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Thank you, Jacob Hayslip

Thank you, Jacob.

As the 2015 school year winds to a close, we remember all the great memories made by this senior class in the world of sports. The football team defeated Trinity in their yearly meeting at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Making this the first time they defeated them at the varsity level in 7 games. The golf team captured their first state championship since 2009 and also after falling just short the past two years. The swimming and diving team captured their 26th straight state championship, continuing their dominance in the pool. The powerlifting team also captured the state title. Now all the spring sports teams are in full swing and each team has a chance to make a name for themselves and add more state championships to our two already captured this year. There is one common thread between all these teams. Jacob Hayslip.

Jacob has been the face of WSTX sports and The Xavier News this year, as well as producing the WSTX morning news, and being the basketball team’s manager. Jacob has taken thousands of pictures of every single sports team, and every single player wants one of them. He has spent countless hours writing posts for this great website, and had a few sleepless nights trying to get everything else done in his crazy life. He truly deserves a huge thank you from Tiger Nation. He put the team on his back, covering the football and basketball games with expert analysis skills. He goes on the news with such confidence and really knows what he is talking about, no matter the sport. Jacob Hayslip has been there from day one. He started writing for the web site as a sophomore, and has carried this website through thick and thin. He has done so much for this school, and it would take me a lot more than a thousand or so words to say so.

If you want to know what kind of kid he is, go and look at his Instagram (JHAYS96). Instagram is a social media app that allows kids to share pictures, usually of themselves. Not Jacob. Most of his posts do not even feature him in the picture, they are all of the various athletes that go to St. X. He posts pictures of them and pumps them up, letting everyone know what they have been doing on the field. This is a completely selfless act done by Jacob, and is something that may go unnoticed by the majority of people, but I notice it.

Jacob comes to so many sporting events, I am surprised they haven’t gotten him a permanent sideline pass and a reserved chair there. He comes to away games too. I always see him at the lacrosse games with his camera. He takes pictures of everyone, showing each player in at least one. He captures the true journalist action shots as well as the fun and creative pictures that all kids like. He is out there with all the teams and he feels like a part of our team. Just the simple task of taking pictures and upload them means so much to the players. He really knows how to keep us happy. He has sacrificed so much of his free time to come to these games that it is unreal. He also takes many AP classes and still gets that work done. He amazes me every day when I see him at school smiling away and always happy, no matter how much sleep he got the day before.

Jacob, I know that we cannot repay you for all that you have done, especially in time, no way we can give you all that time back, but thank you. You have truly been a great role model in this school, and a clear leader by example. I look up to you because I know that if Jacob can manage his tight schedule, then I can too. You left some very, very big shoes to fill; they may never be totally filled. You continued the great legacy that Clay Bollinger left behind, and I never thought it was possible, but you did. I speak for all of the students in the school when I say thank you. Thank you, Jacob.

Phillip Freeman


Thank you, Jacob.

Jacob, what you have done with WSTX Sports over the last year has been amazing. You have brought coverage like no other to St. X athletics and have made it top of the line. When my brother graduated, I didn’t know if WSTX Sports would continue or what the future of it would be. You stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park.

Like Phillip said, the amount of time you have spent on the web site and twitter accounts is astonishing. The articles and features you have written and brought to the site have been of the best quality. The great thing is that you have spread the love around. You don’t care if it is volleyball, rugby or basketball, you are there. You take pictures for all of these sports, and you make sure that they get their fair share of coverage. As you said in post earlier this year, you aren’t going to be a journalist, but you do this because you love St. X spots. I don’t think I can name a person who loves it as much as you. You spend every day with St. X sports, and it has become a part of your lifestyle.

You technically were only a part of the Basketball team as a manager, but you ended up being a part of every team at this school by senior year. Every member of every sports team knows that you are the man behind the operation. You were able to celebrate state championships because you were with the team every step of the way.

Thank you for all of the work you put into this and thank you for paving the way for future members of WSTX Sports. You enter the line of Clay Bollinger and Evan Shaheen, and it was such an honor working under you this year and working with you the past two years.

Thank you for showing me how to do this job at such a high level. You may be graduating today, but you will always be a part of the St. X and WSTX Sports community. We still might not be “real” media, but you got the job done. You’re the best and go do work at WKU!

Cole Bollinger

Justin Thomas ’11 tied for the lead going into the final round of the Humana Challenge

Photo by AP

Photo by AP

Former Tiger Justin Thomas continues his stellar rookie season on the PGA Tour. Following up a 6th place finish in last week’s Sony Open, Thomas shot a third round 68 in the Humana Challenge to put him in a four-way tie for the lead entering the last round of the tournament.

Courier-Journal Coverage
Post Round Interview from

Justin Thomas ’11 Shoots 61 to tie for the lead in the Sony Open

The rookie is killing it! Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger!

Justin Thomas Appears on Golf Channel Morning Drive

Photo Courtesy: Instagram

Justin Thomas appeared on Golf Channel’s show Morning Drive on Tuesday, January 7 to talk about his expectations for the coming PGA Tour Season.

He went into the simulator for a closest-to-the-pin contest…

Talked a little about his swing…

Photo Courtesy: Instagram
And even competed against Tim Rosaforte in a headstand contest!

Tiger Golf wins the 2014 State Championship!

Tiger Golf State Champions

Congratulations to the 2014 Leachman Buick GMC Cadillac/KHSAA State Golf Champions!  After two long days of playing in the biggest tournament of the year, the Tigers will return home with their program’s 19th state championship!

This is the first title since 2009, when PGA Tour Member Justin Thomas was a Junior on the Tiger Golf team.

Tiger Golf goes for #19 today!

LINEUP St Xavier Golf State

The first round of the 2014 Leachman Buick GMC Cadillac/KHSAA State Golf Championship is upon us at Bowling Green Country Club.  Drew Kiehl, Billy Basham, Michael Sass, Matt Liston and Regional Champion Allen Hamilton represent the Tigers in state competition.

The Tigers won earlier this year at BGCC so they are very familiar with the course, but today’s rainy conditions may keep their scores a little higher than expected.  They dominated the Regional Tournament and look to repeat that performance over the next two days. We’ll keep you updated on what’s happening on the fairways and greens as often as possible via Twitter and the site.  Go Tigers!

Round 1 Tee Times

All players will tee off from Hole 1 to begin play.

12:15 PM – Drew Kiehl
12:24 PM – Billy Basham
12:33 PM – Michael Sass
12:42 PM – Matt Liston
12:51 PM – Allen Hamilton


Justin Thomas headed to the PGA Tour

Justin Thomas shows off his 2014-15 PGA Tour card.

Justin Thomas shows off his 2014-15 PGA Tour card.

Congratulations to Former Tiger Justin Thomas, who officially earned his PGA Tour card on Sunday.  Thomas finished tied for 26th in the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft to end up in fifth place on the Tour money list.  Justin’s earnings for the year are $276,637.

He now follows in the footsteps of past Tiger Golf greats like Bobby Nichols ’54 and Frank Beard ’57 to play on the PGA Tour.  Thomas joins J.B. Homes and Josh Teater to become the third Kentuckian on the tour next season.

The new season’s first event will be the Open in Napa, CA on Oct. 6-12, 2014.

Link to Thomas Boise Open photo

Justin Thomas tees off in the Albertson’s Boise Open

Tigers Win Program’s 20th KIT

Matt Liston | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Matt Liston | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tiger Golf had another impressive day on the course today as they won the Kentucky Invitational Tournament, which was held at Nevel Meade Golf Course this morning.  The Tigers split into two teams and the second team finished in second place.  Not too shabby.

The “Green” Team shot 298 to win the Tigers 20th KIT Team Championship.  Junior Matt Liston, who fired a 1-over par 73, lead the way for the team. Drew Kiehl, also a junior, was next for St. X with a 2-over par 74 while junior Billy Basham was next with a 3-over par 75.  Junior Michael Sass completed the scoring for the Tigers shooting a 4-over par 76.

The “Gold” Team for Tiger Golf and the Shamrocks of Trinity tied for runner-up team honors shooting 299.  The Tigers Gold Team won runner-up honors by virtue of the 5th player shooting a lower score as the Gold Team was lead by senior Jack Berger’s even par 72.  Peter Brown, JR. was next with a 2-over 74 while freshman Jay Kirchdorfer shot a 4-over par 76 for St. X.  Senior Kyle Saffron completed the scoring for the Gold Team with a 5-over par 77.

Tiger Golf’s Jack Berger (Gold) finished in a tie for 6th place shooting 72 and Matt Liston of St. Xavier (Green) finished in a tie for 8th place as he shot 73.

The coolest part of the tournament might have been the fact that Former Tiger Golf Legend Justin Thomas was in attendance to watch his Alma Mater and he tweeted this picture out.  Very cool.

Is Justin passing the torch to Jay to be the next great golfer from Poplar Level Road?

Tiger Golf begins season with win

Five-Star Lafayette General Invitational champions | @DrewKiehl13

Five-Star General Lafayette Invitational champions | @DrewKiehl13

The Tiger Golf team has concluded tryouts and are back out on the course and off to a great start.

Billy Basham came out strong and helped lead the team to a win at the Five-Star General Lafayette Invitational yesterday. Basham finished in second place and the team as a whole played very well, winning by 8 strokes. They described the match as “fun” and “low-key” especially beating Trinity without their best golfer Mike Sass while he is away at the Junior PGA Championship.

The team finished with a score of 293 with help from all the grade levels.

Arguably the best freshman in the state, Jay Kirchodorfer, shot an amazing 75 in his first Varsity match as a Tiger.

The Tigers are back at it next Monday and hope to keep the winning going.

2014 Tiger Golf Preview

Mikes Sass won the final PGA Junior Series Event of the year at | @PGAJuniorSeries

Mikes Sass won the final PGA Junior Series Event of the year at | @PGAJuniorSeries

Tiger Golf is looking for its first state championship in five years.  After holding the runner-up trophy the past two years, this young team is poised for redemption.  Mike Sass and Billy Basham will be the top two guys this year after having state experience, and they will both be only juniors.  A plethora of other players look to accompany them this year.  Many juniors, including Peter Brown, Matt Liston, Allen Hamilton and Drew Kiehl are ready to make the next step and help take home the state title this year.  Seniors Alex Rowland, Jack Berger and Jimmy Gates will add depth and look to make an impact in their final golf season as Tigers.

Sass and Basham have both been active this summer qualifying for national tournaments in Texas.  Sass will compete in the 39th Junior PGA Championship after winning the qualifier with scores of 71 and 72 at Bardstown Country Club.  This event starts on July 27 and will conclude on August 1st. Last years winner was also from Kentucky, and Sass will look to make the first pair of consecutive winners from the same state  since 1993-94, when Pat Perez and Joel Kribel from California did it.  Basham will be participating in the U.S. Junior Amateur tournament at Carlton Woods.  He will play from July 18-26 and is looking to bring home the championship before the St. X season starts up.

The first tournament for the Tigers is on August 1st at the Five Star General Invitational.  Liston is excited for the season to begin.

“We all have been working out together at least twice a week and competing on our own in tournaments.  We are ready.”

The season is short and jam packed with events all throughout the state.  The season will conclude at Bowling Green Country Club on October 11th when the Tigers will hopefully end their five year drought with a state title.

On to the Next One

Junior Austin Clemons surrounded by his teammates after scoring the winning run

St. Xavier came into Tuesday’s game with a record of 33-4 playing Logan County. Ryan Lemond, co-host of the well known Kentucky Sports Radio announced the game, and what a game it was. Logan County entered the highly anticipated game with 7 players who participated in the 2009 Little League World Series. The Tigers dramatic defeat of Male launched them into this tense showdown with Logan County. Despite an astounding showing by sophomore pitcher Caleb Bruner (7-3), the Tigers reached the quarter finals by edging Logan County 2-1 and advancing to play PRP. PRP fell to the Tigers 12-0 earlier in the year.

The game started slowly with the first run being scored in extras. Bruner threw a no hitter up until the final pitch. Senior Sam Melchoir displayed brilliance of his own, throwing in the 80’s consistently and only allowing one hit before being replaced by Ben Britt. Britt closed out the game and allowed Logan County’s only run in the 8th.

Bruner, who also pitched in the Little League World Series, allowed a double to Austin Clemons which was his only hit allowed. With the bases loaded, Andrew Hubbs came up to bat and it a hard groundball to the second baseman. The ball was bobbled, which gave University of Louisville committ Austin Clemons the green light to run. The second baseman committed a walk off error off of Hubbs’ hit, which would ultimately seal the deal for the Tigers as Clemons scored the winning run into a pile of his teammates as the Tigers advanced to the quarterfinals.

Austin Clemons gets the first hit of the game

Saint X takes on PRP in action Thursday at 6. The Panthers will undoubtedly seek revenge in a game guranteed to be full of emotion for both sides. The Tigers will again be tested as they try to “hold the rope” on their way to state.

St. Xavier advances to Semis


The St. Xavier baseball team came out on top today by a score of 10-0 against the Central Yellow Jackets. With only three starters playing most of the game and a few sophomores getting to play, the Tigers were looking on top of their game today. The bats were hitting everything and they run ruled the Yellow Jackets in 5 innings. Pitching today was led by the starter Robby Skarvan who pitched his way out of two bases loaded jams unscathed, as well as Sam Melchoir who hit a home run.

The first pitch Sam Springer saw he rocketed to deep left center field and had an easy standing double. Later in the inning Andrew Hubbs had a two RBI double that left the Tigers up by a score of 4-0 after one inning. Robby Skarvan had a bases loaded jam that he pitched out of in the second inning by recording a strikeout and then a ground ball tag out by Melchoir. One run was scored the next inning by the Tigers and Skarvan has the shutout after two innings. In the bottom of the third inning, Andrew McCormick hit a bomb to the fence that led Melchoir up to bat. He then nailed the ball in the same place but farther for a two run homer. That made the score 7-0 after 3.

Matt Lasley came in the game to pitch next and continued shutout as well. In the bottom of the inning, Austin Gahafer knocked in two on a two RBI double to end that inning. With the score of 9-0, sophomore Trace Amshoff came to the plate and walked to start the bottom of the fifth inning. On a Central error, he advanced to third and eventually made his way home to score the run rule effect against Yellow Jackets and then St. Xavier won by a score of 10-0.

Next up for the Tigers is a game against Trinity at Jim Patterson Stadium on Wednesday at 5 o’ clock. The Tigers beat the Rocks earlier in the season and hope to do so again. This is the seventh region semi-final game and should be one to remember in the St. X versus Trinity rivalry.