Southwest Ohio Huddle: Cincinnati St. Xavier goes for 30th swimming state title


Southwest Ohio Huddle

The Cincinnati St. Xavier swimming team is heading back to Canton with a chance at its 30th boys’ state title this weekend. The Bombers had won nine consecutive state titles before they finished second to Columbus St. Charles in 2008. Can the Bombers start a new streak?

The Cincinnati St. Xavier swimming team is heading back to Canton with a chance at its 30th boys’ state title this weekend.

The Bombers had won nine consecutive state titles before they finished second to Columbus St. Charles in 2008.

St. X won the Division I district meet when it outscored Centerville 440-285.5 last weekend at Miami University.

“Everyone thinks they can get a piece of us,” St. X junior Alex Miller told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We like the competition. It makes us better.”

St. X will be one of the significant storylines for the state swimming meet this weekend at CT Branin Natatorium in Canton.

The state diving competitions are Wednesday and Thursday. The swimming competition begins at 9 a.m. Friday with the Division I finals at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Among the leaders for St. X at the district meet were Miller (first in the 200 freestyle) and Will Lawley (third). The St. X relay teams were also strong.

Moeller senior Joe Albers is another top name to watch in Division I as he won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke at the district meet. Albers’ teammate, David Sanders, won the 100 freestyle in 45.60 seconds.

In Division II, the Cincinnati Wyoming boys and girls’ teams won their respective district meets. Wyoming junior Michael Murphy won the 100 butterfly and was part of the 200 medley relay team and 400 freestyle relay team to help lead the Cowboys. Junior Jonathan Profitt won the 100 breaststroke and was on the 200 medley relay.

It was the first district title for the boys’ team, according to Wyoming coach David Elliott.

“The boys are excited for state,” Elliott told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“We wanted show good we are. We wanted to prove it to everybody.”

The Wyoming girls’ team won its third consecutive district title. The 200 medley relay team of sophomores Celia Oberholzer and Mariah Akinbi, senior Jane Tsivitse and freshman Rachel Theiler had a meet record of 1:50.53.

In the Division I girls’ district meet, Centerville defeated Cincinnati Turpin 279-267. Mason was third and two-time defending champion Ursuline was fourth.

There was some controversy involved with the scoring. Turpin had believed it had won the meet immediately after, but meet officials realized they hadn’t added the diving scores to the overall scores. The final tally wasn’t recorded until 1 a.m. Sunday.

Centerville was led by junior Molly Osterhage (first in the 50 free, 100 free) and the squad also won the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay.

St. Ursula senior Casey Ridge, Colerain junior Lauren Weaver and Anderson junior Julia Comodeca were among the standouts at the meet and will advance to state.

In boys’ basketball, Princeton edged Middletown 73-66 in overtime in a showdown that was televised live on Saturday night. If the teams would meet again, it would have to be the state final.

The teams begin the sectional tournaments this week as Princeton will play on Friday at Xavier’s Cintas Center, while Middletown plays next week.


Mason gymnastics team: The Comets won the Cincinnati City Championships last weekend at Cincinnati Country Day. It defeated 10 other local teams.  The Comets established a new school record for a team score – besting second place Lakota East 137.425 to 131.350. 

Kiersten Wones was the meets All-Around Champion with a score of 34.6. Wones also finished first in the floor event.  Lauren Roberston placed first in the beam event with a score of 8.85.

“I am so proud of our team,” said head coach Kelly Wones.  “Every team member has worked very hard, many of them competing with and overcoming injuries, to become city champions.”  The Mason gymnastic team roster includes: Olivia Bergesen, Jenna Bovenzi, Lauren Brune, Symone Byrd, Danya Contractor, Elizabeth Evans, Alexandra Perez, Lauren Robertson, Sarah Taylor, Kiersten Wones, Rebekah Wooten along with coaches Kelly Wooten and Denise DeLotell.

“Accomplishing one of our pre-season goals and breaking the school record at the same time gives us a great sense of accomplishment and confidence going into the district tournament next week,” said Wones.


Becky Norveil, Centerville, Gymnastics: The senior’s return from a season-ending knee injury last year is complete. Norveil won the all-around at the Dayton Gymnastics Championships at Miamisburg High School on Saturday. She placed first on uneven bars and balance beam and second on the vault.

Megan Gill of Beavercreek was second overall (first in the vault) and Norveil’s teammate Colleen Mescher finished third. Northmont was the team champion, edging Centerville, 137.2-136.6. Beavercreek was third with 129.25.

Leading the T-bolts were Kate Heinrichs, Jeannie Borda, Kelsey Anderson, Zoe Woodbury, Allie Pulos, and Chelsey DeChelis.

“Becky has overcome a lot of obstacles to get to this point,” Centerville gymnastics coach Nicky Bosscher told the Dayton Daily News.. “Her recovery has been much more difficult than expected.

“Her knee is still swollen, discolored and painful. This has not slowed her ambitions in the slightest. Neither have the acute asthma attacks and concussion that plagued plaqued her at the beginning of her season. You can’t keep Becky out of the gym. She eats, sleeps and breathes gymnastics.”


Crusaders Roll: Junior wrestler Jake Corrill sparked host Moeller High School to an impressive showing at the Division I sectional meet. Corrill recorded his 100th career win, as Moeller advance 11 individuals to this weekend’s district meet. Moeller has won at least the past 10 sectional tournaments.

Corrill won the 119-pound sectional title over St. Xavier senior Jake Farber with a 7-2 decision. Corrill improved to 30-5 this season. He said he has won the past four meetings against Farber – his Greater Catholic League South rival.

Falcon Crest:
Graham flexed its muscle at the Division II Tippecanoe sectional wrestling tournament by winning 13 of a possible 14 weight classes and advancing all 14 wrestlers to the district. Benjamin Logan’s Alex Jackson pinned Graham’s Lucas Williams in the 285 final to deny the sweep. The Falcons won 12 of 14 classes at the sectional last year.

Wirth the wait:
Hamilton Badin football coach David Wirth was announced as the new head coach at Covington Catholic ( Ky. ). Wirth, a 1993 Moeller graduate, is a former assistant with the Colonels. He was named the GCL Central coach of the year in 2006 and ’08.

Still Perfect:
West Carrollton senior wrestler Jordan Beverly remained perfect on the season by beating Beavercreek’s Adam Walls 9-0 in the 285 finals of the Division I Centerville 2 sectional meet. Beverly, third at state last year, is now 38-0. Walls, the D-II state runner-up last year, while at Graham, is 35-2.

Firebird signs:
West Chester Lakota West soccer player Michael Proctor signed to play at Bellarmine University ( Ky. ). Proctor chose Bellarmine over Dayton and Ashland.

Siple joining disciple:
Former longtime Indian Hill football coach Kevin Siple announced Friday he will become the offensive coordinator at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy this fall.

Siple will reunite with CHCA coach Eric Taylor, who was on the Indian Hill staff for about four seasons.

“His expertise and experiences will make a tremendous impact at CHCA,” Taylor said.

Siple, who was the Cincinnati Enquirer Division III coach of the year in 2008, stepped down last November after 16 seasons in which he led the Braves to eight playoff appearances and a 116-57 overall record.

Indian Hill was 8-2, 7-0 in the Cincinnati Hills League. The Braves have won four consecutive outright CHL titles and shared the title with Wyoming in 2004.

Moeller on the move:
The Moeller football team announced it will play ‘home’ games back at Lockland Stadium for 2009 and possibly beyond. The Crusaders had played at University of Cincinnati ’s Nippert Stadium the past two seasons. The move back to Lockland is for financial reasons, school officials said.

Golf commitment:
Ursuline senior Maggie Sahms has committed to play golf for High Point University in North Carolina. Sahms, an Enquirer Division I first-team selection last fall, tied for 12th at state with a 162. Sahms is the daughter of Ursuline coach Marianne Utz Sahms.

Recruiting updates:
Wyoming junior DL Jibreel Black (6-2, 260) picked up an offer from Minnesota and Ball State recently. Black also has offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Ohio University.

Moeller junior LB Marcus Rush (6-2, 225) picked up an offer from North Carolina State last weekend. Rush also has offers from Cincinnati, Indiana and Virginia.

Moeller junior QB Andrew Hendrix (6-2, 185) was offered by Kansas and Indiana recently.


District wrestling: The district meets are this weekend as the top four in each weight class will advance to the state meet. The Division I district is at Fairfield, while Division II is at Goshen and Division III at Kettering Fairmont. Elder, Moeller and Harrison won Division I sectional titles, while Wilmington won a Division II sectional title and Clinton-Massie and Blanchester won Division III sectional titles last week.

Ice hockey:
Several area teams will continue the district tournament at the Nationwide Ice Haus on Saturday in Columbus. Talawanda plays Beavercreek at 11:15 a.m., followed by Moeller vs. Olentangy Liberty at 3:15 p.m. and Dublin Jerome vs. Centerville at 5:15 p.m.

District gymnastics meet, Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Liberty Township Lakota East:
Over 20 teams from around Southwest Ohio compete for the chance to earn a state berth. The state meet is at Hilliard Darby.

District bowling:
The boys’ district tournament is Friday at 10 a.m. at Eastern Lanes in Middletown. Mason, Beavercreek and Kenton Ridge and St. Xavier were among the boys’ sectional champions.

The girls’ tournament starts Saturday morning at Eastern Lanes. McAuley, Middletown, Stebbins and Troy were among sectional champions.

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