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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.