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The latest on the recruitment of St. Xavier athletes.

William Mulloy commits to Indiana

William Mulloy | Photo by Jana Bollinger

William Mulloy | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Senior Tiger Cross Country and Track runner William Mulloy has committed to run in college at Indiana University.  Mulloy was sidelined for the cross country season due to a leg injury, but will begin his final season as a Tiger Track runner here soon.

William was a member of the 2013 Tiger Cross Country state championship team. He announced his decision via Twitter.

His commitment was featured on KYTrackXC.com here.

Brandon Lancaster commits to Louisville

Brandon Lancaster about to serve during the 2014 State Championships at the University of Kentucky. | Photo by Clay Bollinger

Brandon Lancaster about to serve during the 2014 State Championships at the University of Kentucky. | Photo by Clay Bollinger

Senior Tiger Tennis player Brandon Lancaster has committed to play college tennis at the University of Louisville.  Lancaster’s commitment comes before the beginning of his senior season and after his Individual State Championship this past spring.

Brandon has been a member of the Tiger Tennis team’s past three state championships during their current six year title streak.  He announced his decision via Twitter.

Check back later for more coverage on Lancaster’s commitment.

8 Tigers sign LOI’s to play at the next level

Front row (left to right): Stephen Gray, Joe Workman, Ben Metzger, Wes Luvisi. Back row (left to right): Daniel Santos, Paxton Duff, Sam Lukens, and Max Mudd | SaintX.com

Front row (left to right): Stephen Gray, Joe Workman, Ben Metzger, Wes Luvisi.
Back row (left to right): Daniel Santos, Paxton Duff, Sam Lukens, and Max Mudd | SaintX.com

Congratulations to the eight Tiger Athletes who signed their letters of intent to play at the next level!

Three members of the State Champion Cross Country team pledged where they are going to run in college.  Seniors Daniel Santos (Marian University), Ben Metzger (Miami (OH)) and Max Mudd (New York University) all made it official during the ceremony in the Wills Center.

Tiger Soccer has captured the state championship three out of the last five years and that is from the success of great players that have been a part of the program.  Sam Lukens (Centre College), Wes Luvisi (Belmont University) and Joe Workman (Bellarmine) are the next batch of Tigers to take their game to the next level.  Workman will be joining Former Tiger Joey Stoltz as a Knight and Lukens will join Former Tigers Eric Muth, George Laventis and Mark Priebe as a Colonel.

Paxton Duff (Centre College) will be yet another Tiger Golfer playing in college next year and Stephen Gray will take his talents to Union College where he will play both football and participate in Track and Field.

Wes Luvisi commits to Belmont

Wes Luvisi | Photo by Wayne Litmer

Wes Luvisi | Photo by Wayne Litmer

Senior Tiger Soccer goalie Wes Luvisi has committed to play college soccer at Belmont University.  In his final season with St. Xavier, Luvisi denied 17 goals in 19 games played.

Wes was a member of the Tiger Soccer state championship team in 2012 and announced his decision via Twitter

 

Another Super Saturday for Tiger Sports!

Hayden Ford | WSTX Sports File Photo

Hayden Ford | WSTX Sports File Photo

Another action-packed Saturday is upon us filled with plenty of Tiger Sports competition to fill your heart’s desires.  In the heart of every spring sports’ season it is time for some teams to start separating themselves from the pack.  Let’s get a run down of today’s games and events:

      • All 3 levels of Tiger Volleyball hit the road today as they participate in the Wapahani Tournament in Selma, IN.  All three teams are set to begin play at 9:00 AM.
      • The Brother Borgia/Frank Cooper Invitational Track Meet is today inside Br. Thomas More Stadium.  The No. 1 ranked Tiger Track team will look to defend their home track and perform well against some of the region’s best competition.
      • Freshman baseball has a big double header today as they play Manual first at Derby City Field at 10:00 AM, then back at home against Pleasure Ridge Park at 1:30 PM following the Varsity game.  The Freshman Tigers are 14-3 on the season.
      • JV Tiger Baseball also plays Manual today at Derby City Field.  First pitch for that game is scheduled for 12:30 PM.
      • Varsity Tiger Baseball has one of its biggest games of the season today against the visiting Pleasure Ridge Park Panthers.  Improving upon last weekend’s win over rival Trinity will be big for the team without Austin Clemons.  The PRP Panthers are defending state champions and will be looking to defeat the Tigers just like they did in the second round of the state tournament last year, ending St. X’s season.
      • JV Tiger Lacrosse will play Eastern High School on the road at 1:00 PM.  JV has only taken one loss on the season thus far and look to keep it that way against the Eagles today.
      • Bonus bullet point: Senior Stephan Gray has committed to Union College on a Track and Field Scholarship.  He will also walk on to the Bulldog football team as well. Congrats Stephan!

If you can, try and make it out to any of these exciting events today, but if not, as always WSTX Sports will have coverage all day long on Twitter.

Joe Workman commits to Bellarmine

Joe Workman | Photo by Tim Porco

Joe Workman | Photo by Tim Porco

Senior Tiger Soccer striker Joe Workman has committed to play college soccer at Bellarmine University.  In his final season with St. Xavier, Workman scored 13 goals in 22 games.  Joe also dished out 10 assists to his Tiger teammates in his Senior season.

Joe was a member of two Tiger Soccer state championship teams in 2011 and 2012.  He will join Former Tiger teammate Joey Stoltz on the Knights soccer team.

Joe announced his decision via Twitter

 

B.J. Nagle commits to Memphis

B.J. Nagle at the Elite 11 regional workout in Chicago, IL. | Photo by Tom Hauck.

B.J. Nagle at the Elite 11 regional workout in Chicago, IL. last year | Photo by Tom Hauck.

Senior Tiger Football Quarterback, B.J. Nagle, has committed to play college football at the University of Memphis. In his first and only season with St. Xavier, Nagle was 113 of 214 for a total of 1,534 yards. He threw 11 touchdown passes with only 9 interceptions (stats from khsaa.org).

B.J. will be going home to Memphis where he grew up and transferred from before his senior season as a Tiger.  He played for Briarcrest Christian High School in Memphis prior to attending St. Xavier.  More to come on his commitment to be a Tiger for four more years! Congratulations B.J.!

B.J. announced his decision via Twitter

Check out highlights from his senior season:

Treyveon Percell Headed to Lindsey Wilson College

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The class of Saint Xavier Football players going on to play college football isn’t quite set just yet; add running back Treyveon Percell to the list.

Percell accepted an offer to play at Lindsey Wilson College this fall. It is a great achievement for Treyveon, as many remember the devastating torn ACL he suffered in the third week of the season against Bowling Green. He is very excited to be able to continue playing football, and mentioned a few reasons Lindsey Wilson was appealing to him. However, he did not fail to throw some humor into his explanation.

“Well for starters, the food down there was great; especially the grilled cheese. The jacuzzi was also great,” Percell laughingly responded. “But seriously, what made me choose Lindsey Wilson was that it seemed familiar. I felt like the transition from high school to college would be easier. Also, the coaches were really nice and friendly. On top of that, there are a lot of St. X guys down there as well.”

Treyveon mentioned that the St. X connections he will have at Lindsey Wilson played a part in his decision, but not a huge role. He will join Class of ’13 tight end Corey Smith and current Tiger offensive lineman Ryan Karrer at Lindsey Wilson, and he should have no trouble making an early impact.

Treyveon hasn’t taken the last four years of his life at St. X granted, and credits a lot of people with keeping on the path to continue playing football. “I will miss the many people who have helped me along the way,” Treyveon stated. “I look forward to making a difference on and off the football field as a Lindsey Wilson Blue Raider.”

Treyveon has definitely made a difference during his time as a Saint Xavier Tiger, and his presence will be dearly missed by many around campus.

Everyone at WSTX Sports wishes Treyveon the best as he continues his football career!

Tiger Kicker and Punter Jake Collins to Walk-On at WKU

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Just a few weeks after multiple Tiger Football players signed to play college football after they graduate, another joined the signing class: kicker and punter Jake Collins.

Collins pledged to walk on to WKU. He was excited when he got the opportunity to play football as a Hilltopper because not only was he interested in the program, but he was also eyeing WKU’s Doctoral Program as a place where he could earn the credentials to become a physical therapist. Jake explained what did it for WKU was: “The academics, and the football part is very appealing because I like the coaching staff and facilities a lot, it is close to home, they are moving into Conference USA, and it just felt like home and a great fit for me.”

Collins will finish an extremely successful career at Saint Xavier in May. The six-foot-one, 185 pound kicker made 10 of 14 field goal tries this season, which tied for the most made field goals in the state; his longest successful kick of the year was from 45 yards out. He was also a tremendous punter for the Tigers, averaging 37 yards per punt this season on 35 punts. He pinned 9 of his punts inside the 20-yard line, and his longest punt of the year traveled 51 yards. He was named the 2013 MVP of the Best of the Bluegrass Game, as he was a critical part of Team Louisville’s win over team Kentucky. Additionally, Jake was named to the 2013 6A All-District Team for special teams.

Jake was quick to mention that the time he spent at St. X will not be forgotten anytime soon. “Honestly, I’m going to miss everything about being a St. X Tiger. I’m going to miss playing in front of the rage cage, being around my brothers whether that’s in the locker room or just seeing them in the halls everyday, and I’m especially going to miss the feeling of game days on Friday’s.”

Collins isn’t worried about the jump from high school to college at all, stating, “I don’t think the transition from high school to college will be that difficult for me due to all the work I put in at St. X.” One thing he did say he needed to get used to was kicking field goals from the ground, as opposed to kicking off of a one-inch block in high school.

Everyone at WSTX Sports wishes Jake the best of luck as he moves forward in life!

John Kurtz Gets Offered

John Kurtz | Photo by Jana Bollinger

John Kurtz | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Tiger offensive tackle John Kurtz has received offers from Indiana State and the University of Cincinnati in the course of the past two weeks.

Kurtz has been a 3 year varsity player and 2 year starter for the Tigers, and hopes to lead the Tigers to their first state championship in 4 years. He now has offers from WKU, Ball State, Indiana State, and Cincinnati.

“Right now, I’m talking to a couple of different schools. If Illinois comes through they, along with Cincinnati will be in my top 2. I’m really just waiting for a school where I feel comfortable with the coaching staff, and where it will be an all around good fit for me.” Kurtz said.

Kurtz plans on visiting Cincinnati for the Bearcats’ matchup with the Connecticut Huskies on October 19th.

Tiger Spotlight: Spencer Foy

Spencer Foy signs a shirt for a lucky fan | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Spencer Foy signs a shirt for a lucky fan | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Playing defensive end for the first three years of his high school football career, and changing to outside linebacker before his senior campaign, what is usually a tough transition for most defensive ends has come naturally for Spencer Foy.

“I definitely have adapted to it better than [most] defensive ends.”

This week’s spotlight Tiger is one of the new outside linebackers in Saint Xavier’s recently implemented 3-4 system, Spencer Foy. I sat down with him Thursday to talk about his senior season and how he thinks the Tigers will fare this year. I noticed a particular focus in his eyes when he started talking about the team, and it was easy to see that he loves playing for Saint Xavier.

Foy, along with all of his St. X teammates, had to make an adjustment, as the defensive unit ushered in the Will Wolford era at St. X by making a scheming change to the 3-4, which features three down linemen and four standing linebackers. Not only has Foy made a smooth transition to this point, but he has welcomed the change. He told me, “I like it. There’s more room to work and more responsibilities.” Foy also can utilize his versatility more often as a linebacker. “Now I can drop back [in pass coverage] or rush the quarterback, so it definitely fits me more.”

At six feet four inches and 210 pounds, Foy brings an intriguing blend of size and skill to the table. The trait that Foy has that not every player possesses is a nose for the ball. You can find him bringing down a running back or sacking an opposing signal caller just about every play. He is quick, mobile, and at the same time exhibits exceptional size for an outside linebacker. He can stuff the run and cover opposing tight ends or running backs on passing plays.

Foy is part of a loaded front seven that includes Andrew McCormick, Evan Caffee, and Wes Parker at the other linebacker spots. Although they have immense talent, the Tiger defense hasn’t been anything near a potential force to be reckoned with. They had solid games against Ballard and Lexington Catholic, but struggled mightily to stop Bowling Green’s high-octane attack last week. Foy detailed what he thought they needed to do better as a unit, saying “We let their receivers release upfield without getting touched. The front seven needs to put a good hit on them to re-route their routes and give the safeties time to react.”

The most important thing right now for Foy is to help St. X bring the state championship back to Thomas More Stadium for the first time since 2009. He acknowledges that the defense as a unit is has not reached it’s full potential, but that they will definitely be ready when it counts. “We have a lot of talent at every position, it seems like, but we definitely need to come together as a team and have better team chemistry. That’s been a problem the first three games.”

Going out with a state title trophy and a ring would indeed be special, and Foy definitely wants to end his career as a Tiger just like that. “It would mean a lot. It hurt all of us last year when we lost to Trinity by one point, so that’s like a chip on our shoulder each day we go out. It definitely motivates you to work for it.”

When his time at St. X has run its course, you will most likely see Foy with the linebacker corps of another school at the next level. He listed Army, Western Kentucky University, East Carolina, and Ball State as his biggest suitors, with Army very close to extending an offer. If he did end up with the Black Knights, he would join former Tiger and fellow linebacker Seth Combs.

No matter what happens during the rest of the season, one thing is for sure: Spencer Foy will be prepared to play to the best of his abilities at all times. He exhibits humble dedication in what he does, and he is constantly working on perfecting his craft. He reflects his school’s professionalism with honor, and will be successful wherever and however he chooses to continue his journey.

Tiger Spotlight: Dekota Jones

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With just days left until their regular season opener versus Ballard, the St. X football team is ready to begin the journey toward their ultimate goal: to bring home a football state championship to Saint X for the first time since 2009. Every player will play an important role in achieveing their collective goal, and each of those players have put in the time and effort of champions in the offseason.

Every week until the end of the season, we will highlight a player and give you an inside look into what he has been doing. This week, we feature senior cornerback Dekota Jones.

Jones stands five feet nine inches tall and weighs 198 pounds, making him a nightmare in the box for opposing receivers. When asked about his strengths on the field, Dekota told me, “I would say some of my strengths are that I’m physical, I can jump, [and] I can run with [wide recievers].” Not many recievers can block Jones, as his size and physicality leads to many blown up plays and tackles in the backfield. Jones can play in the secondary as well, as he usually draws the opponents best reciever. Dekota also acknowledged that he needs to improve parts of his game. “Some things I can work on are better tackling, man to man [coverage] and staying with my man, and basic, overall skills, like working each day and practicing, and I will get better and better as the season goes on.”

As his twitter handle indicates (@honeybadger456), Jones is a fierce competitor, much like Tyrann Mathieu was at LSU. I asked Dekota what he thought it would take to bring that state title back home. He responded, “I feel like the keys are that I have to give 110 percent. I [have to] leave everything on the field and give everything. I know it’s my last year, and if I give my all, then the rest of my teammates will give their all. If we come together like we are [now], the only thing stopping us is ourselves. I feel like if we come together as a unit and play like brothers, we can win state this year.”

The Tiger defense has a chance to be special this year, and Jones knows exactly what they need to do be at their best. He explained to me, “I feel like, for us, to bring out our full potential, we need to come together as a team. Last year we had a defense led by seniors, so now we have a bunch of juniors that [have] moved up as seniors, so to come together we have to work together like as a team. It’s like a truck; you have to have all the parts working before the whole thing can work. We have to have chemistry and depth, in case someone is hurt, and we can’t let anybody tell us we can’t do anything. [If] we come together as a group, we will just be as good as we can.”

Dekota told me he is recieving interest from Cincinatti, Southeastern Missouri State, Missouri, and that he has talked to Indiana and Indiana State, Ball State, and Purdue. He also told me that he is close to receiving offers from all said schools, but the coaches of each school want to see his first few games.

Jones will be a crucial member of the secondary in the hunt for a state championship, and he has all the tools to help the Tigers bring it home. If the defense follows his lead, they will defintely be in good shape come tournament time.

Former Tiger Defensive End Roesler III is Headed to Arkansas

It was a process that took longer than most other athletes’. “My recruiting process was very hard and drawn out.” That sentence from Karl Roesler III hits the nail on the head. The former Saint Xavier defensive end has committed to Arkansas over several other schools that showed interest, including offers from Toledo University and Miami of Ohio. When he elaborated further on his choice, Roesler explained, “I ended up going to Fayetteville because the coaching staff really showed interest in me and pushed the enrollment process for me. I’m already in school and a part of their 105 man roster.”

New head coach Bret Bielema and his defensive coordinator Chris Ash come to Fayettville from Wisconsin, and they pick up a big pledge when almost every other school has ended recruitment of the Class of 2013. Roesler III combines a great package of size, speed, and athleticism with a relentless motor to become a force to be reckoned with at the line of scrimmage. His pursuit to the ball is impressive, and he never gives up on a play. Not only did coaches recognize Roesler III’s abilities, but his Tiger teammates also knew how much he ment to their squad. Rising senior Tight End Evan Shaheen told me, “Karl is a premier defensive end in his class. His effort never went unnoticed, and his speed and strength were only a few of the tools he used to pressure quarterbacks. He is, without a doubt, the best defensive end I have ever had to go up against.”

When I asked Karl about how his career at Saint X will help him on the next level, he responded, “My time at Saint X will defintitely help me at Arkansas. Playing for a college prep program like Saint X makes me feel like I can make a easy and smooth transition.” The Razorbacks will certainly not have to worry about Roesler III, as his game preparation and practice intensity will make the coaching staff’s job a lot easier. Karl also mentioned some of his early plans and goals, telling me that because of his age, he will redshirt the fall semester and focus solely on gaining weight and getting physically prepared to succeed. He hopes to be inserted into a two man rotation during the spring, and after his redshirt time is completed, become a starter the following fall.

Being a defensive end in the football powerhouse Southeastern Conference is not an easy job. Week after week, defensive lineman in the SEC get to see monstrous offensive linemen try to pave the way for the likes of running backs T.J. Yeldon of Alabama, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall of Georgia, and Jeremy Hill of LSU, and protect quarterbacks like Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, A.J. McCarron of Alabama, and Aaron Murray of Georgia. Regardless of who he is looking at when the ball is snapped, though, Karl Roesler III knows he can handle it. His attitude and character, coupled with athletic ability, will give him the opportunity to have an outstanding five years at the University of Arkansas.

Many Tigers Attend Camps

The St. Xavier football team had many of their senior-to-be players attending camps at college campuses all over the country this past weekend. Running Back/Wide Receiver Charles Walker attended the UofL camp on Saturday, and also is attending camp at UK and WKU. After attending Ole Miss camp last weekend, new Quarterback B.J. Nagle attended Auburn and WKU this past weekend.. Walker and Nagle have received a lot of interest, but are still searching for their first offers. Tiger Offensive Lineman John Kurtz attended camp at Illinois on Friday night, and then attended camp at UK during the weekend. Kurtz already holds offers from WKU and Ball State, and is hoping to add more this summer. Another Tiger Lineman, Ryan Karrer, will be attending camps at Toledo and Cincinnati. On the defensive side of the ball, Tiger Defensive Back Dekota Jones attended camp at Cincinnati this weekend as well. Jones has received a lot of interest from D1 schools, but he does not have any offers. Another Tiger at WKU camp this weekend is Linebacker Spencer Foy. Foy fit in perfectly with the Tiger defense and had a great spring. Stay tuned to WSTX Sports all summer for news and updates on Tiger Football as well as the rest of Tiger Sports.

Robinson Gets First Offer

Senior-to-be defensive lineman Skyler Robinson received his first offer last week from Lindsey Wilson College. Robinson is expected to receive many more in the upcoming months. A big contributor defensively as a junior, Robinson looks to lead the tiger defensive line as a senior, bringing experience and size to the table. Skyler looks to have an even bigger impact under new head coach Will Wolford. Other Tigers have received past interest from Lindsey Wilson, former Tiger tight end Corey Smith plans to play for Lindsey Wilson next fall. Skyler Robinson has a bright future, however, individually, as well as his team has their sights on a more direct future, a state championship.