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Vote now for Best Athlete in the 2014-2015 Tiger Sports Year. This award is presented to the sportsperson, irrespective of sport contested, adjudged to be the most outstanding in a given year.
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Last year’s winner: Charles Walker (Tiger Football)
New in 2015, the Tiger Pride Award will be given to the Tiger Sports team that exemplifies the most school pride in the eyes of Tiger Nation. Things to consider when voting for this category would be how well each team represents St. Xavier on a state and even national level, also their involvement in the St. Xavier community, attending other sports games and being all about the Tigers!
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Last year’s winner: New in 2015
Vote now for Best Game in the 2014-2015 Tiger Sports Year. This award is presented to the single game, event, match or meet in which a Tiger Sports Team participated, adjudged to be the best in a given year
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Last year’s winner: Tiger Football at Manual
Vote now for Best Breakthrough Athlete for the 2014-2015 Tiger Sports Year. This award is presented to the sportsperson, irrespective of sport contested, adjudged to have made the best or most significant breakthrough in his sport in a given year.
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Last year’s winner: Brandon Blaser (Tiger Baseball)
It’s been a pretty exciting year here at Tiger Tech. Seven of our teams won state championships and some individuals won state championships of their own. Of course, the seven state championships don’t quite match the nine titles that were won in 2010, but what our teams accomplished this year is still very impressive. Seven championships were the most by any school in the state, this school year. The next highest was TWO by Lexington Henry Clay. Think about that. We had more championships in one weekend with Lacrosse, Tennis and Rugby bringing home trophies than any other school had all year.
Only one of the four St. X fall sports teams won a state championship, but that one team did it in impressive fashion. The Tiger Golf team doesn’t get enough credit or coverage for which they deserve (that will be changing this upcoming year), but they went out and destroyed the competition. With Hamilton, Sass, Kiehl, Liston and Basham all returning next year, this has all the makings of a repeat championship team. Winning by 27 strokes is pretty awesome, and it gave Tiger Sports their first state championship of the year.
The rest of the fall sports teams didn’t exactly have finishes we want to remember, but they produced some exciting memories along the way. I wasn’t able to attend the regular season St. X-Trinity Football game, but I still remember that night very well as our whole cross country team piled into a hotel room in Cary, NC to listen to John Spears and Tony Burke as the Tigers pulled off a huge win and ended a terrible losing streak to that school on Shelbyville Road. In Soccer and Cross Country, the devastation of defeat seemed too much to bear. Losing by one point in Cross Country, and losing to that other school in both Soccer and Football is definitely not fun, but those teams did produce great moments throughout their seasons.
Maybe the reason we aren’t as excited about these seven state championships as we should be is because we left some on the table. Cross Country was the best team but got upset on the one day that mattered, and Football was probably one win over Trinity away from a State Championship. Of course Football would have had to win a couple more games, but they would have been the favorites in all of those.
27 years. 27 straight state championships for Tiger Swimming and Diving. I guess it’s what we’ve come to expect from them, but it still is an amazing accomplishment. They have this state so locked up that other schools have t-shirts celebrating finishing second. Coach Larkin and the Tigersharks produce champions in every sense of the word and this year was no different.
The Tiger Basketball and Wrestling teams had solid years, as well. Although it wasn’t the ending the basketball team wanted, they were exciting and fun to watch throughout the season. This year’s Wrestling team had huge shoes to fill after winning state the year before, but Coach K and the Tiger Wrestlers continue to show that St. X is no joke, and it will be fun to watch them compete at a high level again next year.
Having come into the spring sports season having only won two state championships, some could think that this could be a down year for St. X athletics. Not so fast. We were just getting started. Let me say it again, we won more championships in the one weekend of Lacrosse, Tennis and Rugby than any other school did all of this school year. That is insane.
Brandon Lancaster cemented his legacy at St. X and in Kentucky High School Tennis history as one of the 18 players to win back-to-back individual state championships. Also from that tennis state championship weekend, Drew Singerman produced one of the biggest upset wins of the year as he defeated the senior and No. 2 seeded Austin Hussey of Covington Catholic in what might have been one of the more exciting games (err… matches) I have ever watched. I’ll fully admit that I know next to nothing about Tennis, but that upset was awesome and if that doesn’t win an EXPY this summer, I don’t know what will.
Watching the Tiger Lacrosse team win another state championship never gets old. Beating Trinity also never gets old and is always fun, but the way the Lax team went to work in the semi-finals was even more enjoyable. Tiger Powerlifting, Rugby and Volleyball are three other sports that don’t get the recognition that they deserve. Logan Butler knocking the life out of people, Joe Fisher breaking his own state powerlifting record and Tiger Volleyball winning their 2nd straight championship is what makes this Athletic Department so great. We aren’t just good at one sport; we excel in all of the sports. Those three teams worked hard all year long, and it was no surprise that they all came home with State Championships.
Even though the Tiger Baseball team lost in the 7th Region Championship, they had another very impressive season. They were one of the top teams in the state polls throughout the season and made some impressive memories. I probably will never forget watching Adam Elliot throwing a perfect game. Baseball is one of the toughest championships to win, let alone repeat. Winning seven straight games is no easy feat. To the Baseball seniors, you all will be truly missed. You were part of the resurgence of Tiger Baseball, as you helped bring the first championship back to Poplar Level Road since the ’80s. Good luck to all of you!
From a personal perspective, I will miss this Tiger Track & Field team a lot. The seniors that are leaving the program left such a mark on St. X. William Mulloy was my go to guy for interviews, and he always seemed to know what to say. Jake Glass is the best shot put thrower this school has had since Joe Tronzo went to school here, and three of the members of the 4 x 800 state record relay team will also be leaving in Ben Kleine-Kracht, Eli George and Mulloy. From the winter indoor meets to the Taco Bell Invitational in South Carolina to the State Meet at UK, it was a heck of a ride.
It’s been fun, Tiger Nation. We started this back in August, and SEVEN state championships later we are done with the 2014-2015 sports year. I want to thank Jacob Hayslip once again for all of the hard work he has done this year and during his entire career at St. X. You will be missed. To all the seniors, you did an amazing job leading this school and your teams. It’s the Class of 2016’s turn now.
We will continue to bring you news and information over the summer and prep you for next season’s sports teams. Enjoy the randomness of summer and look for more Justin Thomas updates.
Let’s do this winning thing again next year. It’s pretty fun.
We are St. X!
WSTX Sports salutes the Class of 2015 and all the memories they created on the field, court, lane, ice, course, track, boat and pitch. Thank you seniors!
The picture above is of Former Tiger Football Coach Mike Glaser in the huddle with a bunch of Former Tigers. One of those guys, the quarterback to Coach Glaser’s left, just punched a ticket to the Super Bowl as the Wide Receiver’s Coach of the New England Patriots. Chad O’Shea played for the Tigers a few years ago now, but will represent his alma mater on the grandest of stages in two weeks!
We are all Patriots fans because if we’re lucky, he may bring that Lombardi Trophy back to Tiger Tech and put it right next to the the Shillelagh which would be one of the most epic meeting of two trophies ever to happen.
On to the news and notes from an eventful weekend in Tiger Land…
- The Tiger Wrestling team comes in at No. 3 in the latest KentuckyWrestling.com Rankings. They trail the defending state champions, Union County, and Trinity. Dominic Lampe is currently ranked the No. 1 wrestler in the state in the 170 lbs. weight class.
- In other winter sports rankings, Tiger Basketball is ranked No. 5 in Region 7 this week’s Litkenhous Ratings. They sit behind Central, Manual, Ballard and Trinity. It’s going to be an exciting next couple of months as the Tigers make their push for a trip to Rupp Arena for the Sweet Sixteen.
- Justin Thomas is doing his thing, but now with the big boys. The Former Tiger dropped a four round score of a 12-under-par 268. Thomas said I’m here to play with an impressive opening two rounds shooting a 67 in the first and a 61 in the second. A 70 was his score for the final two rounds and ended up with a Top 10 finish, finishing 11 strokes off the winner at the Sony Open. No picture was taken, but we think he walked out of there with one of those big checks like Happy Gilmore always requested.
- A couple of Tiger Baseball guys participated in a KY College Prospect Showcase in Louisville put on by our friends over at Prep Baseball Report. Grant Wessling (83 mph) and Brian O’Neil (82 mph) walked out of there with the two top pitcher velocities at the event. Looks like there’s going to be some heat being thrown off the mound this spring at Mueller Field.
That all happened in one weekend? Yea, things are going strong now in the sports world here at St. Xavier. What’s happening this week? Thought you’d never ask!
Freshman and JV Tiger Basketball are in action today against Central Hardin on the road. Those games both have already begun while you’re reading this. They both continue a busy week as they play again tomorrow against Fairdale, but at home this time in the Wills Center. Freshman will tip at 4:30 PM and JV at 6:00 PM. But wait! There’s more! Varsity will play the nightcap at 7:30 PM against the Bulldogs of Fairdale live from the Wills Center!
Tiger Swimming and Diving host the Manual Crimsons because they don’t have a pool, but that will get underway at 6:15 PM on Wednesday.
Tiger Hockey gets back on the ice on Thursday at 7:30 PM at the Lexington Ice Center. Who’s road tripping?
A Tiger Basketball triple-header rounds out this week on Friday when the Tigers travel to Seneca High School, the home of the fighting Red Hawks. We’ll see how much fight they have as they take on the Freshman, JV and Varsity teams of Tiger Tech.
Ok, you can’t get enough action? Tiger Sports will spill over into the weekend as Tiger Bowling participates in the City Tournament at Dixie Bowl, Archery travels all the way to Atherton (that’s only an exit away down Watterson) to out shoot the Rebels, Hunger Games style. Just kidding. Coach Kraeszig and the Tiger Wrestlers go to South Oldham to WRASTLE in the Dragon Classic and Freshman and JV Tiger Basketball go to Lexington Catholic to play the Knights all before breakfast stops being served at McDonald’s. In the afternoon, Tiger Hockey plays that school from Shelbyville Rd. at Iceland and JV Wrestling finishes the day with the regional tournament at Moore.
-The Freshmen and JV Basketball teams opened their seasons with wins vs. South Oldham last night, so we can go ahead and start the 20-0 talks for them right?
-Tiger Football is still ranked in the state’s Top 5 of the Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings. They come in at No. 3 on championship weekend. That’s right KHSAA, the No.2 or 3 team in the state isn’t playing for a championship on any level.
-Coach Kraeszig and the Tiger Wrestling Team won the Big Brother Classic for the 5th time in the last 5 years. The team combined with River City Wrestling to defeat the high school and middle school team totals of North Hardin, Moore, Scott High and #5 ranked Fern Creek High School program. The Tigers will be in action this weekend at Arch Bishop Moeller High School this Saturday.
-This past Saturday, the Tiger Bowling team had another good outing finishing second in the Male High Bulldog tournament. Yesterday, Tim Spurlock averaged 248 leading St. X to another victory downing Ballard 4-3. Brandon Flora averaged 212 and Chris Wernert averaged 200.
-Samford Basketball hired Former Tiger Scott Padgett over the offseason and Bulldogs have started their season 3-5 so far. They hung tough with Pittsburg before dropping that game 56-63, but the first year head coach has his team headed in the right direction and we hope to see Samford go dancing come March!
Freshman Brandon Flora defeated Boyle County’s Cameron Walker 289-181 in the final of the Ebonite/KHSAA Singles Bowling Championships at Collins Eastland in Lexington to win the Individual State Championship last weekend!
Flora qualified No. 1 for the state championship round after bowling three straight 277s, and then bowled a 258 and a 298 in the semifinals to earn the No. 1 spot in the stepladder finals.
The Tiger Bowling team lost in the first round of the team state championship tournament to Fern Creek.
The 2013-2014 Tiger Basketball team. If those jerseys don’t get you excited for this season I don’t know what will.
-Countdown to Tiger Basketball season: 1 day
-Tiger Swimming and Diving is STILL good. Really good. They host Eastern Wednesday at 6.
-The Tiger Bowling team knocked off an undefeated Ballard Bruins squad 5-2 on Tuesday.
-Next up for Tiger Bowling is a match up with Waggener Tuesday at 3:30.
Former Tiger Alex Jones is doing big things his first year at Transy.
-It’s jersey night tomorrow night against Central. It can be any jersey! Just wear one.
-Don’t forget: we have waited for basketball season all year and it’s finally here tomorrow. Don’t take this opportunity for granted! Get to the game!