Our Tradition is Still Unequaled

Photo by Tim Webb

Photo by Tim Webb

It’s been a pretty exciting year here at Tiger Tech. Seven of our teams won state championships and some individuals won state championships of their own. Of course, the seven state championships don’t quite match the nine titles that were won in 2010, but what our teams accomplished this year is still very impressive. Seven championships were the most by any school in the state, this school year. The next highest was TWO by Lexington Henry Clay. Think about that. We had more championships in one weekend with Lacrosse, Tennis and Rugby bringing home trophies than any other school had all year.

Only one of the four St. X fall sports teams won a state championship, but that one team did it in impressive fashion. The Tiger Golf team doesn’t get enough credit or coverage for which they deserve (that will be changing this upcoming year), but they went out and destroyed the competition. With Hamilton, Sass, Kiehl, Liston and Basham all returning next year, this has all the makings of a repeat championship team. Winning by 27 strokes is pretty awesome, and it gave Tiger Sports their first state championship of the year.

The rest of the fall sports teams didn’t exactly have finishes we want to remember, but they produced some exciting memories along the way. I wasn’t able to attend the regular season St. X-Trinity Football game, but I still remember that night very well as our whole cross country team piled into a hotel room in Cary, NC to listen to John Spears and Tony Burke as the Tigers pulled off a huge win and ended a terrible losing streak to that school on Shelbyville Road. In Soccer and Cross Country, the devastation of defeat seemed too much to bear. Losing by one point in Cross Country, and losing to that other school in both Soccer and Football is definitely not fun, but those teams did produce great moments throughout their seasons.

Maybe the reason we aren’t as excited about these seven state championships as we should be is because we left some on the table. Cross Country was the best team but got upset on the one day that mattered, and Football was probably one win over Trinity away from a State Championship. Of course Football would have had to win a couple more games, but they would have been the favorites in all of those.

27 years. 27 straight state championships for Tiger Swimming and Diving. I guess it’s what we’ve come to expect from them, but it still is an amazing accomplishment. They have this state so locked up that other schools have t-shirts celebrating finishing second. Coach Larkin and the Tigersharks produce champions in every sense of the word and this year was no different.

The Tiger Basketball and Wrestling teams had solid years, as well. Although it wasn’t the ending the basketball team wanted, they were exciting and fun to watch throughout the season. This year’s Wrestling team had huge shoes to fill after winning state the year before, but Coach K and the Tiger Wrestlers continue to show that St. X is no joke, and it will be fun to watch them compete at a high level again next year.

Having come into the spring sports season having only won two state championships, some could think that this could be a down year for St. X athletics. Not so fast. We were just getting started. Let me say it again, we won more championships in the one weekend of Lacrosse, Tennis and Rugby than any other school did all of this school year. That is insane.

Brandon Lancaster cemented his legacy at St. X and in Kentucky High School Tennis history as one of the 18 players to win back-to-back individual state championships. Also from that tennis state championship weekend, Drew Singerman produced one of the biggest upset wins of the year as he defeated the senior and No. 2 seeded Austin Hussey of Covington Catholic in what might have been one of the more exciting games (err… matches) I have ever watched. I’ll fully admit that I know next to nothing about Tennis, but that upset was awesome and if that doesn’t win an EXPY this summer, I don’t know what will.

Watching the Tiger Lacrosse team win another state championship never gets old. Beating Trinity also never gets old and is always fun, but the way the Lax team went to work in the semi-finals was even more enjoyable. Tiger Powerlifting, Rugby and Volleyball are three other sports that don’t get the recognition that they deserve. Logan Butler knocking the life out of people, Joe Fisher breaking his own state powerlifting record and Tiger Volleyball winning their 2nd straight championship is what makes this Athletic Department so great. We aren’t just good at one sport; we excel in all of the sports. Those three teams worked hard all year long, and it was no surprise that they all came home with State Championships.

Even though the Tiger Baseball team lost in the 7th Region Championship, they had another very impressive season. They were one of the top teams in the state polls throughout the season and made some impressive memories. I probably will never forget watching Adam Elliot throwing a perfect game. Baseball is one of the toughest championships to win, let alone repeat. Winning seven straight games is no easy feat. To the Baseball seniors, you all will be truly missed. You were part of the resurgence of Tiger Baseball, as you helped bring the first championship back to Poplar Level Road since the ’80s. Good luck to all of you!

From a personal perspective, I will miss this Tiger Track & Field team a lot. The seniors that are leaving the program left such a mark on St. X. William Mulloy was my go to guy for interviews, and he always seemed to know what to say. Jake Glass is the best shot put thrower this school has had since Joe Tronzo went to school here, and three of the members of the 4 x 800 state record relay team will also be leaving in Ben Kleine-Kracht, Eli George and Mulloy. From the winter indoor meets to the Taco Bell Invitational in South Carolina to the State Meet at UK, it was a heck of a ride.

It’s been fun, Tiger Nation. We started this back in August, and SEVEN state championships later we are done with the 2014-2015 sports year. I want to thank Jacob Hayslip once again for all of the hard work he has done this year and during his entire career at St. X. You will be missed. To all the seniors, you did an amazing job leading this school and your teams. It’s the Class of 2016’s turn now.

We will continue to bring you news and information over the summer and prep you for next season’s sports teams. Enjoy the randomness of summer and look for more Justin Thomas updates.

Let’s do this winning thing again next year. It’s pretty fun.

We are St. X!

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About Cole Bollinger

Editor for WSTX Sports

Posted on June 1, 2015, in Tiger Archery, Tiger Baseball, Tiger Basketball, Tiger Bass Fishing, Tiger Bowling, Tiger Cross Country, Tiger Football, Tiger Golf, Tiger Hockey, Tiger Lacrosse, Tiger Power Lifting, Tiger Rugby, Tiger Soccer, Tiger Swimming and Diving, Tiger Tennis, Tiger Track and Field, Tiger Volleyball, Tiger Wrestling, WSTX Sports. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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