The Varsity Lacrosse Bombers claimed the 2018 OHSAA Division I State Title with a 10-9 win over St. Ignatius on Saturday night at Ohio Wesleyan University. It is the second year Lacrosse has been sponsored by the OHSAA but it is the St. Xavier program‘s 4th state title with 1997, 2000 and 2015 titles coming as part of the OHSLA. The Bombers overcame deficits all night as they only held the one lead of the night which proved to be the most important.
This State Title gave St. Xavier its 56th OHSAA Team State Title which ties the school with St. Edwards for most all time.
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AquaBombers Hoist Number 39
For the 39th time (most in any Ohio sport), 19 in 20 years and 10th in a row, the St. Xavier Swimming and Diving team headed home from Canton with the Ohio Division I Championship trophy. It makes the 55th State Title for St. X (tied with Lakewood St. Ed’s for most all-time). The squad scored over 400 points for the second consecutive year (413) to outdistance Brecksville (150). The men in blue won five events, including all three relays. In addition, they picked up five runner-up spots.
A tremendous prelim session on Friday set the stage for a workmen like performance on Saturday evening. In all, 28 swims earned their way back for the always highly charged atmosphere at CT Branin Natatorium. Twenty of the qualifiers were in the Championship heat with the remaining eight scoring in the Consolation finals. It was quality and depth at its best for the AquaBombers. The intensity in the pool was matched by the hundreds of St. X teammates, family members, friends and fans who made the trip. It was indeed a team effort.
Leading the way were seniors Justin Grender and Nicholas Perara. Each picked up an individual win, a runner-up effort and two relay wins. Grender’s prelim swim (47.39) in the 100 Back was a new State and school record, bettering the 2001 performance by Jayme Cramer of 47.65. Grender and Perera wrap up their careers with 8 State meet wins each. Quite a legacy!
To suggest they had plenty of company would be an understatement. Senior diver Josh Knapke got things rolling with a 10th place finish. The 200 Medley Relay took over from there posting the second fastest time in State history – 1:29.97. Grender, Scott Sobolewski (SO), Jean-Pierre Khouzam (SO), and Alex Wade (SR) headed to the top of the podium.
The 200 Free featured an All-America effort by Nick Czepukaitis (SR) good for fourth. He was joined by Sam Fallon (SR) – 5th, Khouzam – 8th and Grady Wheeler (JR) – 14th.
Perara had the next win in the 200 IM (1:48.70) where he was joined on the podium by Ansel Froass (SO) – 2nd, Ian Van Gorp (SO) – 6th and Scott Sobolewski (SO) – 8th.
Grender, Wade and John Paul Khouzam (JR) took on the 50 Free and went 2, 9, 16. Jean-Pierre Khouzam was right back at it in 100 Fly capturing 2nd with company from scorers Van Gorp, Brian Robertson (SR) and Nathan Buse (SO). The 100 Free featured Froass and Czepukitis going fourth and fifth.
The 500 Free looked like a St. X practice as Perera, Fallon, Will Osterman (SR) and Wheeler were all in the “Big Heat”, amassing a whopping 59 poins. Perera quickly returned to the blocks to anchor the 200 Free Relay to a 1st place tie with Dublin Jerome. Teammates Froass, Czepukaitis, and Wade completed the foursome.
Following Grender’s win in the 100 Back where Buse got in on the scoring – 12th, it was breaststroke time. Sobolewski raced to second and Jonathan Bernard (JR) picked up 12th. Sobolewski’s efforts resulted in a school record 55.17.
The final event (400 Free Relay) featured Czepukaitis, Khouzam (Jean-Pierre), Perera and Grender. The crew was up to the task as they took first anchored with Grender’s 43.37 split (fastest in program history). And the crowd had plenty to celebrate!
- INSIDE THE NUMBERS –
¬ All America Performances
- 200 Medley Relay 1:29.97 (Automatic)
- Czepukaitis 200 Free 1:38.62 (Automatic)
- Khouzam (Jean-Pierre) 200 Free 1:39.40 (Consideration)
- Fallon 200 Free 1:39.44 (Consideration)
- Perera 200 IM 1:47.42 (Automatic)
- Froass 200 IM 1:49.23 (Automatic)
- Van Gorp 200 IM 1:51.87 (Consideration)
- Grender 50 Free 20.13 (Automatic)
- Khouzam (Jean-Pierre) 100 Fly 47.76 (Automatic)
- Perera 500 Free 4:30.12 (Consideration)
- Osterman 500 Free 4:30.48 (Consideration)
- Fallon 500 Free 4:31.16 (Consideration)
- 200 Free Relay 1:23.36 (Automatic)
- Grender 100 Back 47.39 (Automatic)
- Buse 100 Back 50.86 (Consideration)
- Sobolewski 100 Breast 55.17 (Automatic)
- 400 Free Relay 3:02.09 (Automatic)
¬ Every swimmer produced a Top 50 Swim
- 200 Medley Relay 2nd All Time
- Perera 200 IM 2nd All Time
- Grender 50 Free 2nd All Time
- Khouzam (Jean-Pierre) 100 Fly 2nd All Time
¬ State qualifying times faster in every event
¬ State finals qualifying times faster in every event
¬ Six of eight individual event winning times faster than last year
¬ Largest margin of victory in Boys Division I history
¬ 73% Best Times – Prelims / 46% Best Times – Finals
¬ 11 “Rookies” at Canton (Produced 146 points)
¬ “Classification” 11 Seniors, 2 Juniors, 5 Sophomores
¬ St. X was projected to score 405 points in swimming, they racked up 406.
- COACHES COMMENTS –
“A team effort from start to finish, in the pool and in the stands. We are so pleased at how the season unfolded. These guys did a remarkable job,” said head coach Tim Beerman.
“Swimming and Diving is indeed a team sport at St. X. This weekend exemplified the best of coming together with a passionate effort and caring hearts,” commented coach Jim Brower, who is a Canton native and former State Champion.
“We graduated 275 points last year. It was unrealistic to think that we could go over 400 points again, but it sure was gratifying to see it accomplished,” noted coach Tom Keefe.
- A LOOK AHEAD –
The AquaBombers amassed a school record of 6539 NISCA power points. They will be submitted to the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association for verification and national rankings. Results will be announced in June following the state meets held in the Spring. St. X has been crowned NISCA champs the last 3 years and should be in the hunt again.
Carmel High School is the favorite for the Swimming World title following the Indiana state meet last weekend. They are led by National record holder Drew Kibler.
THE 2017-2018 JOE QUINN AWARD WAS PRESENTED TO SENIOR SAM FALLON ON FRIDAY NIGHT DURING THE GCL SOUTH TRACK MEET. THE AWARD IS NAMED IN HONOR OF FORMER CINCINNATI POST HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS EDITOR JOE QUINN AND THE AWARD IS THE MOST COVETED HONOR THE GREATER CATHOLIC LEAGUE SOUTH DIVISION AWARDS ANNUALLY TO A DESERVING STUDENT-ATHLETE.
THE JOE QUINN SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD WINNER IS DETERMINED BY A POINTS SYSTEM THAT CONSIDERS A COMBINATION OF A STUDENT’S ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, INVOLVEMENT IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AS WELL AS PARTICIPATION IN VARSITY ATHLETICS.
EACH SCHOOL NOMINATED THEIR TOP SENIOR STUDENT ATHLETE AND SAM REPRESENTED ST. XAVIER THIS YEAR. HE IS THE SON OF ANN AND TIM FALLON.
SAM EARNED A PERFECT SCORE OF 36 ON THE ACT, IS RANKED IN THE UPPER FIVE PERCENT IN HIS CLASS, MAINTAINS A 96.3 GRADE-POINT AVERAGE, IS A NATIONAL MERIT FINALIST, AND SCORED A 50 OUT OF 50 IN THE ACADEMIC PORTION OF THE JOE QUINN SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD CRITERIA.
SAM IS A THREE-YEAR VARSITY MEMBER OF BOTH THE BOMBERS’ SWIMMING AND WATER POLO TEAMS. A MEMBER OF ST. XAVIER’S PRESTIGIOUS SWIMMING PROGRAM, SAM WAS NAMED ALL-GCL SOUTH ALONG WITH BEING VOTED THE TEAM’S MOST IMPROVED SWIMMER HIS JUNIOR YEAR. THIS SEASON, SAM RECEIVED THE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD IN WATER POLO.
HE SERVES AS A BOMBER PILOT, IS A MEMBER OF THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND MATH CLUBS, IS A PEER AND WRITING CENTER TUTOR, AND PARTICIPATES IN SATURDAY MORNING SERVICE PROJECTS AT ST. XAVIER.
SAM PLANS TO ATTEND THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME THIS FALL AND MAJOR IN ECONOMICS AND PRE-HEALTH. HE IS CONSIDERING SWIMMING, CLUB WATER POLO AND MAYBE EVEN INTRAMURAL KICKBALL.
SAM IS THE FOURTH STRAIGHT ST. XAVIER STUDENT ATHLETE TO WIN THE AWARD AS MICHAEL VITUCCI WON IN 2014-2015, ALEX DETERS WON IN 2015-2016 AND SAM KLARE WON IN 2016-2017. ST. XAVIER HAS HAD A TOTAL OF 9 WINNERS OF THE AWARD SINCE ITS INCEPTION FOR THE 1976-1977 SCHOOL YEAR.
The St. Xavier Athletic programs continue to be highly successful and it showed once again this year within the GCL South as the Bombers claimed the 2017-2018 GCL All Sports Trophy. It is the seventh straight school year that St. Xavier has claimed the trophy with Moeller winning it last in 2010-2011. The trophy is given to the school with the most points throughout the school year with 8 points given to 1st place in each sport, 6 points given to second place, 4 points given to third place and 2 points given to fourth place.
The standings were made final after Friday night when league play in Volleyball wrapped up and the GCL South Track and Field Championship Meet took place. The Bombers Volleyball team beat Moeller to claim 2nd place in the GCL South for the 6 points which ended up clinching the trophy. The Track and Field team also captured 2nd place and was awarded the 6 points as well. Moeller made it close as they captured first place in all Spring Sports, tying St. Xavier in Tennis, which gave them a total of 31 points. The Bombers claimed 25 points in the Spring with an additional 2nd place finish in Baseball and the aforementioned tie for 1st place in Tennis.
The final tally had St. Xavier with a total of 73 points, Moeller with 69 points, Elder with 54 points and LaSalle with 44 points.
The Bombers got off to a good start in the Fall as they claimed three 1st place finishes in Cross Country, Football and Golf while Soccer claimed 2nd place for a total of 30 points. Elder was the next closest in the Fall with 20 points while Moeller had 18 points and LaSalle finished with 12 points.
St. Xavier continued to keep the lead after the Winter sports as they claimed 1st place in Swimming and Diving, 3rd place in both Basketball and Bowling and 4th place in Wrestling. They finished with 18 points total in the Winter which was four back of Elder who finished with 22 points and two back of Moeller and LaSalle who finished with 20 points each.
The Varsity Lacrosse Bombers play St. Ignatius in the OHSAA Div. I State Title game tonight at 7 pm vs. St. Ignatius! Click below to listen live via ESPX!
The Varsity Track and Field Bombers have multiple qualifiers for the 2018 OHSAA Div. I State Championship Meet at Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University. The schedule of events with Bombers competing is as follows.
Friday, June 1 -
5 pm - 4x800 M Relay Finals - Peter Dauenhauer ('18), Matthew Hoak ('19), Nick Mills ('19), Tommy Walters ('20)
5:40 pm - 100 M Dash Prelims - Henry Young ('19)
7:05 pm - 200 M Dash Prelims - Henry Young ('19)
Saturday, June 2 -
3:00 pm - Discus Throw Finals - Sean Mesue ('18)
4:40 PM - 100 M Dash Finals - Henry Young ('19) - if qualifies on Friday
6:15 PM - 200 M Dash Finals - Henry Young ('19) - if qualifies on Friday
6:20 PM - 3200 M Run Finals - Peter Dauenhauer ('18)
The Varsity Lacrosse Bombers headed to Dayton, OH on Wednesday night for the OHSAA Div. I State Semi Finals. St. Xavier faced Worthington Kilbourne at Chaminade Julienne High School looking for their first trip to the State Final game since they won the title in 2015. The Bombers entered the night with a 17-3 overall record and advanced to the Semi Finals with wins over Anderson (23-1), Lebanon (19-2), Loveland (17-8) and Moeller (17-5). The Wolves entered with an 18-5 overall record and advanced with wins over Hilliard Bradley (18-2), Thomas Worthington (15-2), New Albany (7-2), and Upper Arlington (8-7).
St. Xavier came out and scored the first two goals of the game when senior GK Ross Wiseman made a clearing pass to wide open sophomore Noah Reidy who scored on an empty net to make it a 1-0 lead and then senior Duke Alf found a wide open classmate Johnny Marrocco who scored to make it 2-0 lead. Kilbourne responded with a goal a couple of minutes later but St. Xavier scored the next 3 goals to take a 5-1 lead. Senior John Holcomb (Marrocco assist) scored then senior Nick Shamsi scored (Alf assist), and Holcomb scored again unassisted. The Wolves scored to make it 5-2 but the Bombers scored two more times before the end of the quarter when Shamsi scored on an Alf assist and Alf scored on a Holcomb assist to make it 7-2 at the end of the 1st quarter.
The 2nd quarter was won by Worthington Kilbourne as they scored four goals to the Bombers' three goals to make it a 10-6 game at the half. The Wolves scored the first goal of the quarter but senior Jack Kilfoil scored for St. Xavier to make it 8-3. Kilbourne asnwered only 7 seconds later to make it 8-4. Alf answered that goal with a goal for St. Xavier to make it 9-4 with 7:32 left in the half. The Wolves scored with 3:23 left to make it 9-5 but the Bombers responded when senior Matthew Fox found Holcomb who scored his hat trick goal with 1:22 left to make it a 10-5 lead. Kilbourne added a goal just before half to win the quarter.
The Bombers bounced back after halftime and shut the Wolves out in the 3rd quarter. St. Xavier scored quickly when Shamsi scored his hat trick goal on a Kilfoil assist less than a minute into the quarter to make it 11-6. Marrocco scored just over a minute later on a behind the back shot to make it 12-6. About 4 minutes later, Marrocco scored his hat trick goal to make it 13-6 and then junior Trevor Gilmore scored on a Holcomb assist before the end of the quarter to make it 14-6.
The 4th quarter started with each team scoring with senior Chad Adair scoring for the Bombers first and the Wolves responding less than a minute later to make it a 15-7 game. With 9:29 left in the final quarter, storms moved thru the Dayton area and the game went into a two hour and five minute delay at 8:25 pm. Finally, at 10:30 pm the game was restarted and senior Ross Wiseman made a big save at the beginning of the restarted game. Alf scored his hat trick goal on a Shamsi assist to make it 16-7 with 7:13 left in the game. Kilbourne responded with a goal with 5:42 left to make it 16-8. Holcomb scored his fourth goal of the game to make it 17-8 and then Marrocco scored on an empty net to seal the 18-8 victory.
With the win, the Bombers advance to the OHSAA Div. I State Final game on Saturday, June 2 at 7 pm at Ohio Weselyan University vs. Cleveland St. Ignatius. The Wildcats advanced with a win over Dublin Coffman on Wednesday night by a score of 16-15 in overtime. St. Xavier and St. Ignatius met twice during the regular season with the Bombers taking home two victories by identical scores of 12-11.
The Varsity Lacrosse Bombers head to Dayton, OH to Chaminade Julienne HS to play in the OHSAA Div. I State Semi Finals on Wednesday night. St. Xavier enters the game with a 17-3 record and advanced with wins over Anderson, Lebanon, Loveland and Moeller in the OHSAA playoffs. Worthington Kilbourne enters the game with an 18-5 record and advanced with wins over Hilliard Bradley, Thomas Worthington, New Albany and Upper Arlington. The Bombers are ranked #1 in the LaxPower.com Ohio RPI rankings while the Wolves are ranked #10 in the same rankings. Click the link below to listen to game live via ESPX.
The St. Xavier Track and Field team traveled to Huber Heights Wayne High School for the OHSAA Div. I Regional Championship Meet last Wednesday and Friday. The Bombers looked to build on their 3rd place finish at the OHSAA Div. I District Championship Meet at Mason High School the week before.
The Regional Meet produced multiple Bomber qualifiers for the OHSAA Div. I State Championship Meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University set for Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2.
On Wednesday of the Regional Meet, the 4x800 Relay Team opened the event by running to a 2nd place finish in a time of 7:59.83 to qualify for the State Meet. Junior Matthew Hoak, sophomore Tommy Walters, senior Peter Dauenhauer and junior Nick Mills ran the relay for the Bombers and will run on Friday, June 1 at 5:00 pm for a State Championship.
On Wednesday, junior Henry Young ran in the 100 yard dash and the 200 yard dash prelims and qualified for the Friday night Regional finals. On Friday, Young ran a time of 10.99 in the 100 yard dash to finish 3rd to qualify for the 100 yard dash at the State Championship Meet. He then ran a time of 22.08 in the 200 yard dash which was good for a 4th place finish and qualified for the 200 yard dash as well at the State Championship Meet. He will run on Friday, June 1 at approximately 5:40 pm in the 100 yards dash prelims and approximately 7:05 pm in the 200 yard dash prelims.
On Wednesday night, senior Sean Mesue competed in the Regional Finals of the Discus Throw. Each participant was given six throws each and their best throw was taken into consideration to move on to the State Championship. Mesue saved his best for his last throw that traveled 157-01.00 that was good enough for a third place finish and a spot in the State Championship Meet. He will compete on Saturday, June 2 at 3 pm.
On Friday night, Dauenhauer competed in the 3200 meter run with eyes on qualifying for a second event at the State Championship Meet after qualifying in the 4x800 M relay on Wednesday. He did just that as he ran a personal best time of 9:22.15 to finish 2nd. He will run on Saturday, June 2 in the 3200 M run at the State Championship at approximately 6:20 pm.
The Bombers finished 4th as a team scoring 38 points. The 4x800 relay team scored 8 points with their 2nd place finish while Young scored 6 points in the 100 yard dash and 5 points in the 200 yard dash. Mesue recorded 6 points for the team with his Discus finish and Dauenhauer scored 8 points with his 3200 M run finish. The other six points were scored by the following team members:
Long Jump - senior Jon Carr - 21-06.75 ft - 8th place (1 point)
1600 M Run - Mills - 4:29.68 - 8th place (1 point)
800 M Run - Hoak - 1:59.26 - 6th place (3 points)
The Varsity Volleyball Bombers were voted as the number 2 seed in the South Region of the OHSBVA State Tournament after finishing the regular season with a 18-3 overall record. St. Xavier was selected as the host site for all South Regional Final games back in February before the season started and they looked to take full advantage of playing on their home court. They defeated Mason in straight sets on Thursday night to advance to Saturday where they matched up against the #3 seeded Elder Panthers who beat Milford on Thursday to advance. St. Xavier and Elder played three times during the season with the Bombers winning twice.
The whole match was played at a very high level as both teams played extremely well. The first set set the tone for the night as each team was at its very best. The Panthers played a little bit better as they took a back and forth set by taking control at the end and winning 25-22.
The Bombers bounced back in the second set which was also back and forth until the middle of the set when St. Xavier took control and pulled away to take an 18-14 lead before an Elder timeout. Elder scored the next two points out of the timeout but the Bombers responded and led 21-17 at the next Elder timeout. St. Xavier wrapped up the match by winning the next 4 out of 5 points to take it by a score of 25-18. Senior Jack Sorce led the way in the 2nd set with 4 kills and 1 ace while classmate Kevin McCarthy had 3 kills and 2 blocks.
The pivotal 3rd set was a copy of the 1st set as it was very much back and forth. Elder grabbed a three point lead at 11-8 that forced a St. Xavier timeout where they responded and got the set back to even. They found themselves down 21-20 and 22-21 but junior Leo Kastner came up with kills to tie the set back up each time. He then had another kill to make it 23-22 that forced an Elder timeout. The Panthers scored out of the timeout to make it 23-23 but the Bombers scored the next two points to win the set 25-23 to take a 2-1 match lead. Kastner led St. Xavier with 3 kills in the set while classmate Brian Mauch had 2 kills and 1 ace. Junior Will Connaughton and senior Ben Pung each had 2 kills in the set as well.
The Bombers looked to win the match in the 4th set but got down quickly by a score of 13-8. They won the next four points to get the set to 13-12 before an Elder timeout. The Bombers called timeout when they got down 20-18 to try and regroup for a final push. That push came when they got down 22-19 and scored two straight points to make it 22-21 before another Elder timeout. The Bombers then got the set to 24-23 and a chance to win the match but could not put it away. Each team had a couple opportunities to win the set before Elder finally put it away and won it 34-32 to force a deciding 5th set.
St. Xavier was not going to allow the Panthers to take away the title on their home court and started the 5th set with five straight points. The Bombers held the advantage throughout the set and took home the match with a 15-9 set win.
St. Xavier was led by Sorce who recorded 13 kills, 10 digs, 3 assists, 1 block and 1 ace. Kastner had 54 assists, 4 digs, 3 kills, 1 block. Senior Ryan Hilvert had 10 kills, 2 blocks and an ace as well for the Bombers.
St. Xavier (#2 final state poll) won the match 3-2 and claimed their 2nd straight OHSBVA Regional Championship and back to back trips to the OHSBVA State Tournament. They will face Hilliard Darby (#5 final poll) on Saturday, June 2 at 10:00 am at Capital University in the 2018 OHSBVA State Quarterfinals. The other teams at the State Tournament include St. Ignatius (#6 final poll), Northmont (#8 final poll), Beavercreek (#7 final poll), Jackson (#10 final poll), Moeller (#1 final poll) and Olentangy (#4 final poll).