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.
Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018
More than 800 St. Xavier alumni and friends helped usher in the St. Xavier Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Inductees included
Jordan Cornette '01- Basketball
Nick Larkin '03- Football
Michael Hurley '02- Basketball and Football
Joe Ratterman '69- Baseball, Basketball & Football
The emcee for the evening was WCPO Sportscaster John Popovich.
St. Xavier President Fr. Tim Howe SJ welcomed the guests for the evening and opened the ceremony with a prayer.
The guest speaker for the evening was famed baseball legend Sean Casey.
2018 Winter Signing Day
Congratulations to the St. X student athletes who participated in spring signing day, Thursday, February 8 at St. Xavier High School.
Blake Bacevich – Football – University of Cincinnati
Bobby Jefferson – Football – Dartmouth College
Bailey Lach – Soccer – Wright State University
Zach Littelmann – Bowling – Marian University
Nathan Neal – Soccer – Otterbein University
Jared Tuerck – Bowling – West Virginia University
Chase Wolf – Football – University of Wisconsin
The St. Xavier Basketball program hosts the Moeller Crusaders tonight at all three levels for an exciting night of GCL South Basketball. The Freshman game tips off at 4:30 pm with JV game at 6 pm and the Varsity game scheduled for 7:30 pm. At the Varsity level, the Bombers enter the night with a 13-5 overall record and 2-2 in the GCL South while Moeller sports a 16-3 overall record and 4-0 in the GCL South. Click the links below to follow each game live.
4:30 PM - Freshman Game
6 PM - JV Game
7:30 PM - Varsity Game
St X DIVERS RUN THE TABLE AT SECTIONALS
The St. Xavier diving contingent of Josh Knapke (SR), Ben Cutforth (SO), Will Behimer (FR) and Jacob Rodriguez (JR) went 1 – 4 at the Cincinnati Sectionals earning a maximum of 68 points. All four easily qualified for the District meet next week with their performances.
KNAPKE – 1st 476 points – Personal Best
CUTFORTH – 2ND 367.15 points – Personal Best
BEHIMER - 3rd 337.85 points – Personal Best
RODRIGUEZ – 4th 335.75 points – Personal Best
“Very solid performances. We continue to work hard and the results showed up tonight,” commented diving coach Brandon Unthank.
ST. XAVIER BASKETBALL
vs. Moeller - BERNING GYM
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018
Freshman at 4:30pm; JV at 6pm; Varsity at 7:30pm
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The St. Xavier Basketball program hosts the Bishop Fenwick Falcons in the Berning Gymnasium this evening. The freshman game starts at 4:30 pm while JV starts at 6 pm and Varsity is scheduled for 7:30 pm. Click the links below to follow each game live via video from ESPX or stats.
4:30 pm - Freshman Game
6 PM - JV Game
7:30 pm - Varsity Game
The Bomber Hockey team looked to finish off their regular season with a bang, as they took on Troy, on senior day, in a non-league game. After honoring the Bombers’ 14 seniors, the Bombers came out flying. This was the best game that the Bombers had played all year. The Bombers won this game 11-0. The Bomber goals were scored by senior Neil Keyser (2), sophomore Noah Reidy (3), senior Billy Johnson (3), senior John Driscoll (2), and junior Chris Langenderfer. The assists were given to senior Daniel Luongo, sophomore Jake Anding (2), senior Tyler Dellerman, senior Kyle Archdeacon (2), freshman Nick Langenderfer (2), Driscoll, senior Jack Langenderfer, senior Nick Kaneps.
The Bombers then looked to finish up the SWOHSHL regular season with a league game against Beavercreek. The Bombers did not get off to as fast a start in this game, as it was 0-0 after the first period, but the Bombers went on to win the game 4-2. The goals were scored by Keyser, freshman Trevor Tiemeyer, Jack Langenderfer, and Reidy. The Bombers assists were credited to Driscoll and Dellerman (2).
The Bombers finished 9-2 in league play, and 15-7-3 overall. This was good enough to earn the two seed in the SWOHSHL tournament which starts February 10th at 6pm. The Bombers will face the winner of the Centerville Talawanda game which takes place Friday night. This year the league tournament will take place at Northland Ice Center.