The Varsity Golf team was set on Wednesday, August 2 after the second day of tryouts and they immediately went to work. The Bombers enter the 2017 season as back to back defending Ohio Div. I State Champions. The regular season officially started on Friday, August 4 with two events and continued throughout the week with multiple events throughout the state of Ohio coming away with multiple wins.
Two teams were sent out on August 4th with one team playing a 9 hole match play event at Glenview vs. Fenwick and another team played in a 12 vs 12 match vs. Lakota East. The Bombers were victorius in both with results below.
St. Xavier 6 - Fenwick 0 - Match Play - Glenview East Course - Par 36 - sr. G. Madden - 37, sr. N. Durstock - 37, sr. D. Alf - 40, jr. D. King - 40, sr. N. Armbruster 42, jr. S. Puthoff 48
St. Xavier 616 - Lakota East 628 - Four Bridges - 12v12 (Top 8 scores) - sr. G. Mitchell 74, sr. C. Frazier-75, jr. O. Zimmerman-74, sr. M. Wilberding-75, sr. M. Prebles-76, so. J. Beckett-79, sr. H. Perry-81, T. Gilmore-82, sr. D. Hogan-85, sr. D. Lipp -90, sr. P. Getgey 92
On August 5, the Bombers headed to two tournaments at Turnberry GC in Columbus, OH for the Pickerington North Invitational and Blue Ash GC for the Sycamore Invitational.
Pickerington North Invitational - Turnberry GC - Par 72- 8th of 24 teams - 324 Total - jr. D. King - 78, sr. M. Wilberding - 81, so. J. Beckett - 81, sr. D. Lipp 83, sr. D. Hogan - 85
Sycamore Invitational - Blue Ash GC - Par 72 - 11th of 22 teams -328 total - sr. D Alf - 79, sr. N. Durstock - 82, sr. T. Gilmore - 83, sr. H. Perry - 84, sr. N. Armbruster - 91
On August 7, one of the St. Xavier Varsity teams opened their road trip north at the Jackson HS Polar Bear Invitational at Shady Hollow CC in Massilon, OH. Another team played in the Lexington HS Invitational at Mansfield CC.
Jackson HS Polar Bear Invitational - Shady Hollow CC - Par 72 - 1st of 18 teams - 295 total- sr. G. Mitchell - 69, jr. O. Zimmerman-74, sr. C. Frazier-75, sr. G. Madden-77, sr. M. Prebles-79, sr. P. Getgey-83.
Lexington HS Invitational - Mansfield CC - Par 72 - 5th of 9 teams - 328 total- sr. D. Hogan-81, sr. D. Lipp-82, sr. T. Gilmore-82, sr. H. Perry-83, so. J. Beckett-85, sr. M. Wilberding-87
On August 8, the Bombers were led by a hole in one by senior Cameron Frazier on hole #8 from 161 yards at Red Tail CC in the St. Ignatius Invitational/Jesuit Cup where they won the tournament and retained the Jesuit Cup. Another team also played in the Anderson Invitational at Legendary Run.
St. Ignatius Invitational/Jesuit Cup - Red Tail CC - Par 72 - 1st of 21 teams - 292 total - jr. O. Zimmerman-69, sr. C. Frazier-74, sr. G. Mitchell-74, sr. M. Prebles-75, sr. G. Madden-75
Anderson Invitational - Legendary Run GC - Par 72 - 2nd of 19 teams - 313 total- sr. N. Armbruster-74, sr. H. Perry-77, sr. D. Lipp-80, jr. S. Puthoff-82, sr. D. Alf-83, jr. D. King-86
On August 9, the Bombers finished their northern Ohio trip with another win at the Medina HS Invitational at Shale Creek CC.
Medina HS Invitational - Shale Creek CC - Par 71 - 1st of 18 teams - 290 total - sr. C. Frazier-69, sr. G. Mitchell-72, jr. O. Zimmerman-73, sr. G. Madden-76, sr. M. Prebles-82, sr. P. Getgey-83
St. Xavier continues their busy schedule with a tournament on 8/10 at New Albany Links and a tournament on 8/11 at Chapel Hill GC. The Bombers host teams from all across the state on Saturday, August 12 at Maketewah CC in the St. Xavier Invitational starting at 2:45 pm.
See Pictures Below.
Cameron Frazier Hole in One - #8 Red Tail CC - 161 yards - St. Ignatius Invitational/Jesuit Cup
St. Ignatius Invitational Champions/Jesuit Cup Champions
Walker Jones Classic - Medina HS Invitational Champions
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ST. XAVIER AQUABOMBERS FINISH ON TOP OF NISCA NATIONAL RANKINGS
With a record performance at the Ohio State Championships, the St. Xavier Swimming & Diving team waited to see how their performance would stack up against the nation’s finest. St. X, tallied 438 points to establish a new Ohio record for all classifications – both men and women. It was worth the wait as the team racked up a NISCA (National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association) men’s record of 6525 points to post the most of any team in the US – men or women. It makes a NISCA 3-peat for the program and the 9th NISCA title in history (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017).
St. X was followed by Southlake Carroll (TX) 6327 and North Allegheny (PA) 6081. Over 200 teams from around the country were part of the NISCA rankings.
All American NISCA standards were achieved by seven swimmers covering every event. Grant House wraps up his career as a 23 time All American.
JUSTIN GRENDER (JR) 200 MEDLEY RELAY, 200 FREE, 50 FREE, 100 FREE, 200 FREE RELAY, 100 BACK, 400 FREE RELAY
GRANT HOUSE (SR) 200 FREE, 200 IM, 100 FLY, 100 FREE, 500 FREE, 200 FREE RELAY, 100 BREAST, 400 FREE RELAY
CHRISTIAN IMBUS (SR) 500 FREE
CHARLES LEIBSON (SR) 200 MEDLEY RELAY, 200 IM, 200 FREE RELAY
NICHOLAS PERERA (JR) 200 MEDLEY RELAY, 200 IM, 500 FREE, 200 FREE RELAY, 400 FREE RELAY
LUKE SOBOLEWSKI (SR) 200 MEDLEY RELAY, 100 FLY, 100 BACK, 400 FREE RELAY
GORDON WHEELER (SR) 200 FREE
In addition, eleven AquaBombers earned Academic All-American recognition from NISCA:
SEAN BRANDABUR CHARLES LEIBSON
DILLON FROASS WILL SCHWIETERMAN
DREW GRISEMER LUKE SOBOLEWSKI
GRANT HOUSE LUKE VAN GORP
CHRISTIAN IMBUS JARED WATSON
Commenting on this season, head Coach Tim Beerman said, “We are very fortunate to have a group of individuals who have built up this program throughout the years. These guys are now a part of that. They leave with the relationships that they have been a part of the last four years. It has been quite a journey”.
The final piece of the National Championship picture will be clarified in September, when Swimming World Magazine unveils their US rankings. St. X figures to be in the mix, hoping to better their 4th place finish of a year ago.
The 2017 Varsity Football schedule has been finalized and season tickets are now available! The Bombers face another tough slate this season which includes 5 home games and the annual season opener at Princeton High School in the 20th Annual Skyline Crosstown Showdown. All 6 of those games are included in the season ticket package for only $70! Click here to buy season tickets now!
The Bombers will open the 2017 campaign as defending OHSAA Div. I State Champions and play in the opening weekend Skyline Crosstown Showdown event for the 19th season. St. Xavier holds a 15-3 record in the event over their 18 appearances and will face Hinsdale Central HS from Hinsdale, IL on Saturday, August 26 at 5:00 pm. This year, the game will be played at Princeton High School as Nippert Stadium is unavailable due to new NCAA rules. A season ticket package includes this game so make sure to buy your season ticket package to get your tickets for the event. Click here for more information on the 20th annual Skyline Crosstown Showdown!
St. Xavier will hit the road in Week 2 for their annual rivalry game vs. Colerain HS at Colerain Stadium on Friday, September 1 at 7 pm. The Bombers and Cardinals played an overtime game at St. Xavier in Week 2 of last season with Colerain winning 20-14 and also played a double overtime game in the playoffs with the Bombers winning 29-23 on their way to a State Title. The two teams have met for the past 6 regular seasons and have met in the playoffs the past 6 out of 7 years in the playoffs.
The Bombers open their home schedule on Friday, September 8 at 7 pm when they host the Walnut Hills Eagles. Walnut Hills makes the transition from Division 2 to Division 1 this year due to the new OHSAA competitive balance initiative. The Eagles have multiple student athletes with college offers for 2018 and 2019 as they are coming off of a 4-6 season in 2016.
St. Xavier stays at home in Week 4 when they welcome the Cathedral HS Irish to Ballaban Field on Friday, September 15 at 7pm. The Bombers look to extend their 5 game winning streak against the Irish. Last year's game went back and forth before St. Xavier finally sealed the 34-29 win in Week 4 at Butler University.
The Bombers open GCL South play on the road at Lockland Stadium to take on the Moeller Crusaders in Week 5 on Friday, September 22 at 7 pm. St. Xavier has won the rivalry game the previous two years by scores of 14-10 in 2015 and 21-14 in 2016.
GCL South play continues when St. Xavier welcomes Elder and LaSalle to Ballaban Field in Weeks 6 and Weeks 7, respectively. The Panthers of Elder play at St. Xavier on Friday, September 29 at 7 pm as each team has won on the road the past 5 seasons with the Bombers winning at home in 2011 by a score of 21-6. The LaSalle Lancers travel down North Bend Rd for their game at St. Xavier on Friday, October 6 at 7 pm. The Lancers come in as the defending OHSAA Div. 2 State Champions. Make sure to buy your season tickets now to guarantee your ticket for these two GCL games! Click Here to purchase your tickets!
Senior night will take place on Friday, October 13 when St. Xavier welcomes Football North from Ontario, Canada for a 7 pm game at St. Xavier stadium. It will be a nice break for the Bombers after traveling to Indianapolis every other year in Week 8 and get to experience playing a team from a different country.
St. Xavier hits the road for the final two weeks of the season as they start with Cleveland St. Ignatius on Saturday, October 21 at Byers Field in Parma, OH. The game will kick off at 3 pm and is a rematch of the 2016 OHSAA Div. I State Championship game from December. The Bombers and Wildcats met in the regular season with St. Ignatius winning 31-14. They then met in the title game where St. Xavier claimed the title with a 27-20 double overtime victory.
The final week of the season has the Bombers heading to Louisville St. Xavier for a 7:30 game on Friday, October 27 at Br. Thomas Moore Page Stadium on the campus of Lou. St. Xavier high school. The Bombers and Tigers have met the past 8 years with the Bombers holding a 6-2 record.
Season ticket holders will have first rights to tickets if St. Xavier finishes high enough to host a home playoff game in the 1st round of the OHSAA Div. I State Tournament.
The St. Xavier Bombers’ Athletic teams enjoyed great success during the 2016-2017 school year which will go down as one of the best in school history. St. Xavier captured the GCL South All Sports Trophy for the 6th consecutive year, finishing 10 points ahead of second place LaSalle. The Bombers won 4 State Championships (3 OHSAA titles) and continue to hold the 2nd spot for most team championships in OHSAA history (54).
Cross Country – The Bombers had a great regular season that was highlighted by winning the St. Xavier Invitational on their home turf. The school also hosted the GCL Championship Meet at the last minute and the Bombers protected home turf again by taking home the GCL South Championship for the 6th straight year led by senior Chris Reischel who took home 1st place individually. The Bombers used that momentum to win the OHSAA Div. I District Meet at Voice of America Park and the OHSAA Div. I Regional Meet at Troy HS. St. Xavier finished 3rd at the State Championship Meet led by junior Peter Dauenhauer who finished 20th in the race.
Football - The Bombers finished the regular season at 5-5 and needed a win in the last week of the regular season to secure their spot in the Division I Region 4 playoffs. After playing one of the toughest schedules in the country, the Bombers were well prepared for the playoffs. They beat Fairfield in round 1 on the road by a score of 35-14. In the second round, they came back from a 20-7 deficit late in the 3rd quarter to take down state ranked #1 Colerain by a score of 29-23 in overtime. In the Regional Finals, the Bombers also came back from a late 14 point deficit to defeat Sycamore in 2 overtimes by a score of 35-28. In the State Semi-Finals, St. Xavier kicked a late field goal to win the game 29-27 over Pickerington Central HS. They capped the improbable run with another come from behind double overtime win over Cleveland St. Ignatius in the Division I State title game by a score of 27-20 to capture the program’s 3rd State Championship. It was the first time in Ohio history that a 5-5 team won the State Championship in any division. Senior Brady Stoll took home 1st Team All-State honors while senior Carl Grimm garnered All-State Honorable Mention recognition.
Golf - The 2016 St. Xavier Golf Team became the first golf team in school history to repeat as State Champions after winning in 2015 as well. They completed one of the best seasons in school history as they won numerous events and were undefeated in dual matches. The Bombers won the GCL South Championship and the OHSAA Div. I Sectional Championship. They won the State Championship after the first day of the tournament was rained out. St. Xavier shot a team total of 303 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course in Columbus, OH to capture the title. The Bombers were led by junior Cameron Frazier who shot a 1 under 71 to become the school’s first time individual State Champion. Frazier also broke the all-time season scoring record during the season. It was the program’s 5th State Title.
Soccer – The soccer Bombers played to a 9-5-2 regular season record and finished 2nd in the GCL with a 4-1-1 record. St. Xavier took home runner – up in the annual Jesuit Cup at the beginning of the season where they lost to eventual State Champion, St. Ignatius, by a score of 1-0. The Bombers hosted a home playoff game where they took down Wilmington by a score of 8-0 and won their OHSAA Div. I Sectional Title by defeating Fairfield by a score of 3-1. St. Xavier was led by a trio of seniors, Jacob Huber, Josh Neal and Ben Piller, who were selected to the SWOSSCA All Star team.
Water Polo – The Bombers repeated as State Champions in 2016. They finished the regular season with a 70-44-14 overall program record and finished 19th in a national tournament in California during the year. St. Xavier dedicated their play in the State Championship tournament to a fallen US Navy Seal, Charles Keating, IV, whose family has done a lot for St. Xavier HS. The Bombers rolled through the State Tournament as they outscored their opponents 60-29 in the four games which was capped by a 13-11 win over St. Charles in the State Title Game. It was the 3rd State Title in the history of the program as St. Xavier was led by senior Patrick Hudak who was named Ohio Player of the Year.
Basketball – St. Xavier’s basketball program took positive steps as they improved on their record and finished 9-15 overall. The Bombers got national exposure with a trip to Windermere Prep Academy over Christmas Break. The Bombers won their 1st round OHSAA Div. I Tournament Game, the first tournament win in 3 years, by beating Lakota West 51-40. Senior Daniel Keyes led the Bombers and received 1st Team All GCL Honors.
Bowling – The Bombers enjoyed a 17-10 overall record and finished 2nd in the GCL with an 11-7 record. St. Xavier ended the regular season with a victory over #3 ranked Fairfield and headed into postseason play with a head of steam. At the OHSAA Div. I Sectional Championship, the Bombers rolled to an 8th place finish to qualify for the OHSAA Div. I District Tournament. St. Xavier was led by juniors Garrett Litzinger and Jared Tuerck who were both named All GCL 1st Team.
Ice Hockey – The St. Xavier Ice Hockey team finished 17-5-2 in the regular season and won the SWOHSHL regular season title with an 10-1-1 league record. The Bombers won the school’s first SWOHSHL tournament championship by defeating Elder HS in the championship game by a score of 5-2. St. Xavier was led by senior Roppe Ketola who was nominated to the Ohio Senior All Star team.
Swimming and Diving – The AquaBombers team scored a state record 434 points at the 2017 OHSAA Div. I State Championship Meet in Canton, OH at the end of February. The AquaBombers took 1st place in 8 of the 12 events and set 5 OHSAA Div. I State Records in those wins. Senior Grant House was named Performer of the Meet as he won 4 events, setting State Records in all of them. He became the most decorated swimmer in Ohio history with 13 State Championships during his 4 year career. Head coach Tim Beerman was named Ohio Coach of the Year as he led the program to its 38th State Title and 9th straight.
Wrestling – The Bombers continue to improve as they took their annual trip to the Wheeling Park Duals in Wheeling, WV and finished 5-3 in their 8 dual matches. St. Xavier was selected to host Regional OHSAA Team Tournament Matches. The Bombers were led by senior Connor Yauss who finished the year 41-11 overall after qualifying for the OHSAA Div. I State Championships in the 152 lbs. weight class.
Baseball – St. Xavier’s Baseball program enjoyed the most successful season since the 2003 season which ended with the program’s only State Title. The Bombers finished the regular season with an 18-4 overall record and won the GCL South Championship outright with a 7-2 league record. The league title was the first since 2011 and the first outright title since 1999. St. Xavier advanced to the OHSAA Div. I Regional Finals for the first time since 2003 after victories over Turpin, Mason, Lebanon and Lakota West. The Bombers were led by junior Nathan Kappers who won GCL Pitcher of the Year and seniors Michael Cleary, Peter Fisher, Trevor Kuncl, and Alex Markley who were all recognized with All GCL 1st Team honors.
Lacrosse – The Varsity Lacrosse Bombers had a special regular season as they finished 14-4 overall and finished the season as the #1 ranked team in the Midwest according to Laxpower.com. The Bombers advanced to the OHSAA Div. I Regional Finals during the first ever OHSAA Boys Lacrosse tournament. St. Xavier was led by seniors Caleb Anderson and Brady Stoll who received US Lacrosse All American honors and 1st Team All-State honors. Juniors Duke Alf and Donny Stock also received 1st Team All-State honors.
Rugby – The Varsity Rugby team continues to improve and continues to attract a lot of student interest. The Bombers traveled to Elkhart, IN for the Midwest tournament and played nationally ranked teams. The Bombers defeated Walnut Hills, Lakota Jets, Hilliard, Carroll, Louisville Trinity, and Withrow during the season.
Tennis – The Bombers’ tennis program continued their GCL South dominance as they won the program’s 50th straight GCL Title by finishing with a 6-0 league record. St. Xavier finished the season with a 21-3 overall record and ranked #5 in the final OTCA Coaches Poll. The Bombers doubles team of senior Peter Schulteis and sophomore Max DeCurtins won the OHSAA Div. I Sectional Doubles Championship and finished 2nd at the OHSAA Div. I District Doubles Championship to advance to the OHSAA Div. I State Doubles Tournament. Freshman Ronit Hiryur advanced to the OHSAA Div. I State Singles Tournament after finishing 2nd at Sectionals and 3rd at Districts.
Track and Field – The St. Xavier Track and Field program made great strides this year as they were very competitive at multiple meets. They won the Elder Skyline Open and finished 2nd at the Coaches Classic and Colerain Invitational events. At the GCL Meet, St. Xavier recorded their best finish since 2014 as they finished 2nd. The Bombers finished 3rd at the OHSAA Div. I District Meet at Mason HS. St. Xavier qualified two throwers, junior Sean Mesue and senior Jonah Yates, for the OHSAA Div. I State Meet after they finished 1st and 3rd, respectively, at the Regional Meet at Welcome Stadium.
Volleyball – The Bombers’ Volleyball team finished the regular season with a 19-4 record with wins over Hilliard Darby, St. Ignatius, Moeller, Archbishop Hoban and Centerville who all finished the season in the top 10 of the State Rankings. St. Xavier advanced to the OHSBVA Div. I State Tournament at Capital University where they defeated Centerville in the Quarterfinals to advance to the State Semi Finals. St. Xavier was led by junior Henry Huber who received 2nd Team All-State honors and junior Ben Pung who received All-State Honorable Mention honors.
The Varsity Volleyball Bombers traveled to Capital University on Saturday morning for the OHSBVA Div. I State Quarterfinals against Centerville. St. Xavier finished 4th in the final State Coaches Poll and advanced to the State Tournament Quarterfinals with wins over two league rivals, LaSalle in 3 sets and Moeller in 5 sets. The Elk finished ranked 10th in the final State Coaches Poll and advanced to the quarterfinals with wins over Lakota East and Northmont in 4 sets each. The Bombers and Centerville met early in the season with St. Xavier claiming the match 3 sets to 1 at Centerville.
St. Xavier got off to a quick start as they jumped out to a healthy 15-7 lead in the 1st set on Saturday. They did not let up and took a 1-0 lead with a 25-18 set win. In the 2nd set, Centerville and the Bombers went back and forth. St. Xavier inched ahead by a score of 21-18 and sealed the 2nd set win by a score of 25-21 to take a 2-0 match lead. The Bombers kept the pressure on in the 3rd set and eventually sealed the match with a 25-20 set victory to advance.
St. Xavier was led by senior Thomas Roberts who had 34 assists and 10 digs. Junior Ben Pung led the team in kills with 11 and added 1 ace. Senior James Brill contributed with 9 kills of his own. Senior Brad Spiller led the team in blocks with 7 and also added an ace. Sophomore Brian Mauch had 5 blocks and an ace. Junior Henry Huber led the team in digs with 19 of them. The Bombers had a total of 5 aces with the other 2 coming from juniors Ryan Hilvert and Kevin McCarthy.
St. Xavier improves to 22-4 and will meet St. Ignatius in the OHSBVA Div. I State Semifinals on Sunday, June 4 at 10:00 am at Capital University. This will be the 2nd meeting between the Bombers and the Wildcats as they met earlier in the regular season at Walsh Jesuit. In that match, the first set was a long one with the Wildcats pulling it out by a score of 34-32. The Bombers bounced back and won the next 3 sets to win the match 3-1 by scores of 27-25, 28-26 and 25-23. St. Ignatius stands at 21-3 on the season and was ranked #5 in the final Coaches State Poll.
The Varsity Lacrosse Bombers entered tournament play as the #1 seed in Region 4 after a great regular season. They finished ranked as the #1 team in the Midwest power rankings from Laxpower.com with the 2nd toughest schedule and a 14-4 record. They won their first 3 tournament games by scores of 27-1, 25-7, and 21-11 over Walnut Hills, Lakota West and Milford, respectively, to advance to the OHSAA Div. I Regional Finals. They faced the Moeller Crusaders, who came in with a 14-7 overall record, on Saturday afternoon at Anderson HS for the right to advance to the State Final Four.
The Crusaders jumped on St. Xavier early as they scored the first 2 goals of the game to take a 2-0 lead with 5:51 left in the opening quarter. The Bombers scored their first goal as senior Caleb Anderson found the back of the cage to make it 2-1 with 1:28 left in the 1st quarter. Moeller scored another goal with just 1 second left in the quarter to take a 3-1 lead into the 2nd quarter. The Crusaders continued to slow the game down to open the 2nd quarter but Anderson scored once again for St. Xavier to make it a 3-2 game with 9:19 left in the 1st half. The Crusaders responded with another goal with 7:33 left to take a 4-2 lead over the Bombers. Just over a minute later, senior long stick Brady Stoll picked up a ground ball and passed it ahead to junior Jack Kilfoil who finished the play by finding the back of the cage to make it a 4-3 game with 6:13 left in the half. The Bombers continued with their attack and pressured the Crusaders defense and finally converted with 3:50 left in the half when Kilfoil scored again to make it a 4-4 game. That is how the teams went to locker room at halftime.
The 2nd half opened much like the 1st half as Moeller slowed down their attack and scored the first 2 goals of the half in the 3rd quarter to take a 6-4 lead with 6:50 left in the quarter. The Crusaders held the Bombers scoreless in the quarter to keep it 6-4 heading to the final quarter. Right before the end of the 3rd quarter, the Crusaders committed a penalty and St. Xavier started with possession in the 4th quarter. The Crusaders killed the penalty but St. Xavier did score when senior Josh Glaser bounced one in to make it a 6-5 game with 9:47 left. However, the Crusaders answered by winning the ensuing face-off and scoring right away to get the lead back to two goals, 7-5, with 9:24 left in the game. St. Xavier would not quit as they continued to keep the attack in the Moeller defensive end and junior Johnny Marrocco finally scored with 4:57 left to make it a 7-6 game. The Bombers won the ensuing face-off and Glaser charged towards the goal and knocked over the Moeller defender in front of him and scored his second goal of the game to tie it at 7 with 4:23 left. It looked as if St. Xavier had gained all the momentum and would use it to end the game strong but the Crusaders did not back down and scored to take an 8-7 lead with 3:29 left. Moeller scored two more times to seal their 10-7 victory and they advance to the OHSAA Div. I State Semifinals on Wednesday.
The Bombers had a great season and end it with a 17-5 record.
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The Varsity Volleyball Bombers entered the OHSBVA Div. I Tournament as the #3 seed in the South behind Moeller and Elder. They finished the regular season with a 19-3 record with 2 losses coming to Elder and 1 loss coming to Moeller. They were ranked #4 in the 2017 Final State Poll in Division I with victories over #1 Hillard Darby and one victory over #2 Moeller. They were voted as the 3 seed in the South while Moeller received the 1 seed because of their GCL Championship and Elder received the 2 seed. St. Xavier chose to go into Moeller's side of the bracket because of their early success against the Crusaders. After dispatching of LaSalle in a 2nd round game after receiving a bye in the 1st round, the Bombers were matched up with Moeller on Saturday afternoon for the South 1 Regional Championship.
Earlier in the year, St. Xavier defeated Moeller at home in 5 sets to open the season and then later in the year the Bombers dropped the match at Moeller in 5 sets as well after being up 2-0. The match on Saturday evening was no different than the first 2 matches as it went down to the last set.
The Bombers jumped out early and led the 1st set 16-11 before Moeller called timeout. The Crusaders fought back and took a 20-19 lead in the set but the Bombers would not be denied as they came up with a 25-23 win in the first set to take a 1-0 match lead.
The second set was controlled by the Crusaders all the way thru as they got an early lead and kept it throughout and won it 25-19 to make it a 1-1 match.
The third set was very exciting as both teams went back and forth during the entire set. Eventually, St. Xavier took a 24-23 lead but Moeller won the next point to make it 24-24. The Bombers scored to make it 25-24 and then junior Ben Pung served up an ace to seal the third set victory by a score of 26-24 for the Bombers.
Moeller came out with some extra focus in the 4th set as they jumped out to an early 6-1 lead and then coasted from there to win the set by a score of 25-19 to even the match up at 2-2. Once again, Moeller and St. Xavier headed to a decisive 5th set.
The Bombers took the early lead in the 5th set and never let up. The Crusaders called a timeout when they fell behind 9-6 and then again at 13-7 but St. Xavier sealed the deal. The Bombers won the final set 15-9 to seal the 3 sets to 2 victory and the 2017 Div. I South I Regional Championship.
St. Xavier was led by senior Thomas Roberts who dished out 53 assists with 13 digs and 4 blocks while Pung led the team in kills with 22 while coming up with 12 digs, 3 blocks and 2 aces. Junior Henry Huber led the team in digs with 27 while senior Connor Lovell also contributed with 8 digs. Senior Brad Spiller had 8 kills, 5 blocks and 1 ace while fellow senior James Brill contributed with 8 kills and 5 blocks. Sophomore Brian Mauch had 6 kills with 1 ace while junior Kevin McCarthy had 7 kills.
St. Xavier improves to 21-3 on the season with the victory and advances to the State Quarterfinals next Saturday, June 3 at Capital University vs. Centerville at 11:$5 am. The winner will advance to the State Semifinals on Sunday, June 4 at 10:00 am with a shot at the State Finals that same day at 4 pm. All State Tournament games will be played at Capital University in Columbus, OH.
The Varsity Baseball Bombers beat Fairfield by a score of 4-1 on Thursday afternoon to advance to Friday's OHSAA Div. I Regional Final against the Lakota West Firebirds. St. Xavier entered with a 22-4 record and the GCL South Champions while Lakota West sported a 24-5 overall record and champions of the GMC.
Unfortunately, the usual stout St. Xavier defense did not make enough plays on Friday afternoon as they committed 4 errors that led to 2 unearned runs. Senior starting pitcher Sam Kendall did his best to work around them as he pitched his 2nd complete game of the year (6 IP) allowing 4 hits and the 2 unearned runs while striking out 2 and walking 1. The Firebirds scored the winning run in the bottom of the 3rd inning on a called balk with a runner at 3rd base that was on base because of an error.
St. Xavier scored their only run of the game in the top of the 3rd inning when senior Andy Mills led the inning off with a single and senior Peter Fisher advanced him to second on a ground out. Senior Michael Cleary smacked a double to left center field to drive home Mills to tie the game at 1. The Bombers offense came up with only 4 more hits over the other 6 innings and could not score any more runs.
It was a great season for St. Xavier as they finished 22-5 overall (7-2 GCL) and won the program's first outright GCL South Title since 1999 and first title since 2011. It was the first time the St. Xavier Baseball program had advanced to the Regional Finals since 2003, the year the Bombers won their only State Title.