Fall Sports Report: Summit sweeps soccer titles
Locals excel in golf, tennis, volleyball & cross country
By John Stegeman
The Catholic Telegraph
Having a boys and girls team from the same school win respective state titles in the same sport is rare, but it does happen. With a pair of dominant shutout victories Nov. 13 and 14, Summit Country Day High School did just that.
On Saturday, Nov. 13 the Silver Knights shutout Doylestown Chippewa 6-0 to claim the Division III Girls State Championship. The following day, the Summit boys team blanked Canfield South Range 9-0 for the Division III boys title.
The girls team set an OHSAA record for most goals in a half (4) for a state championship contest. Summit’s Addy Smythe scored three of those goals for a state record of most goals in a game for an individual player.
The boys team wasn’t to be outdone. It set a single half record (6) and its nine goals overall were the most ever scored in a Division III state championship game. The Summit defense allowed just four shots on its own goal.
Summit Country Day becomes the fourth team in OHSAA history to claim boys and girls state championships in the same season.
Cincinnati’s Mount Notre Dame won its record ninth state volleyball championship on Nov. 15 at Wright State University’s Nutter Cener. The Division I champs defeated Dublin Coffman 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-20).
MND has now won three-straight state championships in the sports. Prior to this year the Cougars were tied with Cincinnati St. Ursula and Newark Catholic with eight state titles apiece.
Bishop Fenwick’s girls volleyball team reached the state final four before falling to eventual runner-up Jonathan Alder.
Local teams strong in golf championships
Division I Boys
St. Xavier took home its fourth Boys Division I state championship in golf Oct. 24 on the Ohio State University’s Gray Course in Columbus, Ohio. The Bombers top finisher was Kirran Magowan, who shot a two-day total of 154. St. Xavier’s team total of 616 bested runner up Dublin Jerome by five strokes.
The top finisher individually from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati was Moeller’s Jake Fox, who shot a 148 over two days to finish as state runner-up.
Division II Boys
Archbishop McNicholas finished third Oct. 17 in the Division II boys state golf tournament at Northstar Golf Club in Sunbury. McNicholas was led by Ty DeBonis’ 151.
Division II Girls
Chaminade Julienne and Archbishop Alter qualified as teams for the girls Division II Golf Championship Oct. 17 at the Gray Course of the Ohio State University Oct. 17 and CJ came away in third place. Ellie Cronin shot a 154 to tie for third place individually as well.
Alter’ finished ninth out of 12 teams.
Alter senior wins state Cross Country meet
Archbishop Alter senior Abby Nichols finished as individual state champion in Division II with a time of 18:05.4 on Nov. 7 in Hebron, Ohio. Nichols finished eighth in 2014. The Alter girls team finished fourth overall.
On the boys side, St. Xavier competed in Division I while Carroll competed in Division II. Neither team had anyone place. Carroll finished 14th of 16 while St. Xavier was 8th of 16.
Mount Notre Dame, Ursuline Academy players place in state tennis
The Ohio Girls State Tennis Tournament took place Oct. 16 & 17 at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Mason for the first time.
In Division I singles, Mount Notre Dame freshman Kelli Niehaus was the top finisher from an Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic school, finishing fourth. In Division 1 doubles, senior Jenny Duma and sophomore Gabriella O’Connor of Cincinnati Ursuline Academy also came in fourth.
No local Catholic school students placed in Division II, though representatives competed from Archbishop Alter, Chaminade Julienne and Summit Country Day.
Posted Nov. 23, 2015