10 Things to Look Forward to this Fall
While looking over the Fall Sports Calendar this morning as Dead Period comes to a close, I got to thinking about the season ahead in Tiger Sports, and came up with ten things for Tiger fans to look forward to in the Fall Sports season of 2014. Enjoy:
1. Tiger Football vs. Trinity
On October 3, the entire city of Louisville will stop what it is doing and turn its attention towards the biggest high school football rivalry in the nation. Although it is just another regular season game in the coaches and players eyes, it is so much more for each school and its community as a whole. Alumni from every decade will make the trip to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on that October day to be with their friends, families and fellow Tiger or Rock fans. It is a game that does so much for the athletic departments of each school and traditionally draws an attendance of close to 30,000+ people.
2. Spirit Week Games
Aside from “The Game” that all of the festivities lead up to, Spirit Week is unlike anything anywhere! The week of September 29-October 3, the Tigers will take on the Shamrocks of Trinity in multiple sports including JV and Freshman Football and JV and Freshman Soccer. The lower levels of football will play their games at Trinity this year in front of thousands of people, giving it the feel of a Varsity game. These games always take on a little more meaning as friends battle friends across the line of scrimmage for ultimate bragging rights. On the pitch, Tiger Soccer has dominated the Rocks as of late until last season, Trinity advanced to the state tournament by winning in PK’s over Coach Schulten’s Tigers. This game will have revenge implications for this year’s St. X squad.
3. State Championship Saturday
Saturday, November 8 could be a huge day for Tiger Sports. The Cross Country and Soccer State Championships are both hosted on that day in Lexington and will be a potential two championship day for St. X. It will take a lot of hard work between now and then, but both teams will enter their respective seasons as favorites in the state to win the title.
4. Gateway City Classic
Tiger Soccer will travel to St. Louis, Missouri for a few big-time games the same weekend as the St. X-Trinity Football Game. October 3 & 4, Coach Schulten and the Tiger Soccer squad will take on teams filled with top talent in a big tournament in the Gateway City. This will prepare the Tigers for the postseason extremely well, which is only a week away once they return.
5. Football Playoffs
We won’t know who we will be playing until closer in, but there is something special about the Kentucky High School Football playoffs in November! Five games will be what stands in the way of the Tiger Football team starting November 7 and reaching their ultimate goal of a state title. If all goes according to plan, the team will cap off an incredible run at Western Kentucky University on December 5 with a trophy on the bus back to St. Xavier.
6. Tiger Cross Country Great American Race
One of the biggest races of the year for Tiger Cross Country will take place down in Cary, North Carolina on Saturday October 4. This meet will be some of the stiffest competition the Tigers will face all season long, which will surely push them to be their best on such a big stage. A month will be in between that race and the state championship meet, but the Tigers performance in North Carolina will foreshadow their chances of winning a fourth straight state championship later on in the year.
7. 3rd Annual Patriotic Night
This is a great tradition in the making for the football season. The St. Xavier Student Activities Council will deem one of the home games to be named later “Patriotic Night” and encourage all members of the Tiger Nation to come out and support the Tigers decked out in their Red, White and Blue! The past two seasons have seen huge crowds from the rowdy Rage Cage on this night with each kid looking more American than Uncle Sam eating apple pie. We really look forward to this game as it has consistently shown the team how much support there is from their fans and fellow students.
8. Tiger Football vs. Ballard – Alumni Night
The home opener is always an exciting night for Tiger Football fans as they get to see the team for the first time in action! There are spring games, 7 on 7 games and scrimmages, but Friday nights can not be duplicated and football at Br. Thomas More Stadium is second to none! Make sure you mark your calendars for August 22 and make plans to attend Alumni Night, as the school has named it in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of St. Xavier High School, for a fun night of Tiger Football!
9. Golf State Tournament
Tiger Golf has gone a few years without a team state championship (five to be exact), but guys like Mike Sass and Billy Basham look to help this be the year for Tiger Golf to breakthrough and win their 19th state title. They have been extremely close in years past, but just couldn’t find a way to finish the job in the final rounds. It will take a lot of determination to capture that elusive championship this season, but I have a feeling on October 11, we will see the Tigers hoisting the trophy!
10. Future Tiger Night
Remember what it was like to be a little grade school kid and come to a St. X football game? It is one of the best things in the world and on Friday September 12, Tiger Football is hosting Future Tiger Night for prospective students to come and enjoy the Tigers’ game against Fairdale and win prizes, get free t-shirts and do all sorts of fun activities! Also, after the game, the kids and other Tiger Fans will be able to come out onto the field and get autographs from their favorite Tiger Football players!
What are you looking forward to in the 2014 Fall Sports season?