The Varsity Volleyball team entered the week with a four match win streak after defeating Lakota East and Fenwick last Saturday in a tri-match at Fenwick High School. The Bombers hosted the Roger Bacon Spartans on Monday and then traveled to Anderson to take on McNicholas HS on Wednesday.
St. Xavier made quick work of the Spartans on Monday night as they rolled to a 3-0 win by scores of 25-12, 25-8 and 25-19. The Bombers were led by senior Ryan Hilvert who converted 10 kills, 5 aces, 4 digs and 1 block. Senior Will Connaughton contributed with 9 kills, 1 block and 1 dig while junior Tommy Thaxton had 8 kills and 2 blocks. Seniors Jack Sorce and Simba Mandizha each had 5 kills while Sorce also contributed with 24 assists. Mandizha also recorded 3 aces and 5 digs. Junior Ben Moeller led the team in digs with 8 total while senior Henry Huber had 6 digs of his own.
The Bombers traveled to Anderson Township to take on another GCL Co-Ed school, McNicholas High School, on Wednesday night. St. Xavier and the Rockets battled in the 1st set but the Bombers came out victorious 25-23. St. Xavier then made quick work in sets two and three with 25-16 wins in each. The Bombers were led by Connaughton who record 11 kills, 6 digs, 4 blocks and 1 ace. Hilvert contributed with 10 kills and 1 ace while Huber led the way in digs with 12 total. Senior Leo Kastner led the way with assists with 21 while Sorce had 17. Sorce led the way in aces with a total of 3.
St. Xavier plays their 3rd match of the week on Friday, April 27 at LaSalle High School as they look to improve on their 1-1 record in the GCL South. The Bombers already beat the Lancers on April 16 by a score of 3-0. St. Xavier still faces Moeller twice, once at home on 5/1 and once on the road on 5/11 and Elder at home on 5/4 to round out GCL South play.
The Bombers Baseball team has not been able to play due to weather since this past weekend in which they won two games in two days . They look to keep their winning ways going as they host GCL South rival, Elder High School, at St. Xavier. The Bombers are 8-5 overall with a 2-3 record in the GCL while the Panthers are 12-4 overall and also sport a 2-3 record in the GCL. St. Xavier and Elder met back on April 9 at the PAC where the Panthers won 2-1 in 10 innings.
St. Xavier will send their ace to the mound in senior Nathan Kappers (IU Signee) who sports a 2-1 record on the season with 15 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched. First pitch is scheduled for 5 pm. Follow the game live via live stats or live audio via ESPX with the links below.
It is touted as the best night in high school sports and the Bombers certainly made their name known.
The Cinicnnati.com Sports Awards takes place every spring and honors Fall and Winter high school athletes in every sport. This year's event was held at Music Hall and St. Xavier student athletes were well represented on stage accepting hardware.
Senior Cameron Frazier won the first Bombers' award of the night when he was announced as the winner of Golfer of the Year. Frazier had a great season that included a hole-in-one at the Jesuit Cup at Red Tail GC. He led the golf program to a 3rd straight GCL Title as well as Sectional and District Championships and a 4th place finish at the OHSAA Div. I State Championship.
Sophomore Noah Reidy was announced as the winner of Hockey Player of the Year as he led the Bombers to a 19-8-4 record on the season. St. Xavier won the SWOHSHL tournament with Reidy playing a key roll on the offensive end.
Senior Nicholas Perera won the Swimmer of the Year award as he helped lead the Bombers to their 10th straight OHSAA Div. I State Title. Perera won the 200 IM at the State Championship Meet and finished runner-up in the 500 free. He also was a part of the 200 Free Relay team that won their event.
Senior Chase Wolf was announced as the winner of the Mr. Greater Cincinnati Award which is given to the top male athlete in Greater Cincinnati that stands out in multiple sports. Wolf was named the GCL Athlete of the Year in football and was on the All GCL 1st team as quarterback. He led the Bombers to a 9-1 regular season record and a regional runner up finish. He was also named to the All Ohio 1st Team as well as offensive player of the year for the SW District. In basketball, Wolf played in 22 games for St. Xavier and averaged 11 points per game. He was named to the All GCL 1st Team and was Honorable Mention for All SW Ohio.
Other St. Xavier nominees included:
Oscar Zimmerman - Golfer of the Year
Nick Kaneps - Hockey Player of the Year
Justin Grender - Swimmer of the Year
St. Xavier Swimming and Diving - Team of the Year
The Lacrosse program welcomes Everest Academy from Canada to St. Xavier Stadium this evening with the JV game at 5:30 pm and the Varsity game at 7:30 pm. The Bombers enter the evening with a 8-1 record and ranked #1 in the LaxPower.com Ohio RPI standings. St. Xavier beat St. Ignatius this past Saturday by a score of 12-11 in overtime and have won their last 5 games. Everest Academy enters the game with a 4-2 record as they beat St. Ignatius on Monday 12-9 and they lost yesterday to Culver Military Academy by a score of 20-7. Last year, the Bombers lost to Everest by a score of 14-9. Click the link below to watch the Varsity game live via ESPX.
The St. Xavier Volleyball program hosts Roger Bacon High School tonight in the Berning Gym. The Bombers enter the night with a 9-1 record on the season after defeating Bishop Fenwick and Lakota East over the weekend. The Spartans enter the night with a 2-6 overall record. The JV match starts at 5:30 pm and the Varsity match is scheduled to starts at 6:30 pm. Click the link below to WATCH LIVE via ESPX.
St. Xavier 3 - Centerville 2
The Varsity Baseball Bombers headed downtown to Great American Ballpark on Saturday, April 21 to play in the Reds Big League Weekend vs. Centerville. St. Xavier is only one of two schools that has participated in the event all four years which has grown since the inaugural year in 2014. In total, there were 5 games at Great American Ballpark with two games on Friday night and three games on Saturday. The Bombers looked to keep the winning ways going as they improved their record to 6-5 after a win Thursday over league rival Moeller. Centerville entered the night with an 8-5 record after a walk off win on Friday night which extended their win streak to six games.
Sophomore Wyatt Hudepohl got the start for St. Xavier as he entered with a 1-0 record, 2.56 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 13.2 innings pitched. He retired the Elks in order in the first two innings and then allowed a hit in the third inning before stranding the runner. He again retired the side in order in the top of the 4th to keep the game scoreless.
The bottom of the 4th is when the first runs were put on the board by the Bombers. Senior Tyler Dellerman drew a one out walk and then an out later seniors Nathan Kappers and Ethan Swink also drew walks to load the bases. Senior Brett Wissel came up with a single in the next at bat that scored two runs to put St. Xavier ahead 2-0.
Centerville bounced right back as they took advantage of a couple bad hops down at third base and a passed ball that allowed them to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the 5th inning. St. Xavier then took advantage of a Centerville miscue in the bottom half of the inning. After senior Ben Coffaro crushed a double to the wall in right field with two outs, Dellerman hit a fly ball to right center field that ended up dropping which allowed Coffaro to score to make it a 3-2 lead.
Senior Hunter Brookbank relieved Hudepohl in the top of the 6th inning. He walked the lead off hitter but then struck out the next batter after a stolen base. The next hitter hit a ball to right center field which senior Mitchell Deitschel sprinted after and dove to make the catch. He fired the ball back to the infield to convert a double play to end the inning. Brookbank retired the first two hitters of the 7th inning after the Bombers could not get any runs across in the bottom of the 6th. He was removed after giving up a two out single and junior Chet Larger forced a fly out to preserve the 3-2 win for his first save of the season.
St. Xavier 12 - Edgewood 6
Starter - junior Ben Stacy - 2 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 K
1st reliever: senior Ethan Swink - 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K - Winning Pitcher (1-2)
2nd reliever: senior Justin Shanks - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K
Bottom of 2nd - St. Xavier scored 5 runs, all with 2 outs, to take a 5-2 lead. Wissel drew a two out walk. Deitschel reached on an error. Larger singled to load the bases. Senior Grant Kirby singled to score two runs. Coffaro walked to load the bases again. Sophomore Tucker Hundley forced a walk for an RBI. Senior Michael Grause singled that cleared the bases for 3 RBI to make it 5-2.
Bottom of 3rd - After Edgewood scored 4 runs in the top of the 3rd to take a 6-5 lead, the Bombers fought back to tie it up at 6 in the bottom of the inning. Again, they did it with two outs as Larger was hit by a pitch after the first two hitters were retired. Larger stole second and Kirby drove him in with a double to center field.
Bottom of 4th - With the game still tied at 6, St. Xavier took advantage of some Cougars mistakes. Hundley reached on a fielding error to start the inning and then advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Grause singled Hundley home to take a 7-6 lead. Grause advanced to second on a wild pitch and then third on a flyout by Dellerman. He scored when sophomore Hank Thomas grounded out to make it an 8-6 lead.
Bottom of 6th - St. Xavier still led 8-6 thanks to Swink shutting down the Edgewood offense and the Bombers put the game away in the bottom of the 6th. Coffaro started the inning with a single. Junior Nick Albrinck pinch ran for Coffaro and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Hundley followed with a double to center field to drive home Albrinck to make it 9-6. Grause followed with a single and Dellerman drove home Hundley with a single of his own to make it 10-6. Thomas walked to load the bases and then Wissel stepped up and singled to right center field to drive home both Dellerman and Grause to make it 12-6.
The two wins improve St. Xavier's record to 8-5 on the season. The Bombers look to improve on their 2-3 GCL South record with a game vs. Elder at home on Monday, April 23 at 5 pm and a game at Elder on Wednesday, April 25 at 5 pm. St. Xavier also plays Lebanon at home on Thursday, April 26 before heading to Toledo, OH for the Jesuit Tournament on Saturday and Sunday which includes Walsh Jesuit, St. Ignatius and host, Toledo St. John's.
The Varsity Lacrosse Bombers traveled to Columbus on Friday night to meet Cleveland St. Ignatius halfway at Fortress Obetz Stadium, home of the Ohio Machine Lacrosse team. St. Xavier entered the evening with a four game win streak after beating Moeller on Wednesday night by a score of 14-10 to improve their record to 7-1. The Wildcats entered the night with an 8-3 record and also with a four game win streak after a Wednesday win over Shaker Heights by a score of 17-1. The Bombers looked to keep their number 1 ranking in the LaxPower Ohio RPI rankings while St. Ignatius was looking to improve on their number 8 ranking.
The Wildcats opened the scoring by getting on the board with a goal just 46 seconds into the game to take a 1-0 lead. Senior Duke Alf scored for the Bombers with 7:39 left in the opening quarter to even the game at 1. St. Xavier could not convert on the immediate man advantage after the Alf goal but did score with 3:33 left in the first when senior Jack Kilfoil scored his first goal of the night on an assist from classmate Johnny Marrocco. The Bombers survived a sloppy first quarter of play with the 2-1 lead.
St. Ignatius opened the 2nd quarter just the way they did the 1st quarter with a quick goal to tie the game at 2. This time the goal came just 18 seconds into the quarter. Kilfoil scored his second goal of the game just over a minute later to give the Bombers the lead back at 3-2. Marrocco assisted him once again. St. Ignatius scored the next two goals to take a 4-3 lead before Kilfoil recorded his hat trick to tie it back up at 4-4 with 3:55 left in the half. Alf assisted Kilfoil on the goal. About a minute later, Marrocco recorded a goal of his own to give St. Xavier the 5-4 lead with 2:54 left in the 1st half. St. Xavier added one more goal before halftime when Alf hit a cutting Marrocco with a pass and Marrocco found the back of the cage to make it a 6-4 lead at the break.
Senior Donny Stock won the opening face-off of the second half and Kilfoil scored his fourth goal of the game to make it 7-4 with 10:58 left in the 3rd quarter. Alf recorded the assist once again. Just under a minute later, Marrocco made another nice pass, this time to junior Trevor Gilmore who put it past the St. Ignatius goalkeeper to make it an 8-4 lead for the Bombers. It looked as though St. Xavier might run away with the game but the Wildcats scored three unanswered goals to make it 8-7 with 3:39 left in the 3rd quarter. St. Xavier finally responded with a goal to make it 9-7 when senior John Holcomb fired a laser shot into the back of the cage on an assist from Holcomb.
The fourth quarter started with three straight St. Ignatius goals as they took a 10-9 lead with 7:21 left in regulation. The Bombers responded with a goal just over two minutes later when Kilfoil scored yet again on another assist from Alf to tie the game at 10. The Wildcats took the lead back with another goal with 3:24 left in regulation. The Bombers tied it with 2:01 left when Kilfoil scored his sixth goal of the night to tie the game at 11. The game ended in a tie and needed overtime to determine a winner.
In overtime, St. Xavier won the opening face-off and called timeout to retain possession. The Bombers could not capitalize on the offensive end and St. Ignatius called timeout when they came up with a ground ball. Senior goalie Ross Wiseman made a big save for the Bombers on a Wildcat shot to get the ball back. After a long offensive possession, Alf moved across the top of the offensive box and found Marrocco wide open on the left side who fired a laser shot into the back of the cage to give St. Xavier the 12-11 win.
The win moves St. Xavier to 8-1 on the season and maintains their #1 ranking in the LaxPower RPI rating in the State of Ohio. The Bombers welcome Everest Academy from Canada to St. Xavier Stadium on Wednesday, April 25 with opening face-off scheduled for 7:30 pm.
The Varsity Baseball Bombers head to downtown Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon to play in the Cincinnati Reds Big League Weekend at Great American Ballpark. St. Xavier is part of a tripleheader at the home of the Reds on Saturday as they take on Centerville at 4 pm. The first two games feature Lakota East vs. Milford at 10 am and Lakota West vs. Harrison at 1 pm. Tickets are $11 which includes a ticket to the Reds vs. Cubs game on June 21 on "St. Xavier Night at the Ballpark."
St. Xavier enters the game with a 6-5 record overall and 2-3 in the GCL South after coming off a 6-5 win over Moeller to win the season series from the Crusaders. Centerville enters with a 7-5 overall record and is riding a 5 game winning streak heading into their game vs. Northmont tonight. The Bombers will send highly recruited sophomore Wyatt Hudepohl to the mound to start the game. Hudepohl is 1-0 on the season with a 2.56 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 13.2 innings of work.
The Varsity Baseball Bombers traveled to Blue Ash on Thursday to face Moeller High School at Schuler Park. The Bombers and Crusaders played on Wednesday with Moeller winning by a score of 4-0 at St. Xavier. The Bombers beat the Crusaders on Tuesday, April 10 by a score of 4-3 after coming back in the bottom of the 7th inning. Thursday's game was the final game of the team's three game series as played in the GCL South with each school. St. Xavier entered the game with a 5-5 overall record and 1-3 in the GCL South while Moeller entered with a 9-4 record and 3-1 in the GCL South.
Junior Joe Auberger took the mound for St. Xavier for the first time since his 7 inning, 1 run performance at Elder on Monday, April 9 that ended in a 2-1 loss for the Bombers in 10 innings. He entered the game with a 0.75 ERA and 10 K in 9.1 innings pitched.
Each team scored runs in the first inning due to fielding miscues from their opponent. The Bombers scored after sophomore Tucker Hundley and senior Michael Grause each drew two out walks. Senior Tyler Dellerman hit a towering fly ball that ended up falling between three Moeller fielders which allowed Hundley to score from second to make it a 1-0 game. Moeller scored their run after their lead off batter reached base due to a throwing error and advanced to second. He scored on a two out double to make it a 1-1 game.
The Crusaders offense scored a run in the bottom of the 3rd inning after their first three batters reached on two walks and an infield single. Auberger forced a ground ball double play but that allowed a run to score to make it 2-1. Moeller chased Auberger from the game after a hit by pitch and a walk but senior Drew Klare came in and got the last out of the inning before any more damage was done.
The St. Xavier offense bounced right back in the top of the 4th inning as sophomores Hank Thomas and Wyatt Hudepohl forced one out walks. Junior Chet Larger reached on a bunt hit to load the bases in the next at bat. Senior Grant Kirby flew out to the left fielder which allowed Thomas to score from third base to tie the game at 2. The throw actually beat Thomas to the plate but he dove around the catcher and slid into the plate safely to score. Senior Nathan Kappers forced a walk in the next at bat to load the bases again which chased the Crusaders starter. Hundley stepped up and came up with a huge two out single past a diving third baseman down the line to score two runners to make it a three run inning and give the Bombers a 4-2 lead.
Moeller responded in the bottom half of the 4th inning as they scored two runs to tie the game at 4. The first hitter walked which was followed by a double and a single to score the runs. Klare settled down and forced a ground out to first base, a strikeout and a ground out to short to keep the game tied.
Dellerman and senior Brett Wissel forced walks to start the 5th inning for St. Xavier and Thomas sacrificed both runners over one base to give the Bombers runners at 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. However, they could not capitalize and left the runners stranded. Moeller took advantage in the bottom of the 5th inning as they singled with 1 out and then had a 2 out double to score a run to make it a 5-4 game. Senior Justin Shanks relieved Klare and forced the last out of the inning to keep it a one run deficit.
St. Xavier came out in the top of the 6th and responded right away. Kirby led the inning off with a single but was stranded there as the Bombers popped out and struck out. Grause reached base on a fielding error by the right fielder with two outs that allowed Kirby to score to tie the game at 5. Dellerman came thru with a double to right center field that scored Grause to give the Bombers a 6-5 lead.
Shanks took care of the rest as he retired the Crusaders in order in both the 6th inning and the 7th inning to preserve the 6-5 win. He finished as the winning pitcher as he tossed 2.1 innings allowing no runs, no hits and striking out 4 hitters. He is now 2-0 on the season.
The St. Xavier offense was led by Dellerman who finished the day 2 for 3 with a walk and 2 RBI. Hundley finished 1 for 3 on the day with a walk and 2 RBI and 1 run scored. Kirby had one hit and a run scored as did Grause, Hudepohl and Larger. Kirby also added an RBI.
The win improves St. Xavier's record to 6-5 overall and 2-3 in the GCL South. It also gives the Bombers their first season series win over Moeller since 2011 and moves them to 1 game back in the league standings. St. Xavier takes on Centerville at Great American Ballpark as part of the Reds Big League Weekend on Saturday at 4 pm. Tickets are available in the AP's Office. The Bombers return to league play next Monday vs. Elder at home and next Wednesday at Elder's Panther Athletic Complex as they wrap up their season series with the Panthers.
The Varsity Lacrosse Bombers entered Wednesday night's matchup with Moeller with a 6-1 record on the season after a big road win over the #3 ranked team in the Midwest, New Trier HS, on Saturday. The Bombers entered the evening ranked as the #1 team in the LaxPower RPI rankings for Ohio and looked to extend their three game winning streak. The Crusaders entered the night with a 7-2 record and ranked #7 in the Ohio RPI rankings.
The Bombers opened the scoring very early when senior Duke Alf scored only 37 seconds into the game to make it 1-0. Moeller responded with a goal about three minutes later to tie it at 1 but senior Johnny Marrocco added a goal for the Bombers just 29 seconds later to make it a 2-1 St. Xavier lead. The Crusaders answered with 3 straight goals to take a 4-2 lead before Alf added his second goal with just 10 seconds left in the opening quarter to make it a 4-3 game heading to the 2nd quarter.
Moeller opened the scoring in the 2nd quarter with two straight goals to take a 6-3 lead but the Bombers bounced back in a big way. St. Xavier would score five goals in the last 8:04 of the quarter to take an 8-6 lead to the locker room at halftime. Marrocco scored his second and third goals of the night, both assisted by Alf, to get the Bombers started. Senior John Holcomb scored on an assist from junior Trevor Gilmore to tie the game at 6. On the ensuing face-off, junior Charlie Williams won it and took the ball down the field and put a shot past goalkeeper to score and give St. Xavier a 7-6 lead. Senior Jack Kilfoil scored with 34 seconds left in the half on an assist from Holcomb to give the Bombers the 8-6 lead at half.
St. Xavier continued their scoring run into the third quarter as they scored the first 3 goals of the 2nd half to make it a total of 8 unanswered goals to take an 11-6 lead. Marrocco added his fourth goal of the game with 10:29 left in the 3rd quarter to make it 9-6 then senior Daniel Jacob scored on a behind the back shot to make it 10-6. Marrocco's goal was unassisted and Jacob was assisted by Kilfoil. Holcomb added another goal with 1:50 left in the quarter on an assist from senior Matthew Fox to make it an 11-6 game headed to the final quarter. The St. Xavier defense held the Crusaders scoreless in the quarter led by senior goalkeeper Ross Wiseman who had 7 saves in the quarter and finished with 12 total for the night.
Moeller opened the final quarter by scoring three straight goals within the first 3:07 to close the St. Xavier lead to 11-9. Marrocco responded with his fifth goal of the night to make it a 12-9 lead for the Bombers with 4:34 left in the game. Moeller responded with a goal with 2:59 left to make it 12-10 but then St. Xavier scored two more times to seal the 14-10 victory. The final two goals came from Alf who finished the night with 4 total goals.
With the win, St. Xavier improves to 7-1 overall on the season. The Bombers have a quick turn around as they host St. Ignatius HS in Columbus at the new Fortress Obetz Stadium on Friday night at 7:30 pm. The Wildcats stand at 8-3 on the season as they won on Wednesday night as well by a score of 17-1 over Shaker Heights. St. Xavier and St. Ignatius have one common opponent of Upper Arlington to whom the Bombers lost 9-7 and the Wildcats lost 8-7.