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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.
Name: Jack Thomas Albers
Jersey number: 11
Nickname: Cowboy Jack
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
Saint Xavier Tigers (1-0) vs. Montgomery Bell Academy (2-0)
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Varsity Game — 1:00 PM
Saint Xavier High School
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!