The Greater Catholic League South Division is pleased to announce its all-star soccer team for the 2018 season. Members of this prestigious team, along with winners of the categorical awards, were voted on by league coaches at a special meeting held at the conclusion of the regular season. Moeller senior forward Ben Hegge, who led the league in scoring and helped his team advance to the Division I state final for the first time in school history, and St. Xavier senior forward Gino Geiser, who finished second in the GCL South in scoring and helped his team advance to the regional semifinals, are the GCL South Co-layers of the Year.
Elder senior quarterback Michael Bittner tries to avoid looking at the Greater Catholic League website this fall.
While his family and others like to compare statistical performances in the conference, Bittner says he doesn’t get caught up into social media. It’s not who he is as a student-athlete. He'd prefer to concentrate on the Panthers as a team.
“I try not to worry about my stats,” Bittner said. “I worry about the win.”
But, Wednesday will be one day he can’t avoid. That’s because Bittner was named the Greater Catholic League South Division Player of the Year.
The Greater Catholic League South Division is pleased to announce its all-star football teams and special award winners for the 2018 season. First- and second-team members of this prestigious team, along with winners of the categorical awards, were voted on by league coaches at a special meeting this past Sunday. Elder senior quarterback Michael Bittner, a dual threat for the Panthers who completed 157-of-269 passes for a league-leading 2,195 yards and 15 touchdowns while also rushing 165 times for 519 yards, third best in the GCL South, and 10 TDs , is the GCL South Player of the Year.
No. 1 seed Moeller, Elder and La Salle all posted victories Monday night on the statewide opening night of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest Sectional Tournaments held at the sites of the highest seeded teams. As a result, the three schools advance to second-round matches on Thursday night, while No. 2 seed St. Xavier will open postseason play that night by hosting Hamilton, a 4-2 winner in its opener against Middletown, at 7 p.m. at St. Xavier Stadium. The Bombers had a first-round bye by virtue of the tournament draw.
Three of the four Greater Catholic League South Division soccer teams begin their postseason journeys today, including top-ranked Moeller, while St. Xavier gets started in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I Southwest Sectional/District Tournaments later this week. Moeller (12-1-3), ranked No. 2 in last week’s Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association (OSSCA) DI poll, hosts Winton Woods at 5 p.m. at the Gerry Faust Athletic Complex on Moeller High School’s Montgomery Road campus.
Senior Nathan Mountain from St. Xavier covered the 5K course at Christ’s Church in Mason Saturday morning in a winning time of 16:31.7 to finish atop the varsity field in the Greater Catholic League Cross Country Championships, helping the Bombers successfully defend their league title for the eighth consecutive year.
It was not exactly a pleasant Saturday afternoon in Northeast Ohio for the Moeller football team, which voyaged to Greater Cleveland to take on St. Ignatius in its annual meeting. The Crusaders, winners of five straight and fresh off three consecutive victories over league opponents to win the Greater Catholic League South Division championship outright, were victimized by four lost fumbles and five total turnovers that St. Ignatius turned into 16 points on the way to a 32-7 victory over Moeller in a matchup of two ranked Ohio Division I teams at Byers Field in Parma.
It was an up and down Friday night on the football field for teams in the Greater Catholic League South Division. St. Xavier got three touchdowns from senior back Chris Payne and two scoring throws from junior quarterback Wyatt Hudepohl to post its second straight win, defeating Clarkson North Football from Ontario, Canada, 38-19, at St. Xavier Stadium.
For the second straight week, Elder held a three-point halftime lead only to see its opposition rally in the final two quarters – this time Winton Woods scoring 21 unanswered points and coming up with some big defensive plays in the fourth quarter to knock off the Panthers, 28-10, at The Pit in Price Hill. The loss was the second straight for Elder, which led Moeller, 14-11, at halftime last Friday only to fall 24-21 on a late field goal.
Speaking of Moeller (6-1), which clinched the GCL South championship with the win against Elder, the Crusaders look for their fifth consecutive victory this afternoon when they travel to Northeast Ohio to face Cleveland St. Ignatius at 2 p.m. at Byers Field. Moeller is looking for its second straight win over St. Ignatius, after posting a 41-20 victory last season at Otterbein University in Westerville.
La Salle (4-3) did not play last night, the result of Category 4 Hurricane Michael that prevented International School of Broward, Fla. from traveling to Cincinnati and forced the game to be cancelled. La Salle returns to action next Friday when the Lancers host Trinity Catholic (6-2) from St. Louis. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Lancer Stadium.
Cross country teams from both the Greater Catholic League South Division and the Girls’ Greater Catholic League are set to run this morning in the annual GCL / GGCL Cross Country Championships to be held at Christ’s Church in Mason, located on the corner of Western Row and Mason-Montgomery Road. Ursuline Academy will attempt to successfully defend its varsity title in the GGCL, while St. Xavier looks to continue its run as champions in the GCL South.