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.
The Varsity Hockey Bombers faced a familiar foe on Sunday night in the 2018 Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League Title Game in the Elder Panthers. Elder finished the regular season with a 13-0-0 record in league play that included a 9-2 win and a 4-1 win over the Bombers to earn the #1 seed in the tournament. St. Xavier finished league play with a 10-2-1 record and finished as the #2 seed and looked forward to the rematch with the Panthers. Elder reached the finals after a 6-3 win over Talwanda in the semi finals while St. Xavier beat Troy 7-1 in their semi final game. The Bombers also were playing to keep the SWOHSHL Trophy as they were looking to win back to back titles after winning it for the first time ever in 2017.
St. Xavier came out from the start very focused and dominated play in the 1st period. Sophomore Noah Reidy got the scoring started with a goal around the 6 minute mark to give the Bombers a 1-0 lead. The Bombers stayed focused for the rest of the period and killed an Elder power play and took that 1-0 lead to the locker room after period one. St. Xavier brought the same intensity into the 2nd period and freshman Nick Langenderfer scored with 8:18 left in the period to make it a 2-0 lead. Elder committed back to back penalties late in the period which gave St. Xavier a 5 on 3 advantage which senior Nick Kaneps capitalized on by scoring with just 8 seconds left on the clock to give the Bombers a 3-0 lead heading to the locker room for the last ice cut. The Bombers made a statement out of the locker room in the last period as they scored two goals within the first 1:30 of the period. It was Reidy who scored his second goal of the game less than a minute into the period to make it 4-0 and then senior Kyle Archdeacon followed with a goal just over thirty seconds later to make it 5-0 Bombers. Senior Tyler Dellerman, who had a hat trick in the semi finals, scored the next two goals of the game on long range slap shots to extend the lead to 7-0. Senior Neil Keyser put the finishing touches on the St. Xavier scoring as he went coast to coast to score to make it 8-0. The Panthers did get on the board with a goal but the Bombers defense continued to be stingy and held onto the 8-1 lead to make it the final score.
The St. Xavier Bombers were presented the SWOHSHL Trophy for the second straight year with the win. The Bombers will now turn their sights to the OHSAA State Tournament where they face Troy HS on Saturday, February 17 at 5:30 pm at Chiller North in Columbus. With a win on Saturday, they would take on Bishop Watterson on Sunday, February 18 at 1:15 pm at the Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. St. Xavier enters the tournament as the #12 seed in the Columbus Regional while Troy enters as #22 and Bishop Watterson is #8.
The Varsity Hockey Bombers finished the regular season with a 15-7-4 overall record and finished 10-2-1 in the Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League which placed them second behind undefeated Elder. The Bombers entered the postseason looking to defend their league title that they won last year. St. Xavier earned the second seed in the 2018 SWOHSHL Tournament and played the number five seeded Troy Trojans on Saturday night in the semi finals. Troy advanced with an upset win over fourth seeded Alter on Thursday night. The Bombers had a bye to the semi finals.
St. Xavier came out hot as senior Tyler Dellerman scored 3 of the first 4 goals of the game to get his hat trick early. Senior Kyle Archdeacon also scored to put the Bombers out ahead 4-0. Senior Jack Langenderfer scored the next two goals for St. Xavier to extend the lead to 6-0 before Troy got on the scoreboard to make it 6-1. Sophomore Max Boulton scored the final goal of the night to make it a 7-1 final.
Dellerman finished the night with 3 goals and 1 assist while Langenderfer finished with 2 goals and 3 assists. Boulton had 1 goal and 1 assist while Archdeacon finished with a goal and an assists as well. Freshman Trevor Tiemeyer finished with 2 assists. Seniors Aiden Krueger and Neil Keyser each had an assist as did freshman Nick Langenderfer.
With the win, St. Xavier will face Elder in the Finals of the SWOHSHL this evening at 6 pm. The Bombers will look to defend their title by avenging two regular season losses to the Panthers.
The Varsity Basketball Bombers opened a weekend of two home games on Friday night when they welcomed their GCL rivals, the Moeller Crusaders, to the Berning Gym. The Bombers entered the night with a 13-5 overall record and 2-2 in the GCL South while the Crusaders entered with a nine game win streak and a 16-3 record and 4-0 in the GCL South.
In front of a sold out gym, St. Xavier got off to a good start as junior Nathan Stockman opened with two three point field goals for the Bombers' first six points of the night. Moeller got off to the same start as they took the lead 8-6 with 3:14 left in the opening quarter. Senior David Wassler connected on two free throws and senior Andrew Wittrock had a steal and a layup to give the Bombers a 10-8 lead. The Crusaders scored with 9 seconds left in the quarter to even the game at 10 after the 1st quarter. Senior Brandon Gilbert and Wittrock both scored for the Bombers early in the quarter but Moeller responded with two baskets of their own to keep the game tied at 14. After that, the Crusaders scored the next 8 points to take a 22-14 lead before Wittrock ended the run with a layup for St. Xavier. After that layup, Moeller scored the next 6 points to take a 28-16 lead but Stockman nailed another three pointer with just over a minute left that made it a 28-19 game at the half.
The Bombers looked to be hanging in the game as they won the third quarter 17-16 to make it a 44-36 game going the final quarter. St. Xavier was led by seniors Chase Wolf and Bobby Jefferson who scored a combined 13 points in the quarter to pace the Bombers. Moeller put the game out of reach as they opened the 4th quarter on a 16-5 run that put the score at 60-41 with 3:10 left in the game and went on to win by a score of 66-48.
St. Xavier was led by Stockman who scored 11 points and Wolf who finished with 10 points.
On Saturday night, the Bombers looked to bounce back as they welcomed the Walnut Hills Eagles to the Berning Gymnasium. The Eagles entered the evening with a 15-4 overall record and 11-1 in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference.
St. Xavier opened the night by scoring the first 5 points with a Stockman lay up and a junior Luke Pellot three point field goal. After two baskets by Walnut and a free throw by Wolf, Jefferson added a layup to give the Bombers an 8-4 lead. That is when the Eagles kicked it into another gear as they went on an 11-0 run to close out the 1st quarter and lead 15-8 headed to the 2nd quarter. The Eagles extended their lead to 17-9 but St. Xavier fought back as Wittrock scored on a layup and Wolf knocked down a three pointer. The Eagles made one of two free throws before Gilbert threw down a dunk in transition to make it an 18-16 game with 1:06 left in the half. Walnut Hills scored out of their timeout but Jefferson answered with a lay up to make it a 20-18 Eagles lead at the half.
Walnut Hills opened the half with five straight points but the Bombers got four of those points back in one play as Stockman was fouled during a made three pointer and knocked down the free throw to narrow the deficit to 25-22. Wittrock added a jumper to make it 25-24 but the Eagles scored the next three points to make it 28-24. St. Xavier responded with a 6-0 run as Stockman converted an old fashioned three point play and Wolf knocked down a three point field goal to give the lead back to St. Xavier at 30-28. The three pointer by Wolf was answered by a layup by the Eagles but Wolf got the lead back with a jumper of his own. He then added a three pointer to make it 35-30 but Walnut Hills scored just before the end of the quarter to make it 35-32 heading to the final quarter. The game stayed close in the 4th quarter as Wittrock opened the final quarter with a layup but Walnut Hills answered with four straight points to make it 37-36. Wolf ended that run with another three point field goal to make it 40-36 which was followed by an Eagles dunk to make it 40-38 with 4:39 left in the game. St. Xavier would finish the final 4:39 by going 10 for 13 from the free throw line led by junior Nick Frank's 5 for 6 to seal the 50-48 win.
Wolf led the way for the Bombers by scoring 17 points on 5 for 10 shooting (4-9 3FG) and he also dished out 3 assists. Stockman finished with 11 points and finished 4 for 6 from the line. Wittrock scored 6 points and Frank finished with 6 points all from the line. Jefferson and Pellot each grabbed 5 rebounds to lead the team in that category.
With the weekend results, the Bombers now stand at 14-6 overall and 2-3 in GCL South play. St. Xavier will wrap up the regular season next weekend with a home game vs. LaSalle on Friday night, 2/16, which will be Senior Night and then a road game on Saturday night, 2/17, at Woodward HS. The Lancers enter the game with a 12-9 overall record and 2-3 in GCL South play. The freshman game starts the night at 4:30 pm with JV at 6 pm and the Varsity scheduled for 7:30 pm tip off on Friday. The senior night ceremony will happen about 10 minutes before the Varsity game.
The St. Xavier Basketball program welcomes the Walnut Hills Eagles to the Berning Gym this evening for a non league matchup. The Freshman game starts at 4:30 pm with the JV game at 6 pm and the Varsity game scheduled for a 7:30 pm tip. The Varsity Bombers enter the evening with a 13-6 overall record while the Eagles enter with a 15-4 overall record. Click the links below to follow each game live via stats or live video via ESPX.
4:30 PM - Freshman Game
6 PM - JV Game
7:30 PM - Varsity Game
Princeton Match - Monday, 2/5
With GCL play being over, the only matches that stood between St. X and sectionals were home matches against Princeton and Sycamore (Senior Night).
The Bombers cracked four digits (1,034) in the first individual game on the back of senior Garrett Litzinger’s 242 and the pair of 226 scores shot by fellow seniors Zach Littelmann and Jared Tuerck. Although Princeton’s total wasn’t that high as a team (831), senior Michael Fletcher rolled a 234 to keep his team relatively close. St. X stayed consistent in the second individual game, as that score was only 21 pins below the previous one (1,013). Jared Tuerck and Zach Littelmann continued to be near the top of their team, this time to the tune of 238 and 215, respectively. In a match dominated largely by seniors, there was a freshman for the Vikings that stood out in the second individual game. Cody Carlson rebounded from his 168 to 213 on his team’s way to an improvement to 871. Heading into bakers, the Bombers were up big: 2,047 to 1,702.
Since neither of the two teams did particularly well in bakers, St. X was easily able to maintain their lead. They averaged 183 (733 total) in bakers to Princeton’s 165 (665 total). The Bombers won 2,780 to 2,362.
Sycamore Match - Friday, 2/9 - Senior Night
On Thursday, seniors Jared Tuerck and Zach Littelmann committed to continue their play at the collegiate level, at West Virginia University and Marian University. On Friday night, in front of friends and family, Garrett Litzinger, Zach, and Jared would throw their last home match at Brentwood Bowl. The 3 have combined to roll 343 individual varsity games for the Bombers during their 4 years with the program. During their time the Bombers have gone 54-47 (37-35 in the GCL), finished in the top 5 five times during tournaments, and won a sectional meet. The have left their mark in the St Xavier records book with the following: high individual game (289, Tuerck), 2 top 10 two-game series scores, 2 top 10 three-game series scores, a high team game (1188), 2 top 10 team games, 2 top 5 baker games, a top 10 baker series, and a top 10 match series. The 3 have combined for 2 GCL 1st team awards and 3 GCL 2nd team awards.
Jared Tuerck paced the bombers during game 1 with a 219, followed by Zach Littelmann with a 190, and junior Zach Saupe with a 185. The Bombers would open up 928-756 lead in game 1. During game 2, Jared Tuerck threw a 246 for a 465 series (64th best in team history), Garrett Litzinger rolled a 214 on his way to a 369 series, and Zach Littlemann with a 195 for an individual series of 385. The Bombers lead would grow to 1891 to 1506. The Bombers rolled an 811 during bakers (42nd best in team history) to win 2702 to 2120.
The Bombers finish the season 13-13 (8-10 GCL) averaging 2722 per match.
The Bombers will roll at the OHSAA Div. I Sectional Tournament on Wednesday, February 21 at 9 am at Colerain Bowl as they look to start a deep postseason run.