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J.R. Anderson (’90) | Tennis

According to many members of the Cincinnati sports community, St. Xavier’s Tennis team is one of the finest high school teams in the state. While the tennis program goes back to 1927, the last 25 years have proven to be particularly successful for St. Xavier Tennis. While there are numerous deserving tennis players from past years, J.R. Anderson stands out as the most exceptional of this select group. And as the accomplishments listed below will attest, J.R.’s achievements on the court position him as one of the most successful athletes to have ever represented St. Xavier High School. During J.R.’s four years at St. X, he won 139 matches (while only losing 13). He holds the school record for most career wins—a record that many believe will never be broken. J.R. qualified for the Ohio State Tournament three times. This is considered a rare feat to this day. J.R. was named The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Cincinnati Post, and GCL Player of the Year in 1990. J.R. was All GCL for four years as well as The Cincinnati Enquirer First Team singles and doubles for four years. He was First Team Doubles All State his sophomore and junior seasons and named St. Xavier MVP his senior season. In addition to his extremely impressive tennis career, J.R. demonstrated leadership on and off the court. After graduating from X, J.R. went on to have a highly successful and productive tennis career at the University of Virginia.

Raymond J. Bosse (’73) | Swimming

Ray was an outstanding swimmer at St. X and had a great swimming career and coaching career at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Ray was an individual state champion and All-American at St. X. He set sectional and district records and was on the Enquirer and Post all-city swim teams for the 200 IM. He was a member or the 1973 national championship team. His teams at X won every GCL, sectional, district and state championship in which they competed. He was voted most improved swimmer his junior year and was a member of the all-GCL, all-sectional and all-district teams. Ray continued his success at West Point. He was the top three in scoring all four years (Third all time in points upon graduation) and was team captain. Ray was a member of the all-conference team and set four different records in four different events. Ray received the Army Commendation Medal, Overseas Defense Service Medal, Cold War Services Medal and the National Defense Service Medal as a captain in field artillery. Ray coached at West Point for 13 years and currently is a member of faculty at West Point.

Dick Murphy | Wrestling and Soccer Coach

A successful coach strives for success in competition, longevity, and development of student athletes. The development of student athletes should always be at the core and should include achievement in athletics, academics, as well as guiding student athletes to be well rounded men for others. St. Xavier has a long history of coaches that exemplify these characteristics, and Dick Murphy stands out as one shining example of what it means to be a head coach at St. Xavier High School. His longevity is tremendous spending 35 years coaching, teaching, and in administration at St. Xavier. His accomplishments in sports are also very impressive. Dick coached both soccer and wrestling while at St. Xavier. As a soccer coach for seven years he had an overall record of 105-23-14, six GCL championships, two district and regional championships and a state championship. Dick also coached wrestling. He was such a fixture in the St. Xavier community his tenure spanned generations coaching fathers and sons. He has an overall dual meet record of 184-106-8. His teams produced one individual state champion and twelve state runner-ups. His teams celebrated four district, ten sectional and ten GCL championships under his leadership.

Paul Schmerge (’82) | Football and Basketball

Paul was a three year letterman in football and basketball during his athletic career at St. Xavier. He was team captain of both basketball and football his senior season. Paul was on the first St. Xavier football team to make the playoffs in 1981. (This was when only two teams from each region, eight total, made the playoffs. Prior to this, only Moeller & Princeton made playoffs since they started in 1972.) He was First Team GCL and GCL Player of the Year, Second Team Ohio SW District, Honorable Mention All-State, Honorable Mention All-City (only one team) and team MVP. In basketball, Paul had a great career. He was Honorable Mention All-City, First Team GCL and team MVP. Mr. Berning was quoted at the time as not remembering a St. Xavier senior who was MVP for both Football and Basketball in the same year. Paul was the leading scorer on the team with 11.5 points per game and listed among the city leaders in shooting percentage at 51%. He was also the team leader in rebounds. Paul accepted a four-year, full scholarship to The University of Michigan to play tight end for Bo Schembechler. He was a two year letterman who played in three bowl games- Sugar Bowl, Holiday Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl. Michigan beat Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl in 1986 to earn the #2 ranking in the AP Poll. He played in three games versus OSU & beat them twice. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree and has been a commercial realtor since 1999. Father Jack (’39) and four brothers (Fred ’72, Mike ’73, Mark ’75, & Bill ’76) graduated from St. Xavier. Brother Mark is a member of St. X Hall of Fame.

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