Author Archives: Joe Dawson
The Tiger Bass Fishing team will take its four state qualifiers, Lucas Miller, Evan Bale, Carter O’Brien and David Brewer, to the inaugural state championship bass fishing tournament this Friday and Saturday on Kentucky Lake. The foursome will try to repeat its success from the regional tournament against 44 other boats to win St. X the first ever bass fishing state championship.
Wow. I’m not even sure where to begin. This past year has been one of so much hard work, joy, stress, and triumph that it seems impossible that all of it only happened in one year. It seems like it was just yesterday that Clay and I were talking at the lunch table about the possibility of making a St. X sports reporting program. To be honest, I doubted it was possible. But nonetheless, I went along with it and I was proven completely wrong. Not only did we succeed, but we flourished, doing something that St. X has never seen before in its impressive history. From our humble beginnings, we have seen ups and downs (some more horrifying than others) but overall we have accomplished so much. We’ve gained over 1,000 Twitter followers, created a web site, and most importantly established a fan base of students, faculty, and alumni that looks to us as their primary source of news information about St. X sports. Although it’s used so much nowadays, I feel that this saying applies to us better than most: Started from the bottom, now we’re here. But we’re not done. The legacy and program will live on through some very talented sophomores and juniors who have already put in much time and work into WSTX Sports.
Now, on to the task at hand. I have to pick just one moment to call my favorite from the past year, but quite frankly, I’m not sure that I can do that. There are so many memories and snapshots from the past year racing through my mind that it’s hard for me to grab hold of one of them. One thing that remains constant throughout all of my memories, though is the support of the student body. The school spirit that the student body has shown this year has been simply incredible and without them, this whole program wouldn’t have even survived a week. I am simply so grateful to all of them for their support.
But I suppose I must pick one, so I will go with a night that I still remember so clearly in my head. It was a warm September Friday night, the 14th to be precise. The opponent: Moeller High School. The theme: Patriotic Night. Now, Clay and I had talked about this night before the season had even started, and we wanted this game to be outrageous. We wanted people there that normally don’t even come to games. We wanted students, their girlfriends, and their girlfriends’ friends there. We wanted parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents. We wanted them all. Now realistically, we didn’t think we could get everyone there, but we devoted the whole week to promoting the game nonstop. It was on Twitter, on Facebook, on the announcements in the morning, in the hallways; you couldn’t go anywhere in the building without seeing something about Patriotic Night. As the week went on, I could feel the excitement growing. I knew there were going to be lots of people there. Not everyone, but quite a few.
I was wrong. We got everyone. And I do mean EVERYONE. I distinctly remember walking out the doors of the locker room to go onto the field. I heard the noise, but it wasn’t until I saw what the reality was that I had any kind of reaction. I froze. I couldn’t move. I was being forced along down the ramp by my teammates and onto the field without any conscious effort on my part. I was just amazed at the amount of people there. And not just people, but students. Our student section took up nearly a third of the grandstand. It got to the point that people had to stand on either side of the bleachers to even find a place to see. And the noise… That game was by far one of the loudest and most “turnt up” Rage Cages that I have ever seen or been a part of. I thought my eardrums might burst when we took an early lead as Charles Walker took it around the right side for an 80 yard touchdown run. To this day, I truly believe that we owe a large part of our success in that game to the Rage Cage. They were there for us till the very end, hanging on the fence on the field, ready to storm the field when we scored the final time to win the game. Unfortunately, that moment never came. Though we barely fell short in the end, it was one of the best moments of my life, one that I will never forget as long as I live.
It certainly is bittersweet, writing this article, because it signifies a sort of farewell. I am sad to have to leave the program and St. Xavier High School, but it is time for me to move on, along with the rest of the class of 2013. But although I am sad, I also have hope; hope for the future of the program. We have placed the program in good hands and I look forward to seeing what new and exciting things that the next generation of reporters/journalists have in store for the St. X community.
Thank you to all of the students, faculty, and staff that have helped us along the way and made this whole program possible. You have no idea how much we all truly appreciate it.