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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.


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

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!

This week’s Tiger Sports Schedule

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6:00: Tiger Baseball vs. Male (26th Disctrict Championship)


All-Day: Tiger Track and Field – 2015 KHSAA Track and Field State Championship

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VIDEO: Thank You Seniors!

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!

Iron Tiger Powerlifting Invitational was a big success Saturday

Two weight class winners, Sam Willard and Andrew Jenkins | @AndyJenks14

Two weight class winners, Sam Willard and Andrew Jenkins | @AndyJenks14

On Saturday, Tiger Powerlifting hosted the last Iron Tiger Competition in the weight room before it is renovated this summer.

Weight Class Winners in the Iron Tiger Powerlifting Invitational Meet:

Clay Fitzhugh
David Thompson
Jack Federico
Nick Ford
Carter Mattingly
Sam Willard
Andrew Jenkins

Outstanding freshman lifter was Gus Thompson, outstanding sophomore lifter was Nick Ford, and Carter Mattingly was the outstanding lifter of the meet in addition to having the outstanding squat and deadliest.  Gus Thompson, Chase Carpenter, Nick Ford, and Joe Fisher all broke St. X dead lift records.

This week’s Tiger Sports Schedule

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6:00: Tiger Baseball vs. Butler
7:00: Tiger Volleyball vs. Trinity
7:00: Tiger Lacrosse vs. Christian Academy-Louisville


4:30: Tiger Track and Field – Male Invitational
6:30: Tiger Baseball @ DuPont Manual


4:00: Tiger Tennis vs. Trinity
7:30: Tiger Baseball @ North Bullitt


11:00 am: Tiger Baseball vs. Male
8:00: Tiger Track and Field – KY Dream Mile


10:30 am: Tiger Tennis @ Indian Hill
1:00: Tiger Baseball @ Brentwood Academy
2:30: Tiger Tennis @ Sycamore

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Super Saturday Thread

Aaron Grammer | Photo by Courier-Journal

Aaron Grammer | Photo by Courier-Journal


Tiger Baseball defeats Henderson County 5-1
Tiger Volleyball defeats Oak Hills in four sets
Tiger Rugby defeats Trinity 22-0
Tiger Rugby B Side defeats Trinity 10-7


Michael Ackerman commits to Centre College
Justin Thomas T5 (-10) at The Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Tiger Baseball vs. Paducah Tilghman cancelled due to weather

This week’s Tiger Sports Schedule

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5:30: Tiger Lacrosse at Male

6:00: Tiger Baseball at Male


4:00: Tiger Track & Field Master Meet

6:00: Tiger Baseball vs. Floyd Central

7:00: Tiger Lacrosse at Collegiate (Assumption Green)

6:00: Tiger Baseball at Jeffersonville


7:30: Pink and White Game (St. Xavier High School)


ALL DAY: Tiger Track & Field at Eastern Relays (University of Louisville)

ALL DAY: Tiger Tennis at Lexington High School Tournament (Lexington, OH)

ALL DAY: Iron Tiger Competition

9:00 AM: Tiger Baseball vs. Paducah Tilghman (LIT)

10:00 AM: Tiger Volleyball vs. Oak Hills (Trinity)

1:00: Tiger Rugby vs. Trinity

2:00: Tiger Baseball vs. Henderson County (LIT)

4:30: Tiger Baseball vs. South Oldham (LIT)

8:00: Tiger Lacrosse at Cincinnati St. Xavier

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Tennis opens season with a win and the Iron Tigers win state

Brandon Lancaster | Photo by Tim Webb

Brandon Lancaster | Photo by Tim Webb

The Tiger Tennis team opened up its season Saturday in Lexington, hoping to add a 7th straight State Championship, by defeating the 2nd ranked team from Henry Clay 5-0. Leading the way was reigning State Singles Champion Brandon Lancaster. Teammates Drew Singerman and Matt Graft also picked up wins in singles. Senior Ben Gornet and Freshman Preston Cameron won a big doubles match on Court 1 and Patrick Koshewa and Kamron Akrami won on Court 2 doubles.

In a JV match, Alex Kopf-Moore won his singles match in a super breaker. The Tennis team hosts the Kentucky Dual this Saturday.

The Iron Tiger Powerlifting team won the 2015 Kentucky State Push-Pull Championship in both the Varsity and JV divisions. The Varsity team, which placed 10 lifters in the top 5, was led by state champions Grant LeNeave, Carter Mattingly, Joseph Fisher and runner up Christian Tippel. The JV team, which placed 19 lifters in the top 5, was led by state champions Clay Fitzhugh, Christian Tobbe, Evan Davis, Chase Carpenter and runner ups Cameron Harp, Sean McGarry, Nick Ford, Bryce Gittings, Ben Bell. Chase Carpenter also broke two St. X records.

Absolutely Massive Super Saturday today!

For the second weekend in a row, there is a massive slate of games and events for Tiger Sports’ teams before us.  This may be the biggest group of games we have ever had in one day since the creation of the WSTX Sports Network.  Every single spring sports team is in action today! That may also be a first! Let’s get a run down of today’s games and events:

  • The Tiger Tennis team travels to Nashville to take on Carter High School all day long.
  • Day 2 of the KHSAA Bass Fishing State Championship started at 7:00 AM at Kentucky Lake early this morning.  Good luck to our representatives from St. Xavier, David Brewer and Brent Sturgeon!
  • The weight room will be filled today with the Iron Tiger Powerlifting Competition running from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This is the big event for all of the Tiger Power Lifters as they look to make it onto the big board of St. X power lifting greats with a max good enough to be the best in their weight class.
  • Tiger Volleyball has another busy day as they play both JV and Varsity Quad Matches at 9:00 AM.
  • The Tiger Track and Field team has one of its biggest meets of the year as they travel to University of Louisville Cardinal Park to participate in the Eastern Relays.
  • The Varsity Tiger Baseball team plays in the Louisville Invitational Tournament this weekend.  Their first game of the LIT is against visiting Paducah Tilghman at 10:00 AM, then at 3:00 PM vs. Manual. Both games are at home at Mueller Field.
  • Tiger Lacrosse hosts Zionsville for a double header.  JV plays at 11:00 AM at Br. Thomas More Stadium and Varsity follows them at 12:30 PM. The Green Team travels to Eastern to play at 3:00 PM as well.
  • Tiger Rugby rounds out the day with two games. The B side plays Moeller at 4:30 PM at Br. Thomas More Stadium, then the A side caps off the day with a match against the Crusaders of Moeller at 6:00 PM.

If you can, try and make it out to any of these exciting events today, but if not, as always WSTX Sports will have coverage all day long on Twitter.

Poll: Which sports should be sanctioned by the KHSAA?

Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tiger Nation, what is your opinion on which sports should be sanctioned by the KHSAA that are not currently? Make your pick below using our poll.  You can select more than one.

Iron Tigers place 3rd

Coach Gold and the team with their 3rd place team trophy | Photo via @kcg1103

Coach Gold and the team with their 3rd place team trophy | Photo via @kcg1103

In the power lifting state championship meet, the Iron Tiger Power Lifting team finished third in the state team competition.  Senior Cedric Miller was named the Lightweight Best Lifter.  Hunter Williams placed first, Michael Beets, Will Tobbe and Carlos Munoz placed second, Colin Whelan, Evan Heichelbech and Cedric Miller placed third in their respective lifts.

The JV Iron Tiger team also placed third overall in the JV state championship meet, which was before the Varsity meet.  Tucker Donlon and Joe Fisher placed first, Will Thornton placed second, Joseph Pastina and Matthew Krieger placed third in their respective lifts.

Iron Tigers Place 4th At State Meet


On Saturday, the Iron Tiger Powerlifting team put forth a strong effort at the KY State Push/Pull Meet. The varsity team placed 4th and were led by two-time state champion Jamie Thomas who pulled a state record deadlift in the 181 pound weight class and had the outstanding deadlift of the meet. Placing third was Dalton Hay, Bennett Saksefski, Connor Ackerson, Zach Roy and Adrian Bauscher. Michael Beets and Joe Tobbe placed fourth, Cedric Miller and Treyveon Percell placed fifth, and Evan Heichelbech placed sixth.

The JV Iron Tigers placed 6th and were led by individual state champion Hunter Williams. Other top placers were Carter Mattingly 3rd, and Justin Harp, Andrew Chandler, Zach Prince, and Jordan Norris 5th. Mattingly had an impressive 450 lbs. deadlift that got the Tiger fans in attendance on their feet and won him his weight class in the deadlift category.


Overall it was a great performance by every member of the team and Head Coach of the Tigers, Chris Gold agreed by saying, “I was very pleased with the way that the Iron Tigers competed and represented St. X!” They will continue lifting as they work toward the Iron Tiger Competition to see who the strongest in the school will be.

Iron Tigers Prepare for State Dual Meet

Following last year’s second-place finish at the state Push-Pull meet, the Iron Tiger Powerlifting team again looks to be a contender at this year’s competition at North Bullit High School on Saturday, March 9.

The Iron Tigers competed in an unofficial meet against Trinity on Feb. 9 at Trinity. Both the J.V. and Varsity teams lifted, gaining crucial experience for the rest of the season. Although St. X came up short in the meet, strong performances by a number of lifters make the team’s prospects for a solid showing at State look promising.

Varsity weight-class winners against Trinity included senior team co-captain Jamie Thomas in the 198-pound weight division; Thomas is a defending State Champion and will look to repeat his performance this year. Junior Dalton Hay was the best in the 181-pound weight class against Trinity, and will be a serious contender at State.

Many more Tigers will have a chance to contend for individual State Champion honors, including the other senior team co-captain, Zach Roy. He came up just short at the state meet last year, finishing second in the 275-pound weight class.

The Powerlifting team’s size has grown rapidly over the past few year, but this year especially the team has gained multiple new lifters who could potentially be threats at State. Senior and former football players Joe Tobbe, Tyler Polston, Bennet Saksefski, and Adrian Bauscher will all be among serious contenders in their respective weight classes at the State Meet.

Guided by long-time time head coach Chris Gold, as well as faculty member Mr. Dan Blaser, the Tigers have had focused and intense practices leading up to the State Championship. The key for the Iron Tigers has always been on improving each day, emphasizing small details in each exercise to help each lifter reach his full potential.

The Powerlifting team is primed for yet another strong State Championship showing. The goal all year for the team has been to take down rival Trinity, a task that has eluded the Tigers in recent years. With a combination of strong returning lifters and new team members, the Tigers look to have a memorable performance at the State Meet on March 9.

Following the State Championship, the Iron Tigers will continue practice leading up to the Iron Tiger Meet, a competition in which any student of St. X is invited to participate.