Sunday, September 10, 2000

High School Highlights

St. X, La Salle on track for good meet

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        St. Xavier and LaSalle won't go head to head until late in the season, but when the cross country powers meet, it could prove interesting.

        Ranked No.1 in The Enquirer's preseason poll, St.Xavier won the prestigious Tiffin Carnival Invitational Saturday. The Bombers ran with their top runner for the first time.

        “Last year we split the team for different meets, but we're not as deep this season,” St.X coach Larry Merkel said. “Tiffin is a long way not to send our best runners.”

        Andy Wietmarschen was St.Xavier's best finisher in 16:07, taking second behind Moeller's Kevin Schwarz (16:04). Scott See from Middletown was third in 16:35.

        For the second consecutive week, LaSalle junior Allen Bader won a meet. He ran the Carmel Invitational in 16:20 Saturday.

        “The time may seem slow, but this was a true cross country course,” La Salle coach Frank Russo said. “Half of the race was through the woods where it was hard to pass because it was so narrow.”

        Defending Indiana state 3,200-meter champion Charlie Koeppen of Carmel was second, with Portage's Mike Taylor (second last year at the state cross country meet) finishing third.

        Other La Salle runners in the top 10 were Patrick Rischmann (fifth) and Garrett Grogan (ninth).

        SOCCER: McAuley fell from the unbeaten ranks, losing 2-1 to Centerville in girls soccer action.

        Paige Harrison's goal with 15 minutes remaining broke a 1-1 tie and was the difference for the Elks, who are now 4-0-2. The Mohawks dropped to 2-1.

        Emily Rowe scored with seven minutes remaining before halftime, lifting Indian Hill to a 1-0 victory over Summit Country Day. The shutout was the fourth in five games for goalie Lisa Iachono.

        Two goals by Liz Kauffman lifted surprising Mariemont to a 2-0 victory over Madeira in the championship game of the Madeira Invitational.

        Last Wednesday, Mariemont defeated No.1-ranked Cincinnati Country Day 1-0. Goalies Whitney Raeon and Casey Clukey combining for the shutout in both games.


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