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2014 KY Lacrosse State Championship Program

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 – February 29 to March 6

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Tuesday

7:00: Tiger Basketball vs. Waggener (7th Region Tournament)

Wednesday

5:30: Tiger Lacrosse @ Kentucky Country Day

Friday

7:30: Tiger Basketball/Waggener vs. Eastern/Manual at Valley (7th Region Tournament)

Saturday

Tiger Rugby – Nash Bash (Nashville, TN)

12:00: Tiger Baseball @ Apollo

2:00: Tiger Lacrosse vs. Zionsville

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

EXPYS Voting – Wednesday, July 1st Update

2015 EXPYS

The EXPYs have been public for five days now. Since then, athletes have taken the lead in their respective categories and teams have tried to put space between the others in the Tiger Pride Award and the Best Team category.

Every Sunday and Wednesday, we will update you on the voting and give you a brief rundown on the category.

With out further a due, here is the Wednesday, July 1st update.

Tiger Pride Award
Leader: Tiger Football (20%)
The Pack: Tiger Baseball (11%), Tiger Soccer (10%) and Tiger Swimming and Diving (10%)
Breakdown: Tiger Football is up by 40 votes on Tiger Baseball. Tiger Baseball leads that pack, but is only up by 2 votes on Tiger Soccer and 3 votes on Tiger Swimming and Diving.

Best Athlete
Leader: Klayton Grimes (24%)
The Pack: Nathan Haddad (15%), Keaton Byrd (11%) and J.D. Mundt (11%)
Breakdown: Grimes takes the lead. Grimes has had a strong push these last couple of days, as he leads Haddad by 77 votes. Haddad sits comfortably in 2nd, as he leads Byrd by 44 votes.

Best Team
Frontrunner: Tiger Lacrosse (28%)
The Pack: Tiger Swimming and Diving (27%), Tiger Golf (13%) and Tiger Tennis (10%)
Breakdown: Tiger Lacrosse is still in the lead, but they only lead Tiger Swimming and Diving by one vote now. Tiger Golf is 15 votes off the lead.

Best Coach
Leader: Coach Larkin (35%)
The Pack: Coach Saylor (15%), Coach Gold (12%) and Coach Lancaster (12%)
Breakdown: Coach Larkin still leads as the Best Coach, as he is up by 71 votes. Coach Gold and Coach Lancaster are tied and down eight votes to Coach Saylor.

Best Game
Leader: Tiger Football vs. Trinity, Regular Season (41%)
The Pack: Tiger Soccer vs. Male, District Championship (10%), Tiger Baseball vs. Central Hardin, Regular Season (Adam Elliott Perfect Game) (9%) and Tiger Cross Country’s performance at the Lexington Catholic Invitational (8%).
Breakdown: The Tiger Football gave vs. Trinity remains in the lead, but their lead has shrunk a little. Tiger Cross Country’s performance at the Lexington Catholic Invitational jumps into the top four and is up by 1 vote over the Tiger Lacrosse vs. Trinity, KSLL State Semifinals.

Best Championship Performance
Leader: Jake Glass winning the Shot Put State Championship (32%)
The Pack: Tiger Track and Field’s 4×800 Relay Team setting a new school and state record, while winning the state championship (16%), Tiger Rugby defeating Trinity 26-0 to win the 2015 KY Rugby State Championship (9%) and Tiger Lacrosse defeating KCD to win the 2015 KSLL State Championship (9%).
Breakdown: Glass continues to extend his lead, and Tiger Track’s 4×800 meter relay team’s state record performance is extending its lead on 3rd place. Tiger Rugby’s win over Trinity in the State Championship jumped to 3rd, hopping over Tiger Lacrosse and Tiger Swimming and Diving.

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year
Leader: Logan Butler (20%)
The Pack: Konner Kraeszig (16%), Keefer Barnum (15%) and Adam Elliott (9%)
Breakdown: Butler remains in the lead, but Konner Kraezig is now moving in closely. Kraezig is 31 votes behind Butler. Kraezig jumped over Barnum this week and is up by 4 votes on Barnum.

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!

EXPYS Voting – Monday, June 29th Update

2015 EXPYS

The EXPYs have been public for five days now. Since then, athletes have taken the lead in their respective categories and teams have tried to put space between the others in the Tiger Pride Award and the Best Team category.

Sorry for the delay in the voting update. From now on every Sunday and Wednesday, we will update you on the voting and give you a brief rundown on the category.

With out further a due, here is the Sunday, June 28th update.

Tiger Pride Award
Leader: Tiger Football – 24%
The Pack: Tiger Baseball (11%), Tiger Swimming and Diving (10%) and Tiger Soccer (9%)
Breakdown: Tiger Football has jumped out to an early lead. No surprise there if you see the views they bring to the site. They have a large fan base, and it’s showing early on in the voting. Tiger Baseball, Swimming and Diving and Soccer are within five votes of each, and it’s a very tight race. Tiger Baseball has brought there team to relevance. Tiger Swimming and Diving has won 27 straight State Championships. Tiger Soccer, like Football, has a large fan base, and the votes show that.

Best Athlete
Leader: Nathan Haddad (18%)
The Pack: Klayton Grimes (16%), J.D. Mundt (12%) and Keaton Byrd (11%)
Breakdown: Haddad has had the lead from the early going, and he still keeps the lead. He has a 9 vote lead over Grimes currently. We have gotten word that the Grimes camp have been campaigning hard, and we strongly encourage more of that. Mundt and Byrd are both strong competitors that could make a run for the title these next couple of weeks.

Best Team
Frontrunner: Tiger Lacrosse (29%)
The Pack: Tiger Swimming and Diving (26%), Tiger Golf (15%) and Tiger Tennis (9%)
Breakdown: Tiger Lacrosse is another one of those sports that has a large fan base, and it doesn’t hurt that they were pretty good on the field too. They won their 2nd straight state title this past season, and they showed their control over the state once again. Tiger Swimming and Diving are sitting in a close 2nd, like 3 votes close. This could be exciting battle between the two. It’s pretty hard to bet against Tiger Swimming and Diving’s 27 straight state championships though.

Best Coach
Leader: Coach Larkin (36%)
The Pack: Coach Utley (14%), Coach Gold (14%) and Coach Lancaster (12%)
Breakdown: Coach Larking has a very strong lead right now, as he leads by 70 votes. Tough to disagree with that. Coach Utley and Coach Gold are currently tied, and Coach Lancaster sits 6 votes back from them. Coach Larking has a strong grip on the lead now; it will be interesting to see if that changes in the upcoming weeks.

Best Game
Leader: Tiger Football vs. Trinity, Regular Season (45%)
The Pack: Tiger Soccer vs. Male, District Championship (8%), Tiger Baseball vs. Central Hardin, Regular Season (Adam Elliott Perfect Game) (8%) and Tiger Lacrosse vs. Trinity, KSLL State Semifinals (7%)
Breakdown: It’s really tough to argue with the voters on this one. Tiger Football produced a great game when they defeated Trinity in the regular season. Leading by over 120 votes, they look to win this category. Tiger Soccer, Baseball and Lacrosse’s fan bases better step it up if they want to win this thing. Smart Money would definitely be on Tiger Football repeating in this category.

Best Championship Performance
Leader: Jake Glass winning the Shot Put State Championship (30%)
The Pack: Tiger Track and Field’s 4×800 Relay Team setting a new school and state record, while winning the state championship (15%), Tiger Lacrosse defeating KCD to win the 2015 KSLL State Championship (9%) and Tiger Swimming and Diving winning their 27th consecutive team state championship (9%)
Breakdown: Jake Glass has jumped out to an early lead on his other Track brothers. Glass currently leads by 61 votes and doesn’t look to be slowing down. In 2nd place, Tiger Track and Field’s 4×800 meter relay team breaking the state record is sitting comfortably. Tiger Lacrosse’s state championship romp against KCD and Tiger Swimming and Diving’s 27th straight state championship are close together in 3rd and 4th.

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year
Leader: Logan Butler (21%)
The Pack: Keefer Barnum (18%), Konner Kraeszig (18%) and Adam Elliott (10%)
Breakdown: Logan Butler has also jumped out to an early lead. Barnum looked to be in the lead early, but Butler has since taken over. Barnum and Kraezig are within a couple of votes of each other. All three still have the potential to move up and chase down Butler for the title of Breakthrough Athlete of the Year. Anything can happen in a couple of weeks.

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!

2015 EXPYS Nominees Breakdown: Best Championship Performance

 

Best Chamionship Performance EXPY NomineesThis award is presented to the sportsperson or team, irrespective of sport contested, adjudged to have made the best or most significant performance in a championship match, game, or tournament in their sport.

The Nominees:
Tiger Tennis Team State Championship
Brandon Lancaster Individual State Championship
Jake Glass (Shot Put)
4 x 800 Meter Relay Team (Thomas, George, Kleine-Kracht and Mulloy)
Tiger Volleyball Team State Championship
Tiger Rugby Team State Championship
Tiger Lacrosse Team State Championship
Tiger Swimming and Diving Team State Championship
Tiger Golf Team State Championship
Tiger Powerlifting Team State Championship
200 Medley Relay (Mundt, Barnum, Harrison and McDermott)
Heyward Harrison (200 Individual Medley)
200 Freestyle Relay (Mundt, Schulten, McDermott and Forde)
Keefer Barnum (100 yard breaststroke)

The Favorites: 

Jake Glass (Shot Put): Glass dominated the State Meet, and he is dominating the vote so far. He recorded a new personal record by over a foot and beat Landon Young by four feet.

4 x 800 Meter Relay Team: The relay team of Matthew Thomas, Ben Kleine-Kracht, Eli George and William Mulloy won the 4 x 800 state championship and set a new school and state record.

Tiger Golf Team State Championship: The Tiger Golf team won the 2015 Leachman Buick GMC Cadillac/KHSAA State Golf Championship by 27 strokes with five Juniors. That’s called dominance.

Potential Dark Horse:

Tiger Swimming and Diving Team State Championship: The Tiger Swimming and Diving team won their 27th straight State Championship. They deserve all the credit they get

Other team to consider: Tiger Lacrosse State Championship

You can vote for the award here or vote at wstxsports.com/expys

Vote for Best Coach

Best Coach EXPY Nominees

Vote now for Best Coach in the 2014-2015 Tiger Sports Year. This award is presented to the Tiger Sports coach that directed his team to a state championship, irrespective of sport contested, adjudged to be the most outstanding in a given year.

 

Voting has closed.

Last year’s winner: Todd Larkin (Tiger Swimming and Diving)

Vote for Best Athlete

Best Athlete EXPY Nominees

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.

 

Voting has closed.

Last year’s winner: Charles Walker (Tiger Football)

Vote for the Tiger Pride Award

Tiger Pride Award EXPY Nominees

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!

 

Voting has closed.

Last year’s winner: New in 2015

Vote for Best Game

Best Game EXPY Nominees

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

 

Voting has closed.

Last year’s winner: Tiger Football at Manual

Vote for Best Championship Performance

Best Chamionship Performance EXPY Nominees

Vote now for Best Championship Performance for the 2014-2015 Tiger Sports Year. This award is presented to the sportsperson or team, irrespective of sport contested, adjudged to have made the best or most significant performance in a championship match, game, or tournament in their sport.

 

Voting has closed.

Last year’s winner: Andrew McCormick (Tiger Baseball)

Vote for Best Team

Best Team EXPY Nominees

Vote now for Best Team in the 2014-2015 Tiger Sports Year. This award is presented to the Tiger Sports team that brought home a state championship to Poplar Level Road, irrespective of sport contested, adjudged to be the most outstanding in a given year.

 

Voting has closed.

Last year’s winner: Tiger Baseball

Vote for Best Breakthrough Athlete

Breakthrough Athlete EXPY Nominees

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.

 

Voting has closed.

Last year’s winner: Brandon Blaser (Tiger Baseball)

Cartor Receives Top Lacrosse Honor

Max Cartor | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Max Cartor | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tiger Lacrosse’s Max Cartor has been named Kentucky’s Mr. Lacrosse for the 2015 season. Cartor led the Tigers from in-between the pipes for the last three seasons, winning two state championships.

Cartor was also named an All-American for the second straight season after the state championship win over KCD. Max will be continuing his lacrosse career next year at Bellarmine where he will join Former Tigers Will Roshkowski and Nick King.

Our Tradition is Still Unequaled

Photo by Tim Webb

Photo by Tim Webb

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!