Ohio’s St. Xavier rallies past SLUH in Missouri Tourney | stltoday.com

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Ohio state champions St. Xavier took a unique off-season trip to Missouri and showed why it is among the best teams in the Midwest. The Bombers defeated Missouri’s top ranked St. Louis University High (SLUH) to win the Lindbergh Invitational Tournament 12-7 on Saturday.

The visitors ended an eight-game winning streak for the Billikens who are expected to compete for their 19th Missouri state championship this spring.

St. Xavier was given the green light by its administration to make the out-of-season trip to Lindbergh. It didn’t take much convincing for the school’s principal Terry Tyrell who’s a St. Louis U High graduate. His brother, Colin, played for Baudendistel, too.

“It was an easy sell to the principal,” [St. Xavier Coach Mike] Roberts said.

The Ohio prep season takes place in the fall, but St. Xavier has embraced traveling out-of-state to find more competition. The Bombers are the first Ohio team to compete at a California prep tournament; they took part in the 24-team Santa Barbara Tournament last fall.