Southwest Ohio Huddle: St. Xavier wins 30th boys swimming state title


Southwest Ohio Huddle

No doubt about it – the Cincinnati St. Xavier swimming team fed off its
cheering supporters in the stands at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton
this past weekend. The Bombers were hungry to recapture the state title
after being denied last year and they did so in a big

No doubt about it – the Cincinnati St. Xavier swimming team fed off its cheering supporters in the stands at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton this past weekend. The Bombers were hungry to recapture the state title after they were the state runners-up in 2008 and they did so in a big way.

St. Xavier scored 322 points to outdistance Columbus St. Charles (265) and Archbishop Moeller (202) en route to its 30th Division I boys state swimming title. That’s right 30th.

“All meet long, I told the guys, ‘If you’re feeling a little lonely behind the blocks, just look up in the stands,’ St. X coach Jim Brower told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “The St. Xavier crowd was behind these guys.”

St. X was led by senior Matt Columbus, who won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:28.10. Seniors Will Lawley, junior Alex Miller and Columbus were also strong in the 200 freestyle.

The Southwest District, including Cincinnati and Dayton-area teams were very strong all weekend long.

Moeller senior Joe Albers won the 200 individual medley (1:52.35) and 100 breaststroke (57.46).

In the girls competiton, Cincinnati Ursuline junior Breann McDowell won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.66 and Centerville senior Sarah Andrews won the 500 free (4:50.87). Centerville took third as a team.

In Division II, the Cincinnati Wyoming boys’ team was second, while Springfield Catholic Central senior Patrick McHugh won the 100 back in 50.78.

The Wyoming girls’ team was third. Sophomore Celia Oberholzer won the 100 back in 56.91.


New Knoxville, Boys Basketball: The Rangers capped their third straight 20-0 regular season with a 64-60 win over St. Henry on Friday. New Knoxville has won 63 straight regular season games dating back to February 2006 and has won 47 straight games overall. The Rangers have also won three straight Midwest Athletic Conference titles and have a 29-game MAC win streak. Senior Brad Piehl led the Rangers with 28 points, while fellow seniors Austin Arnett and Caleb Allen chipped in 16 and 12, respectively.


Tess Jenike, Mariemont, Girls Basketball: The sophomore guard had a game-high 31 points as Mariemont upset top-seeded Summit Country Day 60-42 in a Division II girls’ basketball sectional final last Friday night. Jenike, who set a new season-high in points, had averaged 15.5 points and nearly four rebounds heading into the game. She had scored 23 and 20 the past two games. Her previous season high was 26 points at Finneytown Feb. 5. Mariemont plays Middletown Madison in a Division III district final Saturday at Vandalia Butler.


Trojan Horses: The Troy girls bowling team won the district tournament on Friday – besting second-place Centerville by 105 pins. Alicia Benson had a 661 series, including a 237 high game to lead Troy. Amanda Barker (624 series) and Alicia Simpson (593 series) were also among the leaders. This season, the Trojans have won conference, sectional and district titles. The state meet is Friday morning at Tiki Lanes in Lancaster. Simpson was fourth at state last season with a 643 series. Troy was also fourth as a team. Centerville’s Serene Vanetten was the individual district champion (rolled a 699).

Elks On Ice:
Centerville defeated Moeller 5-3 in a district semifinal hockey game in Columbus on Sunday. The Elks advance to the district final against Dublin Coffman at 5 p.m. Saturday in Columbus. Coffman defeated top-seeded Talawanda 3-0 last weekend.

Will-ing his way to a win:
Cincinnati Indian Hill junior guard Will Satterfield scored a game-high 21 points as the Braves defeated Batavia 83-56 in a Division II sectional basketball game last Friday night. It was the 14th time this season Satterfield has scored in double figures. He was averaging about 11 points heading into the game.

Justice for all:
Cincinnati McAuley senior Kayla Justice signed with Northern Kentucky University recently for cross country.

Going to Oxford:
Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame senior Sarah Flynn has committed to play field hockey at Miami University. Flynn was All-Ohio and an all-area selection this past fall. She had eight goals and seven assists.

Football recruiting scene:
Moeller junior QB Andrew Hendrix (6-3, 220) was offered by Virginia last weekend His recent offers include Indiana, Illinois and Kansas. Ohio State has also expressed interest.

-Moeller junior OT Jeff Tanner (6-4, 275) picked up offers from Kent State and Ohio last week.

– Moeller junior LB Marcus Rush (6-2, 225) picked up an offer from Minnesota on Wednesday morning. He also has offers from North Carolina State, Cincinnati, Indiana and Virginia. He also has been invited to Michigan’s Junior Day later this month.

– Fairfield senior LT Tony Ruff (6-3, 295) has committed to play football at Thomas More.

– Mason senior center Dan McCormack (6-1, 230) has signed to play at Malone University (formerly Malone College).

– Milford senior QB/WR Ethan Daiker has signed to play with Georgetown College (Ky.). As a quarterback, Daiker threw for 845 yards and four touchdowns last season and also led Milford in rushing with 559 yards and six touchdowns.


State wrestling tournament: The preliminaries begin at 3 p.m. Thursday at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center. Plenty of storylines, including St. Paris Graham, which goes for its ninth consecutive Division II state title. The Falcons won 12 weight classes at the district tournament. David Taylor (135) and Zach Neibert (125) – both state champions – won district titles. In Division I, Elder’s Orlando Scales (215) is ranked No. 1 nationally in his weight class.

Boys’ Division I basketball sectional semifinals at University of Cincinnati, 6 p.m. and 7:30 today: Cincinnati Aiken, a No. 6 seed plays Harrison in the opener. Aiken sophomore power forward Chane Behanan and senior guard Darren Goodson each average 16.5 points for the Falcons. Loveland, a No. 5 seed, plays Winton Woods in the late game. Loveland senior power forward Bobby Capobianco (Indiana recruit) averages 17.5 points for the Tigers. An Aiken-Loveland matchup seems likely for Saturday.

Boys’ Division IV basketball sectional final at Vandalia Butler, 6:30 p.m. Friday:
Top-seeded Jefferson plays Franklin Monroe at 6:30 p.m. The winner advances to the district finals next week at UD Arena.

Girls’ Division I basketball district finals at Harrison, 11 a.m. Saturday:
Five district finals games, including the opener between Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame and Glen Este at 11 a.m. Beavercreek, Chaminade-Julienne and Winton Woods are also among the favorites to make it to the regionals.

State bowling tournaments, Friday and Saturday at Tiki Lanes in Lancaster:
Cincinnati St. Xavier and Troy are the boys’ and girls’ favorites from the Southwest District. Look for Centerville and Beavercreek to be among the top girls teams. For the boys, St. X won the district title with 4,210 pins. Junior Chris Weber had a 694 series. Look for the Beavercreek boys’ team to do well, including district champion Kyle Looney (766 series at district).

State gymnastics meet Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby:
The team competition begins at 3 p.m. Friday, with the individual competition at noon on Saturday. Clayton Northmont and Centerville – Nos. 1 and 2 at districts – are among the favorites. Centerville’s Rebekah Norviel won the all-around and beam at districts.

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