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Vote for Two Former Editors of WSTX Sports in The Manager Games!

After a full week of March Madness, it’s taken some time to comprehend all that just happened. The past week has been full of Blue Bloods returning to form, cinderella teams looking to make a run, exciting matchups and stories, and awesome games to watch. If you’re anything like me, you’ve watched about as much basketball as humanly possible. If you’re also like me, you’ve probably had to take this time and mourn over the loss of yet another potential perfect bracket (thanks Villanova and UofL!).

While we have been watching our favorite teams, players, and coaches duke it out to make it to the Final Four, there have been some unsung heroes roaming those same sidelines. Managers.

Basketball managers take up a huge responsibility on their respective teams. Setting up practices, doing laundry, you name it, and the managers are doing just about everything other than going out on the court during the game… until now.

Every so often, the night before a game between opposing schools, the managers of each school are able to play in a pick up game. The games are meant to be fun, and are purely for bragging rights, and they quite often are never mentioned after they are played. However, they have come increasingly popular the past few years, notably getting some attention from college basketball analyst Jay Bilas. The games have become so popular that in 2014, two managers from Michigan State created a whole system based on ranking the teams of Managers from the D-1 Basketball Landscape.

The system has moved so far that for the past two years, the Managers have created a whole March Madness bracket of their own. The seeding is the same, but is based off their own rankings, not the rankings from the actual NCAA Tournament.  There are your powerhouses like Duke and Kentucky still in the Tournament, but also schools like Akron and Morehead State, not teams that would usually playing in March. Matchups are then voted on via Twitter (unless the teams can travel and actually play, then the vote is null) and the Final Four teams will travel to the actual Final Four site and play at the NCAA Fan Fest.

This year, the bracket has made it to the Sweet 16 , and two former Editor’s-in-Chief of WSTX Sports are still in the running to travel to Phoenix this year.

Cole Bollinger ’16 and Jacob Hayslip ’15 are currently both basketball managers of Missouri and Western Kentucky, respectively. Cole has reached out to me asking for help to send him to the Final Four, and as my predecessor, of course I am here to help spread the word.

Missouri is the #5 seed in the West Region, currently facing #1 seeded VCU Managers. Western Kentucky is the #1 seed facing #5 College of Charleston in the Midwest Region. Both voting polls on Twitter are currently open for another day so make sure to vote on the links below!

Vote for Missouri here  

Vote for WKU  here  

From one Editor to another, good luck to Cole and Jacob and let’s get them to Phoenix!

Gameday Central | Regional Quarterfinals vs. Trinity

 

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (19-11) vs. Trinity Shamrocks (28-3)

Tuesday, February 28

Varsity Game — 7:00 PM

Trinity High School

Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

Tiger Basketball will look to get back on track following a hardfought loss to Male in last Thursday’s 26th District Championship. The Tigers trailed by 10 with less than two minutes left in the game, but they managed to come back and miraculously force overtime after Jack Koch hit a three to tie it up at the buzzer. They would eventually 67-63.

This will be St. X’s third battle against the Shamrocks this season. The two rivals previously met on January 6 and January 11. Trinity claimed the first two victories but Coach Klein’s squad firmly believes the third time’s the charm.

Last time the Tigers played at Trinity was in 1998 in the 7th Region Tournament and the Tigers defeated the Shamrocks, so watch for history to repeat itself.

The Tigers Have become very confident in their defense down the stretch this season. They will look to stifle Trinity’s offense with a strong, gritty performance on that end of the floor.

Come out and support your Tigers as they look to make another deep run in the 7th Region Tournament on their road to Rupp! Get out to Trinity and cheer on your Tigers!

COVERAGE

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Tiger Sports Schedule | Week of February 26th, 2017

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This is a big week for Tiger Athletics as two spring sports will begin their season this weekend. Both the Lax Team and the Baseball Team will begin their State Title Defense this weekend. The Tiger Basketball Team will play Trinity tomorrow in the first round of the 7th Region Tournament. Lastly, the Hockey team will play in the First Round of the State Tournament this Saturday. Let’s Go Tigers!

Tuesday, February 28th 

7:00 PM – Varsity Basketball @ Trinity (7th Region First-Round game)

Friday, March 3rd 

7:00 PM – Varsity Lacrosse vs. Father Ryan

Saturday, March 4th 

TBD – Varsity Hockey @ Iceland Sports Arena (State Tournament)

12:00 PM – JV Lacrosse vs. Montgomery Bell Academy

1:00 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Apollo High School

2:00 PM – Varsity Lacrosse vs. Montgomery Bell

 

Gameday Central | District Championship vs. Male

Photo by Varsity Views

Photo by Varsity Views

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (19-10) vs. Male Bulldogs (14-12)
Thursday, February 23
Varsity Game — 6:30 PM
Male High School
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

On Tuesday night, Tiger Basketball increased its current win streak to seven games with a victory in the 26th district tournament semifinals. The Tigers bested the Brown Bears 92-47 behind a prolific offensive performance and a strong defense.

St. X now looks to defeat Male in the district final for the third consecutive year. The Tigers have not won the district title three years in a row since 1969. Male will look to ride the momentum from their 63-52 victory over Collegiate on Tuesday night.

The Tigers and Bulldogs met on February 3rd at St. Xavier. Coach Klein’s squad built an impressive 38-8 lead a few minutes into the 2nd quarter and never looked back, winning the game 78-54.

The win over Male earlier this month started the Tigers’ current win streak, and they will look to increase the streak to eight games with another victory over the Bulldogs Thursday night as they move toward next week’s 7th Region Tournament.

Make the trip to Male tonight and cheer on your Tiger Basketball team!

COVERAGE

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Gameday Central | Tiger Basketball vs. Butler

Friday, February 17th | 7:30 PM | Br. John Wills Sports Activities Center | Louisville, KY

basketball-seniors

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (17-11) vs. Butler Bears (16-10)
Friday, December 9th
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
JV Game – 6:00 PM
Freshman Game – 4:30 PM
Br. John Wills Sports Activities Center
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

St. X will take on the Butler Bears in their final game of the regular season. The Tigers will look to keep their five game winning streak alive and take some momentum into post season play.

 

Senior guard Paul Oberst says that since it’s the last game of the season, the Tigers will focus more on themselves heading into this game.

“Doing what we do best – moving the ball, being solid defensively, and rebounding,” will be the keys for the game Oberst said.

The past five games the Tigers have been doing all three of those things at a high level, which is probably why they have been playing so well as of late. If they continue to do those tonight, then Coach Klein and Co. will be heading into the postseason looking very strong.

Since it’s the last game of the season, it will be Senior Night, so come out and support your seven Tiger Basketball seniors and get rowdy!

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Gameday Central | Tiger Basketball vs. Fairdale

Wednesday, February 15th | 7:30 PM | Fairdale High School| Louisville, KY

Pierce Kiesler | Photo by Varsity Views


GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (16-11) @ Fairdale Bulldogs (12-15)
Wednesday, February 15th
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
JV Game – 6:00 PM
Freshman Game – 4:30 PM
Fairdale High School
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

The Tigers have been on a roll as of late, winning their last four games. In those games, they have won by an average margin of 19.5 points per game.

Tonight, the Tigers should be able to the Bulldogs pretty handily, however, they’ll keep an eye on junior Glenn Queen who is posting 14.3 points, 4.1 assists, and 2.3 steals per game.

This will be the team’s last road game of the regular season before they head back to Wills Arena to close out the season on Senior Night.

Roll Tigers!

 

 

Gameday Central | Tiger Basketball vs. Brown

Thursday, February 9th | 6:00 PM | Br. John Wills Sports Activities Center | Louisville, KY

Photo by Varsity Views

Photo by Varsity Views

Gameday Information

Saint Xavier Tigers (14-11) vs. Brown Bears (6-16)
Thursday, February 9th |
Varsity Game 6:00 PM
Br. John Wills Sports Activities Center
Louisville, KY

Game Notes

The Tigers can secure the District 26 title with a win tonight against the Bears. The Bears are currently 0-2 in district play while the Tigers are 2-0.

Overall, the Tiger Basketball team has handled Brown pretty easily in years past. Tonight, expect more of the same. There should be some role players that step up and play well tonight, so expect to hear some different names called. Even though the Tigers should wrap up a win tonight, look for those role players to go to work so they can prove they need some extra minutes.

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Gameday Central | Tiger Basketball vs. Holy Cross

Tuesday, February 7th | 7:30 PM | Br. John Wills Sports Activities Center | Louisville, KY

paul-oberst

Gameday Information 

Saint Xavier Tigers (13-11) vs. Holy Cross Cougars (11-11)
Tuesday, February 7th
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
JV Game – 6:00 PM
Freshman Game – 4:30 PM
Br. John Wills Sports Activities Center
Louisville, KY

Game Notes

Coach Klein and Co. picked up a well needed win against Male this past Friday after dropping the past 4 of 5 games. The Tigers dominated from start to finish, and were led by juniors Pierce Kiesler with 24 points and Will Crum, who posted a 12 point – 10 rebound outing. With the win, the Tigers are now 2-0 in the district and can secure the district title with a win against Brown on Thursday. Now, getting to the opponent at hand…

The Cougars sit at a .500 record and are led Chase Philips (9.8 PPG, 1.2 APG) and Quinten McKinney (9.7 PPG). Overall, the Tigers should feel pretty good about this game, especially after the dominant win over Male. If they play close to the caliber they played last Friday, this should be a win for the Tigers.

Go Tigers!

 

Gameday Central | Tiger Basketball vs. Male

Friday, February 3rd | 7:30 PM | Br. John Wills Sports Activities Center | Louisville, KY

 

Gameday Information 

Saint Xavier Tigers (12-11) vs. Male Bulldogs (10-8)
Friday, February 3rd
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
JV Game – 6:00 PM
Freshman Game – 4:30 PM
Br. John Wills Sports Activities Center
Louisville, KY

Game Notes 

The Tigers are coming off of a three game skid, having lost to two Top 5 teams in the state in that time. They’ll look to get off that track tonight against the Bulldogs in their second district game of the year.

Last year, these games were some of the most exciting games in the Louisville Area and in the state. Featuring star players in Male’s Alex Cook and St.X’s Connor McKim, the games were sure to be exciting.

However, this year spotlights some new faces. For the Tigers, they’ll look to take advantage of their size on the glass and in the paint to get some easy baskets tonight. Look especially for Pierce Kiesler to keep up his scoring pace that he has been putting on display for the past couple of weeks.

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Gameday Central | Tiger Basketball @ Fern Creek

Tuesday, January 31st | 7:30 PM | Fern Creek High School | Louisville, KY

 

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (12-10) @ Fern Creek Tigers (22-2)
Tuesday, January 31st
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
JV Game – 6:00 PM
Freshman Game – $:30 PM
Fern Creek High School
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

St. X will take on their second consecutive Top 5 ranked team in the state when they take on Fern Creek tonight on the road. They currently ride an eight game winning streak. In that time they have won the LIT, beaten Ballard three times, and Trinity once (leading the series 2-1 for the season against Trinity).

Players to watch for the other Tigers: Chance Moore (#22), Anthony Wales (#5), and Ahmad Price (#10)

 

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Gameday Central | Tiger Basketball vs. Ballard

Friday, January 27th | 7:30 PM | Br. John Wills Sports Activities Center | Louisville, KY

Photo by Varsity Views


GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (12-8) vs. Ballard Bruins (17-3)
Friday, January 27th
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
JV Game – 6:00 PM
Freshman Game – 4:30 PM
Br. John Wills Sports Activities Center
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

The Tigers have a big challenge on their plate tonight, facing a Ballard team that is one of the best in the state. They’ll be the underdog, but in this series the Tigers often are, and quite often as well this is the most exciting game all year. The Tigers defeated Ballard last year, so the Bruins will definitely be looking for some redemption.

 

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Scouting Report | Ballard Basketball

Connor Knight (4) and Jamil Wilson (22) battled for a loose ball. | Photo by The Voice-Tribune

Connor Knight (4) and Jamil Wilson (22) battled for a loose ball. | Photo by The Voice-Tribune

Hello, Tiger Nation! The Tiger Basketball team will be taking on the Ballard Bruins in their biggest home game of the year. The Bruins have posted a 18-5 record so far this year, and are currently one of the top teams in the state. Tiger Nation, you’ll need to come out full force Friday Night and get behind your very own Tiger Basketball teams in what will be one of their best games of the year.

Head Coach: Chris Renner

Record: 18-5

Notable Wins: Paul Dunbar (67-58) , Doss (72-60) , and Waggener  (61-59)

Players to Watch: Jamil Wilson, Clivonte Patterson, Dorion Tisby

Keys to Victory: 

  1. Rebounding – The Tigers have out-rebounded most of their opponents due to a huge size advantage. The Tigers will still have the size advantage against Ballard, but the Tigers need to prevent Ballard from getting run outs and extra scoring opportunities. 
  2. Defense – The Bruins are one of the top scoring teams in the state, averaging 77.0 points per game and putting up over 90 in a few games as well. The Tigers will need to really step up their game tonight. 
  3. Moving the Ball – The Bruins defense is pesky and will look to pressure the ball early and often. The Tigers will need to keep it moving and look for the easy opportunities to score. 

Overall:

The Tigers come into the game as underdogs, but every year the St.X-Ballard game has been extremely competitive. If you are a St.X student, go check out the picture by the S.A.C. office of the Rage Cage against Ballard. We want a repeat of that come Friday Night. Get out to the game and get rowdy and most importantly…

#BeatBallard

 

Gameday Central | Tiger Basketball at Eastern

Tuesday, January 24th | 7:30 PM |Eastern High School| Louisville, KY

Paul Oberst goes up for layup | Photo by Varsity Views

 

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (12-8) @ Eastern Eagles (11-8)
Friday, January 24th
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
JV Game – 6:00 PM
Freshman Game – 4:30 PM
Eastern High School
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

St. X has gone 2-1 over the past week, picking up wins over Christian Academy and Shelby County, while dropping a game in Double OT to Manual last week. The Tigers will play an athletic Eastern team tonight which is the start of a rough four game stretch that also features Ballard, Fern Creek, and Male. They’ll need to pick up some confidence with a win tonight heading into that tough slate of games.

 

Tiger Sports Schedule | Week of January 22nd, 2017

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Tuesday, January 24th

4:30 PM – Freshman Basketball @ Eastern
6:00 PM – JV Basketball @ Eastern
7:30 PM – Varsity Basketball @ Eastern

Wednesday, January 25th

6:15 PM – Swimming and Diving vs. Manual

Friday, January 27th

4:30 PM – Freshman Basketball vs. Ballard
6:00 PM – JV Basketball vs. Ballard
6:30 PM – Hockey vs. Oldham County at Iceland
7:30 PM – Varsity Basketball vs. Ballard

Saturday, January 28th

Archery – Atherton Tournament
Track and Field – UK Invitational at UK
9:00 AM – Wrestling State Duals
2:00 PM – Swimming and Diving @ Splash Invitational at UofL

Gameday Central | LIT Second Round vs. Trinity

Wednesday, January 11th | 8:15 PM | Valley High School | Louisville, KY

Paul Oberst drives to the basket | Photo by @saintxpics

Paul Oberst drives to the basket | Photo by @saintxpics

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (10-5) vs. Trinity Shamrocks (15-1)
Wednesday, January 11th
Louisville Invitational Tournament First Round
8:15 P.M.
Valley High School
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

The 15th seeded Tiger Basketball team will take on the 2nd seeded Trinity Shamrocks in the second round of the Louisville Invitational Tournament. The Tigers are coming off a 12 point victory against an athletic Moore team who led in the first half after Pierce Kiesler and James Taylor both struggled with foul trouble.

It has been five days since these two teams last played, and Tigers definitely feel as if they have a lot to take out of the last game. However, the last two games, the Tigers have gotten in foul trouble which puts them in a tricky position. Trinity was in the bonus in the middle of the third quarter, and shot 20 free throws alone in the fourth quarter.

Last game, the Tigers had difficulty guarding Trinity’s “6th starter” Jay Scrubb, who hit 12 of 13 of those free throws in the fourth quarter. Scrubb who comes off the bench, is the Shamrocks leading scorer, and it showed with his 25 point game against the Tigers. To win this one, they’ll need to put special emphasis on limiting Scrubb tonight.

Along, with stopping Scrubb, I think the priority for the Tigers should be to just keep attacking the paint, because that is by far when they play their best. The Tigers swung the momentum in the third quarter to keep the game close by keeping the Rocks on their heels. If they can keep attacking and get some kick outs tagged with consistent three-point shooting, this is a lot more dangerous team, especially now that sophomore Sam Boarman has proved that he can be a reliable deep threat.

All in all, it has only been five days since these two teams last played, but I believe the Tigers know what the keys to beating Trinity is, it’s just a matter of executing it. I know especially that senior Paul Oberst will be itching at the chance to get back at the Shamrocks; he and the rest of the Tiger Basketball team will be coming to play tonight.

Go Tigers!

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