St. Xavier Sweeps Fall Sports In GCL South

10/29/2020

Posted on 10/29/2020 at 7:14 a.m.

Bombers Take Early Lead In GCL South All-Sports Trophy Race
 
It has been quite the start to the 2020-21 athletics season for St. Xavier High School, as the Bombers completed a sweep of the fall sports season in the Greater Catholic League South Division by winning the league meets in golf and cross country, and then finishing atop the standings in football and soccer to earn a maximum 32 points after the first of three sports seasons.  As a result, St. Xavier leads Elder (22), Moeller (14) and La Salle (12) heading into the winter sports season.
 
St. Xavier has won outright or shared the GCL South All-Sports Trophy every year since 2012-13. Teams are awarded points based on finishes in each sport, with eight points going to the league champion, six to the runner-up, four to the third-place finisher, and two for fourth place.  If there is a tie, the points for those two finishes are divided evenly among the two schools.
 
The last time St. Xavier swept all four fall sports was in 2012.
 
The Bombers and Elder each had 46 points after the fall and winter sports seasons in 2019-20, which wound up being the final tally after the spring sports season was canceled because of COVID-19.  The race is usually extremely competitive with single digits normally separating the winner from the runner-up and sometimes the third place-finisher.  St. Xavier edged Elder, 68-66, in 2018-19, and the Bombers outlasted Moeller, 73-69, the previous year.  Moeller is the last school besides St. Xavier to win the prestigious honor in 2010-11, finishing with a total of 71 points to 64 for St. Xavier.  
 
Here is a summary of each of the fall sports:
 
Cross Country – St. Xavier captured the GCL Championships in dominating fashion on October 17 at Christ’s Church in Mason, with senior Nathan Mountain leading the way for the second consecutive year.  The Bombers,  who have now won the league meet 10 years in a row and are the defending Division I state champions, had the top six finishers in the race, covering the 3.1-mile course.  Since then, coach Andy Wietmarschen’s runners compete in the regional Saturday at Troy Memorial Stadium after winning sectional and district titles.  The 10-year winning streak in cross country by the Bombers is the longest in any sport in GCL South history.
 
Golf – The Bombers won their sixth straight league championship in golf, which features a format of four quad matches at each school’s home course and then a two-day, 72-hole championship. The combined results determine the GCL South champion.  Since earning another league crown, St. Xavier has also captured sectional and district titles to earn an eighth straight appearance in the DI State Tournament – where they came in third behind champion Akron Archbishop Hoban and runner-up Cleveland St. Ignatius at The Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course in Columbus.  Bombers’ sophomore Eric Braun was named the GCL South Golfer of the Year, and Alex Kepley was named Coach of the Year.
 
Football – St. Xavier won the outright GCL South championship for the first time since 2017, by posting double-digit victories in each of their league games.  The Bombers opened with a 24-10 win at La Salle, followed that with a 38-24 victory at Elder, and then wrapped up a perfect league season with a 43-14 home triumph against Moeller.  Coach Steve Specht’s team, which earned the No. 3 seed in Region 4, has beaten Moeller and Elder the last two weeks in the postseason to advance to the regional final this Friday at No. 1 seed Lakota West.  The Bombers last won a state title in 2016.
 
Soccer – The Bombers have been one of the elite teams in the region all season, winning the GCL South championship with a 5-0-1 record and earning the No. 2 seed in the Southwest Sectional / District Tournament that started last week.  The Bombers’ overall record of 11-2-2 in the regular season came against a brutal schedule, and coach Brian Schaeper’s team has won two postseason matches to advance to the district final of the OHSAA Division I State Tournament.  St. Xavier will oppose Oak Hills Thursday night.