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April Sports Briefs: GCL dominates swimming championships

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Cincinnati Catholic schools took home both the boys and girls state high school swimming championships this season.

On the girls’ side, Ursuline Academy took home the 2013 state championship. It is the school’s sixth team title and its first since 2002.

Bridget Blood won an individual state championship in the 100-breaststroke. Ursuline Academy also won the 400 medley relay and 200 medley relay. The 400 team,  Temarie Tomley, Emily Slabe and Alisabeth Marsteller, set a new state record in the process.

On the boys’ side, St. Xavier’s Aquabombers took home their fifth-straight state championship, and 34th in school history.

Jack Hendricks won the 500-freestyle to claim St. X’s only individual title while the 200-freestyle relay team of Hendricks, Cam Young, Grant Johnson and Mitchell Frey won their event as well.


Moeller High School took fourth overall at the state Division I wrestling championships. Crusader teammates Dakota Sizemore (160) and Chalmer Frueauf (220) took home individual championships. Quinton Rosser was runner up in the 182-pound class.

In other wrestling news, Elder High School wrestling coach Dick McCoy announced March 6 that he was retiring after 31 years coaching the sport. McCoy’s coached two state champs and won seven GCL titles.


The Alter Knights were the furthest-advancing Catholic school in the OHSAA boys basketball tournament. The Division II Knights reached the final four, eventually losing to 53-42 to Columbus Bishop Watterson.

In other boys basketball news, La Salle High School was the furthest-advancing area Catholic school in Division I. The Lancers reached the final eight before falling 50-46 to Walnut Hills.

Roger Bacon in Division III also made the final eight, but lost 60-50 to Versailles.

In girls basketball, Chaminade Julienne in Division II made the final four before falling 69-44 to eventual state champion Millersburg West Holmes.


La Salle High School has hired Nate Moore as the school’s ninth head varsity football coach. Most recently, Moore was head coach for the Wildcats at Minster High School in Minster, Ohio.


The GCL and GGCL combined for just one top finisher in the boys and girls state bowling championships. McAuley High School junior Lexi Baker finished third.


Geoff Melzer has been announced as the next athletic director at Badin High School replacing Sally Kocher who held the post for the past 14 years. Melzer will take over the post July 1 but will begin shadowing Kocher after May 1 according to a press release from the school.


Last month’s sports briefs inaccurately stated that deceased Roger Bacon Athletics Director Joe Corcoran’s tenure included three state titles and the school’s famous basketball victory over St. Vincent St. Mary. The athletic director during those accomplishments was Chuck Grosser. The Catholic Telegraph apologizes for the error.

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