The Varsity Basketball team looked to bounce back after suffering a loss on the road at Elder last Friday when they traveled to Lakota West HS to take on the Firebirds on Tuesday night. Senior Gage Hammann started the game hot as he scored 6 of the first 7 St. Xavier points and then senior Daniel Keyes added his first three of the night to give the Bombers a 10-6 lead in the first 4 minutes of the 1st quarter. Junior David Wassler added 2 free throws and Keyes found the bottom of the net from beyond the arc one more time to extend the lead to 15-9. Junior Chase Wolf came off the bench and hit two three pointers in a span of 1:12 to round out a 21 point quarter for St. Xavier as the Bombers led 21-12 after the opening quarter. The 2nd quarter was much of the same with a little less scoring as Keyes added 4 more points and Hammann nailed another jumper to lead St. Xavier into the locker room with a 31-22 lead.
The Bombers opened the 2nd half on a 7-0 run with Hammann scoring 4 points and Wassler scoring 3 points to extend the lead to 16 points. St. Xavier only gave up six points in the quarter and ended up scoring 11 to open a 14 point lead heading into the final quarter. Wassler opened the last quarter with two made jumpers and a layup and senior Matthew Budde nailed a three pointer to extend the lead to 22 points. Junior Andrew Wittrock would add a layup to give the Bombers their largest lead at 24 points by a score of 53-29. Lakota West scored the next 8 points to close the gap but it was not enough as St. Xavier sealed the 54-37 victory.
Keyes recorded his first career double double as he scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He also added 8 assists to round out the night. Hammann led the team in scoring with 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds while fellow big man Wassler added 12 points to give St. Xavier a 20-4 edge in points in the paint. Wolf added 8 points on 3 for 6 shooting from the field. The Bombers led for 29:07 of the game and forced 12 turnovers while only committing 10 turnovers of their own.
With the win, St. Xavier improves to 6-7 overall. The Bombers will take the court next on Friday, January 20 at home vs. Moeller HS at 7:30 pm. The Crusaders enter the game as the #1 team in the State of Ohio at 13-0. St. Xavier stands at 0-1 in GCL play while Moeller is 1-0 after recording a 10 point win over LaSalle last week. The Freshman game kicks the night off at Berning Gymnasium at 4:30 pm with the JV game to follow at 6:00 pm.
The Varsity Ice Hockey team split the weekend with 2 wins and 2 losses, with the second win being the last game to secure 5th place overall.
The first win of the tournament was over Moeller with a score of 5-3. Freshman Noah Reidy scored a hat trick. The other two goals were added by Nick Kaneps and Jacob Konerman. Assists came from Roope Ketola, Alec Braun, John Driscoll, Jack Langenderfer, and Tyler Dellerman (2). This was the first time in St. X history that the Varsity team has defeated Moeller in hockey.
The other two games were losses against Upper Arlington (7-2; St. X scorers were Konerman and Reidy with assists from Coner Wilson and Kyle Archdeacon); and Dublin Jermone (3-1; St. X scorer was Daniel Luongo with assists from Jack Langenderfer and Kyle Archdeacon).
The 5th place game was a 4-3 win over Dublin Coffman. Bailey Hammons played a phenomenal game kicking out 29 of 31 shots for a 93% save percentage. One of those saves was a third period breakaway by Coffman's best player. St. X goals were scored by Michael Feldkamp, John Driscoll, Jack Langenderfer, and Alec Braun. Assists were provided by Jacob Konerman, Alec Braun, and John Driscoll.
The Bombers continue league play on Saturday, January 21st when they take on Sycamore at 9:30 am at Northland Ice Center.
The Basketball Bombers play away at Lakota West on Tuesday, January 17 with Freshman at 4:30 p.m., JV at 6 p.m. and Varsity at 7:30 p.m.
To view live stats of the game click the links below.
The St. Xavier Swimming & Diving team took to the pool in the largest high school meet in the country over the weekend. Prelims were conducted at ten sites with finals hosted at Keating Natorium. Over 3000 student athletes participated in the format that included all high school events as well as college and additional JV races. A grueling 4 session schedule tested the swimmers ability, endurance and focus. For the AquaBombers it was a meet for the record books as they scored the most points ever (920) to out distance second place Seven Hills (276), third place Bellbrook (251) and fourth place Moeller (194). The field included over 50 teams and marked the 34th consecutive title for St. X.
In the 17 varsity events, the Long Blue Lane won 9, setting meet records in 8. A closer look reveals some tremendous historical efforts from the “home team”. Winners included:
- 400 MEDLEY RELAY 3:21.79 – MEET RECORD
[Justin Grender (JR), Dillon Froass (SR), Luke Sobolewski (SR), Nicholas Perera (JR)]
- 200 FREE 1:347.61 MEET RECORD – Grant House (SR)
- 50 FREE 20.57 MEET RECORD – Justin Grender (JR)
- 500 FREE 4:41.83 - Christian Imbus (SR)
- 200 BREAST 2:00.86 MEET RECORD – Grant House (SR)
- 200 FREE RELAY 1:22.42 MEET & SCHOOL RECORD
[Charles Leibson (SR), Sobolewski, House, Grender
- 1650 FREE 16:19.54 MEET RECORD – Grender
- 400 FREE RELAY 3:00.52 MEET, SCHOOL & STATE RECORD
[Leibson, Sobolewski, Grender, House]
- RUNNER UP FINISHES:
- 400 IM 3:59.76 – Perera
- 50 FREE 21.17 – Sobolewski
- 100 FLY 50.98 – Grender
- 100 BACK 50.75 – Sobolewski
- 500 FREE 4:41.93 – Sam Fallon (JR)
- 1650 FREE 15.37.99 – Imbus
- 200 IM 1:54.64 – Leibson
- 100 Free 45.42 – Grender
- 200 Fly 1:52.49 – Gordon Wheeler (SR)
- 200 BACK 1:48.38 – House
In all, the AquaBombers scored in 77 performances on the varsity side, represented by 32 different athletes. Included in the group were divers: Josh Knapke (JR), Jake Knapke (SR) and Jacob Rodriguez (SO).
But that’s not the whole story. The Classic provides the most comprehensive and fastest competition on the JV level in the country. Once again the men from St. Xavier were up to the challenge. Thirteen additional athletes scored in 24 swims in the 100 IM, 50 BREAST, 50 BACK and 50 FLY. Paced by double winner John Paul Khouzam (SO) and joined by triple scorers Scott Sobolewski (FR), Patrick Houdak (SR) and Aki Li (SO), the line-up claimed the JV title with 261.5 points. Once again the field was loaded with teams from approximately 30 schools from Southwestern Ohio.
“It was indeed a special two days. We were extremely pleased with the spirit and determination of our entire squad. From the pool, to the deck, to the stands, it was a positive display by our athletes, coaches, families and fans,” summarized head coach Tim Beerman.
In what would certainly be a long day, the Bombers traveled to Northwest Lanes to play in the Lancer Baker Bash. The field of 24 teams played 16 baker games in order to decide seeding in the 16 team bracket. St. X came out with strong start, averaging 210 in the first two games. The question was whether or not they could make that success go the distance. It didn’t look like in the next two games, as their average in those games was only 171. The team got back on course in games 5-8, as they averaged a 213 with their high game thus far being 244. Halfway through the baker marathon, the Bombers totaled 1,612 (201.5 average). Their average fell off a little bit in the next four games, mostly due to a 169 in Game 12, but an average near 200 still put them in line to make the cut. Tournaments often come down to what team can be consistent over a long period of time, and St. X did so by rolling a 238 in Game 16. After totaling 3,213 and finishing in 5th place, the Bombers stood only about 100 pins above the cut line. During games 1-16 the Bombers averaged 200.8.
The format for the bracket portion of the tournament was a best of 3, with the higher seed picking their starting lane. Since the Bombers had the higher seed over #12 Lebanon, they elected to start on the left lane. Interestingly enough, the Bombers fared better on the right lane, but still got past the Warriors 2 games to zero.
Team Game 1 Game 2 Total
#5 St. Xavier 191 244 435
#12 Lebanon 184 191 375
Next up for St. X was #13 Carroll, who had just taken out #4 Ross 2-0 in a tiebreaker: 211-190, 204-190, in the Round of 8. The Bombers had lane choice once again, and chose the left lane despite rolling a better score on the right lane last round. The Patriots bowled like anything but a #13 seed, as they averaged 210.5 on their way to eliminating the Bombers.
Team Game 1 Game 2 Total
#13 Carroll 227 194 421
#5 St. Xavier 158 168 326
Carroll would next face the Elder Panthers eliminating them from the tournament and faced Milford who eliminated LaSalle. Milford would go on to beat Carroll 2 games to 1.
The Basketball Bombers play away at Elder on Friday, January 13 with Freshman at 4:30 p.m., JV at 6 p.m. and Varsity at 7:30 p.m.
To view live stats of the game click the links below.
The St. Xavier Varsity Bowling team went into Thursday night's GCL Quad #3 at Colerain Bowl looking to move up the GCL Standings. After falling to LaSalle twice head to head and once in a quad, it could be expected that LaSalle would best the Bombers again. With only two more quads in left in the season, tonight's quad had the potential to decide who would pull out in front in the crowded GCL standings.
In Game 1, the Bombers vastly improved from Tuesday, with junior Jared Tuerck tying his own school record with a 289. The other juniors stepped up as well for St. Xavier as Zach Littelmann and Garrett Litzinger rolled a 208 and 194, helping the team total 1,023. LaSalle found themselves in 2nd at their home lanes with a first game score of 900, with a high game of 247 by senior Noah Kurtz. They barely edged out Elder, who was 2 pins behind the Lancers at 898 who were led by senior Conner Brocker’s 215. Moeller brought up the rear with a total of 638. After the second game, all of the teams remained in the same order. The Bombers once again bowled the best game, this time a 945, with Tuerck finishing his 526 series (3rd best in school history) with a 237. After bowling a 199, Litzinger would finish with a 393 series. For LaSalle, Kurtz rolled a 257 to finish with a 504 series and led the team to a score of 917 in the 2nd game. The Panthers stayed in third with an 852 and saw the best score from junior Alex Clark with a 193. The Crusaders vastly improved from game 1 (799), but still found themselves in fourth despite senior Danny Arway’s 185. Heading into bakers, St. Xavier led with 1968 with LaSalle in 2nd with 1817. Elder stood in 3rd place with 1750 with Moeller in fourth with 1437.
The Bombers rolled well enough in bakers to retain a 151 pin lead, averaging 185 (740 total) while maxing out at an astounding 268. Although out-bowled by the Panthers in bakers, LaSalle managed to hold their small lead after averaging 178 (711 total). Despite bowling the best out of the four teams in bakers, Elder couldn’t do enough to climb the hill for second place (188 average). Moeller fell short once again, bowling only 667 in bakers and falling to 0-12 in the GCL on the year.
The Bombers pick up their first quad win of the season by with a total of 2708 while LaSalle scored a total of 2528 to finish 2-1 on the night. Elder finished the night 1-2 with a total of 2500, and Moeller finished 0-3 with a total of 2082.
The Bombers are now 10-6 overall and 7-4 in the GCL and hit the lanes next at Northwest Lanes on Saturday for the Lancer Baker Bash. They stand tied for 2nd in the GCL with Elder and are a 1.5 games back of LaSalle who is 9-3 in the GCL. The next GCL matchup will be at Brentwood Bowl on Tuesday, January 17 vs. Moeller at 7:00 pm.
-Jacob Russell ('18)
Sycamore Dual Proves “We Are Family”
The St. Xavier Swimming & Diving program is a family figuratively and literally. With eleven sets of brothers on the squad, you can be sure to see familiar names in the heat sheets and results. That was certainly the case at Sycamore Saturday as the AquaBombers hooked up with the Aviators for a dual meet. Led by Luke Van Gorp (SR) with four wins and Ian Van Gorp (FR) with two, the St. X squad added another victory with a 126 to 44 final score. Ansel Froass (FR) was a triple winner as was Jared Watson (SR).
“Solid swims with a good effort were highlights on Saturday,” reported head coach Tim Beerman.
Members of each of the eleven multi-athlete family will be in action on Saturday and Sunday at the Southwest Ohio Classic. This event is the largest high school meet in the country with prelims contested at 10 sites and finals at Keating Natorium.
The Varsity Basketball team opened up a busy week of play on Tuesday night at home vs. Harrison HS ahead of their first GCL road game on Friday at Elder HS. St. Xavier was ready to play as they came out with energy at both ends of the floor. The Bombers stormed out a 10-0 lead as sophomore Chris Payne opened the game with two steals and two layups. Senior Daniel Keyes, Matthew Budde and Gage Hammann all scored before the Wildcats got on the board. St. Xavier forced Harrison into 8 turnovers in the 1st quarter as they opened up a 19-7 lead. The Bombers maintained their lead in the 2nd quarter as they outscored Harrison 9-8 to lead by a score of 28-15 at the half. Junior Chase Wolf knocked down a three pointer with 24 seconds left to extend the lead from 10 to 13.
The Bombers came out of the locker room looking to put the game out of reach and that is exactly what they did. St. Xavier opened the 3rd quarter on a 9-3 run with Keyes opening the half with a runner in the lane followed by another Hammann layup. Senior Pete Rumpke knocked down a three pointer and Keyes added two more free throws to extend the lead to 37-18 with 5:00 left in the quarter. The Bombers kept the pressure on and forced 4 more Wildcats turnovers in the quarter and ended up outscoring Harrison 21-7. Sophomore Nathan Stockman scored 6 points in the quarter to lead the Bombers to a 49-22 lead heading to the final quarter. The last quarter was much of the same as the Bombers defense forced 5 more turnovers and Wolf led St. Xavier in scoring by knocking down two more three pointers. The Bombers secured a 64-36 win and now turn their sights to GCL play.
Wolf led the Bombers as he scored 12 points on an effective 4 for 5 shooting from beyond the arc. He added 3 assists and 1 rebound as well. Keyes scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds while Stockman finished with 8 points. Hammann led the team in rebounding with 7 and scored 6 points. Payne finished the game with 3 steals, 4 points and 6 rebounds in 11 minutes of play.
With the win, St. Xavier improves to 5-6 on the season and will open GCL play on Friday night at Elder HS against the Panthers who stand at 4-4 on the season and 0-1 in GCL play. The freshman game will kick the night off at 4:30 pm with JV at 6:00 pm and Varsity scheduled for a 7:30 pm tip.
The Basketball Bombers play at home vs. Harrison today, Tuesday, January 10. The Freshman team opens the evening at 4:30 followed by the JV at 6 and varsity Bombers at 7:30 p.m.
To view live stats of the game click the links below.