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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!

 

 

St. X to build new state-of-the-art golf facility

Bill Musselman '63 Golf Center

St. X announced Monday that a new state-of-the-art golf facility will be built on campus in hopes to enhance the rich golf tradition already in place at St. X.

“A new state-of-the-art facility under construction on the campus of Saint Xavier High School will add to the number of alumni competing in future US Opens, school leaders hope,” St. X said in a news alert. “With former player, Justin Thomas ’11 playing this week in Oakmont, Pa., the bar is set especially high.”

The Bill Musselman ’63 Golf Center will include two indoor hitting bays, a putting green, high definition golf simulator and a team room in nearly 2000 square feet of space. The facility will provide year-round training for the Tiger Golf team and will also accommodate an introduction unit on golf for all freshman students as well as future intramural events.

“We are honored to see this addition for our athletic and physical education programs, “Dr. Perry Sangalli, St. X President, said in a news alert. “The Musselman family and our other donors have once again demonstrated how important their experiences were here and how they hope to enrich the St. X experience for future students.”

One of the other donors is Thomas, a PGA Tour professional who graduated from St. X in 2011.

“This facility will provide the best indoor opportunities for our golf team and students,” Thomas said to St. X. “I am proud to have provided my support and look forward to seeing how exposure to the sport I love will affect the future Tigers.”

According to the alert, the facility will take approximately 12 weeks to complete as “the school continues to repurpose space as a strategic priority for the campus. This area once served as a weight lifting room and was most recently used for storage.”

This brand new facility will only help the already 20-time state champion Tiger Golfers.

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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Mike Sass named Region 6 Player of the Year

Mike Sass | Photo by Cole Bollinger

Mike Sass | Photo by Cole Bollinger

The Kentucky Golf Coaches Association has announced its regional players and coaches of the year. Senior Mike Sass was named player of the year in Region Six along with making all-region team.

Seniors Allen Hamilton, Matt Liston, Billy Basham and Drew Kiehl joined Sass on the all-region team.

Congrats Tigers!

[KGCA recognizes top golfers, coaches in each region]

Tiger Golf leaves no doubt in 37 shot State Championship win

2015 Golf State Champions

This team is really good. We knew that coming into this weekend though. On Tuesday and Wednesday, this Tiger Golf team went from being one of 20 Tiger Golf State Championship teams to being arguably the best of the bunch. That’s what happens when you win state for the 2nd straight year with a record breaking 19 under par score along with their 37 shot win over Franklin County.

Allen Hamilton and Mike Sass led the way with a two day 7 under par performance and finished tied for 3rd. Matt Liston (-4), Billy Basham (E) and Drew Kiehl (+1) followed behind, as they all finished top 15 in the state.

Final Team Scores:
1. Saint Xavier (-19)
2. Franklin County (+18)
3. Mason County (+22)
4. Owensboro Catholic (+28)
5. Union County (+31)

In the individual race, Hamilton double bogeyed hole #12 and dropped back into a tie for 1st at -7. Hamilton had birdie chances on both 17 and 18 but were both missed slightly to the right.

Sass was 5 back from the leaders heading to hole #14. Sass would go on to birdie 14, 15, 17 and 18 to finish in a tie for 3rd with teammate Hamilton at -7 and to finish one shot off the leaders.

This team is definitely one of the best golf teams this state has ever seen, and it may very well be the best. Tiger Golf didn’t just beat the previous state record of 579 by Trinity in 2003, they continually crushed it into the ground until they couldn’t see it anymore with their final score of 557.

There won’t be a golf team like this for quite some time. They started the Tiger Sports season off right with the first state championship of the year. We all know it won’t be the last.

 

PHOTOS: Tiger Golfers are State Champs!

Tiger Golf Tee Times for Round 1 of Leachman Auto / KHSAA Boys State Championship

Matt Liston | Photo by Hayley Robb

Matt Liston | Photo by Hayley Robb

Tiger Golf will look to win their 2nd straight State Title this week, and the pairings for Tuesday’s round 1 have been announced.

Tiger Golf Round 1 Tee Times

Mike Sass – 7:45

Allen Hamilton – 7:54

Drew Kiehl – 8:03

Matt Liston – 8:12

Billy Basham – 8:21

 

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 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?

PHOTOS: Tiger Golf wins Henry Clay Invitational

Tiger Golf wins Henry Clay Invitational by 20 strokes

Mike Sass | Photo by Hayley Robb

Mike Sass | Photo by Hayley Robb

It was just another Saturday for Tiger Golf, as they won yet another invitational. This time they took over the Henry Clay Invitational with Senior Mike Sass leading the way with the individual win. Sass and senior Billy Basham were tied after 18 holes at -3 and went into a playoff to decide the winner. Sass ended up winning the playoff on the 2nd hole.

The Tigers as a team shot -3 with Lexington Christian Academy in 2nd at +17.

Tiger Golf Individual Results
Mike Sass (-3)
Billy Basham (-3)
Matt Liston (E)
Allen Hamilton (+3)
Drew Kiehl (+8)

NEXT INVITATIONAL: Saturday at the Bowling Green Invitational – 8:00 am

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!