The Varsity Lacrosse team looked to keep their winning streak going on Wednesday night when they welcomed the Tigers of Louisville St. Xavier to Ballaban Field. The matchup featured two powershouses from both sides of the Ohio River as the Bombers came into the game ranked #1 in the State of Ohio RPI with a 9-3 record per LaxPower.com and the Tigers came into the game ranked #1 in the State of Kentucky RPI with a 13-2 record.
The Bombers opened the game with the first 2 goals as junior Duke Alf scored the first goal and assisted classmate Johnny Marrocco on the second goal to make it 2-0 quickly. The Tigers responded with a goal but senior Caleb Anderson found the back of the cage on a pass from senior Josh Glaser to make it 3-1. The Tigers then scored the next three goals to take a 4-3 lead but Marrocco scored once again on a pass from senior Joe Goslee to tie it at 4. The Tigers than ran off four straight goals to make it 8-4. A couple minutes after the 4th straight goal from Lou. St. X, Alf found junior Jack Kilfoil for a goal to make it an 8-5 Tigers' lead. The Bombers were given a man advantage after a Tigers' penalty just before the half and St. Xavier elected to hold the ball until time expired so they would be given possession to start 2nd half with a man advantage.
The strategy worked for head coach Nate Sprong as Cin. St. Xavier came out and scored right away on a goal from Marrocco with Anderson on the assist to make it 8-6. With all the momentum, the Bombers reeled off 4 more unanswered goals. Goslee from Glaser made it 8-7 then Marrocco scored the next three goals to give Cin. St. Xavier the 10-8 lead. Lou. St. Xavier answered with three unanswered goals of their own to take an 11-10 lead early in the 4th quarter. Anderson scored to tie the game at 11 for the Bombers on an assist from Marrocco then Kilfoil found the back of the cage on an assist from sophomore Trevor Gilmore to give Cin. St. Xavier the lead back at 12-11. Lou. St. Xavier called timeout with 35 seconds left and executed a nice play to score with 22 seconds left to make it a 12-12 game. In overtime, junior Donny Stock won the opening faceoff and the Bombers took a timeout immediately. Out of the timeout, Marrocco came up with another goal on another assist from Glaser to give Cin. St. Xavier the 13-12 victory.
Marrocco finished the game with 7 of the Bombers' 13 goals and help improve their record to 10-3 on the season. St. Xavier will stay at home on Saturday, April 29 as they host Olentangy Liberty at 2:00. The Patriots stand at 9-4 on the season with a game tonight at Westerville Central. The day will start with the JV B game at 10:00 am and the JV A game at Noon vs. the Patriots. The Varsity game will be broadcast live by using the link below.
The Varsity Baseball team welcomed the Roger Bacon Spartans to campus for a home game on Tuesday afternoon. The Bombers were looking to bounce back after dropping their first GCL game on Monday to Moeller. St. Xavier entered Tuesday's game with a 10-2 overall record and 5-1 in the GCL South and ranked #3 in the State of Ohio.
Junior Drew Klare took the ball for the Bombers and pitched a complete game to lead St. Xavier. He allowed 6 hits but only 1 ER while striking out 4 over the 7 innings. Klare picked up his 2nd win of the season and improved to 2-0 on the year.
The Bombers' offense took advantage of 12 free passes from Roger Bacon pitching. Senior Alex Markley led the Bombers as he went 1-2 with a 3 run double in the bottom of the 3rd inning to lead the 6 run charge in that frame to put St. Xavier ahead 8-0. Junior Ben Coffaro went 2-3 at the plate and scored a run while classmate Brett Wissel finished 1 for 3 with 2 runs scored. Junior Tyler Dellerman finished 1 for 3 as well with 1 run scored while classmate Grant Kirby finished 1 for 4 with 2 RBI. Senior Andy Mills also went 1 for 3 with a RBI and a run scored. Junior Ethan Swink went 1 for 2 with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI while senior Peter Fisher finished 0 for 1 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored.
With the win, the Bombers improve to 11-2 on the season. St. Xavier travels to Schuler Park to play Moeller today in the rubber game of the season series as each team has won one game against one another. It is a key game in the GCL South Standings as the Bombers are 5-1 and the Crusaders stand at 4-1.
The Varsity Tennis team is looking for the program's 50th consecutive GCL Title this year and have already swept LaSalle and Elder earlier in the season. They faced the Moeller Crusaders at home on Tuesday afternoon and the Crusaders came in with wins over LaSalle and Elder as well. Both teams stood at 2-0 in the GCL starting Tuesday so it was a big day for the Bombers in their quest for 50 straight.
Freshman Ronit Hiryur played 1st singles for the Bombers against Moeller senior Max Berky. Hiryur cruised thru the match as he won 6-0, 6-1 to put the first point on the board for St. Xavier. Senior Peter Schulteis played 2nd singles for St. Xavier and was matched up freshman Jacob Schwartz for the Crusaders. Schulteis won in straight sets by a score of 6-4, 6-4. Sophomore Max DeCurtins played 3rd singles for the Bombers and faced junior Chase Gilbert of Moeller and did not lose a game winning 6-0, 6-0.
In 1st doubles, the senior team of Ryan Hagemeier and Cameron Geoppinger for St. Xavier took down senior Michael Keyser and sophomore Mattias Worthoff by a score of 6-2, 6-4. In 2nd doubles, the sophomore team of Nick Aronoff and Dominic Pham won 6-2, 6-1 over junior Drew Hewker and sophomore Nate Schappender for the Crusaders.
The Bombers improved to 14-1 and 3-0 in the GCL with the 5-0 victory over Moeller. St. Xavier stands alone in 1st place in the GCL South heading into the upcoming tournament on Saturday, May 6 where all teams will play each other for the 2nd time in one day to determine the champion. Before that, the Bombers turn their sights to OTCA State Team Tournament today, Wednesday, April 26, at Centerville. It will be a 3rd round match with the winner advancing to the Regional Semi-Finals.
The Bombers' Baseball program takes on Moeller at Prasco Park at 5 p.m.
The Varsity Track and Field team looked to continue their successful season as they traveled to Northwest HS for the Colerain Invitational on Tuesday afternoon. The Bombers put together a total team effort as they finished in 2nd place overall with 96 points. LaSalle won the meet with 193 points while Princeton came in 3rd with 93 points. See below for all the St. Xavier scorers.
Shot Put - sr. Jonah Yates - 1st place - 47-11.25 ft
jr. Bobby Jefferson - 8th place - 37-07.75 ft
Discus Throw - sr. Jonah Yates - 2nd place - 145-04.00 ft.
jr. Joe Kemper - 6th place - 118-04.50 ft.
Long Jump - so. BJ Ferguson - 2nd place - 20-01.00 ft.
3200 Relay Team - jr. Myles Hall, fr. John Dillon, fr. Andrew Gebhardt, so. Nicholas Mills - 3rd place - 8:56.02
100 Dash - so. Henry Young - 6th place - 11.28
jr. King Hudson - 7th place - 11.34
800 Relay Team - so. BJ Ferguson, jr. King Hudson, so. Henry Young, jr. TJ Ahrens, jr. Alexander Rudich, sr. Justin VanMeter - 1st place - 1:31.86
1600 Run - fr. Thomas Walters - 3rd place - 4:51.05
so. Evan Sugrue - 5th place - 4:56.25
400 Relay Team - so. BJ Ferguson, jr. TJ Ahrens, jr. King Hudson, so. Henry Young, jr. Alexander Rudich, sr. Justin VanMeter - 5th place - 45.15
800 Run - so. Nick Mills - 4th place - 2:06.58
jr. Myles Hall - 5th place - 2:07.19
200 Dash - jr. Alexander Rudich - 5th place - 23.01
3200 Run - jr. Michael Holly - 3rd place - 10:24.31
so. David Reeb - 5th place - 11:09.41
1600 Relay Team - so. Henry Young, jr. Alexander Rudich, sr. Justin VanMeter, jr. TJ Ahrens, so. Jackson Scroggins, jr. Tyler Sandifer - 2nd place - 3:33.64
The Bombers will send 6 participants to Louisville this weekend to participate in the Eastern Relays at the University of Louisville.
The Varsity Baseball team finished their suspended game from April 4 vs Moeller on Tuesday evening. They looked to improve on their 9-1 overall record and 4-0 in the GCL which is the best start since the 2012 season when the Bombers started 14-2 overall to open the season. With the start, St. Xavier was voted #4 in the first Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association state poll of the season released on Monday. Moeller was voted #2 as they entered the game with an 11-1 record and 3-0 in the GCL.
The game was suspended in the middle of the 4th inning on Tuesday, April 4 with St. Xavier leading 1-0. The Bombers scored in the top of the 3rd inning after senior Peter Fisher tripled to deep left field with 2 outs. With senior Sam Klare at the plate, the Crusaders' pitcher committed a balk which allowed Fisher to score. Klare doubled to right field but was left stranded.
Junior starting pitcher Nathan Kappers cruised thru the first 3 innings on April 4. After walking the leadoff hitter in the 1st inning, he got out of the inning after some help from his defense who picked off the runner on a catcher Nick Meyer to short stop Trevor Kuncl pickoff. He retired the Crusaders in order in both the 2nd and 3rd innings before the rain started that caused the suspension of the game.
On Tuesday, April 18, Kappers took the mound again and picked up right where he left off. After surrendering a 1 out walk in the bottom of the 4th inning, he got out of the inning unscathed by forcing a fly out and picking the runner off. In the 5th inning, he gave up a two out walk but then struck out the next hitter to keep the no hit bid alive. In the 6th inning, he retired the first two batters but gave up a double to end the no hit bid. He bounced back and struck out the next hitter looking at a curveball. Kappers took the mound in the 7th inning with the 1-0 lead still and closed it out by forcing a fly out and a ground out for the first two outs and then striking out the last hitter of the game to seal the win.
The Bombers were led by Kappers on the mound who finished with a complete game (7 IP) one hit shutout. He struck out 6 batters total and allowed 4 walks as he improved to 4-0 on the season. Senior Jon Brus was 2 for 2 at the plate while Fisher finished 1 for 4 with the only run scored in the game. Klare finished 1 for 3 at the plate.
With the win, St. Xavier improved to 10-1 on the season and stays atop the GCL Standings with a 5-0 record. They lead Moeller by 1.5 games as the Crusaders dropped to 3-1 in the GCL and 11-2 on the season.
The Bombers travel to Oak Hills HS on Thursday, April 20 for a game vs. the Highlanders at 5:00. The next GCL matchup is against Moeller in game 2 of the 3 game season series on Monday, April 24 at 5:00 at Prasco Park where admission and concessions are free.