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Ben Seger: The Speedster Bursting onto the Scene

Today we look at senior wide receiver Ben Seger. Seger saw time last year and will see even more this season. He is a small, quick receiver who can beat you in many different ways. Look for him to play a big factor in the Tigers offense this year.

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Full name: Benjamin Hardin Seger

Position: Wide Receiver

Jersey number: 15

Grade: Senior

Height: 5’8

Weight: 160

Nickname: Bob Seger

Fun Facts

Favorite food? Cheeseburger

Pregame meal? Jimmy Johns and a blue Powerade

Favorite TV show? That 70’s Show

Favorite college team? Louisville

Favorite pro teams? Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds

Football idol? Ryan Switzer

Biggest role model? My dad

Dream school to play football? Louisville

Favorite subject? Math

How do you mentally prepare for a game? Listen to music

Favorite football memory? Scoring a touchdown in my first varsity game against Lexington Catholic.

Individual goals for this year? Help my team in any way possible.

Hobbies outside of football? Play basketball, video games, and Netflix

Celebrity crush? Shakira

Favorite movie? Saving Private Ryan

Favorite restaurant? Buffalo Wild Wings

What is the significance behind your number? I wasn’t able to get the number I wanted last year so I was given #15.

Go-to lunch at school? Chicken sandwhich, fries, strawberry yogurt parfait, and a water.

Person that has been most influential in your football career? My Dad

Favorite artist/band? Cold War Kids

All time favorite song? Piano Man by Billy Joel

Current favorite song? Take It All Back by Judah & the Lion

All-time favorite Sports Center anchor? Stuart Scott

If you could go back in time to any point in your life when would it be and why? I would go back to the start of my freshman year because I would want to see how much myself and my friends have changed over the past couple years.

3 most important things to you? Family, Friends, and Food

What are you looking to improve on this season? I’m looking to improve on my speed and my ability to make defenders miss in the open field.

The 6’5 Wide Receiver that is Poised for a Breakout Season: Will Crum

In part two of the “fun facts” series we look at senior wide receiver Will Crum. Crum is a two sport athlete who spends time on both the basketball court and the football field. In Friday’s scrimmage he looked to be Albers go-to guy as they connected on several short, quick passes that Crum took for positive yardage. Here are some fun facts about the wide-out poised for a big season:

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Full name: William Oliver Crum

Position: Wide Receiver (X)

Jersey number: 82

Grade: Senior

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 195 lbs

Nickname: 99

Fun Facts

Favorite food? Steak

Pregame meal? Smoothie from Smoothie King

Favorite TV show? Big Brother

Favorite college team? Kentucky

Favorite pro teams? Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Chicago Cubs

Football idol? Calvin Johnson

Biggest role model? Father

Dream school to play football? Kentucky

Favorite subject? History

Camps attended? None

Camps you will be attending in the future? Not sure yet

How do you mentally prepare for a game? Listen to music and go over the weekly playbook.

Favorite football memory? Scoring a 99 yard touchdown against PRP sophomore year.

Individual goals for this year? Have 10 touchdowns and earn a scholarship

Team goals for this year? State Championship and nothing short of that.

Hobbies outside of football? Shoes

Celebrity crush? Kylie Jenner

Favorite movie? The Goonies or Skyfall

Favorite restaurant? Outback Steakhouse

What is the significance behind your number? My cousin was 82

Go-to lunch at school? Joey Wrap

Person that has been most influential in your football career? My Uncle Dickie

Favorite artist/band? Tim McGraw

All time favorite song? The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Current favorite song? Meanwhile Back at Mama’s

All-time favorite Sports Center anchor? John Buccigross

3 most important things to you? God, Family, and Friends

What are you looking to improve on this season? Blocking and catching in traffic

The 6’5 Wide Reciever that is Poised for a Breakout Season: Will Crum

In part two of the “fun facts” series we look at senior wide receiver Will Crum. Crum is a two sport athlete who spends time on both the basketball court and the football field. In Friday’s scrimmage he looked to be Albers go-to guy as they connected on several short, quick passes that Crum took for positive yardage. Here are some fun facts about the wide-out poised for a big season:

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Full name: William Oliver Crum

Position: Wide Receiver (X)

Jersey number: 82

Grade: Senior

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 195 lbs

Nickname: 99

Fun Facts

Favorite food? Steak

Pregame meal? Smoothie from Smoothie King

Favorite TV show? Big Brother

Favorite college team? Kentucky

Favorite pro teams? Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Chicago Cubs

Football idol? Calvin Johnson

Biggest role model? Father

Dream school to play football? Kentucky

Favorite subject? History

Camps attended? None

Camps you will be attending in the future? Not sure yet

How do you mentally prepare for a game? Listen to music and go over the weekly playbook.

Favorite football memory? Scoring a 99 yard touchdown against PRP sophomore year.

Individual goals for this year? Have 10 touchdowns and earn a scholarship

Team goals for this year? State Championship and nothing short of that.

Hobbies outside of football? Shoes

Celebrity crush? Kylie Jenner

Favorite movie? The Goonies or Skyfall

Favorite restaurant? Outback Steakhouse

What is the significance behind your number? My cousin was 82

Go-to lunch at school? Joey Wrap

Person that has been most influential in your football career? My Uncle Dickie

Favorite artist/band? Tim McGraw

All time favorite song? The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Current favorite song? Meanwhile Back at Mama’s

All-time favorite Sports Center anchor? John Buccigross

3 most important things to you? God, Family, and Friends

What are you looking to improve on this season? Blocking and catching in traffic

We have 5 days until kickoff, so let’s look at number 5: Jake Netherton

In the first part of our five part “fun facts” series, we look at senior cornerback Jake Netheron. Netherton started last season as a junior and had a big impact. He will look to do more of the same this season while leading the secondary. Five days remain until the Tigers kickoff against Cathedral, so let’s look at some fun facts about number 5.

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Full name: Stephen Jake Netherton

Position: Cornerback

Jersey number: 5

Grade: Senior

Height: 5’8

Weight: 172

Fun Facts

Favorite food? Steak

Pregame meal? Peanut butter and jelly

Favorite TV show?  The Office

Favorite college team? Louisville

Favorite pro teams? The Dolphins

Football idol? Troy Polamalu

Biggest role model? Conor McGregor

Dream school to play football?  Tennessee

Favorite subject?  Math

How do you mentally prepare for a game? Listen to music and watch highlights

Favorite football memory? Getting an interception against Highlands last year.

Individual goals for this year? Improve on my game from last year

Team goals for this year? State

Hobbies outside of football? Netflix and Call of Duty

Celebrity crush?  Margot Robbie

Favorite movie?  Wolf of Wall Street

Favorite restaurant?  Buffalo Wild Wings

Go-to lunch at school? Turkey sandwich

Person that has been most influential in your football career?  My stepdad

Favorite artist/band?  Young Thug

All time favorite song?  The good stuff by Kenny Chesney

Current favorite song?  With that By Young Thug

All-time favorite Sports Center anchor?  Dicky V

If you could go back in time to any point in your life when would it be? I would go back to 8th grade to the Toy Bowl

3 most important things to you?   Family, friends, and Netflix

What are you looking to improve on this season?  My pass coverage

Game Notes from Tiger Football’s Scrimmage vs. Simon Kenton

The Tigers opened their season with a scrimmage against Simon Kenton tonight. Here is some of what the fans saw:

  • Quarterback Jack Albers is the real deal. He throws and runs the ball at a very high level. Albers will be hard to stop with his dual threat ability and will wreak havoc on defenses.
  • Brett Metzmeier also played very well. Metzmeier is a downhill runner that does not go down after the first hit.
  • The offensive line was as we all expected: fantastic. They created holes for the running backs and the quarterbacks had plenty of time to throw.
  • Fans should expect to see an offense with a lot of running plays as well as short, quick passes.
  • Will Crum emerged as Albers number one receiver, catching multiple screens and taking them for good yardage.
  • Expect to see the defensive line get to the quarterback and apply pressure on almost every play.
  • The secondary was also very good, allowing very few big passing plays.

To sum up, this years team has the weapons to win every game on their schedule.

Fan Voting to Begin as 2017 EXPY Nominees are Announced

The EXPY Awards

For the fourth year, WSTX Sports will hold its fan voting for the 2017 EXPY Awards! Tiger Sports fans will be able to cast their vote for their favorite players, coaches, games, and more online at WSTXSports.com. Voting will begin today and last until August 7th when the winners are announced.

The EXPYS will recognize top Tiger Athletes, Teams. and Coaches and commemorate the past year in Tiger Sports by recognizing major achievements, reliving unforgettable moments, and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2017 EXPYS will also recognize best-in-sport winners, such as “Best Team” or “Best Athlete” that pit nominees from different sports against each other.

This year, “Breakthrough Athlete” looks to be a heated race as many sophomores and juniors stood out this past season. This is one to keep an eye on and could have a different leader every week. Another race to keep an eye on is “Best Coach.” With two newcomers and two veterans in the race it should be interesting to see how that one shakes out.

Overall, this years categories should be fairly even. In other words, do not expect to see one person or team run away with any given category. This should make this years EXPYS very exciting and the updates could provide for many surprises.

The next few weeks will surely be exciting as we get to take a look back at the 2016-2017 year in Tiger Sports. We encourage all of the Tiger Nation to go out and vote at WSTXSports.com/expys . You will be able to vote once every hour. Updates will be posted several throughout the voting period. We cannot wait to see who comes out on top this year for the coveted EXPY Awards. Winners will be announced via Twitter on August 7th. Get Voting!

As We Approach the 2017 EXPYS, Lets Review Last Years Winners

Best Athlete

Connor McKim | Photo by Tim Porco

Connor McKim | Photo by Tim Porco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 


Best Team

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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


Best Coach

Coach Chuck Medley | Photo by Tim Porco

Coach Chuck Medley | Photo by Tim Porco

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


Best Game

Photo by Clay Jackson of Lexington Herald Leader

Photo by Clay Jackson of Lexington Herald Leader

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

connor holden

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

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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

Tiger Baseball celebrates their victory over West Jessamine | Photo from @stxtigers

Tiger Baseball celebrates their victory over West Jessamine | Photo from @stxtigers

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…

 

A Name You Will be Hearing a Lot This Fall: Andrew Uhls

If you don’t know the name, you will very soon. Andrew Uhls started on the defensive line last year as a junior and made a major impact. This year, he will look to do more of the same while improving on areas of his game that weren’t as strong. If the Tigers want to win a State Championship this year, Uhls and the rest of the D-line will need to have a strong season. You know he’s a big dude, but how much do you really know about Andrew Uhls? Here are some facts about the D-lineman whose offer sheet will continue to grow.

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Full name: Andrew Michael Uhls

Position: Defensive Line

Jersey number: 96

Grade: Senior

Height: 6’4

Weight: 235 pounds

Nickname: Uni

Fun Facts

Favorite food?  Spaghetti

Pregame meal?  PB&J

Favorite TV show?  Psych

Favorite college team?  Louisville

Favorite pro teams?  Cleveland Cavaliers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds

Football idol?  Peyton Manning

Biggest role model?  Grandad

Dream school to play football?  Oregon

Favorite subject?  Math

Favorite teacher you have had at Saint X?  Mr. Gruneisen

Current offer(s)?  Morehead St.

How do you mentally prepare for a game?  Listen to music and going over my
responsibilities for the game

Favorite football memory?  Winning the toy bowl in 7th grade

Individual goals for this year?  Win state and improve on my game from last year.

Hobbies outside of football?  Basketball and video games

Celebrity crush?  Jennifer Aniston

Favorite movie?  The entire Harry Potter series

Favorite restaurant?  Chili’s

What is the significance behind your number?  Honestly, there is no significance behind my number. Last year was the first year I wore it.

Go-to lunch at school?  Chicken wrap, chips and a PB&J

Person that has been most influential in your football career?  My dad

Favorite artist/band?  Kid Cudi

All time favorite song?  Take on me by A-Ha

Current favorite song?  Jersey by Future

All-time favorite Sports Center anchor?  I do not have one.

If you could go back in time to any point in your life when would it be and why?  Back to when I lived in Florida because I had no responsibilities and lived by the beach.

3 most important things to you?  Family, religion, and friends

What are you looking to improve on this season?  Looking to be a more dominant force on our defense this year.

How Well Do You Know Your Quarterback, Jack Albers?

As most people know, the starting quarterback for the Tiger Football team this year will most likely be rising senior Jack Albers. Albers, who played sparingly last year while sitting behind Cincinnati commit Desmond Ridder, will look to lead the Tigers to their first state championship in eight years. You know the name and the face, but how much do you really know about the soon-to-be signal caller for the Tigers? WSTX compiled some fun facts about the person behind number 11.

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Name: Jack Thomas Albers

Position: Quarterback

Jersey number: 11

Grade: 12

Height: 6’1

Weight: 180

Nickname: Cowboy Jack

Fun Facts

Favorite food?  Wendy’s

Pregame meal?  Beef jerky and a bag of munchies

Favorite TV show?  Family Guy

Favorite college team?  Indiana Hoosiers

Favorite pro teams?  Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Cavaliers

Football idol?  Peyton Manning

Biggest role model?  Dad

Dream school to play football?  Indiana

Favorite subject?  History

Camps attended?  Western Kentucky, Northwestern, Ohio University

Camps you will be attending in the future?  Princeton, Pennsylvania University, Dartmouth, Yale

Current offer(s)?  Kentucky Wesleyan University

How do you mentally prepare for a game?  Listen to music and go over scouting reports

Favorite football memory?  Winning the Toy Bowl in eighth grade

Individual goals for this year?  Lead the team to a State Championship

Team goals for this year?  Win the State Championship

Hobbies outside of football?  Call of Duty, fishing

Celebrity crush?  Rihanna

Favorite movie?  Superbad

Favorite restaurant?  Pat’s Steakhouse

What is the significance behind number 11?  The team I played for when I was younger didn’t have the number I wanted so I instead chose 11 and I have worn that ever since.

Go-to lunch at school?  Fried chicken sandwich with a yogurt parfait and a side of fries

Person that has been most influential in your football career?  Dad

Favorite artist/band?  Rihanna

All time favorite song?  Play that Funky Music by Wild Cherry

Current favorite song?  Self Made by Bryson Tiller

All-time favorite Sports Center anchor?  Stuart Scott

If you could go back in time to any point in your life when would it be and why?  When I was 5 years old and had nothing to worry about

3 most important things to you?  Family, schoolwork, football

What are you looking to improve on this season?  Staying in the pocket longer and not scrambling as often

Gameday Central | Tiger Lacrosse vs. Montgomery Bell (TN)

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (1-0) vs. Montgomery Bell Academy (2-0)
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Varsity Game — 1:00 PM
Saint Xavier High School
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

The Tiger Lacrosse team looks to build on what was an impressive 14-4 win on Friday against Father Ryan. Patrick Anderson scored 4 goals and will look to continue his hot start.

Saturday, the Montgomery Bell Big Red come to town to play the Tigers. This will be the Tigers second game in the same amount of days to start out the season. Montgomery Bell finished last year with a 15-5 record and with a loss in the Tennessee state championship. This is a very scary team that will provide the Tigers with some major challenges. The Tigers were scheduled to play the Big Red last year, however, the game was cancelled due to bad weather.

It is worth noting that Montgomery Bell defeated Trinity on their home turf Friday night 11-8.

This should be a very competitive game the whole way. The Tigers didn’t get to play the Big Red last year, so it should be interesting to see how they play against an unfamiliar foe. After only giving up 4 goals on Friday the Tigers hope their defense is up for the test against a very good offense. Also keep in mind this is the Tigers second game in two days to open up the season; fatigue shouldn’t be a problem but it is something to keep an eye on.

PREDICTION

It will be a competitive game, but in the end I think the Tigers come away with the W on their home turf. Look for Hudson Hill to have a big game in the goal Saturday afternoon.

11-10 St. X.

Go Tigers!

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Twitter: @WSTXSports

Tiger Lacrosse Preview

The Tiger Lacrosse team will begin their defense of their three consecutive titles this upcoming Friday when they play Father Ryan, a team from Nashville, TN. We’ll start to focus on the opponent in the upcoming days, but we want to take a quick look at who the LAX team will be returning this season. We are going to highlight some position groups, and focus on who is poised for a big year. Let’s see how the Tigers look this year!

Attack:

Key Losses:

The Tigers lost their leading scorer from last year, John Mueller. Mueller scored 41 goals along with having 18 assists and was a key leader for last year’s team. He will be tough to replace because of his size and athleticism.

Key Returners:

The Tigers return 2 of 3 starters at attack. Junior Keegan Puffer and senior Joey Mackin will look to pick up right where they left off. Puffer, who had a team high 33 assists last season, along with 24 goals, looks to add to what was a very strong sophomore season. He is very shifty and can easily maneuver himself through the defense, which plays in his favor.  Mackin also looks to pick up where he left off last season. He had 22 goals, along with 27 assists for the Tigers. Both Mackin and Puffer will be need to have great seasons if this team wants to win a fourth straight state championship. Senior Nic Malubay saw limited playing time last year, but will see that increased in the 2017 season. He scored 5 goals and added 11 assists last year. However, there is no doubt these numbers will take a big jump. Malubay recently committed to play lacrosse at Centre College which shows the ability he has to make this a special season for him and the rest of his teammates.

Newcomers:

Sophomore Will Hubbs will look for an increased role on the Varsity team this year. Hubbs was pulled up from the JV team mid-season last year and will look to build on what was a solid season on the JV squad.

Midfield:

Key Losses:

Corbyn Buchart , currently playing with Transylvania University, was the Tigers leading face-off man last season. He won 101 face-offs, while only losing 59. Buchart was a great face-off player whose play on both sides of the field helped the Tigers tremendously.

Key Returners:

The Tigers return almost all of their main midfielders from last season. Jake Zickel, Patrick Anderson, Blake Roshkowski, Will Ginter, and Cole Stumler will see most of the playing time at this position. Roshkowski was held on the sidelines last year after an ACL injury during the preseason. He is now coming off of another ACL injury from football season, but was just recently cleared to play. It will be interesting to see how the former All-State midfielder returns to form coming off two season-ending injuries. Zickel and Anderson will provide an inside-outside combo. Zickel tends to play around the crease, while Anderson will make the most of his opportunities off shooting from the outside.

Cole Stumler will return as the Tigers’ lead face off man. He backed up Buchart last year and will look to increase his role this year. Peyton Bray will also help carry the load on face offs and appears to be a good distributor for the Tigers.

Will Ginter and Harrison Pate highlight the defensive midfielders and will look to have a strong season. Ginter specifically can force a turnover, then torch the other team with his blazing speed and ability to get up and down the field.

Overall, all of the midfielders have great knowledge about the game which is often overlooked.

Defense:

Key Losses:

Caleb Grimes has been a main stead for the Tiger Defense since his freshman year. The Tigers will feel the loss of Grimes’ leadership and his ability on that side of the field. He was the lockdown defender for the Tigers, so someone will need to step into that role.

Key Returners:

Other than Grimes, the Tigers return majority of the starters on the defensive side, which seems to be a popular theme this year. Seniors Paul Porter and Matthew Shewmaker along with juniors Max Malkani and Ben Mueller will be big for the Tigers on defense. Porter, who had a team high 45 ground balls last season, will look to be a leader this year on defense. Shewmaker saw some playing time last year, but will definitely see his action increased this year. His speed and agility will make him a big-time player for the Tigers. Mueller and Malkani are both very tall with long arms which plays in their favor, especially on defense. Their footwork is also key to their success.

Goalie:

Key Returner:

The goalie position is pretty much locked up for the upcoming season. Senior Hudson Hill and now graduate Bryce Perram switched off at this key position last year. However, Hill should see almost all of the playing time this season. Last year he saved 33 shots on 80 shots on goal. Hill looks to have a strong season at arguably the hardest and most important position on the field.

Team:

The Tigers have a tough out-of-state schedule, and if they are successful, they could climb up the National Rankings quickly. This schedule is highlighted by Cincinnati St.X and Cathedral, who were the 5th and 7th ranked teams in the Midwest by Inside Lacrosse last year. In Kentucky, the Tigers look to continue their dominance in the Bluegrass. Their top competition for the State Title this year looks to be that team on Shelbyville Road, but the Tigers have not lost to them since 2013.

The Tiger Lacrosse team are the 3x Defending State Champions, and anything less than a fourth straight title would be a disappointment. Coach Howe and Co. know what it takes to win, so they’ll approach this year the same as any other.

So, with the Tigers opening up the season this Friday at home at 5:30, make sure to be there and get rowdy!

GO TIGERS!