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EXPYS Voting – Friday, July 29th Update

2015 EXPYS

The 2016 EXPYS Awards have been open for six days now. Many teams and athletes have been taken firm control of their respective categories. However, there have been some, in my opinion, unexpected shifts in the leaderboard. With over a week left, there are sure to be more changes, and I am excited to see how they play out.

Without further a due, here is our 2nd Update for the 2016 EXPYS Awards!

Best Breakthrough Athlete

The Leader: Connor Holden (37%)
The Pack: Brewer Cahalan (23%) , Joey Mackin (12%) , Trent Ennenbach (8%)
Breakdown: Connor Holden increases his lead to 84 votes. Brewer Cahalan has made a huge jump in the voting, now leading Mackin by 67 votes. Ennenbach remains in fourth by 20 votes.

Best Team 
The Leader: Baseball (41%)
The Pack: Cross Country (24%) , Swimming and Diving (10%) , Golf (7%) , and Lacrosse (7%)
Breakdown: Baseball is in the lead by 35 votes. Cross Country has stayed steady, leading the new third place competitor by 19 votes after the Swimming and Diving Team jumped Tiger Golf.

Best Championship Performance 
The Leader: Connor Holden’s shutout in the state title game (45%)
The Pack: Sam Mudd and Cam Scheler’s back-to-back walk-offs (29%) , Cross Country places all seven of their runners in the top 11 finishers (8%) , Keefer Barnum breaks the 100 yard breaststroke state record (6%)
Breakdown: Connor Holden maintains the lead for his second award, leading by over 70 votes. The Cross Country team has replaced Keefer Barnum for third, leading Barnum by a slim eight votes.

Best Game 
The Leader: Mudd’s walk-off vs. West Jessamine (37%)
The Pack: Matthew Thomas winning the Dream Mile (20%) , Basketball’s District Championship vs. Male (20%) , and Football’s win over Bowling Green (5%)
Breakdown: Mudd’s walk-off is in first place by over 50 votes. Matthew Thomas has surged into second place, now leading the District Championship vs. Male by only one vote. Football falling far behind, trailing third by 45 votes.

Tiger Pride Award 
The Leader: Baseball (28%)
The Pack: Cross Country (15%) , Basketball (15%) , and Football (8%)
Breakdown: Baseball still continues to dominate the polls, leading by 33 votes. The Cross Country guys are really showing out, surging in another category. They are now TIED with the Basketball team. Football trails both by 18 votes.

Best Athlete 
The Leader: Connor McKim (29%)
The Pack: Matthew Thomas (19%), Adam Elliot (17%), Keefer Barnum (12%), and Caleb Grimes (10%)
Breakdown: McKim retains the lead for first, leading Thomas by over 40 votes. Elliot trails by ten votes. Barnum beginning to separate himself from Grimes.

Best Coach 
The Leader: Coach Medley (27%)
The Pack: Coach Porta (26%) , Coach Larkin (15%) , and Coach Lancaster (11%)
Breakdown: This is the first lead change in the 2016 EXPYS Awards. Medley now leads Porta by one vote. Larkin trails by 21 votes, and Lancaster by eight votes.

Remember to vote everyday. If you want your favorite athlete/team to win an EXPY, you need to keep voting. You can vote once per hour everyday, so do that. Happy Voting!

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EXPYS Voting – Tuesday, July 26th Update

 

2015 EXPYS

The EXPYS have been open for two days now, and we are starting to see some of the early favorites in voting so far. Athletes and teams have already taken the lead in their respective categories and have tried to put space between those in the hunt.

As a reminder, every Tuesday and Friday we will be giving updates on the voting results. A brief breakdown of every category will be included, as well. Next week, more extensive rundowns will be given on each category, so make sure to check our site or Twitter for updates.

Also, we have been told that people are having trouble voting from their phones, so to fix that, we will be moving all of the voting to the home page for the 2016 EXPYS. The past winners will be moved to its own separate page under the 2016 EXPYS tab. This way, you will not have to switch between pages to vote for each category. I hope this adjustment solves the problem.

Now, here is our 1st Update for the 2016 EXPYS Awards!

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Leader: Connor Holden (41%)
The Pack: Joey Mackin (23%), Brewer Cahalan (18%), and Trent Ennenbach (4%)
Breakdown: Connor Holden takes a sizable lead after the first two days of voting, leading Mackin by 41 votes. Cahalan trails Mackin by 15 votes. Large gap vote gap after 3rd place, and the rest of the nominees.

Best Team 
The Leader: Baseball (46%)
The Pack: Cross Country (18%) , Golf (10%) , Swimming and Diving (7%) , and Lacrosse (7%)
Breakdown: Baseball controlling the polls early, with 2nd place trailing by over 20 votes. Golf is in the hunt for second, trailing by 7 votes.

Best Championship Performance 
The Leader: Connor Holden’s shutout in the state title game (48%)
The Pack: Sam Mudd and Cam Scheler’s back-to-back walk-offs (32%) , Keefer Barnum breaks the 100 yard breaststroke state record (6%) , Cross Country places all seven of their runners in the top 11 finishers (5%)
Breakdown: Connor Holden in the lead for his second Award, taking almost half of the votes. The joint performances of Mudd and Scheler are 27 votes back. The gap between 2nd place and Keefer Barnum’s breaststroke state record is over 40 votes.

Best Game 
The Leader: Mudd’s walk-off vs. West Jessamine (33%)
The Pack: Basketball’s District Championship vs. Male (25%), Matthew Thomas winning the Dream Mile (19%) , and Football’s win over Bowling Green (11%)
Breakdown: Mudd’s walk-off leads the District Championship vs. Male by only nine votes. Thomas winning the Dream Mile trails only by six votes, and then leads over the Bowling Green game by eight votes.

Tiger Pride Award 
The Leader: Baseball (33%)
The Pack: Basketball (16%), Football (11%) , and Cross Country (9%)
Breakdown: Baseball takes the lead in yet another category, ahead of Tiger Basketball by thirteen votes. Football trails in 3rd place only by four votes, and that gap lessens to two for Cross Country

Best Athlete 
The Leader: Connor McKim (30%)
The Pack: Matthew Thomas (17%), Adam Elliot (14%), Keefer Barnum (13%), and Caleb Grimes (13%)
Breakdown: Tiger Nation favorite Connor McKim jumps out to an early lead over Matthew Thomas by 20 votes. Elliot is behind by only four votes. Barnum and Grimes are tied, and they only trail Elliot by two votes.

Best Coach 
The Leader: Coach Porta (34%)
The Pack: Coach Medley (21%) , Coach Larkin (15%) , and Coach Lancaster (13%)
Breakdown: As of now, this is the tightest race for a 2016 EXPY Award. Porta only leads Medley by nine votes. The two-time reigning champion Larkin is in 3rd place by four votes. He leads Lancaster by a count of one vote.

Remember to vote everyday. If you want your favorite athlete/team to win an EXPY, you need to keep voting. You can vote once per hour everyday, so do that. Happy Voting!

Go Tigers!

 

 

 

 

 

Fan Voting to Begin as 2016 EXPY Nominees are Announced

The EXPY Awards

For the third year, WSTX Sports will hold its Fan Voting for the 2016 EXPY Awards! Tiger Sports fans will be able to cast their vote for their favorite players, coaches, games, and more online at WSTXSports.com. Voting will begin today and last until August 7th when the winners are announced.

The EXPYS will recognize top Tiger Athletes, Teams. and Coaches and commemorate the past year in Tiger Sports by recognizing major Tiger Sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2016 EXPYS will recognize best-in-sport winners, such as “Best Team” or “Best Athlete” that pit nominees from different sports against each other.

This year two past winners from 2014 and 2015 are making a run at a third straight EXPY award. The Tiger Football Team looks to win “Best Game” once more after winning for the past two years. Also, Coach Todd Larkin of the Swimming and Diving Team looks to win the “Best Coach” Award for a third straight year.

After tying our own record for state championships in a single year (9), the “Best Team” Award looks out to be a heated race. Early favorites will include: Tiger Golf who won the state championship in record setting fashion, Tiger Swimming and Diving winning a 28th consecutive title, and Tiger Baseball winning their 2nd title in three years on an incredible postseason run.

The next two weeks will surely be exciting as we get to take a look back at the 2015-2016 year in Tiger Sports. We encourage all of the Tiger Nation to go out and vote at WSTXSports.com/expys . You will be able to vote once every hour. Updates will be posted every Tuesday and Friday over the voting period. We cannot wait to see who comes out on top this year for the coveted EXPY Awards. Winners will be announced via Twitter on August 7th. Get Voting!

 

 

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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This week’s Tiger Sports Schedule – November 2 to November 8

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Friday

7:30: Tiger Football vs. Eastern (1st Round)

Saturday

2:15: Tiger Cross Country – KHSAA Class 3A State Championship (Lexington, KY)

Which Tiger Sporting Event will you be attending this week? Let us know in the comment section below.

Tiger Cross Country ranked #1 in the Southeast after a dominating Region performance

Matthew Thomas | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Matthew Thomas | Photo by Jana Bollinger

The Tiger Cross Country team dominated the Region 3AAA meet with five runners going sub-16 minutes. Because of that impressive feat, the Tigers are now ranked #1 in the Southeast based solely off times.

Southeast Rankings Top 5
1. Saint Xavier High School (KY) – 474
2. Broughton (NC) – 558
3. Marietta High School (GA) – 594
4. Mount Tabor (NC) – 752
5. Weddington High School (NC) – 826

Here is where the Tigers stand individually in the Southeast:

16. Matthew Thomas – 15:19.83
41. Spencer Hayden – 15:31.50
100. Ryan Guenthner – 15:45.65
126. Patrick Schaefer – 15:49.81
191. Zach Larkin – 15:58.58
322. Cooper Marchal – 16:12.86
425. Joey Schrepferman – 16:20.98

Go Tigers!

Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame Announces Its Fourth Class

Coach Glaser won over 300 games in his career as the coach of the Tiger Football team and is now a helpful hand for the Tiger Basketball program. | Photo by Tim Porco

Coach Glaser won over 300 games in his career as the coach of the Tiger Football team and is now a helpful hand for the Tiger Basketball program. | Photo by Tim Porco

Louisville, Ky – The Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame has announced is 2015 Hall of Fame class. The fourth annual Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame will take place on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 in the Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

The LCS Hall of Fame selection committee selected the following athletes, coach, contributor and family for its fourth edition, to include Jeff Van Note, Crystal Kelly, Collen Jones Underhill, Bobby Curtis, Mike Glaser, Joe McGrath and the Howard Schnellenberger Family Award will be presented to the Gahm family.

Steve Fehder, President of the Louisville Catholic Sports Network (LCSN), said, “We are once again proud to recognize an outstanding group of individuals that have demonstrated excellence in their athletic careers and are pillars in their communities. We have a great balance of players, coaches, administrators and contributors. This class truly defines why the Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame is so special.”

Van Note is a product of St. Joe Prep, now Bethlehem, and played defensive end at Kentucky before distinguishing himself as one of the best NFL centers of his era for the Atlanta Falcons. He is in the Falcons’ Ring of Honor and is a member of the Kentucky chapter of the NFL Hall of Fame. He was the long-time radio color analyst for the Falcons and currently is the color voice for Georgia Tech.

Sacred Heart alum Crystal Kelly will be the youngest-ever inductee into the LCS Hall of Fame and certainly deserving. Voted as Kentucky’s Miss Basketball in 2004, the three-time state title winning Kelly went on to set career scoring and rebounding records at Western Kentucky University. Her 2,803 points ranks 23rd all-time in NCAA Division I scoring.

Colleen Jones Underhill built the foundation of an outstanding tennis career while at Sacred Heart culminating with an individual state championship in 1973. She was ranked No. 1 in the state throughout her high school career and was undefeated as the No. 1 singles player during her college career at the University of Miami, Ohio.

St. Xavier has two high-achieving alumnae in this year’s class of inductees. During his 31 years as head coach of the Tigers, Mike Glaser distinguished himself as one of the elite coaches in Kentucky prep football history winning 336 games and seven state championships. Distance running phenom Bobby Curtis set several records in Cross Country and Track on his way to winning 19 state titles-12 individual, five team and two relay titles.

“This class is just another example of the rich tradition of Catholic athletics in this community,” said Billy Reed, Executive Editor of LCSN and a member of the Hall of Fame selection committee. “There are so many deserving individuals for this award and we are excited to honor this outstanding group.”

In addition to the four athletes and coach Glaser, CSAA contributor Joe McGrath will be honored for his contributions as a long-time coach of several sports at St. Denis elementary school. McGrath’s 44-year coaching legacy ranks among the richest in CSAA history as he coached more than 100 total seasons of sports. He follows Karl Schmitt, Sr., Father Tom Gentile, and Jim Frame as one who helped shape the CSAA into what it is today.

The evening will feature the presentation of the third annual Howard Schnellenberger Family Award. The award recipients, the Gahm family, have a storied athletic history in the Louisville community most notably in the golf world and as the builders of Valhalla Golf Club.

Tiger Cross Country moves to #3 in Southeast Rankings

Matthew Thomas | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Matthew Thomas | Photo by Jana Bollinger

After the Tiger Cross Country team dominated the 2015 Lexington Catholic Invitational, the Tigers moved up in the Southeast Rankings. With the new times from Lexington Catholic in the system, the Tigers ranked third out of the teams in the Southeast. Senior Matthew Thomas was ranked 16th in the Southeast with his time of 15:19.83.

Southeast Rankings
1. Broughton (NC) – 519
2. Marietta High School (GA) – 529
3. Tiger Cross Country (KY) – 864
4. Weddington High School (NC) – 864
5. Trinity Prep (FL) – 920

The Tiger Cross Country team will travel down to Cary, NC to compete in Nike Cross Regionals which determines who will move on to Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, OR. The top two from each region moves on to Portland.

Tiger Cross Country wins Greater Louisville Classic

Matthew Thomas | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Matthew Thomas | Photo by Jana Bollinger

The Tiger Cross Country team participated in the Greater Louisville Invitational this weekend instead of traveling to Cary, North Carolina due to the horrific weather conditions. The Tigers won the race and beat highly ranked Brentwood Academy (Tenn.).

Seniors Matthew Thomas (15:39) and Spencer Hayden (16:05) placed second and fifth respectively. Freshman Zach Larkin placed 12th (16:25), junior Ryan Guenthner placed 15th (16:27), and sophomore Cooper Marchal placed 24th (16:44).

The JV team also won on Saturday as sophomores Clay Meiers, Eric Portaro, and Clint Sherman placed top 5. Other scorers for the Tigers were senior Michael Porter and sophomore Thomas Knepshield who both placed in the top 10 overall. Junior Jacob Young, senior Nick Grove, sophomore Nick Poole, and freshmen Grady Shiftlet, Will Perone, and Luke Buddeke all placed top 25.

Next Meet: October 17th at Lexington Catholic

This week’s Tiger Sports Schedule – October 5 to October 11

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Tuesday

All Day: Tiger Golf – KHSAA State Golf Tournament

Wednesday

All Day: Tiger Golf – KHSAA State Golf Tournament

Thursday

7:00: Tiger Soccer @ Oldham County High School

Friday

7:30: Tiger Football @ duPont Manual High School

Saturday

9:00 am: Tiger Cross Country – Collins Invitational
1:00: Tiger Soccer vs. St. Henry District High School

Which Tiger Sporting Event will you be attending this week? Let us know in the comment section below.

This week’s Tiger Sports Schedule – September 28 to October 4

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Monday

5:30: JV Tiger Football vs. Trinity

6:00: Tiger Soccer @ Atherton

Tuesday

5:30: Frosh Tiger Soccer @ Trinity

Wednesday

5:30: JV Tiger Soccer @ Trinity

7:00: Tiger Soccer vs. Trinity

Thursday

5:30: Frosh Tiger Football vs. Trinity

Friday

8:00: Tiger Football @ Trinity (Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium)

Saturday

9:45 am: Tiger Cross Country – Great American Invitational (Cary, NC)

Which Tiger Sporting Event will you be attending this week? Let us know in the comment section below.

This week’s Tiger Sports Schedule – September 21 to September 27

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Tuesday

5:00: Tiger Soccer @ Brown School (Louisville Soccer Park)

Friday

7:30: Tiger Football @ Pleasure Ridge Park

Saturday

9:00 am: Tiger Cross Country – Palatine Invitational (Chicago, IL)
11:00 am: Tiger Soccer @ Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School
1:oo: Tiger Golf – Collegiate Invitational (Big Springs Country Club)

Which Tiger Sporting Event will you be attending this week? Let us know in the comment section below.

This week’s Tiger Sports Schedule – September 14 to September 20

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Monday

7:00: Tiger Soccer vs. Martha Layne Collins

Wednesday

7:30: Tiger Soccer vs. duPont Manual

Thursday

7:00: Tiger Soccer vs. Salesianum

Friday

7:30: Tiger Football @ Highlands

Saturday

9:00 am: Tiger Soccer @ St. Louis Webster Groves (Evansville Reitz Memorial High School)
9:00 am: Tiger Cross Country – Trinity Invitational
1:00: Tiger Golf – Battle of the Bluegrass
7:00: Tiger Soccer @ Evansville Memorial

Which Tiger Sporting Event will you be attending this week? Let us know in the comment section below.

This week’s Tiger Sports Schedule – September 7 to September 13

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Tuesday

5:30: Tiger Football JV vs. Central

Wednesday

7:00: Tiger Soccer vs. Ballard

Friday

7:30: Tiger Football @ Central

Saturday

8:00 am: Tiger Golf – Bowling Green Invitational
9:15 am: Tiger Cross Country – North Oldham Invitational
12:30: Tiger Soccer vs. Greenwood

Which Tiger Sporting Event will you be attending this week?

Sunday Night Post – Latest on Tiger Fall Sports

Tiger Cross Country won Tiger Run Saturday in the opening meet of the year | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Tiger Cross Country won Tiger Run Saturday in the opening meet of the year | Photo by Jana Bollinger

What a week. Really, what a last four days. Tiger Fall Sports is in full swing now and all four sports had a strong week. Sometimes we, Tiger Nation, forget how good we have it here. As part of my senior year and this being my last time around the sports circuit, I want to make sure we do understand how special this program is and how this year could be extra special. To do that, I will occasionally write on Sunday nights on the latest in Tiger Sports.

Between Thursday and Saturday, Tiger Football defeated Henry Clay 40-13, Tiger Cross Country beat the other two best teams in the state at the Tiger Run, Tiger Golf continues to dominate and Tiger Soccer beat South Oldham, last year’s state runner-up.

Let’s dive into a bit more though, so here is the latest in Tiger Sports.

FOOTBALL

Coming into the season, there were some question marks for this team. Who would be quarterback? How would the new offense work? Do we have to rebuild or did we reload once again? Those three were answered Friday night.

One thing you noticed immediately at the game, was that Desmond Ridder has that “it” factor about him. He can change a broken play into a big play, and he did that Friday where he took many broken plays and ended up running or scrambling for a huge gain. One person told me, “His vision of the field makes him unlike a lot of people. He sees everything.” That can’t help but make you excited about these next two years with him at the helm.

This offense could be really good this year. The offense produced almost 600 total yards and struck early and often against Henry Clay. They were up 30-0 before you could even blink it felt like. This offense is fast paced and aggressive. There isn’t much pause in between plays. They just line back up and keep going. Their goal is to be the best conditioned team out there and make the defense tire early.

Over 400 yards rushing is huge no matter what team you’re playing, and you have to give some credit to the O-line for that. They have five new starters, but they stepped up big in the first game with a brand new offense.

With one game under the belt, are the Tigers ready for Bowling Green? The Purples have beaten the Tigers the past four years, and the team felt they should have won last year. The team took that OT loss personal and with it being Patriotic Night, they want to get a W for the fans. The team truly believes this is the year to end the streak.

SOCCER

Tiger Soccer is on a bit of a high too, as they just defeated South Oldham on Thursday night. Last year, the Dragons dominated the Tigers in a 2-0 win, but that didn’t happen this time around. South Oldham was ranked #4 in the state going into the game, and St. X was ranked #8.

This team feels like they have the talent to go really far this year. They feel like they are getting better week by week, and they know that they’re in really good form right now. South was a good early test for the Tigers, and they for sure passed. They didn’t start fast but once they settled in, they dominated possession and controlled the game. They have a long way until state and Trinity is good once again this year, but they believe they have the talent to pull it off. The seniors don’t want to leave this school without a state ring, and they are doing everything they can to make sure they get one. 

Soccer has a road trip coming up next weekend, as they travel to St. Louis for two games against Springfield-Glendale and St. Louis University High School. These will be big tests, as both teams will be difficult competition. We will have scores up on the site and twitter feed as soon as we have them.

CROSS COUNTRY

Last year at state, Tiger Cross Country lost by one point to South Oldham in a surprise upset. That has been eating at the runners, and many have not gone a day without thinking about it. Saturday, they got their chance to get some revenge on South Oldham for last year. The Tigers took the opportunity and beat South Oldham by 17 points and beat Trinity in the process as well.

The win was huge, and Matthew Thomas and Spencer Hayden ran great races, but it was almost more about who was out that is even more special. Freshmen Grady Shiflit and Zach Larkin both did not run in the Varsity race, and they have a very good chance of being in the top five at the end of the year. Junior Ryan Guenthner and sophomore Patrick Schaeffer were both out of the race as well and will almost certainly be one of the top five runners for St. X. Winning Saturday was great, but they could still be a lot better which is kind of scary to think about.

The vibe around the course on Saturday was how good of a race it was. Thomas battled with Cole Dowdy of South Oldham until the very end, and Hayden beat out Tanner Dowdy. It truly was a battle up front, and it shows how good this season could be for cross country racing fans everywhere in the state.

Tiger Cross Country has an off-week next Saturday, and will travel to North Oldham’s Rumble through the Jungle the following weekend. The Trinity Invitational will be the week after that.

GOLF

The Tiger Golf team won once again, this time at the Madison Central Invitational. The same five members that won state last year are back again this year and looking for a repeat. They want to finish their careers at St. X. as back to back state champs. They have the experience to do it, so all they have to do is finish it out once again.

Because they brought back five members from last year, they know they are the favorites, but they also know they are their own competition. One told me, “There are solid teams that are capable of solid team scores, but at the end of the day if we play to our abilities, we’ll come out on top.” They will play at the Henry Clay Invitational next weekend.

Go Tigers!