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The latest on the recruitment of St. Xavier athletes.

Eight Spring Sport Tigers sign their Letters of Intent

2016 Spring Sport Signees

2016 Spring Sport Signees | Photo by Cole Bollinger

Eight Tiger athletes signed with their respective colleges on Wednesday at St. X’s spring signing day. It was an exciting day for the athletes, their families and the teammates and classmates that came to watch.

Baseball – Sam Porta (Asbury) and Keegan Snowbarger (Baldwin Wallace)

Lacrosse – Bryce Perram (Otterbein), JC Storner (Otterbein) and Corbyn Buchart (Transylvania)

Golf – Joseph Allen (Centre)

Cross Country/Track – Matthew Thomas (Kentucky)

Tennis – Matt Graft (Xavier)

Congrats Tigers!

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VIDEO: Tiger Basketball Senior Connor McKim releases new Highlights

Tiger Basketball Senior Connor McKim had an impressive AAU Season this past summer, and you can watch the highlights from it above.

Only 93 days ’til tip off!

Butler receives offer from Southern Illinois

Logan Butler | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Logan Butler | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tiger Football’s junior linebacker, Logan Butler, has been offered by Southern Illinois as first reported by Jason Frakes of the Courier-Journal.

Butler has received interest from Marshall and recently camped there along with trips to the University of Louisville and Kentucky.

He is a hot prospect in a state that is loaded with talent in this Class of 2016. Butler will go head to head with many Division-I recruits this season almost every game, so college coaches will get pleanty of chances to see what Butler has to offer against top level competition.

J.D. Mundt commits to Louisville

J.D. Mundt | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

J.D. Mundt | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Senior Tiger Baseball Pitcher J.D. Mundt has committed to play baseball in college at the University of Louisville. He will be a preferred walk-on for the Cardinal Baseball team and chose the Cardinals over roster spots at Kentucky Wesleyan and Lincoln Memorial. Louisville is kind of good at that Baseball thing too. #2 in the nation isn’t too shabby.

Mundt will be going to the Cardinals a pitcher and is turning away the life of a swimmer. “Baseball has always been my first love,” said Mundt. “It has always been my dream to play college baseball. I received a few letters for swimming, but I knew that baseball is what I wanted to pursue.”

Mundt was a member of the 2014 Tiger Baseball State Championship Team that took home the title last spring for the first time since 1981.

He announced his decision via Twitter.

Huge Spring Signing Ceremony Sends 16 Tigers To The Next Level

Photo by Tim Porco

Photo by Tim Porco

Student athletes representing 9 Tiger Sports teams announced their college decisions after school on Tuesday afternoon.

Football

Ben Logsdon – Centre
Connor Barnes – Centre
Michael Ackerman – Centre
Tyler Haycraft – Louisville
Noah Houk – Kentucky
Lowell Brown – Centre
Davis Kannapell – Centre
Clark Campbell – Western Kentucky

Soccer

Dean Mock – Hanover

Track/Cross Country

Andrew Garvey – Miami (FL)
William Mulloy – Indiana

Wrestling

Michael Beets – Campbellsville

Golf

Jack Berger – Transylvania

Lacrosse

Leland Gray – Centre
Alex Cherry – Transylvania

Basketball

Lucas Miller – Hanover

Baseball

Josh Finerty – Bellarmine

Allen Hamilton commits to Kentucky

Allen Hamilton commits to Kentucky | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Junior Tiger Golfer Allen Hamilton has committed to play golf in college at the University of Kentucky. This upcoming season, Hamilton will look to improve on his third place finish at State from last year and to help the Tigers win their second straight Kentucky State Championship.

Hamilton was a member of the 2014 Tiger Golf State Championship Team that took home the title in the fall.

He announced his decision via Twitter.

Connor Barnes commits to Centre

Connor Barnes | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Connor Barnes | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tiger Football Linebacker Connor Barnes has committed to play at Centre College next fall. The 6’2″ 205 lbs. slot receiver had 30 tackles and 1 interception during his senior season.

Barnes, who was one of the top defensive players for the Tigers, will be joining Former Tigers and current Centre Colonels next year, Jake Johnson, Ryan Askin, Alex Mattingly and Sam Gray.  He was that sixth Tiger that we were hinting at in our Centre College feature article on Sunday.

He told WSTX Sports, then announced his decision on Twitter.

Lucas Miller commits to Hanover

Lucas Miller |Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Lucas Miller | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Some breaking news here at this late hour as Coach Klein announces via Twitter that Senior Tiger Basketball Forward Lucas Miller has committed to play at Hanover College.  Just named to the All-Catholic Second Team, Miller averaged 10.4 ppt and truly stretched the floor by showcasing his versatility of playing multiple positions.

The Future Panther has been contributing on the Varsity level at St. Xavier for the past three seasons and his coach broke the news on Twitter.

Centre might be the real Tiger Tech

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Michael Ackerman and four of his teammates are headed to Danvile to be Colonels. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Centre College had an undefeated regular season with a 10-1 overall record including a Southern Athletic Association Conference Championship, which resulted in the Colonels receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.  This was only their second appearance in school history, but their second in the last four years.  They fell to John Carroll in the First Round of the Playoffs, but needless to say it was a big year for Centre.

How do you improve upon that? You go out and get more great players to add to the impressive group of talent that is already on campus in Danville. When you scroll through that list of talented players on the Centre roster, one thing sticks out and is repeated over and over. Hometown/High School: Louisville, Ky. / St. Xavier.

Four Former Tigers were on the 10-1 Colonel Football team last season and two of those were major contributors.  Wide Receiver Jake Johnson ’12 and Defensive Back Alex Mattingly ’12 made huge plays throughout the season to keep that unblemished record for ten straight weeks. Ryan Askin ’14 and Sam Gray ’14 were new members of the team and will compete for playing time this fall.

That number of Former Tigers is about to double as FIVE of the Tiger Football Class of 2015 is headed to be Colonels this year.  Jaylon Hibbs, Kyle Oliver, Michael Ackerman, Lowell Brown and Ben Logsdon have all committed to play for Centre.  One other Tiger is also still deciding on where he wants to play and his choices include Centre and Kentucky. Lexington Catholic and Manual also have a handful of former players in Black and Gold, but not NINE. Head Coach Andy Frye must like what he sees coming out of Louisville, specifically Poplar Level Road. It’s like he’s trying to be Chip Kelly from the Eagles and take a whole bunch of kids from a Green and Gold school.

To get all of these guys headed in the same direction, there wasn’t a big meeting called by one of the five pledges to Centre, but instead they all came to the same conclusion on their own for the most part.

“Actually, I didn’t talk to anyone.” was the response Ackerman gave to the question of whether or not they teamed up and made the decision together. “I just love the atmosphere on the campus and on the field and the coaches accept you like family.” That family just gained five really good players.

The now Former Tigers all looked at their options on where they wanted to play at the next level and it just so happened that they all had roster spot offers from Centre and that was where each individual thought they would have the best opportunity to play at the next level.

For Oliver, it also had to do with the coaches, but mainly the academics. “A big part was how good of school it was,” he commented.  “I really like the coaching staff especially Coach (Carter) Conley who is the defensive coordinator.” The Tiger Football linebacker also added, “We get to play football with each other for four more years and be a part of a great program.”

While Ackerman didn’t do much talking to the others about his decision, Oliver was helping recruit the guys to play with him at the next level.  He said that it was a big deal for them to all get to play together again because they loved playing with each other.  Kyle was even encouraging the others to take overnight visits down to Danville with him.

Once they were at Centre, they had plenty of familiar faces to welcome them. Oliver’s older brother, Ryan, played with Mattingly and Johnson, so they were always encouraging their friends little brother to come see what Centre had to offer. Ackerman said Johnson was a big help in his decision to go there.

The recent success of the Colonels obviously has stood out to these guys as they’ve made their college decisions.  There is no doubt that Centre will have another big year and that will probably be thanks to some of our guys that will surely make an immediate impact, the minute they step on campus this fall. The college version of St. Xavier may be forming down the highway in Danville, Ky. They might as well go ahead and rename the 220 year old College, Tiger Tech.

Michael Ackerman commits to Centre

Michael Ackerman | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Michael Ackerman | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tiger Football Wide Receiver Michael Ackerman has committed to play at Centre College next fall. The 5’7″ 158 lbs. slot receiver had 26 receptions during his senior season for 275 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns.

Ackerman, who was the second leading receiver for the Tigers, will be joining Former Tigers and current Centre Colonels next year, Jake Johnson, Ryan Askin, Alex Mattingly and Sam Gray.

He announced his decision on Twitter.

Noah Houk gets high praise from Justin Rowland of Rivals.com

Noah Houk | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Noah Houk | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

CatsIllustrated.com covers all Kentucky basketball and football recruiting and last night, their football recruiting analyst Justin Rowland spoke with Former Tiger Quarterback Noah Houk about his upcoming opportunity to play for the same team his dad did.

“Folks, I don’t read too much into these things, but this kid is not a bad football player. He’s 6-foot-4, 195 pounds and has run the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, and can be a consistent 4.7 guy. He shouldered a big load of the burden in the running game when St. X’s running back went down late in the year. He can run the read option and get outside. To top it off, he does not have a ‘walk on’ arm. He’s pretty accurate and can make most of the throws.”

Strong words from a guy that covers elite talent from all around the country that goes to the Division-I level.  Click on the link below to read more about his thoughts on Noah’s arm and his leadership ability that stood out most to him when they were speaking last night. Noah’s best football is ahead of him it seems!

[This guy can help at quarterback]

Michael Beets signs with Cambellsville

Michael Beets | @Mbeets0123

Michael Beets | @Mbeets0123

Senior Tiger Wrestler Michael Beets has signed to wrestle at Cambellsville University.  Beets will join his former teammate Brandon Pledger as a Tiger at Cambellsville.

Beets placed 1st at the Jefferson County Tournament of Chamipons,was a two-time Regional Runner Up, four-time state qualifier and two-time state placer (2014/2015, both at 120 pounds). He announced his decision via Twitter.

Noah Houk commits to Kentucky

Noah Houk | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Noah Houk | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tiger Football Quarterback Noah Houk has committed to play at the University of Kentucky next fall. He will walk on and follow in his dad’s footsteps, who is a member of the St. Xavier football coaching staff, and become a Wildcat. Jeff Houk played in the early ’80’s in the blue and white.

Noah threw for 1,324 yards and 11 TDs during his senior season at Tiger Tech.  It was reported today that one of UK’s backup quarterbacks sustained an injury and will be out for quite some time, so this may open a spot for Houk to come in and be the third string quarterback this fall. Kentucky also has received a commitment from Male’s QB, Davis Mattingly, so those two will battle in practice this fall again, but this time as teammates.

Houk will be joining former teammate and current walk-on Charles Walker at the University of Kentucky.  He announced his decision via Twitter.

Also, while we’re talking about Kentucky, Former Tiger Spencer Foy has announced he will transfer from Louisville and become a Wildcat next season. Patrick Sermersheim has also hung up the cleats and will no longer continue his football career.

Mike Sass commits to College of Charleston

Mike Sass | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Mike Sass | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Junior Tiger Golfer Mike Sass has committed to play golf in college at College of Charleston.  Sass will enter his final season as a Tiger knowing where he will be playing at the next level, which will surely help take some pressure off his game.

Sass was a member of the 2014 Tiger Golf State Championship Team that took home the title in the fall.  He announced his decision via Twitter.

6 Tiger Athletes Sign

Six Tiger Athletes ink their papers with their new schools. | @WSTXSports

Six Tiger Athletes ink their papers with their new schools. | @WSTXSports

Six now Former Tigers inked their papers with their respective new schools today at a ceremony in The Wills Center after school.  Tiger Football’s Jaylon Hibbs, Nathan Scheler, Mason King and Kyle Oliver are all moving on to the next level along with Tiger Swimming’s Trey Hubbuch and Tiger Soccer’s Ian Kassebaum.

Jaylon Hibbs – Centre College

Hibbs was a go-to receiver for Tiger Football this season. When Noah Houk needed a big play, he always looked in the direction of #21. The Senior wide out hauled in 21 receptions for 367 yards during his first season as a Varsity starter.  You may remember him for his game-clinching touchdown reception in the regular season matchup vs. Trinity back in October.

Kyle Oliver – Centre College

Oliver will join Hibbs at Centre next season adding another two Former Tigers to the Colonels’ roster.  Success is in the future if they follow in the footsteps of past Tigers already there like Alex Mattingly who dominated the SCAC in 2014.  Kyle was a staple of the Tiger defense last season where he recorded 22 total tackles and intercepted 6 passes.

Nathan Scheler – University of Louisville

The center on the line is known as the leader of the offense. Every play started with the ball in Scheler’s hand for the Tigers and he anchored the protection of Houk very well. Rarely did you see the quarterback on the ground and the line always had a good push starting with Nathan.  The rushing attack combined for over 1,000 yards behind him this season.  Nathan will walk on in the fall for the Cardinals.

Mason King – University of Louisville

King will walk on for U of L as a punter this upcoming season.  If you ever heard a loud boom coming from Br. Thomas More Stadium in 2014, it was probably from King’s leg launching a punt high into the sky.  His punts flipped the field countless times giving the Tiger Defense a great field to work with.

Trey Hubbuch – Indiana University

As a part of the best swimming program in the nation, you’re going to be easily recruited. Every college coach wants a Former Tiger on their Swim Team! For Hubbuch, he decided on the Hoosiers to continue his swimming career. A three time state champion already, he looks to add another one here this month and continue his undefeated high school career.

Ian Kassebaum – St. Catharine College

Kassebaum is yet another Coach Schulten product to head to the next level. We interviewed Schulten a few years ago about guys playing soccer at smaller colleges and he couldn’t be more for it. He says it really is great because you get to continue playing the game you love and that’s just what Ian intends to do. He appeared in only one game last year, but did not allow any goals according to KHSAA.org.