The Varsity Hockey Bombers look to rebound from their 9-2 loss to Elder over the weekend when they travel to US Bank Arena to take on another GCL Rival, the Moeller Crusaders. The game is on Thursday, December 14 with the JV game starting the night at 5:30 pm and the Varsity game starting at 7 pm.
The St. X Pep Band and Bomb Squad will be attending. Two charities will be honored that are close to the Bomber Hockey Community, the Noelle Braun Foundation and Broken Bus Charities. Donations to both charities will be accepted that night, and everyone that contributes will be entered into a raffle for FOUR Cyclones Tickets.
Admission to the games are free! All are invited for a fun night of hockey to cheer on the Bombers!
Last year’s Holiday Classic ended with a 4th place finish (4,079 total) for the Bombers behind White House, Oak Hills, and Elder. St. Xavier hoped to make their way onto the podium this year with a more experienced roster. The 32 field team was filled with local heavy weights such as Oak Hills, Elder, and Northwest as well as teams from Louisville and Tennessee.
The Bombers rolled a 967 score in the first individual game which placed them in 8th place. Seniors led the team in game one, as Jared Tuerck shot a 206, Zach Littelmann a 202, and Garrett Litzinger a 199. Elder had the lead with a score of 1,105 after the first game.
Zach Littelmann and Jared Tuerck again had the highest scores on the team in game 2. The team as a whole improved to 1,052 (59th best in team history) with Littelmann shooting a 258 (53rd best in team history) and Jared Tuerck a 237. So Jeremy Roenker entered for game 2 rolling a 201 off the bench. Northwest led after the second individual game with a total score of 2,134 while the Bombers stayed in 8th.
Garrett Litzinger rebounded from his second individual game (171) to 231 to finish with a 601 series (98th best in team history). Other notable series for the Bombers included Jared Tuerck rolling a game 3 of 213 for a 641 (37th best in team history), Zach Littelmann with a 634 (43rd best in team history), and sophomore Jaxon Tuerck finishing with a 223 for a a 614 (76th best in team history). St. Xavier Cincinnati was in 8th place with a 3,031 score just behind St. Xavier Louisville (3,049). Oak Hills held the lead with a total of 3,253.
The Bombers entered bakers trailing GCL rivals LaSalle and Elder as well as Louisville St X, Lousiville Trinity, Elder's Second Team, Oak Hills, and Northwestern. The Bombers and the St X Tigers matched up well on the Baker pair. The Bombers Rolling a 1260 and the Tigers a 1290. The Bombers passed fellow GCL rivals to, much like last year, finish in 4th place. The Oak Hills Highlanders took first (4526), followed Louisville St. X (4342), Northwestern (4328), the Bombers with 4291, and LaSalle with 4261.
The Bombers’ next competition is the first GCL Quad of the season on Tuesday, December 12 at 4pm at Crossgate Lanes. First place in the GCL is on the line as Elder comes in 4-1, 2 and 0 in the league, the Bombers 2-1, 1-0 in GCL play, LaSalle 1-1 but winless in the GCL, and Moeller 1-2 and winless in the GCL.
The Varsity Basketball Bombers traveled to Hughes High School on Saturday night to take on the Big Red. St. Xavier entered the game with a 2-0 record with wins over Anderson (74-51) and Middletown (76-53) while Hughes entered with a 2-1 record with wins over Withrow (64-49) and Western Hills (91-61) and a loss to Woodward (71-64).
Hughes used their quickness to surprise the Bombers from the start as they jumped out to an 18-5 lead. The Bombers ended the quarter on the upswing as they cut the deficit to 22-12 before the end of the quarter. St. Xavier settled down and fought back in the 2nd quarter after getting down 29-15. They used a 17-7 run to cut the deficit to four points with the halftime score being 36-32. The Bombers were led by sophomore Danny Greive who scored 7 points during the run and ended the half with 9 points while junior Nathan Stockman scored 6 points during the run to end the half with 9 points as well.
Stockman opened the 2nd half with a layup to get St. Xavier within two points but that would be as close as the Bombers could get it. Hughes went on an 11-2 run to open their lead to 47-36 and kept it around a double digit lead the rest of the game and finished with a 70-56 win. Senior Bobby Jefferson scored 6 points in the second half for a game total of 14 points and he finished with 4 rebounds. Greive scored 6 second half points as well to give him a career high 15 points to lead the Bombers in scoring for the game. He also grabbed 5 rebounds. Stockman finished the night with 14 points on 5 for 13 shooting (4-10 3PT). St. Xavier led very early in the game for 1:08 for their only lead of the night.
The Bombers drop to 2-1 on the season and look to bounce back quickly with another road game at Badin High School on Tuesday, December 12 at 7:30 pm. The Rams enter the game with a 3-0 record with wins over Cincinnati Christian (50-36), Dayton Ponitz (65-56) and Alter (61-46). St. Xavier looks to beat Badin for the 9th time in the last 10 meetings since 2005.
The St. Xavier Bombers' Basketball program travels to Hughes High School this evening for games at all three levels. The freshman game starts at 4:30 pm while the JV game follows at 6 pm and the Varsity game is scheduled for a 7:30 pm tip off. Click on the links below to follow each game live and listen to the Varsity game live via ESPX!
Using the third meet format in a week, the AquaBombers split into Blue & White squads to compete against Lakota East and Lakota West. The meet featured “Championship” scoring where all swims score, including relays. The final tally reflected a quality performance by all 26 of the St. X contingent – St. X Blue 207, St. X White 132.5, Lakota East 84, Lakota West 73.5.
Nate Buse (SO) went 4 for 4 in the win column [200 Med Relay, 200 IM, 200 Free Relay, 100 Breast]. He was joined in the victory circle by multiple winners Nick Pfeifer (SR) [200 IM, 400 Free Relay], Sam Fallon (SR) [50 Free, 100 Free, 400 Free Relay] Nick Czepukaitis (SR) [200 Med Relay, 500 Free, 400 Free Relay] and Will Osterman [200 Medley Relay, 100 Back, 400 Free Relay]. But the story of the night goes much deeper as lifetime and season bests were falling like a heavy rain storm.
Coach Dave Albert set the tone for the evening in a pre-meet talk that emphasized building on the past by executing in the moment. The message was heard loud and clear from one side of the pool to the other.
-Inside The Numbers-
· Nine of the eleven events were faster than a year ago
· St. X won 10 of 11 events
· 89% Best Times
· 20 of the AquaBombers’ swims would have qualified for 2017 District Meet
· St. X went 1 – 2 – 3 in seven events
“We continue to improve and we look forward to taking the show on the road next weekend,” said head coach Tim Beerman.
“What we do in practice, especially the small details is coming to fruition,” noted coach Jim Brower.
The AquaBombers will divide and conquer and head out December 16 for meets in Canton, Columbus and Louisville. The Divers are in action this week with results excitedly awaited. This year’s diving team has 8 members, the largest in decades! It is a talented and dedicated group under new head diving coach Brandon Unthank.
The Bombers opened up their weekend with a non-league game against Indian Hill last Saturday at 7 pm. The game took place at Indian Hill Winter Club. The Bombers did not play their best hockey in this one. The Bombers got on the board first when senior Tyler Dellerman put the puck past the goaltender. Indian Hill responded with two goals. The Bombers came back to score two more goals. One goal by senior John Driscoll on a shot from close to the corner and a slap shot from the high slot by freshman Nick Langenderfer. Indian Hill then put up two goals in the same shift to take a 4-3 lead. Indian Hill added another goal to make it a 5-3 game. Then Bomber’s senior Kyle Archdeacon was able to get one past the Indian Hill goaltender to make it a one goal game. Indian Hill went on to add an empty net goal to seal the game. The Bombers got assists from sophomore Noah Reidy, senior Billy Johnson, Dellerman, and Driscoll.
The Bombers looked to rebound quickly with their second league game of the season against Centerville. The Bombers got on the board first as Reidy was able to find the back of the net, 30 seconds in, with an assist from Jack Langenderfer. Then, with 10 minutes left in the period senior Nick Kaneps found the back of the net with Jack Langenderfer recording another assist. The Bombers continued the pressure, and got a third goal, this one on the power play, when Dellerman made a pass across the zone to senior Daniel Luongo who one-timed it past the Centerville goaltender. Centerville finally got on the board in the second, but this did not stop the Bombers, as they went on to win the game 8-2. Reidy added two more goals later in the game to record the hat trick. Freshman Trevor Tiemeyer also had two goals. Archdeacon added one of his own towards the end of his game as well. Bombers were led in assists by Jack Langenderfer (3), Dellerman (2), sophomore Max Boulton (2), senior Neil Keyser (1), junior James Winstel (1), senior Aiden Krueger (1).
With weekend split, St. Xavier's record now stands at 4-3-1 overall and 2-0-0 in the SWOHSHL. The Bombers look to continue league success this weekend, as they take on GCL South and SWOHSHL rival the Elder Panthers on Sunday at 4pm at Northlands Ice Center. Then, the Bombers continue the rivalry week as they take on Moeller next Thursday at US Bank Arena. Varsity puck drop is at 7 and the JV drops the puck at 5:30.
The Bowling Bombers played host to the LaSalle Lancers on Wednesday, December 5 at Brentwood Bowl. In this week's Enquirer poll, the Lancers and Bombers were both voted 4th. The Bombers came into the match trailing in the overall series 14 to 31.
In game 1, the Bombers were paced by sophomore Jaxon Tuerck's 223 and senior Zach Littelmann's 196. LaSalle was led by Jacob Toelker with a 226 (401 series) and Michael Fields throwing a 194. LaSalle and St. Xavier cleared the benches on lanes 7 and 8 to throw a 124 to 138 respectfully. St. Xavier would push to an early lead of 926 to 891.
The Bombers and Lancers would struggle as the lanes broke down in game 2. The Bombers turned to senior Jared Tuerck for a 215 (398 series), Jaxon Tuerck with a 193 (416 series), and junior Ben Behimer throwing a 180 (366 series). The Lancers' Noah Blessing rolled a 221 for a 411 series and Michael Fields rolled a 216 for a 410 series. Lanes 7 and 8 would probe to be even more problematic with the Lancers rolling a 116 and the Bombers throwing a team effort of 132. The Bombers lead would increase, 1815 to 1756.
In baker games 1 and 2 the Lancers chipped the Bomber lead down to 17 pins with team scores of 202 and 194 to the Bombers 171 and 183. In Game 3, the Bombers would roll 6 strikes in a row to finish with a 246 (35th best in team history) while LaSalle shot a 172. With a 91 pin lead heading into the final game, the Bombers would roll a 161 to the 172 shot by the Lancers to seal the St. Xavier victory by a final score of 2576 to 2496.
With the win, the Bombers move to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the GCL South while the Lancers fall to 1-1 and 0-1 in the GCL South. In the other GCL South match on the night, the Elder Panthers beat the Moeller Crusaders 2832-2396 leaving Elder and St. X tied at the top. The Bombers travel to Western Bowl on Sunday for the Holiday Classic tournament where they look to improve on their 4th place finish from last season.
The Varsity Basketball Bombers opened their home schedule on Tuesday night when they played host to the Middletown Middies. The Bombers won their season opener against Anderson on Friday night by a score of 74-51 and the Middies won their opener as well on Friday night vs. Kings by a score of 56-47. It was the first game on the newly finished Berning Gymnasium floor and what a show it provided for St. Xavier.
Junior Nathan Stockman lit up the new floor with a career night. He paced the Bombers in the first quarter as he scored 13 of the 21 St. Xavier points. In the 2nd quarter, he scored 8 more points to lead all scorers at halftime with 21 total. The Bombers played well around him too as senior Brandon Gilbert scored 4 points in the first quarter with two points coming from a dunk in transition. The Bombers shot 10 for 15 from the field in the opening quarter to lead 21-11 heading to the 2nd. In the 2nd quarter, St. Xavier scored 21 more points as Gilbert scored 7 points in the quarter and junior Luke Pellot scored 4 points in the quarter to pace the Bombers to a 42-33 halftime lead.
Stockman continued his scoring onslaught in the 3rd quarter as he hit a three pointer in the first 30 seconds of the 2nd half to put St. Xavier ahead 45-33 and scored a total of 12 points in the quarter to give himself a game total of 33 points. The Bombers scored a total of 22 points in the 3rd quarter with senior Bobby Jefferson scoring four points of his own and sophomore Danny Greive scoring 3 points with a layup as time expired to give St. Xavier a 64-45 lead after three quarters.
Stockman did not quite get to the school record for single game points set by Johnny Wolf in 2004-2005 season but he did score three more points in the 4th quarter to end the night with 36 total. The Bombers scored 12 more points total in the final quarter and the Middies did not have enough firepower to come back as St. Xavier finished the night with a 76-53 victory.
Stockman's 36 points is the third highest single game for points in school history. He finished the night 15 for 24 from the field (5-10 3FG) with 5 steals and 4 rebounds. Gilbert was the other Bomber in double figures with 15 points on 7 for 13 shooting and collected 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 assist on the night. Pellot led the team in rebounding with 6 total and ended the night with 4 points.
With the win, St. Xavier improves to 2-0 on the season and will hit the road for their next 6 games starting with Hughes on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 pm. The next home game will come in 2018 on January 3 at 7:30 pm vs. Shroder HS.
The Varsity Basketball program takes on the Middletown Middies on Tuesday, December 5 at the Berning Gymnasium on the campus of St. Xavier HS. The freshman game starts at 4:30 pm while the JV game tips off at 6:00 pm and the Varsity game is scheduled for 7:30 pm. Click the links below to follow the games live!
In what has become one of the largest early season meets in the area, the AquaBombers stepped up big time. The Mason Invitational featured 27 schools and over 300 student athletes on Saturday in a prelim/final format. After a grueling 12+ hour day, the men of St. X headed home with the Championship trophy and a whole lot more.
The AquaBombers were represented by an extremely young team featuring eleven underclassmen of the 13 on the roster. But it was a case of “youth must be served“, as the team racked up 431.5 points to outpace Mason (254) and Akron Firestone (247) for the top three spots.
Performer of the Meet freshman Nathan Wall picked up 3 wins (200 Free, 500 Free, 400 Free Relay). He was joined by Scott Holcomb (SR) and Cameron Jones (SO) with individual wins. Holcomb’s win came with a record breaking performance in the 100 Free (48.40) and Jones was on top in the 100 Breast. Nathan Wall was joined on the relay by Kellen Roddy (SO), Owen Taylor (FR) and Jamie Donovan (SO) in establishing a new record in the final event of the day (3:23.21). The highest quality depth was exemplified by five runners up finishes.
200 Medley Relay 1:42.29 [Christian Wall (JR), Jones, Holcomb, S., Taylor]
100 IM 56.20 Jones
50 FREE 22.38 Holcomb, S.
100 FLY 56.05 Roddy
200 FREE RELAY 1:32.52 [Wall, C., Jones, Lucas Ecker (SO), Holcomb, S.]
-INSIDE THE NUMBERS –
- Ten of the eleven events were faster than a year ago
- Six meet records were shattered
- Every St. X swim scored with 22 of 27 in the Championship Heat
- 17 of the AquaBombers’ swims would have qualified for 2017 District Meet
- 90% best times in prelims with an additional 40% best times in final
-COMMENTS FROM THE COACHES-
“We battled from start to finish in one of the schedules most challenging formats,” said head coach Tim Beerman.
“The guys really stayed focused throughout and that is no easy task. We continue to race and learn,” added coach Dave Albert.
“We have been coming to this event since 2004 and it is getting dramatically faster. Great to see our guys leading the way”, summarized coach Tom Keefe.
The team is back in action against Lakota East and Lakota West on Wednesday at Keating Natatorium.