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4 time Kentucky State Champions

Tiger Basketball Takes on the Louisville Invitational Tournament this week

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Tiger Basketball Head Coach Kevin Klein | Photo by Tim Porco

The Louisville Invitational basketball Tournament announced its bracket last week. The Tigers qualified for the 20-team tournament and will begin play facing 18th seeded Moore. The Tigers themselves are seeded 15th.

Last year, the Tigers made it to the LIT semifinals to face Ballard, the first time the team had done so since 1975, and a chance to play in the finals for the first time since 1967. However, Ballard came back from a nine-point first half deficit to win the game.

No matter, the Tigers still have a chance to make a splash in the tournament. Here’s what the rest of the tournament schedule looks like:

(All games played at Valley High School)

Monday, Jan. 9:

3:30 P.M. – Jeffersontown (19) vs. Central (14)
5:00 P.M. –  Manual (20) vs. Christian Academy (13)
6:30 P.M. –  Moore (18) vs. St. Xavier (15)
8:15 P.M. – Western (17) vs. Fairdale (16)

Tuesday, Jan. 10:

3:30 P.M. – Male (10) vs. Waggener (7)
5:00 P.M. – Eastern (9) vs. Butler (8)
6:30 P.M. – DeSales (11) vs. Valley (6)
8:15 P.M. – Pleasure Ridge Park (12) vs. Bullitt East (5)

Wednesday, Jan. 11:

3:30 P.M. – Jeffersontown-Central winner vs. Doss (3)
5:00 P.M. – Western-Fairdale winner vs. Fern Creek (1)
6:30 P.M. – Manual-Christian Academy winner vs. Ballard (4)
8:15 P.M. Moore-St. Xavier winner vs. Trinity (2)

Friday, Jan. 13:

Quarterfinals at 4, 5:30, 7 and 8:45.

Saturday, Jan. 14:

Semifinals at 10 and 11:30 A.M.; Final at 8.

Gameday Central | Tiger Basketball vs. Trinity

Friday, January 6th | 7:30 P.M. | Broadbent Arena | Louisville, KY

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Tyler Barnes | Photo by Varsity Views

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (9-4) vs. Trinity Shamrocks (13-1)
Friday, January 6th
Varsity Game – 7:30 P.M.
JV Game – 6:00 P.M.
Freshman Game -4:30 P.M.
Broadbent Arena
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

Both teams come into the game with wins. The Tigers notched a big win on Tuesday, narrowly defeating DeSales, while the Shamrocks defeated Collins High School 67-49.

Trinity was ranked the #2 team in the state in the first LIT Rankings, however, they defeated the #1 ranked Covington Catholic in the King of the Bluegrass Tournament a few weeks ago. With only one loss on the season, the Shamrocks are having a great season to date.

This time last year, the Tigers were in a similar position, as the Shamrocks were ranked #4 in the state. The Tigers prevailed, so take it for what it’s worth, but they have a realistic shot at pulling off the upset.

Lastly, do not forget to wear gold!!!

COVERAGE

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Last game: Defeated DeSales (61-56)

Scouting Report | Trinity Basketball

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Sophomore guard David Johnson | Photo by Courier Journal

Hello Tiger Nation! Your very own Tiger Basketball team will be taking on the Trinity Shamrocks this Friday at Broadbent Arena. The Shamrocks this year have been on top of their game, and are currently one of the top ranked teams in the state. Let’s get to know a little more about what we’re up against and what the keys for the Tigers will be to pull off a major upset.

Head Coach: Mike Szabo

Record: 13-1

Notable Wins: Fern Creek, Buford (GA), Covington Catholic

Players to Watch: David Johnson, David Burton, Jay Scrubb, Lucas Burkman, Jacob King*

*To my knowledge, King, a Campbellsville University commit, has been out most of the season with injury. Not sure what his timetable is, or if he will even be playing in the game.

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 Trinity, but the Shamrocks are the most athletic team they will face all year. The Tigers can’t allow Trinity to win on the glass and get extra scoring opportunities.
  2. Transition Defense – Again, Trinity is super athletic and fast this year. They have a couple of high-flyers, and the Tigers will not want to allow them to make any energizing plays for their defense to feed off of.
  3. Limiting Turnovers – James Taylor and the rest of the backcourt has done a pretty good job up to this point in handling the ball. However, in the games the team has struggled, they’ve had silly turnovers that have killed their offensive flow. The Tigers need to be on their A-game in this facet of the game.

Overall:

The Tigers come into the game with the opportunity to pull off one of the biggest upsets in this series’ history. They’ll be the underdog in this one, but don’t expect them to go down without a fight, especially in a rivalry game.

#BeatTrinity

Gameday Central | Tiger Basketball vs. DeSales

Tuesday, January 3 | 7:30 PM | DeSales High School | Louisville, KY

Photo by Varsity Views

 GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (8-4) @ DeSales Colts (10-3)
Tuesday, January 3rd
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
DeSales High School
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

 The Tigers come into the New Year riding high after going 3-1 in Florida at the Jim Clark Hornet Classic Tournament.

However, it’s no time to celebrate as the team heads into the strongest part of their schedule. Tonight they will take on a DeSales team that is also coming off of a successful holiday tournament. Over the break, they took down Ashland Blazer, Simon Kenton, and Owensboro Catholic to win the Ashland Invitational Tournament.

The Colts are led by senior guards Jaxon Burgess and Austin Black. Both can put up points in a hurry, so the Tigers will need to lock in on these two.

COVERAGE

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Last Game: Defeated Canterbury (FL) 43-31

#5 William Olsen’s Go-Ahead 3 vs. Male

With the year coming to a close, we take time to reminisce on the past year in sports. 2016 has been filled with countless games, memories, and championships that have added to the legacy of St.X’s athletic excellence. Now, as the crystal ball counts down to midnight, WSTX Sports would like to do a countdown of our own over the next few days. Let’s countdown the Top 10 Moments in Tiger Sports for the year of 2016!

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Senior William Olsen

Last year’s season for Tiger Basketball had so many unforgettable moments. It’s hard to choose which ones were the best, but this moment could simply not be left out.

The Tigers’ rivalry with Male hit its peak last year. In both of their games, the outcome came down to a single pivotal shot.

The first came only a few weeks before the District Final, where Male’s Alex Cook hit a SportsCenter Top 10 buzzer beater to win the game. However, the Bulldogs would not get the last laugh.

Fast-forward to the District Final, and Male is leading by six points with less than 2:30 to go. The Tigers went on a 7-0 run to take the lead, but the game ultimately went into overtime.

Alex Cook had just hit a three to take the lead 72-71 in the final minute of overtime. Connor McKim proceeded to take the ball up the court and missed a jumpshot, but the Tigers got the offensive rebound and passed it back out to McKim. McKim found himself being double-teamed.

Cue William Olsen.

McKim passed it to Olsen on the wing. He let it go and next thing you know, the Tigers are leading 74-72 with 28.9 seconds to go.

Male made a few last ditch efforts, but could not get anything going and the Tigers won 75-72.

 

#9 Tiger Basketball’s Regular Season Win Over Trinity

With the year coming to a close, we take time to reminisce on the past year in sports. 2016 has been filled with countless games, memories, and championships that have added to the legacy of St.X’s athletic excellence. Now, as the crystal ball counts down to midnight, WSTX Sports would like to do a countdown of our own over the next few days. Let’s countdown the Top 10 Moments in Tiger Sports for the year of 2016!

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Photo by The Courier Journal

Last year’s Tiger Basketball team was one to remember and their win over third ranked Trinity in the regular season threw them into the mix of teams to watch out for.

The Tigers were down 17-8 at the end of the first quarter, but they would refuse to lay down.

Led by point guard Connor McKim, the Tigers roared back in the second half and took their first lead of the game in the third quarter. At the end of the third, both teams were tied up at 36 a piece after an Austin Brian tip in at the buzzer. That tip in gave the Tigers the momentum headed into the final quarter.

Connor McKim would finish with 13 points in the quarter, and 31 on the game. He went 11 of 12 from the free throw line in the final quarter to seal the game.

When the final buzzer sounded, the Tigers had stunned the Rocks 55-48 to get their first win in the series since 2013.

 

#10 Tiger Swimming and Diving’s 28th consecutive title

 

 

 

2016’s Top 10 Moments in Tiger Sports

With the year coming to a close, we take time to reminisce on the past year in sports. 2016 has been filled with countless games, memories, and championships that have added to the legacy of St.X’s athletic excellence. Now, as the crystal ball counts down to midnight, WSTX Sports would like to do a countdown of our own over the next few days. Let’s countdown the Top 10 Moments in Tiger Sports for the year of 2016!

Starting with #10… Tiger Swimming wins their 28th straight title.

2016 Swimming and Diving State Champions

Photo by Conor Revell

For the 28th consecutive year, the Tiger Swimming and Diving team are Kentucky High School Swimming and Diving State Champions. The last time Tiger Swimming lost State, Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States.

The 200 yard medley relay team of current seniors Martin Nitzken and Keefer Barnum, graduate Matt Steiden and Clayton Forde, who now swims at Georgia, got the day started off right for St. X. They broke the state record in the event by .59 seconds and won by 3.14 seconds over Covington Catholic’s relay team.

Over at the 1 meter Diving competition, now graduated Michael Miller won with a score of 437.05 and beat Evan Brungs of Convington Catholic by 13.65 points. The only other individual winner on the day for the Tigers was Barnum in the 100 yard breaststroke. Barnum won the event with a time of 55.31. In the prelims on Friday, Barnum broke the state record in the event with a time of 54.69.

The Tiger Sharks look to capture a 29th straight title next year, which would tie the national record for most consecutive titles.

Tiger Basketball Takes on the Jim Clark Hornet Holiday Classic

jim-clark-bracketThe Tiger Basketball team flew to Florida today in preparation for the 2016 Jim Clark Hornet Holiday Classic. The tournament features teams from Maryland and Florida playing in a three-day tournament at Bishop Moore High School. They will tipoff tomorrow morning against Trinity Catholic.

After a rough stretch of games in the past weeks, the Tigers head into the tournament with a modest 5-3 record. What the team needs to work on heading into the tournament is defensive intensity. They can’t rely on just big plays to get them fired up and rolling, which is what seems to be the case to this point in the season.

Looking ahead, the Tigers face a loaded schedule, facing DeSales, Trinity, Eastern, Ballard, and Fern Creek in the month of January. If they can work on their intensity and pick up some wins in this tournament then it would give a big confidence boost heading into the New Year.

Tiger Nation, it’s important to keep note that last year’s team went through this same process. They did not even begin to play their best basketball until January came around, which is where I believe the current team stands right now. They have the talent and size to play with anyone in the state, but now it’s just a matter of putting it all together.

Time to go to work.

 

Gameday Central | Tiger Basketball vs. Waggener

Tuesday, December 13 | 7:30 PM | Br. John Wills Sports Activities Center | Louisville, KY

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Paul Oberst (right) and Evan Walker (left). | Photo by Varsity Views

Gameday Information

Saint Xavier Tigers (3-2) vs. Waggener Wildcats (2-3)
Tuesday, December 13th
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
Br. John Wills Sports Activities Center
Louisville, KY

Game Notes

After starting the season 3-0, the Tigers have dropped their last two games. However, those two teams both were in the state tournament last year, so it’s not much to be ashamed of.

They’ll be looking to get back on track tonight at home against Waggener. The Wildcats have a lot of talent, highlighted by guards Jacquess Hobbs and St.X transfer Ethan Taylor. Hobbs is a great slasher while Taylor finds most of his workload outside the arc and is easily the best shooter on the team. The Tigers should be able to shut down these guys and if they do this looks to be a good win and confidence boost.

Coverage

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Gameday Central | Tiger Basketball vs. Covington Catholic

Friday, December 9 | 7:30 PM | Br. John Wills Sports Activities Center | Louisville, KY

Tyler Barnes | Photo by Varsity Views


GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (3-0) vs. Coovington Catholic Colonels (3-0)
Friday, December 9th
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
JV Game – 6:00 PM

Br. John Wills Sports Activities Center

Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

St. X will take on the Colonels of Covington Catholic in their first true test of the season. The Tigers will look to keep their undefeated record going after a solid win over Seneca on Monday.

The key for the Tigers tonight will be two-fold:

  1. Shut down CJ Frederick (#1). Through three games, Frederick has averaged 20.6 points and 4.3 assists. Frederick alone is accounting for over a third of the Colonel offense.
  2. Limit the playmaking ability of Cole Vanhandorf (#3). He is one of the top guards in the state of Kentucky and has had a lot of experience for the Colonels in his tenure.

Good news for the Tigers tonight is that their defense has been playing pretty well in these three games. The team is averaging over 9 steals per game right now and if they get any transition opportunities off steals.. oh boy. This team feeds off the enthusiasm from their players on the court and the fans in the Rage Cage, so a flashy dunk may be worth more than two points in this game.

All in all, the Tigers match up pretty well with the Colonels and are looking to avenge their loss from last year.

Let’s make this the biggest Rage Cage of the year and don’t forget it’s Christmas theme! Get jolly!

COVERAGE

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“Who Are These Guys?”: Covington Catholic

 

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Covington Catholic raises the 2014 State Title. | Photo from River City News

“Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.” -Bill Shakespeare

The Tiger Basketball team has gotten out to a hot start, winning their first three games of the season. This Friday, they face their first true test of the season when Covington Catholic travels to St.X. The Colonels beat the Tigers pretty handily when these teams played last year, but after losing some key players, this looks to be an exciting matchup. Let’s get to know Cov Cath:

Mascot: Colonels

School Colors: Royal Blue and White

Location: 1600 Dixie Hwy, Park Hills, KY 41011

Notable People Associated with Covington Catholic:

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Photo by Chris Carson

Nate Dusing – Dusing is a former Olympic Swimmer. He competed in the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics. In the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, he earned a silver medal by swimming for the second-place U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay. He was also a member of gold medal-winning U.S. relay teams in the 4×100-meter freestyle at the 2005 World Aquatics Championships, and the 2004 World Short Course Championships.

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Chris Harris– He is an American professional wrestler. He is best known for working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he was formerly one-half of the tag team America’s Most Wanted along with partner James Storm. Harris is recognized as a seven-time NWA World Tag Team Champion, having won the belts with Storm six times and with Elix Skipper once.

Coach: Scott Ruthsaz

Top players:  Cole VonHandorf (PG), C.J. Frederick (F), Aiden Ruthsatz (G), Jake Walter (C)*

* Just needed to point out that Walter is 7’1″

This year: 2-0

Last Game: Won vs. Lexington Catholic 62-52

#BeatCovCath

Tiger Sports Schedule: Week of December 4th, 2016

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Monday, December 5th 

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

Thursday, December 8th 

4:00 PM – Bowling vs. Male @ Executive Strike and Spare

Friday, December 9th 

4:30 PM – Freshman Basketball vs. Covington Catholic
6:00 PM – JV Basketball vs. Covington Catholic
7:30 PM – Varsity Basketball vs. Covington Catholic
8:00 PM – Hockey vs. Henry Clay at Iceland

Saturday, December 10th 

Archery Practice Tournament @ Atherton
9:00 AM – Wrestling @ Ryle
9:00 AM – Wrestling – King of the Bluegrass @ Fairdale High School
2:00 PM – Swimming & Diving @ Cincy St.X
3:45 PM – Varsity Basketball vs. Newport Central Catholic at Bardstown High School

Gameday Central | Tiger Basketball vs. Collegiate

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Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Gameday Information

Saint Xavier Tigers (1-0) vs. Collegiate Titans (1-0)
Thursday, December 1st
7:00 PM
Saint Xavier High School

Game Notes

The Tiger Basketball team will face Collegiate in the home opener for the 2016-2017 season. Besides it being the first home game of the season, Collegiate also poses as the Tiger’s first district game of the season. It still seems a long way away, but this game will have postseason implications.

In the Tiger’s last game, they defeated the Central Yellowjackets by a score of 65-54. In his first start of his varsity career, senior Tyler Barnes posted a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing a whopping 16 rebounds. To round it out, he added 5 assists as well. Look for another similar effort tonight.

The Titans will be led by former St.X Tiger and recent University of Alabama – Huntsville commit Ryan McDaniel. The lanky 6’9″ forward is versatile enough to play inside, but can be dangerous from outside the arc.

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@StXBasketball

2016-2017 Tiger Basketball Season Preview

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The Tiger Basketball program is coming off of a historic season, one that fell just short of reaching the Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena. It was also a season where point guard Connor McKim single-handedly rejuvenated the program and brought a flair that gave hope to the whole community of St.X. With McKim lost to graduation, Coach Kevin Klein will have some work to do with a team that is mostly inexperienced, but excited to fill the shoes that last year’s team left.

AT A GLANCE
Head Coach: Kevin Klein
2015-2016 Record: 22-10
Key Losses:

PG Connor McKim
SG William Olsen
SF Billy Basham

FRONTCOURT

At the center position, junior Pierce Kiesler returns to the 2016-2017 Tiger Basketball team as the leading scorer and rebounder. He is a bruiser and more of your back-to-the-basket kind of player and like last year he will get most of his points on second chance opportunities. Kiesler did show some ability to hit some mid-range shots on occasion, but ultimately is bread and butter is going to be wearing people down in the post.

Tyler Barnes looks to vie for more playing time at Power Forward this year. Standing at 6’8″, the lanky senior has been generating some college interest from some Ivy League schools. He played in a limited role last year, often providing a spark off the bench. Barnes is a hustler and has the ability to spread the floor. What sets him apart though is his awareness to fill passing lanes and get steals.

Evan Walker is the other returning starter from last year’s squad along with Kiesler. As a sophomore, Walker was a good rebounder and overall consistent player. At times, he would seemed a little tentative to shoot with other scoring options on the floor, but he definitely has the talent to become the Tigers’ leading scorer this year. At 6’4″, he is smaller than Barnes, which may see him play more at small forward, but his ability to body up bigger guys gives him the ability to rotate between the 3 and 4.

BACKCOURT

With Connor McKim gone, the point guard position is a wide open race. In preseason action, the duties have been relegated to freshman James Taylor. Taylor has been the starting cornerback for the freshman Football Team and helped lead them to a 10-0 record. Just now getting into basketball mode, Taylor has a knack for scoring off of jumpers, has terrific vision, and is a great ball handler. Also fighting for time will be junior Cameron McDonogh. McDonogh has more experience in Coach Klein’s system which will help his cause. He plays similar to Taylor, and an extra two years in Coach Klein’s system will help his cause.

At shooting guard, senior Paul Oberst looks to lead the charge. He looks to be one of the better all-around players for the Tigers this year. He is a gritty defender and can get to the basket with relative ease. Look for Oberst to take the leadership role for the team as well this year. Jack Koch on the other hand looks to come in off the bench as the team’s best shooter. He is the smallest member of an abnormally tall team for the Tigers this year, but definitely has the sweetest stroke.

To round out the backcourt, senior Chase Westenhofer is going to be the one to watch to make acrobatic plays all year. By far the most athletic player on the team, look for him make his mark felt in transition and if you’re in his way, you might find yourself on a poster.

OVERVIEW

The team played well against top-ranked Bowling Green in a scrimmage this preseason, however, with so many new players getting minutes, the 2016-2017 squad still has some work to do. Overall the team is excited and hungry to back up last years historic season, and ultimately have the potential to take a shot at Rupp.

Go Tigers!

Tiger Sports Schedule: Week of November 27th, 2016

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It’s another full week for the Tiger Sports teams. With the Basketball teams getting their seasons underway this week, all of the Winter Sports teams are now in season. Their first home game will be played on Thursday against Collegiate. Also, the Tiger Cross Country team will finish their season in Portland, OR at NXN Nationals. The team is currently seeded 9th overall and are looking for a Top 10 finish for the first time in history.

Monday, November 28th 

6:00 PM – JV Basketball vs. South Oldham
7:15 PM – Freshman Basketball vs. South Oldham

Tuesday, November 29th

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

Wednesday, November 30th 

6:15 PM – Swimming & Diving vs. Ballard

Thursday, December 1st

7:30 PM – Varsity Basketball vs. Collegiate (First Home Game! GOLD OUT)

Friday, December 2nd

8:00 PM – Hockey vs. Owensboro at Iceland

Saturday, December 3rd

9:00 AM – Wrestling – Moeller Super 8
9:00 AM – Wrestling – Dixie Duals
11:35 AM – Cross Country – Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon 
12:00 PM – Bowling – Crimson Baker tournament