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August 19, 2009

Moeller eyes GCL, state titles in 2009 By Mark Chalifoux

mchalifoux@communitypress.com

The 2008 Moeller Crusaders had a lot of questions heading into the first season under new head coach John Rodenberg. The 2009 Crusaders have considerably fewer as Moeller returns a considerable amount of Division-I caliber talent and boasts a strong senior class, making the Crusaders one of the top teams in the city.

Rush Galvin “We’ve worked awfully hard in the weight room and the seniors have been great leaders in the winter and summer. With all the returning starters, we hope to have a lot of success,”

On the team No. Name

2 Tucker Skove 4 Adam Schaffer 5 Alex Fine 6 Shaquille Jinks 8 Kyle Basile 9 Drew Rosselot 10Corey Smith 12Andrew Hendrix 13Tyler Mikolajewski 15David Whitehead 16Charlie Fiessinger 17Josh Burandt 18Joe Combs 19Jeff Aubin 21Bubba Hoctor 22Jordan Widmeyer 23Steven Kuhlman 24Trent Williford 25Davis Arnold 26Kyle Bobay 27Anthony Hall 28A.J. Gatio 29Joseph Bracken 30Nick Marchionda 31Kyle Walker 32Ethan McAlpine 33Garett Mize 34Collin Joyce 35James Rogan 36Carson Scheidler 37Adam Deyhle 38Robert Campbell 39Richie Dyer 40C.J. Anderson 41Jesse Hayes 42Tyler Hutchinson 43Alex Hider 44Marcus Rush 45Greg Leksan 46Daniel Lang

Year Pos. JR SR JR JR JR SR SR SR JR SR JR SR SR SR SR SR SR SR JR JR JR SR JR JR JR SR SR JR JR JR SR JR JR SR JR SR SR SR JR JR

RB K DB DB RB RB K QB DB QB QB LB WR RB DB DL DB WR DB RB DB DB RB DB DB DB LB LB DB LB DB DB RB DB LB DL TE LB WR LB

47 Dylan Ruter JR 48John Tanner SO 49Tyler Williford SO 51Mitchell Kremer SR 52Alex Powell JR 53Kevin Petit SR 54Dominic DeNoma JR 55Michael Zoller JR 56Nick Galvin SR 57 Kendall Walker JR 58Chad Mackey SR 60Jon Hanes JR 61Jon Smith SR 64Andrew Blum JR 65Michael Blum JR 66Brad Josephson SR 67 Joe Tull JR 72 Nicholas Curry JR 73 Adam Klever SR 74 Jeff Tanner SR 78 Ali Kassem SR 79 Sam Fraley JR 80David Schneider SR 81Troy Suter SR 82Spender Hidy SR 83Landen Hunter SR 84Ryan Logan JR 85Cameron McCluskey JR 86Andrew Curtin JR 87 Thomas Meier JR 88Monty Madaris SO 89Max Richey JR 90Shane Kroger SR 91Eric Osborn JR 92Michael DeVita JR 93Patrick Tosh JR 94Jordan Stricker SR 95Wyatt Rusche JR 96Patrick Matthews SR 97 Garrett Lotz SR 98Max DeZarn SO 99Tyler Visagie SR

LB TE DB LB DL LB LB DL LB LB LB OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL TE WR WR WR WR WR TE WR WR WR DL DL DL DL DL DL DL DL LB DL

Rodenberg said. The offense should be balanced and will be led by Notre Dame-bound Andrew Hendrix. Hendrix threw for 1,609 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2008. Running backs Richie Dyer and Jeff Aubin combine to provide a talented running game for the Crusaders as the duo led the Moeller ground attack in 2008. The offensive line has a pair of strong standouts in Division I collegiate prospects Jeff Tanner and Ali Kassem. Ball State-bound tight end David Schneider should be a big target in the passing game as Schneider led the Crusaders in receiving touchdowns in 2008. Wideout Trent Williford is another receiver with big play capabilities. On defense, the Crusaders will be led by a strong front seven. The defensive line is led by two Division I collegiate prospects, senior Marcus Rush and junior Jessie Hays. The linebackers for Moeller are led by another Division I collegiate prospect, Nick Galvin. Kendall Walker and Garret Mize are two more big-play linebackers for the Crusaders. Moeller also returns cornerback Ethan McAlpine, who was one of the leaders in interceptions in the GCL in 2008. The schedule will be tough again for Moeller in 2009. “People don’t call us ot play unless they are going to be pretty good,” Rodenberg said. “Our feeling is once we get to the playoffs, we are battle-tested.” Moeller has tough games

ERNEST COLEMAN/STAFF

Key players for Moeller High School this season are, from left, Andrew Hendrix, David Schneider, Ali Kassem and Jeff Tanner.

Game days

ERNEST COLEMAN/STAFF

Moeller High School head coach John Rodenberg talks to his team Aug. 5 to get his team set for the 2009 season. against Lakewood St. Edward and Winton Woods as well as a tough GCL slate. Elder is looked at as the other power in the GCL South in 2009, but Rodenberg said fans shouldn’t sleep on St. Xavier. “St. X has a chip on their shoulder and that scares me,” he said. “They aren’t used to struggling like they did last year and will come out guns blazing. Watch out for them.”

Rodenberg said the 2009 Crusaders will be bigger, especially in the trenches and that the year of experience with the players has helped everyone get used to his system. “Everyone knows where they fall in and where to go,” he said. “I’ve been real pleased with how things have worked out.” Rodenberg said the program puts a lot of pressure on itself to contend for a

Aug. 29 Winton Woods – 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4 @ Hamilton Sept. 11 @ Centerville Sept. 19 @ Findlay – 7 p.m. Sept. 26 Mentor – 2 p.m. Oct. 3 Highland Park Community Oct. 9 @ Elder Oct. 16 La Salle Oct. 24 @ St. Edward – 2 p.m. Oct. 30 St. Xavier All games at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. GCL title and a state title and that the Crusaders have their sights set on both in 2009. He also said that any team lives and dies with a senior class and that Moeller’s class of 2009 is a good one. “I really like the senior class,” he said. “They are positive and determined. I’m really pleased with this class and fans are going to see a good football team.”

Bombers look to bounce back By Tony Meale

tmeale@communitypress.com

The Bombers have been there before – and now they want to get back. In December 2007, the St. Xavier High School football team capped its second undefeated season in three years, won a state title and was widely considered one of the top teams in the country. In October 2008, the Bombers lost three of their last four regular season games – all by three points – and finished 4-6 and missed the playoffs. “(Our players) want to forget about last year,” head coach Steve Specht said.

Game days

Aug. 28 @ Colerain – 8:30 p.m. Sept. 4 @ Indianapolis Cathedral Sept. 11 @ St. Xavier Louisville Sept. 18 Trinity High School Sept. 25 @ Highlands Oct. 2 Elder Oct. 9 La Salle Oct. 17 St. Edward – 2 p.m. Oct. 24 @ St. Ignatius – 2 p.m. Oct. 30 @ Archbishop Moeller All games at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. “This is a new year with new opportunities.”

MICHAEL E. KEATING/STAFF

St. Xavier High School seniors Luke Massa, left, and Matt James, right, hope to lead the Bombers back to state in 2009.

Leading the renaissance will be senior quarterback Luke Massa, who suffered a broken collarbone at Louisville Trinity last September and was lost for the season. Providing protection up front is Matt James (6-8, 280), who is considered one of the top offensive lineman in the nation and is ranked the fourth-best overall player in the 2010 class by Ohio High Magazine. “(Massa and James) bring experience,” Specht said. “They both started on our ‘07 state team, and they understand the expectations of the program.” Other returning senior starters include Nick Weston (DB), Will Carroll (DB) and Nigel Muhammed (DL). St. X also hopes to get production from juniors Daniel Braswell (RB) and Steven Daniels (FB/LB), as well as seniors Jeff Kraemer (WR) and Alex Longi (WR/TE). “We’re still trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle,” Specht said. As has become the custom, the Bombers face a daunting schedule this season; in addition to their regular GCL foes, St. X will square off against Indianapolis Cathedral, Lakewood St. Edward and Cleveland St. Ignatius. With such a tough weekto-week schedule, Specht remains focused on the big picture. “Our goal never changes

– we want to get better,” he said. “I believe when you’re coaching kids, the goal should always be to get better. We’re trying to go 1-0 every week.” The Bombers will try to go 1-0 in their seasonopening showdown with Colerain at Nippert Stadium on Aug. 28. St. X came up

short in that same setting last year, 13-8. “Colerain is one of the best teams in the state,” Specht said. “I think we’re going to go in and compete our tails off. Win, lose or draw, (our fans) will be proud of us.”

MICHAEL E. KEATING/STAFF

Steve Specht hopes to lead the Bombers back to the postseason after missing the playoffs in 2008.

On the team No. Name

Year Pos.

2 Tanner Vidal SR 3 Alexander Longi SR 3 Chris Gradone JR 4 Conor Hundley SO 5 Nate Ley SR 6 Jake Rumpke JR 7 Tyler Smith SR 8 Steven Daniels JR 9 Chris Logeman SR 9 Mack Ohlinger JR 10Sam Kimble SR 10Nigel Muhammad SR 11Ike Davidoski SR 12Michael Fitzpatrick 12Max James JR 13Nick Albers JR 13Tommy Klenk JR 14Ryan Kampbel JR 14Luke Massa SR 15Griffin Dolle SO 15Jake Koopman SR 16Rob Doerger JR 16Jack Gusweiler SR 17EJ Parchment SO 17Nick Sabert SR 18Patrick Brown JR 18Kevin Hegman SR 19Will Carroll SR 20Max Mello SR 20Trey Sherman JR 21Evan Ballinger SO 21Jake Potts SR 22Kyle Millard JR 22Nick Weston SR 23Nick Barnett JR 23Daniel Braswell JR 24Christian WojtaszekJR 25Robert Leonard SR

RB WR/TE WR RB RB LB WR LB/RB DB WR WR DL DB WR QB/WR QB DB QB QB QB WR WR WR DL WR WR WR WR/DB DL WR WR DB DB DB RB RB DB PK

26Patrick Guetle SR 27Quinn Patterson SR 28Lonnie Rucker SR 29Jake Brodbeck JR 30Vincent Torchia SR 31Andy Dorger JR 32Garrett Gilpin JR 32Jovanie Stewart SR 33Connor Buczek JR 34Sean Duggan JR 35Ian Rothan JR 35Jacob Sander JR 36Knoell Palmer SR 37Joe Neiser JR 38Brian Hawking JR 38Will Washburn JR 39Marcus Hughes JR 40Andrew Arand SO 41Joe Laverty SR 42Stoney Luttmer SR 43Thomas SchilderinkSR 44Dylan Ellis JR 44Gregory Versteeg SR 45Zach Fleming JR 46Connor McCurren JR 47 Sam Castellini SR 48Nick Lewis SR 50Nathan Gerbus SO 51Evan Prophit JR 52Alec Pawlukiewicz SR 52Xavier French JR 53Brad Stuhlreyer SR 54Eric Gantzer SR 55Patrick Barrett JR 55David Kinne SR 56Cory Brunton SR 57 Austin Chapman SR 58Alex Breen SO 58Christian Zenni SR

DB DB WR DB DB DB LB DB DB LB DB RB WR TE DB FB DB LB DB FB DB FB DB FB LB DB DL LB LB OL DL OL OL DL DL DL LB OL DL

59Paul Minutolo 60Eric Kramer 61Patrick Ahern 62Matt Blevins 63Rico Deluca 63Andrew Kucia 64Cecil Walker 66Adam Hogeback 67 Brandyn Cook 67 Mark Hall 68Daniel McCuen 69Billy Metz 70 James Chapline 71 Max Danenhauer 72 Steven Smith 74 Ryan Schnieber 77 Mitch Molnar 78 Matt James 79 Jack Woodall 80Steven Sieber 81Tom Spraul 82Kevin Milligan 83Ryan Brady 84Kyle Hartmann 85Jeff Kraemer 86Neal Eckstein 87 Drew Hart 88Adam Zuboski 89Trey Cassidy 90Nick Ruch 91Leland Askew 92Clifton Thacker 93Conner Carman 94Jimmy Bossart 95Adrian Smith 96Michael McIntyre 97 Andy Spitznagel 98Michael Griffith 99JR Sandhas

SR DL SR OL JR OL JR OL SR OL SR OL JR OL SR DL SO OL SR OL JR DL SR OL SR OL JR OL JR OL JR OL FR DL SR OL JR OL JR WR JR WR FR WR JR WR JR WR SR WR/TE JR WR SR WR SR TE SR TE JR DL JR DL SR DL SR DL SR FB SR DL JR DL SR LB SR LB JR DL

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