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Tiger Rugby wins the 2015 State Championship

Rugby State Champs

Congratulations to the 2015 KY Rugby State Champion Rugby Team!  The Tigers win their fourth straight and fifth overall championship.

Celebrate accordingly Tiger Nation! We Are! St. X!

Scores from Tiger Tennis at the KHSAA Tennis State Championships

2015 Tiger Tennis | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

2015 Tiger Tennis | Photo by Jason Frakes

We’ll update this post as updates come in throughout the weekend as it happens, so check back frequently for new scores.

SINGLES
No. 1 Brandon Lancaster
Round of 64: Defeated Ryker Cassidy (Marion County) 6-0, 6-0
Round of 32: Defeated Jacob Staples (Bullitt East) 6-0, 6-0
Round of 16: Defeated Cole McCreary (Lawrence County) 6-0, 6-0
Quarterfinals: Defeated Daniel Lineberry (Atherton) 6-2, 6-3
Semifinals: Defeated Ryo Takeda (Henry Clay) 6-2, 6-2
Championship: vs. Drew Singerman (St. Xavier) 3:00 PM

No. 4 Drew Singerman
Round of 64: Defeated Jake McDonnell (CAL) 6-2, 6-0
Round of 32: Defeated Jamie Anderson (St. Francis) 6-1, 6-1
Round of 16: Defeated Luke Least (Woodford County) 6-0, 6-1
Quarterfinals: Defeated Kai Kai Suvimolstean (Oneida Baptist) 6-4, 6-0
Semifinals: Defeated Austin Hussey (Covington Catholic) 5-7, 6-3, 10-4
Championship: vs. Brandon Lancaster (St. Xavier) 3:00 PM

DOUBLES
No. 1 Kamron Akrami/Matt Graft
Round of 64: Defeated Alex Nguyen/Chandler Nguyen (Russell) 6-2,6-2
Round of 32: Defeated David Mason/Edis Sinanovic (Bowling Green) 6-0, 6-0
Round of 16: Defeated Ken Korbar/Sam Rose (Ballard) 6-0, 6-0
Quarterfinals: Defeated Matthew Ko/Spencer Kriss (Lexington Catholic) 6-2, 6-0
Semifinals: Defeated Kiefer Mays/Noah Tapp (Henry Clay) 7-5, 6-3
Championship: vs. Tommy Hagan/Logan McKinney (McCracken County) 1:00 PM

No. 2 Preston Cameron/Ben Gornet
Round of 64: Defeated Sam Reiner/Danny Walker (North Oldham) 6-1, 6-1
Round of 32: Defeated Hunain Abri/Paul Fiepki (Elizabethtown) 6-0, 6-0
Round of 16: Defeated Parker Collignon/Jared Richards (Apollo) 6-1, 6-1
Quarterfinals: Lost to Brody Bilderback/Adam Slone (Lexington Christian) 2-6, 6-4, 3-10

Tiger Lacrosse wins the 2015 State Championship

Lacrosse State Champions

Congratulations to the 2015 KY Lacrosse State Champion Tiger Lacrosse Team!  The Tigers win their second straight and tenth since 2000 after defeating KCD!

Chris Raymond and I will have more here shortly from the championship team.  Celebrate accordingly Tiger Nation! We Are! St. X!

Tiger Tennis wins the 2015 KHSAA Tennis State Championship

Tiger Tennis Team State Champions

Congratulations to the 2015 KHSAA Tennis Team State Champion Tiger Tennis Team!  The Tigers win their 7th straight and 24th overall after defeating Covington Catholic!

Adam Hardin will have more here shortly from the championship team! Let’s make it 2/2 on Championship Friday! We Are! St. X!

Gameday Central | Tiger Lacrosse vs. KCD

Friday, May 15th | 7:00 PM | Br. Thomas More Stadium | Louisville, KY

St. Xavier vs. KCD Graphic

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

St. Xavier Tigers (17-4) vs. Kentucky Country Day Bearcats (13-2)
Friday, May 15th
Championship Game – 7:00 PM
Br. Thomas More Stadium
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

St. Xavier vs. Trinity KCD in the state finals tonight will have a different feel to it. The players know that this game will not be a classic, but maybe that’s the toughest part of the matchup for the Tigers: the mental part.

Tiger Lacrosse is going for their 10th state title in the last 15 years. That is an impressive stat and is all thanks to the leader of the Tigers, Coach Scott Howe. He defines St. Xavier Lacrosse as the American Flag defines the United States. He has been here since the very beginning and stood atop the lacrosse world in the commonwealth of Kentucky.

No one will be picking KCD to win this one, but let’s respect our opponents as they make their first appearance in the KY Lacrosse State Championship.  Get ready to celebrate and let’s see how many goals Collin Roppel and the rest of the Tiger Attackmen can net in their last game as a Tiger. Emotions will be flowing like a Senior Night as the outcome is certain to be in favor of the home team, but a trophy is going to be handed out in the end. It’s been an incredible season and career for a lot of these guys that will be playing their last game in the green and gold. We are happy they will get to go out on top!

COVERAGE

Twitter: @WSTXSports, @TigerSports_TV
Last Game: Defeated Trinity 10-2

Tigers Win!

The first goal got the momentum going for the Tigers | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

The first goal got the momentum going for the Tigers | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tiger Lacrosse advances to the KY Lacrosse State Championship on Friday night after defeating Trinity 10-2.  Big performances from Collin Roppel, Blake Roshkowski and Max Cartor have put the Tigers in great position to repeat as state champions once again.

It would be the 10th in the last 15 years if the Tigers pull off the win Friday, which if it were bet on in Vegas, they would be heavily favored. Come out to see the Tigers bring home a state title on Friday at 7:00 PM at Br. Thomas More Stadium. Should be fun!

Tiger Baseball drops to No. 3

Adam Elliott | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Adam Elliott | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

After a perfect game performance against now No. 15 Central Hardin, the Tigers were in a good position to reclaim the top spot in the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Top 20, but a minor hiccup against Trinity prevented that. The Tigers come in at No. 3 in the latest KHSBCA poll.

Rankings won’t matter at all here in about a week as playoff baseball begins and the last one standing is all that will matter. In the mean time, it’s fun to see where we stand and give the guys a little motivation to prove they are still the top team in the state until someone knocks them off the throne of state champs.

Take a look at this week’s Top 20:

1. McCracken County
2. Lafayette
3. St. Xavier
4. Lexington Catholic
5. Madison Central
6. Elizabethtown
7. South Laurel
8. Pulaski Southwestern
9. Covington Catholic
10. Pleasure Ridge Park
11. Meade County
12. South Warren
13. North Oldham
14. Apollo
15. Central Hardin
16. Trinity
17. Lexington Christian
18. North Bullitt
19. Male
20. Highlands

Tiger Baseball’s Record vs. Top 20: 5-2

Gameday Central | Tiger Lacrosse vs. Trinity

Wednesday, May 13th | 8:00 PM | Br. Thomas More Stadium | Louisville, KY

Trinity Tiger Lacrosse Game Preview

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

St. Xavier Tigers (16-4) vs. Trinity Shamrocks (12-7)
Wednesday, May 13th
Semifinal Game – 8:00 PM
Br. Thomas More Stadium
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

Another year, another meeting between St. Xavier and Trinity in the lacrosse state tournament.  This time, it will be in the state semifinals which is a rare matchup.  Only 6 times since 2001 have we not seen this game being played for a state title.

For the third year in a row, the Tigers will host the state tournament at Br. Thomas More Stadium on the campus of St. Xavier. It is always special for the members of the team to play on their home field in the most important games of the year and it certainly gives them an edge. Pregame rituals are a little more familiar and takes at least a little bit of pressure off the biggest game of the season.

We are not so clueless to think the next game for whichever team advances will be a cake walk considering Tiger Lacrosse one of the two teams on the other side of the bracket a combined 28-4 in their two meetings, but every game matters and both games will have to be played with complete focus. We like our chances though if we advance to Friday night’s state championship showdown.

COVERAGE

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Last Game: Defeated North Oldham 25-2

LCS gets to know Grant Wessling

Grant Wessling | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Grant Wessling | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Our friends at Louisville Catholic Sports spoke with Tiger Baseball’s Grant Wessling and got to know the pitching ace a little better.  Wessling is a senior and was a big part of the 2014 state championship run last spring.

Which athlete do you look up to on a college/professional level? Why? Although retired, I still look up to Derek Jeter for how much respect and love he has for the game of baseball.

What is your favorite cartoon character? Jimmy Neutron.

If time machines were real, and you could choose just one – to travel forward or backward – which would you select and why? I would travel backward in time because I’ve loved the past four years at Saint X and I’d want to have more time at the school.

For more, visit LouisvilleCatholicSports.com and see all of Grant’s answers here.

Prediction Thread: The Trinity Game

Collin Roppel | Photo by Varsity Views Louisville

Collin Roppel | Photo by Varsity Views Louisville

Tomorrow night, the Tigers take the field for The Game: Lacrosse Playoff Edition.  If you didn’t know already, the Tigers will battle the Shamrocks at Br. Thomas More Stadium for a chance to go to the State Championship on Friday.

We want to hear about your excitement through this post! Comment below your score prediction and how you think the Tigers will knock off Trinity for the second year in a row.

Who do you think wins and why?  Leave your prediction in the comment section below!

Coach Lyons to be inducted into the KWC Athletic Hall of Fame

Chad Lyons | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Chad Lyons | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Kentucky Wesleyan will induct Tiger Football Assistant Coach, Chad Lyons, into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 16. Lyons is one of ten Panther legends to be part of Kentucky Wesleyan’s third Athletic Hall of Fame Class.

Lyons played football there from 1988 to 1992. He was the first two-time All-American in school history (1991 and 1992) and was second in career total tackles with 310. Lyons holds the season total tackle record with 127.

WSTX Sports’ The Players Championship LIVE DIARY

THE PLAYERS LIVE DIARY

Good morning, WSTX Sports readers and Tiger Golf fans and welcome to The Players Championship LIVE DIARY on WSTXSports.com.  This will be a running diary of this weekend’s Players Championship PGA Tour Event featuring our own Justin Thomas in Jacksonville, FL.

It has been a while since we have done one of these so let’s remind you of how this works!  We will take you through the day with commentary of the scene with updates coming as often as possible. Refresh the page throughout the day to follow along.  Tweet us questions at @WSTXSports or have fun and be a part of the conversation in the comment section below! Go Tigers!

Thursday

(7:36 AM) Justin Thomas will be teeing off momentarily from TPC Sawgrass from Hole 10 with his partners for the first two rounds, Daniel Summerhays and Michael Putnam. Good luck, Justin!

(12:00 PM) Thomas is +1 thru 16* at The Players. He had only one bogey on 11, which is the only hole he didn’t shoot par. He sits at T42 at the moment, but only 6 strokes off the lead. The next hole for Thomas is the toughest in golf. The island at TPC Sawgrass is known for being one of the most difficult in the game. Let’s hope he lives up to the stamp he and Jordan Spieth got on their wedges. Non Splash Brothers.

Justin Thomas and Jordan Speith

(5:40 PM) Justin finished at +1 for the First Round of The Players at TPC Sawgrass. That’s good for T81, but still only 6 strokes off the lead. Plenty of golf is still to be played and slots are there to be moved up on the leaderboard. Tomorrow afternoon, Thomas will tee off at 12:46 PM in the Second Round. We’ll be back with more updates tomorrow! For now, Go St. X… Beat The Weeds!

Friday

(12:13 PM) This morning, before Justin tees off in the second round of The Players, he took to Twitter to congratulate Tiger Golf’s Allen Hamilton on his commitment to Kentucky.  Very cool to see the pro giving props to the rising senior.  Hamilton will join Thomas as a Former Tiger that has gone on to play in the SEC when his time at St. X is finished.

The projected cut is looking to be at E for the tournament with so many golfers in the red after the first round. Justin will have to put together a nice outing today to continue on to tomorrow. We know he’s more than capable of coming through with a big day. Now that he’s felt out the course a little bit, it’s time for him to make a move. You can watch the second round of The Players live on Golf Channel from 1:00-7:00 PM today.

Jordan Spieth, right, explains the break on the 15th green to Justin Thomas during a practice round Wednesday at The Players Championship | AP photo

Jordan Spieth, right, explains the break on the 15th green to Justin Thomas during a practice round Wednesday at The Players Championship | AP photo

(6:24 PM) Justin Thomas is in the clubhouse after he had a great second round, shooting a 70 to bring him to -1 overall for the tournament.  The projected cut is E like we said this morning, so Justin looks to have played him into the weekend at The Players. Congratulations to the Former Tiger! It’s almost not even a big deal to see him making the cut on the tour. Still a great accomplishment and especially this weekend in a tournament such as The Players.

Saturday

(11:53 PM) So this just happened. Justin Thomas hit his tee shot on the 8th straight into a fans’ cup holder. Hole in one?

Justin Thomas Hole in Cup

(8:00 PM) The Tiger Sports world had an unbelievable day as Tennis clinched a spot in the state semifinals, Rugby crushed their opponent and Volleyball went 3-1, but the most impressive performance had to have came from Former Tiger Justin Thomas. Thomas posted an incredible 65 in the third round of The Players. For the first time in the history of TPC Sawgrass, a 10 birdie day was posted… yep, by Justin!  Over 14,000 rounds have been played at one of the toughest courses in the country and the 22 year old rookie was the first to accomplish that feat.

Justin Thomas

Thomas moves to -8 overall in the tournament, which puts him tied for 5th. At one point before the leaders teed off, he was tied for the lead. Golf experts call Saturday, moving day and Justin certainly moved in the right direction. If he can duplicate today’s performance or even come close to it, he’ll have a chance to bring home his first PGA Tour win.

Sunday

Justin Thomas TPC Sawgrass

(10:52 PM) Good morning and Happy Mother’s Day to Tiger Nation! Justin Thomas has been paired with Sergio Garcia for the Final Round of The Players today and they will tee off at 2:15 PM from TPC Sawgrass. Thomas is two shots off the lead entering the last day and has a legitimate shot to bring home the hardware (and huge check) later on today! Good luck Justin!

Justin Thomas Mothers Day

(2:47 PM) Justin Thomas just birdied the second hole and is now one shot off the lead. The Golf Channel analysts broke down who stood out on the leaderboard heading into the final round. Click on the picture below to listen in on what they had to say about our own Justin Thomas.

Golf Channel Analysts Justin Thomas

(2:54 PM) Thomas bogeys the third hole to move back to -8 and two shots off the lead at The Players. Ben Martin and Chris Kirk are tied at -10 for the lead at the moment. Justin heads to the fourth at TPC Sawgrass.

KY Lacrosse State Tournament Bracket

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Here is the 2015 KY Lacrosse State Tournament Bracket. Tiger Lacrosse will host the semifinals and finals at Br. Thomas More Stadium, but before that, the Tigers will take on North Oldham High School in their quarterfinal matchup.  That game will be played Monday evening at 6:00 PM.

If the Tigers advance (something catastrophic happened if they don’t), they will face the winner of CAL and Trinity on Wednesday night at 8:00 PM at Br. Thomas More Stadium. A potential St. X vs. Trinity semifinal meeting is extremely rare. We’ll look into the exact number later, but this would be something like only the second time since 2000 that both St. Xavier and Trinity were in the state championship game.

Ballard and Collegiate will likely be the two teams on the top side of the bracket playing for a chance to go to the state championship. Next week will surely be an exciting week of lacrosse and we’ll be there for all of it! See you at Br. Thomas More Stadium Monday and hopefully Wednesday and Friday as well!

Justin Thomas wearing a GoPro and making bets

We hope you take a minute to watch this hilarious video of Former Tiger Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth making a side bet with their caddies during their practice round for The Players.

We’ve told you before that Justin and Jordan are best friends, but here it is on video as they goof around at one of the biggest PGA Tour events of the year. This is awesome!

Coach Howe wins his 200th Game!

Coach Howe #200

The leader of the Tiger Lacrosse program has won his 200th game as the head coach at St. Xavier after the Tigers defeated Collegiate to win the District Championship.

During his tenure, Coach Scott Howe, has done everything a coach can do and still has the drive for more.  Nine state championships would be unbelievable for any one man, but if you asked him right now about what that meant to him, I bet he would say he’s worried about getting #10.

200 wins is a whole lot of winning and that includes the other side of his record reading only 88 losses. Pretty impressive! From all of us at WSTX Sports, congratulations coach!