four quarters, including just two in the opening eight minutes.

During his career, Schoenfeld has won seven GCL and sectional championships, five district crowns and two regional titles.  Elder has won 20 or more games against a very difficult schedule five times, and his 1993 Panthers’ team won the Ohio Division I state basketball championship.  Elder also was runner-up back in 2001.

Moeller (23-0), coming off the school’s first unbeaten regular season, ended a lengthy layoff with a 64-48 win over Little Miami Wednesday in the Cincinnati 4 Sectional semifinals at Hamilton High School.  The Crusaders got 23 points from senior guard Keegan McDowell, who was 9-of-13 from the field and made four three-pointers, and 17 from junior guard Isaiah Payton, who was 6-of-9 with three three-pointers for coach Carl Kremer’s team.  Moeller will play Withrow (16-8) in the sectional final at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton.

Withrow defeated Anderson, 56-44, in Wednesday’s semifinal and has now won five straight.

La Salle (21-3) ran its winning streak to six games with a 72-45 win over Western Hills Tuesday in the Cincinnati 3 Sectional semifinals at Hamilton.  Senior guard Tre Crigler led La Salle with 20 points, while senior guard C.J. Fleming added 13 and junior forward Riley Haubner chipped in 10 for the Lancers – who shot 61 percent from the field. La Salle advances to meet Princeton (15-9) in the sectional final at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Hamilton.  The Vikings advanced with a 64-35 win over Colerain in the semifinals.

St. Xavier’s season came to an end in the Cincinnati Sectional 2 semifinals Wednesday, as the Bombers fell to No. 4 seed Mason, 59-49, at Lakota West.  Mason (19-2) advances to meet Lakota East (16-7) in Saturday’s sectional final.  The game was close throughout, with St. Xavier leading 17-13 after the first quarter and trailing by just three points at halftime.  Juniors Bobby Jefferson and Chase Wolf led St. Xavier (8-15) with 16 and 10 points, respectively.

Sectional champions advance to the Southwest District Tournament, which games scheduled at University of Dayton Arena on Saturday, March 11.