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Four Schools. Two Rivalries. One Cause. Pink and White Game 2017

This Friday, April 28th at 7:30 at St.X will mark the 10th Annual Pink and White Football Game played between Assumption and Sacred Heart.

Since, its inception, the Pink and White Game has raised over 195,000 dollars in support of the Norton Cancer Institute Breast Health Program. Last year’s event alone raised over 25,000 dollars.

Seniors from both Assumption and Sacred Heart have been practicing diligently to claim a win and well-deserved bragging rights. Also competing are seniors from St.X and Trinity, with help from AHS and SHA dancers, who will do a choreographed dance at halftime for the title of “Best Dance Team.”

Assumption and Saint Xavier will team up to form #TeamPink while Sacred Heart and Trinity will make up #TeamWhite

If you’ve never heard of this event, here’s what you should expect.

While the game will fill Br. Thomas More Stadium to full capacity, and is all fun, the true meaning for this game is something special. This game started as a pipeline dream for an Assumption student years ago, and now that dream has benefited the lives of many others. It’s hard to come by someone who’s life has not been touched in some way by cancer. Whether it’s a parent, a sibling, an aunt, a grandparent, cancer has impacted the lives of millions of people.

With this year being the 10th Anniversary, I hope to see the biggest donation yet.

Oh, and of course, Go Rockets, Go Tigers, and Go TEAM PINK!

 

GAMEDAY CENTRAL | Tiger Baseball vs. Trinity

Monday, April 17th | 6:00 PM | Louisville Slugger Field | Louisville, KY

Cam Scheler | Photo by Courier Journal

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (15-6) vs. Trinity Shamrocks (14-3-3)
Monday, April 17th
Varsity Game – 6:00
Louisville Slugger Field
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

The Tigers and Shamrocks will face off for the second time this season when they play at Louisville Slugger Field tonight at 6:00 PM. The Shamrocks won the first outing by a score of 13-8 back in March. The slugfest saw both teams combine for 24 hits.

As the No.1 and No.2 teams in the state, both teams have a lot of talent, especially on the pitching end. The Shamrocks have an ace in Brody Heil, who is a University of Louisville commit, while the Tigers have Connor Holden, committed to Murray State. Both pitchers will most likely make starts tonight. Holden did not have his best day last game, but with that in mind, will bring a lot more to the mound tonight.

On the offensive end, this matchup could very well go hit-for-hit once more. The Shamrocks are strong at the top of their order, with their first three batters combining for seven hits in the last game. Meanwhile, Sam Hedges, Cam Scheler, and Chris Esselman will lead the Tigers at the plate and will need to make their presence felt early and often.

Overall, this should be another thrilling matchup for the top two teams in the state. The Shamrocks have won the last three games against the Tigers, St.X’s last win coming in 2014.

COVERAGE

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GAMEDAY CENTRAL | Tiger Lacrosse vs. Collegiate

Saturday, April 15th | 12:00 PM | Assumption Green | Louisville, KY

Nic Malubay | Photo by Varsity Views

GAME INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (9-2) vs. Louisville Collegiate Titans (6-3)
Saturday, April 15th
Varsity Game – 12:00 PM
Assumption Green
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

The No.1 Team in Kentucky looks to continue their dominance over the Bluegrass. The Tigers are undefeated this year against in-state opponents, most recently posting a whopping 32-2 victory over Male this past Wednesday.

Don’t look for the Tigers to slow down against Collegiate. While the Titans have some good players, overall, the team won’t hang around with St.X for long. Seniors Hudson Hill and Paul Porter have been wreaking havoc on opposing offenses while Joey Mackin and Nic Malubay have been offensive juggernauts.

Expect a win for the Tigers as they head into the last quarter of the regular season.

COVERAGE

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Raceday Central | Tiger Track and Field at the Johnny Con Invitational

Ricky Garr | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Saturday, April 15th | Male High School | Louisville, KY

Ricky Garr | Photo by Jana Bollinger

RACEDAY INFORMATION

Johnny Con Invitational
Friday, April 15th
Male High School
Louisville, KY

EVENT ROSTER

4×800: Patrick Schaefer, Grady Shiftlet, Nick Poole, and Ryan Guenthner (ALT- Tanner Boling)
110 Hurdles: Beck O’Daniel and Jonny Dumuolin
100: Ricky Garr, Nick Lamattina, Patrick Jones, and Teddy Masterson
4×200: Brock Mayer, Nick Lamattina, Ricky Garr, and Jax Goldberg
1600: Cooper Marchal, Thomas Knepshield, Clint Sherman, Andrew Edwards, Clay Meiers, and Ken Barlow
4×100: Max Masterson, Ricky Garr, Beck O’Daniel, and Jax Goldberg
400: Clint Sherman and Brock Mayer
300 Hurdles: Beck O’Daniel and Jonny Dumuolin
800: Nick Poole, Grady Shiftlet, and Patrick Schaefer
200: Nick Lamattina and Brock Mayer
3200: Eric Portaro, Ryan Guenthner, Joey Schrepferman, Will Perrone, Lincoln Williams, and Jonny Vaughn
4×400: Ricky Garr, Tanner Boling, Beck O’Daniel, and Jax Goldberg
High Jump: Jax Goldberg
Long Jump: Max Masterson
Pole Vault: Barry Banta and Nick Meredith
Shot put: GJ Wellinghurst and Jack Hummel
Discus: GJ Wellinghurst and Jack Hummel

COVERAGE

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Last Race: BoJangles Classic in Columbia, SC

Gameday Central | Tiger Baseball vs. Ballard

Tuesday, April 11th | 7:30 PM | Carl and Rosemary Mueller Field  | Louisville, KY

St Xavier’s Christopher Esselman (6) and Ryan Davis (1) congratulate each other after getting the third out of the inning in their game against Butler at St. Xavier High School | Photo by the Courier Journal

 

Gameday Information 

Saint Xavier Tigers (14-4) vs. Ballard Bruins (12-3)
Tuesday, April 11th
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
JV Game – 5:00 PM
Carl and Rosemary Mueller Field
Louisville, KY

Game Notes 

 

The Tiger Baseball team has a double-header tonight against Ballard, JV playing at 5 and Varsity playing at 7:30. The Bruins are ranked inside the Top 10 in the state, and are going to be tough to beat. Led by the likes of Jordon Adell, the Bruins have run a 12-3 record, most recently going 4-0 in the Super Prep series over spring break.

Adell, a Louisville commit and top prospect for the MLB Draft, has been absolutely stellar this season. He is hitting .512 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs. Not only is he a great offensive player, but if he pitches tonight, he is capable of throwing some heat. He throws in the mid-90s on his fastball.

Obviously for the Tigers, they’ll need to keep Adell grounded. If they can do that, I’m confident that they can get through the rest of their lineup. The Bruins are a good team, but my prediction is 5-3 Tigers.

Game Coverage

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Tiger Sports Schedule | Week of April 9th, 2017

Hello Tiger Nation and Welcome Back from Spring Break! Your Tiger Sports teams have been staying busy over the break, and look to continue their solid schedules this week. Let’s take a look.

Monday, April 10th 

5:00 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Eastern

Tuesday, April 11th 

Freshman Volleyball vs. Moeller @ Trinity
JV Volleyball vs. Moeller @ Trinity
4:15 PM – Track and Field – Master Meet @ St.X
5:00 PM – JV Baseball vs. Ballard
– Freshman Baseball @ Ballard
7:00 PM – Freshman Baseball @ Ballard
7:15 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Ballard
7:30 PM – Varsity Volleyball vs. Moeller

Wednesday, April 12th 

4:00 PM – JV Tennis vs. Collegiate
5:30 PM – Varsity Lacrosse vs. Male
6:00 PM – JV Baseball @ Floyd Central
–  Freshman Baseball @ Shelby County

Saturday, April 15th 

9:00 AM – Track and Field – Johnny Con Invitational @ Male
10:00 AM – Varsity Tennis vs. Indian Hills (OH)
– Freshman Lacrosse vs. Cathedral (IN)
– Varsity Baseball vs. Elder (OH)
11:30 AM – JV Baseball Double Header @ Elder
12:00 PM – Varsity Lacrosse vs. Collegiate @ Assumption Green
1:00 PM – Varsity Rugby vs. Cathedral
2:00 PM – Varsity Tennis vs. Sycamore
3:00 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Johnson Central

Tiger Track and Field Wins Clash of the Classes at Walton Verona


The Tiger Track and Field team got their Spring Break schedule off to a terrific start, capturing the team title at the Clash of the Classes at Walton Verona yesterday. 

The team started the day with a win in the 4×800. The team of Grady Shiftlet, Nick Poole, Ryan Guenthener, and Cooper Marchal finished with a time of 8:21.35, the top time in the state this year. 

The distance team would keep their strong performance going with a slew of top finishers. Ryan Guenthener placed 3rd in the 800, Grady Shiftlet placed 4th in the 800, Thomas Knepshield placed 4th in the 1600, Clint Sherman placed 4th in the 3200, and Will Perrone placed 8th in the 3200. 

On the sprints side, the Tigers were just as successful. Beck O’Daniel and Jax Goldberg had great days, placing in the Top 3 in all four of their events. O’Daniel started his day with a 3rd place finish in the 110 Hurdles. He would then team up with Goldberg, and also with Ricky Garr and Zack Martinez in the 4×200 Relay who placed 2nd. In the 4×100, O’Daniel, Goldberg, Garr, and Max Masterson won the event with a time of 44.92 seconds, almost a second faster than the 2nd lance finisher. O’Daniel finished his day with a 3rd place finish in the 300 Hurdles. 

Other top finishes in the sprints included Garr placing 4th in the 200 and 5th in the 100. Lastly, the 4×400 team of Goldberg, Shiftlet, Poole, and Tanner Boling placed 3rd. 

The field events would round out a successful day for the Tigers. GJ Wellinghurst placed 2nd in the shotput with a new PR or 47’8″. Wellinghurst would also go on to place 8th in discus. Jax Goldberg picked up another win in the high jump at a height of 5’10. Max Masterson placed 2nd in the long jump. Lastly, James Bryant placed 3rd in the triple jump. 

Overall, the Tigers won the team title by 42 points over Covington Catholic. The team will look to carry on their strong performances to South Carolina next weekend for the BoJangles Invitational in Columbia. 

Go Tigers! 

IT’S GAMEDAY! 7:00 @ Trinity. Be there! 

As if you don’t need more reasons to get to the St.X vs. Trinity Lacrosse game tonight… here’s one more. #BeatTheWeeds

Tiger Sports Schedule: Week of March 27, 2017

WSTX Sports Logo Square

This is a big week in Tiger Sports as it is a showdown between Trinity for two Tiger Sports teams. The Lacrosse, Volleyball, and Tennis teams will play Trinity and look to build already impressive resumes. On the other hand, the Baseball and Track and Field teams are preparing for their Spring Break schedules, the latter traveling to NKU this weekend, and later to Columbia, South Carolina. Good Luck Tigers!

Monday, March 27th 

4:00 PM – JV Tennis vs. Butler
5:30 PM – Freshman Baseball vs. South Oldham
6:00 PM – Varsity Baseball @ Bullitt East
7:30 PM – Freshman Lacrosse (Green) @ Eastern
7:30 PM – JV Baseball vs. South Oldham

Tuesday, March 28th

4:15 PM – Track and Field – Master Meet @ St.X
5:00 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Butler

Wednesday, March 29th 

4:30 PM – Varsity Tennis vs. Trinity @ Top Gun Tennis Center
5:00 PM – JV Baseball vs. Eastern
5:30 PM – JV Lacrosse @ Trinity
7:00 PM – Varsity Lacrosse @ Trinity
7:15 PM – Freshman Baseball vs. Eastern

Thursday, March 30th 

5:00 PM – Freshman Baseball vs. Manual
5:30 PM – Freshman Volleyball @ Trinity
6:30 PM – JV Volleyball @ Trinity
7:15 PM – JV Baseball vs. Manual
7:30 PM – Varsity Volleyball @ Trinity

Friday, March 31st 

Varsity Tennis @ Edwardsville (IL) Invitational
5:30 PM – JV Baseball @ North Oldham
9:00 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Christian Brothers – KY/TN Challenge @ Nashville, TN

Saturday, April 1st 

7:00 AM – State Bass Fishing Tournament
9:00 AM – Varsity Track and Field @ Northern Kentucky University
11:00 AM – Freshman Baseball @ Oldham County
1:00 PM – JV Baseball @ Oldham County
3:00 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Farragut – KY/TN Challenge @ Nashville, TN
5:30 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Houston – KY/TN Challenge @ Nashville, TN

 

Raceday Central | Tiger Track and Field @ Lenny Lyles

Saturday, March 25th | Central High School | Louisville, KY

Jonny Dumuolin in the third leg of the 4×400 at Regionals last year | Photo by Jana Bollinger

RACEDAY INFORMATION

Lenny Lyles Invitational
Saturday, March 25th
Central High School
Louisville, KY

ENTRIES 

4×800 – Eoin Corbett, Pierce Walker, Clint Sherman, and Nick Poole (A team); Dalton Bishop, Jonny Vaughn, Clay Meiers, and Seth Goodwin (B team)
110 Meter Hurdles – Jonny Dumuolin and Beck O’Daniel
100 Meter Dash – Ricky Garr and Max Masterson (A); Zack Martinez and Paul Russell (B)
4×200 – Clay Erwin, Brock Mayer, Brian Mazzoni, and James Bryant (A); Greyson Galloway, Nick Lamattina, Paul Russell, and Connor Burke (B)
1600 – Ryan Guenthner and Cooper Marchal (A); Grady Shiftlet and Will Perrone (B)
4×100 – Ricky Garr, Beck O’Daniel, Jax Goldberg, and Nick Erwin, ALTERNATE – Max Masterson (A); Patrick Jones, Nick Lamattina, Paul Russell, and Connor Burke (B)
400 Meter Dash – Tanner Boling and Brock Mayer (A); Okko Quaye and Zack Martinez (B)
300 Hurdles – Jonny Dumuolin and Beck O’Daniel
800 Meter Dash – Eoin Corbett and Nick Poole (A); Clint Sherman and Pierce Walker (B)
200 Meter Dash – Ricky Garr and Jax Goldberg (A); Nick Lamattina and Patrick Jones (B)
3200 Meter – Thomas Knepshield and Andrew Edwards (A); Eric Portaro and Lincoln Williams (B)
4×400 – Tanner Boling, Beck O’Daniel, Jax Goldberg, and Jonny Dumuolin, ALTERNATE – Clay Erwin (A); Okko Quaye, Paul Russell, Connor Burke, and Greyson Galloway (B)
Long Jump – Max Masterson and Nick Erwin (A); Brian Mazzoni and James Bryant (B)
High Jump – Jax Goldberg and Nick Erwin
Triple Jump – James Bryant
Shotput – G.J. Wellinghurst and Justin Voelker
Discus – G.J. Wellinghurst and Justin Voelker

 

COVERAGE

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Last Race: Harry Greschel Invitational

Vote for Two Former Editors of WSTX Sports in The Manager Games!

After a full week of March Madness, it’s taken some time to comprehend all that just happened. The past week has been full of Blue Bloods returning to form, cinderella teams looking to make a run, exciting matchups and stories, and awesome games to watch. If you’re anything like me, you’ve watched about as much basketball as humanly possible. If you’re also like me, you’ve probably had to take this time and mourn over the loss of yet another potential perfect bracket (thanks Villanova and UofL!).

While we have been watching our favorite teams, players, and coaches duke it out to make it to the Final Four, there have been some unsung heroes roaming those same sidelines. Managers.

Basketball managers take up a huge responsibility on their respective teams. Setting up practices, doing laundry, you name it, and the managers are doing just about everything other than going out on the court during the game… until now.

Every so often, the night before a game between opposing schools, the managers of each school are able to play in a pick up game. The games are meant to be fun, and are purely for bragging rights, and they quite often are never mentioned after they are played. However, they have come increasingly popular the past few years, notably getting some attention from college basketball analyst Jay Bilas. The games have become so popular that in 2014, two managers from Michigan State created a whole system based on ranking the teams of Managers from the D-1 Basketball Landscape.

The system has moved so far that for the past two years, the Managers have created a whole March Madness bracket of their own. The seeding is the same, but is based off their own rankings, not the rankings from the actual NCAA Tournament.  There are your powerhouses like Duke and Kentucky still in the Tournament, but also schools like Akron and Morehead State, not teams that would usually playing in March. Matchups are then voted on via Twitter (unless the teams can travel and actually play, then the vote is null) and the Final Four teams will travel to the actual Final Four site and play at the NCAA Fan Fest.

This year, the bracket has made it to the Sweet 16 , and two former Editor’s-in-Chief of WSTX Sports are still in the running to travel to Phoenix this year.

Cole Bollinger ’16 and Jacob Hayslip ’15 are currently both basketball managers of Missouri and Western Kentucky, respectively. Cole has reached out to me asking for help to send him to the Final Four, and as my predecessor, of course I am here to help spread the word.

Missouri is the #5 seed in the West Region, currently facing #1 seeded VCU Managers. Western Kentucky is the #1 seed facing #5 College of Charleston in the Midwest Region. Both voting polls on Twitter are currently open for another day so make sure to vote on the links below!

Vote for Missouri here  

Vote for WKU  here  

From one Editor to another, good luck to Cole and Jacob and let’s get them to Phoenix!

Tiger Sports Schedule: Week of March 19, 2017

This week in Tiger Sports marks the first that every Spring Sports team is now in season. The Tennis, Rugby, Baseball, Lacrosse, Track and Field, and Volleyball teams will all be in action this week. Good luck to all and Go Tigers!

Monday, March 20th

6:00 PM – Freshman Lacrosse (Green) vs. Trinity
– Varsity Baseball vs. Oldham County

Tuesday, March 21st

4:00 PM – Varsity Tennis vs. Manual @ Central Park
5:00 PM – Freshman Baseball @ Eastern
6:30 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Manual @ Derby City Field
7:15 PM – JV Baseball @ Eastern

Wednesday, March 22nd 

6:00 PM – Varsity Lacrosse vs. Manual
7:30 PM – JV Lacrosse vs. Manual

Thursday, March 23rd

4:00 PM – JV Tennis @ North Oldham
5:00 PM – Freshman Baseball @ DeSales
6:00 PM – Freshman Lacrosse (Green) @ Oldham County
6:30 PM – JV Volleyball @ DeSales
7:15 PM – JV Baseball @ DeSales
7:30 PM – Varsity Volleyball @ DeSales
– JV Lacrosse @ Oldham County

Friday, March 24th

Varsity Tennis – DECO High School Championships @ Chattanooga, TN
5:30 PM – Freshman Baseball vs. North Oldham

Saturday, March 25th 

JV Volleyball vs. Centerville @ Trinity
Varsity Volleyball vs. Centerville @ Trinity
Freshmen Volleyball vs. Centerville @ Trinity
9:00 AM – Varsity Track and Field – Lenny Lyles Invitational @ Central
12:00 PM – Freshman Baseball @ Central Hardin
1:00 PM – Varsity Rugby vs. Moeller
– Varsity Baseball vs. Brother Rice (IL)
3:30 PM – JV Baseball vs. Brother Rice (IL)

Tiger Baseball’s Seven Day Extravaganza

Baseball is known as a sport notorious for having a lot of games in a short time period. Most MLB teams will go on stretches of playing six or seven days in a row. But those are professional teams. It’s not so common in the high school ranks. However, the Tiger Baseball team will began their first of seven games in seven days yesterday when they played North Oldham at home.

The Tigers were originally scheduled to play the Mustangs on Monday, but due to weather, the game was pushed back. Obviously, there wasn’t much the team could do about it, but now they are faced with a daunting task of seven games in a week.

These games won’t be a cake walk by any means either. St.X will face four teams that were ranked in the Preseason Top 25 by Prep Baseball Report, as well as an out-of-state team from Camp Hill, PA. Let’s take a look at the schedule:

Yesterday, the Tigers defeated #8 North Oldham by a score of 15-5. This was an especially impressive win, because the Tigers faced a Major League prospect in pitcher Joe Boyle. There were multiple scouts in attendance, but they quickly left after the Tigers made short work of Boyle.

Today- #25 North Bullitt (5:00 PM)

Friday – St.X takes on Trinity… coincidentally the one from Pennsylvania (5:00 PM)

Saturday – #4 Trinity… the real one this time! (9:00 AM) and #5 Lexington Catholic (5:00 PM)

Monday – Oldham County (6:00 PM)

Tuesday – DuPont Manual (6:30 PM)

Luckily for the Tigers, every game except for Manual will be at home during this seven game stretch. Depending on how the Tigers’ record comes out of this extravaganza, it’ll be extremely telling of how the Tigers are positioned to repeat as State Champions. Yes there are tough games and yes this is a tall task, but the possibility of coming out with four Top 25 wins this early in the season would show that the Tigers are not messing around this year.

Go Tigers!

2017 Tiger Track and Field Preview

2016 Tiger Track and Field team at the Taco Bell Invitational last spring break | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Last season, the Tiger Track and Field Team over-performed in the State Meet. Heading into the day, they were predicted to finish 13th, but had a stellar performance and finished 6th overall. This year, the Tigers are poised to win their first state title since 2003. The Tigers are led by a large group of seniors, something they did not have the benefit of last year. They are rounded out by a strong class of juniors. As the first official meet of the year approaches, how does the Tiger Track and Field stack up this year?

Distance

The Tigers lose a major contributor from last year’s team in the form of Matthew Thomas. Thomas was one of the top runners in the State of Kentucky and has gone on to run at UK this year. In the State Meet, he placed 2nd in the 1600 and 6th in the 800.

This year, however, the Tigers still return the vast majority of their scorers from the State Meet. Headlined by senior Ryan Guenthner, juniors Patrick Schaefer and Cooper Marchal, and sophomore Zach Larkin. All four of these guys are coming off of a terrific Cross Country season in which they went to Nationals, and are ready for a big season on the Track.

Last season, Guenthner finished 7th overall in the 3200 and Schaefer finished 5th. While Cooper Marchal did not run in the 3200, he will vie for a top two spot this season, but look for these three guys to be interchangeable in the event. Zach Larkin placed 6th in the 1600 last season as a freshman, for look for him to make some noise this season,

Outside of this top group, sophomore Grady Shiftlet is coming off a big cross country season and looks to carry that momentum into track. Shiftlet is a strong 800m runner and will be a dark horse to make it to the state meet this year.

Sprints

The Tigers have the strongest group of sprinters they have had in quite a few years. They will not lose a single person who competed in Regions last year.

Leading the charge for the sprinter group will be seniors Max Masterson, Ricky Garr, and Jax Goldberg. Both Masterson and Garr have four years of Varsity experience and have a relatively good shot of making state in the individual 100 and 200. Last season, Masterson placed 5th in Regions in the 200, while Garr placed 7th in Regions in the 100. On the other hand, Goldberg will be an all-around runner, who can run in the 100, 200, and 400.

Past these three guys, there is a slew of runners who could step up in the individual events. In the 100, sophomore Nick Erwin is looking for a big campaign. In the 200 and 400, guys like seniors Tanner Boling and James Bryant, junior Brock Mayer, and sophomores Beck O’Daniel and Clay Erwin all want to compete for individual spots in these events.

Field Events

The Track and Field team returns every major contributor in the field events from last season. In the Jumps, senior Max Masterson leads the way. Last season, Masterson placed 8th in Long Jump at State, and is currently in the Top 3 for returning jumpers in Class AAA. Along with Masterson in the long jump, the high-flying sophomore Nick Erwin is looking to make some noise and is a dark-horse to make state this year in the event.

In the High Jump, Jax Goldberg and Nick Erwin will compete. In his first season, Goldberg qualified for the State Meet in the event and tied for 11th. His PR last year was 6’0″ and if he can improve on that, will easily score in the event this year.

In the Pole Vault, senior Barry Banta returns after missing all of his junior season with a back injury. During the Indoor Season, Banta came back and already tied his PR of 12’0″. Banta will be one of the top vaulters in the State and has said that anything less than being State Champion would feel like a disappointment.

Lastly in the Throws, seniors G.J. Wellinghurst and Justin Voelker lead the group. Wellinghurst has a great chance at placing in the Top 5 if not the Top 3 of the shotput this year. He placed 3rd in Region in his first year of competition and did not make the state meet, but with another year under his belt, has the capability of throwing around the 50 foot mark which should place him into Top 3 contention.

Hurdles

St.X has been known to bust out some of the top hurdlers in the State of Kentucky. This year will be no different. After losing current hurdler for the University of Indianapolis Dallas Ford to graduation, a few guys are looking to step up this year.

Those two foremost guys will be senior Jonny Dumuolin and sophomore Beck O’Daniel. While Dumuolin is sounder in form and rhythm, O’Daniel is the faster of the two. However, both of these guys are poised to make it to the State Meet in the 110m Hurdles and the 300m Hurdles.

Dumoulin is the only hurdler returning from the State Team last year. In the 300m hurdles, he placed 19th overall, but with a lot of the top guys leaving after graduating, Dumoulin will be in contention to score some points for the Tigers.

While O’Daniel may have not competed in either events last year, he has already shown that he is making strides in both events and has the ability to score points in State as well.

Relays

While the Tigers may never have the fastest individual guys, you can bet on them scoring points in every relay. This season, the Tigers are poised to place at least in the Top 5 in the 4×800, 4×400, 4×200, and 4×100 relays. On all four relays, they only lose two seniors in Cole Bollinger (4×800) and Matthew Thomas (4×400).

One year removed from St.X’s state record 4×800 team, the Tigers replaced every guy in their lineup. While Thomas was on the team, it was hard to replace Ben Kleine-Kracht, Eli George, and William Mulloy all at the same time.

This year, however, the Tigers return three guys from last year’s team who placed 5th in the State Meet. Ryan Guenthner, Grady Shiftlet, and Nick Poole all return for the Tigers, and will contend for a top spot in the State.

The 4×400 team, who placed 8th last year, loses Matthew Thomas, but the team has a lot of depth in the 400 this year. Returning runners for the relay include Ricky Garr, Jonny Dumuolin, and Beck O’Daniel. However, due to their depth, look for guys to change in and out through the year. Brock Mayer, Jax Goldberg, and Tanner Boling will all compete to be apart of that relay.

To round out the bunch, the 4×200 and 4×100 Relay teams return all four of the same guys in the event. Seniors Max Masterson, Ricky Garr, and Jax Goldberg, along with sophomore Beck O’Daniel are looking to improve on their finishes from last year. In the 4×200, the foursome placed 5th, while in the 4×100 they placed 9th. Depending on the events that O’Daniel performs in, he may be ousted in place of sophomore Nick Erwin, but there is not a drop off between the two.

Overall

There are not many other teams in the state that can boast the all-around team strength that St.X has this year. Yes there are some strong team’s in the sprint sides (Ballard and Central) and some strong teams in distance (Manual); overall, St.X’s main competition will come from Paul Dunbar and that team on Shelbyville Road.

The Distance team is coming off of a National-caliber cross country season, while the sprinters are the most well-rounded the team has had in years. The Hurdlers have the ability to make some noise, and almost all the field events have the possibility to score some major points. I believe it is safe to say that the 2017 Tiger Track and Field team has the most realistic shot to win their first state title since 2003.

Go Tigers!

Next Race: Saturday, March 18th @ CAL

 

 

 

 

Gameday Central | Tiger Baseball vs. North Oldham

Monday, March 13th | 7:00 PM |Saint Xavier High School| Louisville, KY

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (1-0) @ Eastern Eagles (0-0)
Monday, March 13th
Varsity Game – 7:00 PM
JV Game – 5:30 PM
Saint Xavier High School
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

The Tigers begin their first full week of games with North Oldham High School at home today. The Mustangs went 15-20-1 last season, losing to the Tigers by a score of 5-1.

This year, the Mustangs return possibly the best pitcher in the state of Kentucky, and one of the best in the nation. Joe Boyle is a 6’6″ 225 pound RHP for the Mustangs and will most likely be the one throwing heat to the Tigers tonight. Boyle was named to the Preseason All-American Team by Collegiate Baseball. The big man has a fastball that clocks in around 90-93 mph. He is verbally committed to play at Notre Dame.

GAME COVERAGE

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