As We Approach the 2017 EXPYS, Lets Review Last Years Winners
Tiger Basketball’s Connor McKim took home the Best Athlete award last year. McKim was the absolute star of a rejuvenated team. In 2016 McKim lead his team to victories over the top-ranked teams in Kentucky. We were able to see him put up ridiculous numbers all season long, averaging over 24 points per game. He even clipped the 1,000 point mark along the way. McKim beat out Tiger Track and Fields Matthew Thomas as well as current Louisville Cardinal Pitcher Adam Elliot for the award.
1. Connor McKim, Tiger Basketball
2. Matthew Thomas, Tiger Track and Field
3. Adam Elliot, Tiger Baseball
The 2016 EXPY for Best Team went to the Tiger Baseball team. Tiger Baseball won their second championship in three years on an amazing postseason run. With that they captured the outright lead for most baseball state titles with seven. This was a tough award to win with the Tigers totaling nine state championships in the 2015-2016 school year.
1. Tiger Baseball
2. Tiger Cross Country
3. Tiger Swimming and Diving
The 2016 EXPY Award for Best Coach went to Chuck Medley of Tiger Cross Country. Coach Porta took an early lead in this one, but Coach Medley quickly turned that around. This award was well deserved, as he led the Tiger Cross Country team to their 21st state title in a dominating performance. All seven of the runners placed in the top 11 at the state championship race. He also defeated the two-time reigning champ in this category: Coach Larkin.
1. Chuck Medley, Tiger Cross Country
2. Andy Porta, Tiger Baseball
3. Todd Larkin, Tiger Swimming and Diving
With the 2015-2016 year being filled with memorable games, this was definitely one of the toughest categories to win. The winner for Best Game was “Mudd’s Walk-off” vs. West Jessamine in the state tournament. It was a matchup of the two past state champions in what was sure to be an epic game. The Tigers lead most of the game behind Adam Elliot’s pitching, but West Jessamine tied it up in the seventh inning. Mudd had different plans, however. The rising senior had a 2-1 count, and on the next pitch, he sent it over the left-field fence. Ball game. Tigers win.
1. Tiger Baseball vs. West Jessamine (Mudd’s Walk-off)
2. Matthew Thomas winning the Dream Mile @ St.X
3. Tiger Basketball vs. Male (District Championship)
Best Championship Performance
The Best Championship Performance Award went to Connor Holden. With the two aces in Daniel Fischer and Adam Elliot being ineligible to pitch, Holden stepped up in a big way. He threw a shutout as the Tigers went on to win the game 1-o. Holden beat out his two teammates Sam Mudd and Cam Scheler for this award.
1. Connor Holden’s shutout in the state title game
2. Sam Mudd and Cam Scheler’s back-to-back walk offs in the state baseball tournament
3. Cross Country placing all runners in the Top 11 on their way to a state championship
Best Breakthrough Athlete
Connor Holden had quite a night when the 2016 EXPYS winners were released. He won four awards and won this category easily; receiving 44% of the votes. Holden didn’t make the team his freshman year, however he worked his butt off to make sure that wasn’t the case the next year. Fast-forward a year later, and he is throwing a shut out in the state championship game. Connor had quite a ride and was most definitely deserving of the 2016 Breakthrough Athlete Award.
1. Connor Holden, Tiger Baseball
2. Brewer Cahalan, Tiger Rugby
3. Joey Mackin, Tiger Lacrosse
Tiger Pride Award
The Tiger Baseball took home the 2016 Tiger Pride Award. As said before, they won the state title on a ridiculous postseason run. First, they defeated the #1 ranked team in Kentucky and #6 ranked in the nation, Greenup County. After, they defeated their next two opponents with walk-offs. To cap it off, they won a record seventh state title. What a season it was for Tiger Baseball!
1. Tiger Baseball
2. Tiger Basketball
3. Tiger Cross Country
Stay tuned for this years EXPYS nominees…