St. Xavier High School’s triathlon team grew from an idea, to a vision, to a club, to a national championship in less than four years.
The Bombers claimed the 2019 independent club high school national championship on April 5 in Tempe, Arizona. This was the first year such a division existed, and St. Xavier can forever claim its title as the first even independent high school national champions.
“They started announcing teams and the next thing you know, we heard our name and it was immediate euphoria. It was pretty cool,” said Jim Murphy Jr., the program’s founder and director.
Football was first played on Carson Field at the University of Cincinnati in 1901. By 1924 the field was part of Nippert Stadium, named for Jimmy Nippert, James Gamble's grandson who had passed from a football injury the prior year.
Since then, the facility's been renovated several times and has hosted the University of Cincinnati's football Bearcats, the American Football League Cincinnati Bengals at their start, a few 1970s rock concerts, countless frisbee and softball games, FC Cincinnati, memorable high school football games and some UC women's lacrosse.
Friday night, April 5, was a first for "The Nipp" as Moeller and St. Xavier played the inaugural high school lacrosse game on the latest version of turf. The Crusaders won the first OHSAA Division I state title in 2017 and the Bombers won the hardware last season.
WCPO high school sports reporter Mike Dyer received behind-the-scenes access to the Moeller basketball team during the state tournament this past weekend in Columbus. Here's a peek into the weekend, which saw the Crusaders (29-0) win their fifth Division I state basketball title.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Moeller basketball coach Carl Kremer finished breakfast and walked to the front of the Lindberg Room inside the Hilton Garden Inn mid-Saturday morning with a purpose.
Elder High School fans take great pride in the school’s rich baseball tradition, which includes at least one state championship in each of seven consecutive decades, the 1940s through the 2000s.
That streak reached its peak in the second half of the 1950s, when the Panthers captured four big-school division titles in five seasons, including three straight from 1958 through 1960.
The Elder High School bowling team was still on cloud nine early Thursday afternoon after winning the program’s first-ever district title Wednesday.
Wednesday's tournament at Beaver Vu Bowl in Beavercreek was the first district title since the Elder program started during the 2000-01 school year. This is the Panthers’ third state tournament appearance after being there in 2007 and ’08.
Miles McBride missed all but two games last season because of a foot injury he suffered while playing football. The Moeller High School senior guard more than made up for lost time this season by helping the Crusaders to a perfect regular season, a third straight outright league championship, a No. 1 ranking all season in the Associated Press Division I state poll, and an overall winning streak that stands at 41 games entering this week’s sectional tournament.
La Salle senior Michael Baker doesn’t hesitate to explain what wrestling represents in his life.
As the 195-pound standout prepared for practice Wednesday afternoon during what could be one of the most momentous weeks in program history, Baker lauded the brotherhood around the nationally ranked Lancers.
“Family, grit, dedication and perseverance,” Baker said. “It’s been a ride. It’s been a great four years.”
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.