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TEAM SCORES (THRU 10 EVENTS):
St. Xavier 373
200 Medley Relay Team - sr. Justin Grender, so. Scott Sobolewski, So. Jean-Pierre Khouzam, sr. Alex Wade - 1ST PLACE FINISH - TIME OF 1:29.97.
200 Freestyle FINISHERS -
sr. Nick Czepukaitis (4th Place) - 1:38.62
sr. Sam Fallon (5th Place) - 1:39.44
so. Jean-Pierre Khouzam (8th place) - 1:42.99
jr. Grady Wheeler (14th place) - 1:43.02
200 IM Participants - sr. Nicholas Perera WINS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP with time of 1:48.70!
so. Ansel Froass (2nd Place) - 1:49.23
so. Ian Van Gorp (6th place) - 1:52.05
so. Scott Sobolewski (8th place) - 1:53.41
50 Free FINAL-
sr. Justin Grender (2nd place) -20.36
sr. Alex Wade (9th place) - 21.05
jr. John Paul Khouzam (16th place) - 21.60
100 Fly FINAL -
so. Jean-Pierre Khouzam (2nd place) - 47.76
so. Ian Van Gorp (14th place)- 51.42
sr. Brian Robertson (15th place) - 51.44
so. Nathan Buse (16th place)- 51.58
100 Free FINAL -
so. Ansel Froass (4th place) - 45.84
sr. Nicholas Czepukaitis (5th place) - 46.09
500 Free FINAL -
sr. Nicholas Perera (2nd place) - 4:30.50
sr. Sam Fallon (3rd place) - 4:31.16
sr. Will Osterman (4th place) - 4:31.49
jr. Grady Wheeler (8th place) - 4:43.00
200 Free Relay FINAL -
200 Yard Free Relay WINS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP in a TIE with Dublin Jerome with a time of 1:23.36!
AquaBombers 200 Yd Free Team: so. Ansel Froass, sr. Nicholas Czepukaitis, sr. Alex Wade, sr. Nicholas Perera
100 Back FINAL -
sr. Justin Grender WINS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP with a time of 48.07. He BROKE the STATE RECORD yesterday in prelims with a time of 47.39!
so. Nathan Buse (12th place) - 51.40
100 Breast FINAL-
so. Scott Sobolewski (2nd place) - 55.50
jr. Jonathan Bernard (12th place) - 57.32
400 Free Relay Team- sr. Nicholas Czepukaitis, sr. Justin Grender, so. Jean-Pierre Khouzam, sr. Nicholas Perera
The St. Xavier Bombers Varsity Basketball team plays in the 1st round of the 2018 OHSAA Div. I Basketball Tournament this evening vs. Loveland at Lakota West High School at 8 pm.
The Bombers enjoyed a 15 win regular season which is the most wins since the 2012-2013 season for the program. The team also won the program's first GCL South game since the 2012-2013 season as well when they beat Elder on Friday, January 19 by a score of 55-53 in 2ot. St. Xavier earned the #7 seed in the Cincinnati Sectional which consists of 29 teams. They will take on the Loveland Tigers out of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference who were voted as the #25 seed in the sectional. The Tigers finished with a 5-17 record during the regular season. Click on the links below for live stats or live audio via ESPX to follow the game live.
Varsity Bowling Places 3rd Place at OHSAA Div. I Sectional Tournament
The Bowling Bombers returned to Colerain Bowl on Wednesday for the Southwest Sectional Tournament. On Wednesday, 8 teams from Colerain, 7 from Crossgate Lanes, and 9 from Woodman Lanes in Dayton would move on to Districts next week at Beaver-Vu Bowl. The Bombers finished 8th last season in Sectionals.
The Bombers paired with Northwest High School in game 1. The Bombers were paced by Senior Zach Littelmann with a 279 (4th best in team history). The Tuerck brothers Jared (227) and Jaxon (222) helped the Bombers roll a 1085 (18th best in team history) in game 1. The Bombers sat in 3rd.
For game 2 the bombers moved pairs and matched up with the Spartans of Turpin. Zach Littelmann started game 2 with a spare before rolling 11 strikes in a row to set a new school record of 290. Jared Tuerck rolled a 247 and Junior Zach Saupe saw 35 pin improvement in his 202. The Bombers moved into second floor lace behind Oak Hills with a team score of 1106 (12th best in team history).
In game 3, the Bombers lined up with Edgewood. Senior Jared Tuerck completed a 708 series (6th best in team history) by rolling a 234. Zach Saupe shot a 223 to finish with a 592 series. Zach Littelmann finished game 3 with a 188 to complete a 757 series. Zach’s 757 was second best of the day with Oak Hills’ Alex Rieger shooting a 760.
Zach Littelmann’s 757 is the highest 3 game score in Bomber program history. The Bombers fell back to third with a 973 for a 3 game total of 3164. The previous record was set 9 year ago to the day by Kevin Justice in the Sectional Playoffs. The Bombers have only had 101 3 game series break 600 in team history.
In Bakers, the Bombers attempted to run down Ross and Oak Hills pulling within 37 pins of the Rams. The Bombers rolled games of 235 (91st best), 201, 278 (3rd best in team history), 234, 153, and 210 for a total of 1311. The Bombers would finish 3rd with a grand total of 4475 setting a new school record for sectional team scores. The previous team high was set in the 2013-2014 season.
The Bombers return to the lanes on Thursday, March 1 at Beaver-Vu Bowl for the OHSAA Div. I District Tournament. The Bombers have made the District Tournament 13 of the last 15 years as a team.
The Bomber Hockey team opened up OHSAA tournament play last weekend against the Troy Trojans. The Bombers earned the number twelve seed in the district, with Troy earning the twenty second seed. The Bombers and Trojans have been familiar foes this year, as this would be the fifth match-up of the season. The Bombers took the previous four match-ups in commanding fashion. This one did not start the same, as the Bombers and Trojans went to the locker room after the first period with the score tied at zero. This stayed true for the majority of the second period, until senior defenseman Tyler Dellerman came into the zone and fired a slap shot into the top left corner of the net. The goal was assisted by senior John Driscoll. The Trojans then took two penalties at the same time, giving the Bomber power play a full two minute five on three. The Bombers power play was broken in half by the end of the period, and although Troy proceeded to take another penalty, the Bombers were unable to capitalize on the first part of the power play. The Bombers came out in the third period, with another minute left on the initial five on three, and sophomore Noah Reidy was able to find the back of the net on a feed from Dellerman to make it 2-0 Bombers. The Bombers and Trojans continued to play five on three, due to the penalty committed by Troy during the initial five on three. Moments after the five on three ended, sophomore Jake Anding found Dellerman, and Dellerman was able to find the net for the second time of the game. Freshman Zach Bohn then went on to add a goal that was unassisted to make it 4-0. Then another Freshman, Nick Langenderfer, found the back of the net and the assists were credited to senior Billy Johnson and sophomore Nick DeCarlo. The Bombers weren’t finished scoring yet, as Driscoll made it 6-0. Then with the Bombers being short-handed, senior Jack Langenderfer found the back of the net, with assists credited to Bohn and Dellerman. Senior Nick Kaneps scored the eighth and final goal of the night for the Bombers. Sophomore Alex Hill recorded his third shutout of the season. The Bombers were led by Dellerman with 4 point (2G, 2A), Driscoll with 2 points (1G, 1A), and Bohn with 2 points (1G, 1A).
The Bombers then moved on to the second round of OHSAA tournament and would face, the eight seed, Bishop Watterson on Sunday. The Bombers got on the board earlier in this game as Jack Langenderfer scored in the first period, and the goal was assisted by senior defenseman Aiden Krueger. Then early in the second period Dellerman was able to find the back of the net on a feed from Reidy. The secondary assist was given to Anding. Then Jack Langenderfer recorded his second goal of the game to make it 3-0. That goal was assisted by Bohn. The Bombers continued the strong second period by scoring two more goals. The two goals were scored by senior Neil Keyser and Bohn respectively. The assists were given to Driscoll and Jack Langenderfer. Then Bishop Watterson came out fast in the third period scoring two goals to make it 5-2. One of those goals came on the power play. The Bombers answered, as Jack Langenderfer capped off his hat trick with an unassisted goal, and Reidy recorded his first goal of the game, also unassisted. The Bombers won the game 7-2
The Bombers advance to their sectional final, which will take place on Saturday at 4:45 at the Ice Haus, which is connected to Nationwide Arena in Columbus. The Bombers, the only non top eight seed to advance, will take on the second seed in the district, Olentangy Liberty. This is the furthest that the Bombers have advanced in the state tournament since the 2015 tournament, in which the Bombers lost to Dublin Jerome in the sectional final. The only other local team left in the District is the fourth seed Moeller Crusaders, and the Bombers and Crusaders could play each other on Sunday at 5:45 pm at the Ice Haus, if both of the teams are able to win their next game.
(photos courtesy of Cincinnati.com)
AquaBombers Claim 50th Consecutive District Crown – Head to Canton
In record shattering fashion, the St. Xavier Swimming and Diving program earned its 50th straight Southwest District Championship Saturday at Miami University. The team earned a record 649 points as a meet maximum 39 performances (diving and swimming) all scored for the first time ever. Moeller finished second (188), Sycamore third (171), Mason fourth (161) and Centerville fifth (140). Over thirty schools make up the most dominant district in the state and historically one of the fastest in the country. This year 38% of all state qualifiers will represent the Southwest District.
It was indeed a complete team effort as all 24 athletes placed in the top 12. The 649 points was only 83 shy of posting a “perfect score.” The AquaBombers swept the relays, as well as picking up victories in six of the eight individual events. The 200 Medley Relay [Justin Grender (SR), Alex Wade (SR), Jean-Pierre Khouzam (SO), Nicholas Perera (SR)] established a new record of 1:30.84. Previous record was set by St. X last year. Grender also established a new mark in the 50 Free (20.20) eclipsing the 26 year old mark of St. X Olympian Joe Hudepohl. Grender added a third record with a victory in 100 Back (47.73) erasing the mark of Luke Sobolewski from last season.
Additional event winners were:
Nicholas Perera 200 IM (1:49.14)
Jean-Pierre Khouzam 100 Fly (48.75)
Ansel Froass (SO) 100 Free (45.91)
Nicholas Pfeifer (SR), Nicholas Czepukaitis (SR), Froass, Wade – 200 Free Relay (1:24.78)
Scott Sobolewski (SO) 100 Breast (55.46)
Grender, Czepukaitis, Froass, Perera 400 Free Relay (3:02.43)
All three relay swims were All-America performances, as were Perera’s 200 IM, Khouzam’s 100 Fly, Grender’s 50 Free, 100 Back, 100 Free Relay swim and Sobolewski’s 100 Breast. Sobolewski replaced Grant House as the fastest breaststroker in school history. All America consideration efforts were garnered by Khouzam (200 Free), Froass (200 IM) and Perera (500 Free).
All 35 swims were Top 50 performances for the Blue and White. Diving, 200 Free, 200 IM, 100 Fly, 100 Free and 500 Free were events in which the AquaBombers placed all 4 entries in the top eight.
All three relays qualified for the State meet and will have plenty of company as the following athletes qualified for the most exciting high school swimming meet in the U.S.:
Jonathan Bernard [JR] (100 Breast)
Nate Buse [SO] (100 Fly, 100 Back)
Nicholas Czepukaitis [SR] (200 Free, 100 Free)
Sam Fallon [SR] (200 Free, 500 Free)
Ansel Froass [SO] (200 IM, 100 Free)
Justin Grender [SR] (50 Free, 100 Back)
Scott Holcomb [SR] (100 Free)
Jean-Pierre Khouzam [SO] (200 Free, 100 Fly)
John Paul Khouzam [JR] (50 Free)
Josh Knapke [SR] (Diving)
Will Osterman [SR] (500 Free, 100 Back)
Nicholas Perera [SR] (200 IM, 500 Free)
Brian Robertson [SR] (100 Fly)
Scott Sobolewski [SO] (200 IM, 100 Breast)
Ian Van Gorp [SO] (200 IM, 100 Fly)
Alex Wade [SR] (50 Free, 100 Breast)
Grady Wheeler [SR] (200 Free, 500 Free)
Competition begins Friday with prelims in Canton.
- Inside the Numbers-
- 89% Best Times
- 12 of the 24 athletes were making their first appearance at the District meet
- 11 Aquabombers will suit up for the first time at Canton
- Every Qualifying time for state was faster than last year (several fastest ever)
- Six of twelve events this year surpassed last season’s marks
- “Class Act” 11 Seniors – 4 Juniors – 7 Sophomores – 2 Freshmen
- Coaches Comments –
“It was a great performance by a great group of student athletes. We have more racing to do, but we set ourselves up well for Canton,” commented head coach Tim Beerman.
“Our guys were really focused and we continue to get better. Personally, heading to my hometown of Canton makes for a great trip with an inspired team,” added a happy coach Jim Brower.
“This was special for me as it was 50 years ago that we lost a district meet, my senior year. I feel like the guys took care of that today. I am blessed to have been part of it,” concluded coach Tom Keefe.
The Basketball program travels to Woodward High School to conclude the regular season tonight. The Freshman game starts the evening at 4:30 pm while JV starts at 6 pm and Varsity starts at 7:30 pm. Click the links below to follow each game live.
4:30 PM - Freshman Game
6 PM - JV Game
7:30 PM - Varsity Game
The Basketball program hosts North Bend Rd. rival LaSalle High School in the Berning Gymnasium tonight. The Freshman game starts at 4:30 pm with the JV game scheduled for 6 pm and the Varsity game slated to tip off at 7:30 pm. The Bombers and Lancers each stand at 2-3 in the GCL South and with a win will finish in 2nd place alone in the standings. LaSalle is 12-9 overall and St. Xavier stands at 14-6 overall. The Bombers won the first matchup at LaSalle by a score of 60-53 on Friday, January 26. Click the links below to follow each game live.
4:30 PM - Freshman Game
6 PM - JV Game
7:30 PM - Varsity Game
For the first time in St. X history, four AquaBombers placed in the top eight in diving. Senior Josh Knapke’s runner-up performance led the way and earned him a return trip to Canton next week. He was joined by Ben Cutforth (SO) in 6th, Will Behimer (FR) 7th, and Jacob Rodriguez (JR) 8th. It was truly a historic night for athletes, coaches, family, teammates and fans, many of whom journeyed to Oxford to witness the event.
Knapke’s score of 478.85 was the highest by a St. X diver in at least 20 years. Cutforth’s 379.40 points was also a personal best.
“I am so proud of these guys and what they have accomplished,” expressed a very happy diving coach Brandon Unthank.
“When we say St. Xavier Swimming and Diving we mean it. Eight divers on the team show the growth in so many ways of the total program. I speak for all the coaches and athletes when I say, ‘well done’,” concluded head coach Tim Beerman.
“Their performances will have National implications,” noted coach Tom Keefe.
What for years has been the “Biggest Show on Surf” for the St. X swimmers, became the biggest Fred Cooper District Invitational in history Sunday at Keating Natatorium. Over 400 athletes coupled with a packed stands made for a memorable event in many ways. The AquaBombers, represented by 49 athletes, led the way by capturing first in every event, punctuated by a record setting 400 Free Relay! Sophomore Jamie Donovan was named Swimmer of the Meet.
200 Medley Relay 1:43.29 [Carter Dwyer (SR), Sean Hergenrother (SR), Luke DiGiacomo (SR), Teedy Bayer (SR)]
200 Free 1:46.05 Adam Lamping (FR)
200 IM 2:02.16 Jaime Donovan (SO)
50 Free 23.30 Kevin Heller (SR)
100 Fly 55.35 Lucas Ecker (SO)
100 Free 49.32 Teddy Bayer (SR)
500 Free 4:53.37 Donovan
200 Free Relay 1:33.08 [Ecker, Heller, Cooper Williams (FR), Evan Schell (JR)]
100 Back 56.44 Connall Kellner (FR)
100 Breast 1:05.22 DiGiacomo
400 Free Relay 3:17.54 [Lamping, Schell, Brady Holcomb (SO), Robert Prophater (SR)]
The AquaBombers were first and second in all events and showed particular quality and depth by going 1 – 2 – 3 on all relays. In addition, the 200 Free (1 – 4), 200 IM (1 – 5), 100 Free (1 – 3), 100 Back (1 – 3) and 100 Breast (1 – 3) were events of particular strength. While no team score was kept, the Men in Blue caps had 49 top eight top eight finishes and 71 top sixteen finishes. Equally impressive was the fact that 100% of the AquaBombers shared in a remarkable 87% Best Times. In individual events, the percentage was a “staggering” 97%.
- INSIDE THE NUMBERS –
- 12 teams from SW Ohio participated
- 30 individual St. X swims would have scored at Sectionals
- 8 St. X relays would have placed top eight at Sectionals
- 18 St. X individual swims would have qualified for Districts
- 10 St. X relays would have qualified for Districts
- “Class Distinctions” Seniors – 12 Juniors – 4 Sophomores – 18 Freshmen – 15
- 24 of 25 relays out performed their entry times.
- COACHES COMMENTS –
“It was a very exciting and gratifying way to end the season for the majority of our team. What all of these student athletes contributed was a culmination of dedication, focus and support by teammates and families. We are blessed a part of it,” reflected coach Don DiGiacomo.
“So much time and effort goes into this special event. The outcome justifies the work, as well as setting the tone as we head to Districts,” said head coach Tim Beerman who served as meet director.
“Fred Cooper was a remarkable man. To honor him in a truly significant manner means a great deal to those of us who knew him,” concluded coach Tom Keefe.
SECTIONAL SUCCESS STORY
Ohio presents the most arduous road to the State Championship in the United States. A three tier qualifying format requires quality, planning and a great deal of determination. The first step on the road to Canton was a 100% success as all 39 efforts (4 diving and 35 swimming) represented by 24 AquaBombers delivered big time as St. X captured the program's 49th consecutive Sectional title with a whopping 721 points; just 11 short of maxing out. Walnut Hills finished second (286) with Lakota West third (259).
The AquaBombers captured 1st in all twelve events and scored top 6 in each performance. Events winnners:
200 Medley Relay 1:35.74 – [Nathan Buse (SO), Scott Sobolewski (SO), Brian Robertson (SR), Alex Wade (SR)]
200 Free 1:43.51 – Jean-Pierre Khouzam (SO)
200 IM 1:51.98 – Nicholas Perera (SR)
50 Free 20.27* - Justin Grender (SR)
100 Fly 50.14 – Khouzam
100 Free 46.95 – Ansel Froass (SO)
500 Free 4:34.85 – Perera
200 Free Relay 1:27.03 – [Nicholas Pfeifer (SR), Nicholas Czepukaitis (SR), Froass, Wade]
100 Back 49.21* - Grender
100 Breast 57.02! – Sobolewski
400 Free Relay 3:07.87! – [Grender, Czepukaitis, Froass, Perera]
1 Meter Diving 4.76.00 - Josh Knapke (SR)
(*AUTOMATIC ALL AMERICA !CONSIDERATION ALL AMERICA)
Moving on to the District Meet was the most difficult in history as the qualifying times were all faster than a year ago with four events the fastest in history, two events the second fastest in history and one the third fastest ever.
The Men in Blue went 1 – 4 in 50 Free, 100 Fly, 100 Free, 500 Free and diving.
- INSIDE THE NUMBERS –
- 6 events faster than last year
- St X performances 56% better than last year
- St X total points 6 ½ higher than last year
- 29% Best Times
- 20 Top 50 Swims
- “Classifications” 10 Seniors, 5 Juniors, 7 Sophomores, 2 Freshmen
- COACHES COMMENTS –
“This is a very difficult meet as we are just beginning to taper and yet have to perform. It is a challenge for all competitions. We’re pleased we were able to advance all of our performances to the District Meet in Oxford,” analyzed head coach Tim Beerman.
“The attitude of our guys was exceptional both in the pool and in the stands. We have a very competitive Sectional and there was plenty of hard racing going on,” said coach Jim Brower.