Category Archives: Tiger Rugby

4 time Kentucky State Champions

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!

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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Tuesday

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

Saturday

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

Which Tiger Sporting Event will you be attending this week?

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!

Tiger Rugby wins the 2015 State Championship

Rugby State Champs

Congratulations to the 2015 KY Rugby State Champion Rugby Team!  The Tigers win their fourth straight and fifth overall championship.

Celebrate accordingly Tiger Nation! We Are! St. X!

This week’s Tiger Sports Schedule

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Monday

5:00: Tiger Tennis – Regionals
6:00: Tiger Baseball vs. Central Hardin

Tuesday

4:00: Tiger Track and Field – Louisville Meet of Champions

Wednesday

5:00: Tiger Baseball @ DeSales

Thursday

7:00: Tiger Lacrosse – District Final
6:00: Tiger Baseball vs. Trinity (Louisville Slugger Field)

Saturday

All Day: Tiger Track and Field – Regional Meet
All Day: Tennis – Semi-State
9:00am: Tiger Volleyball @ Carmel
9:00am: Tiger Baseball vs. Greenup County (Fayette County Invitational)
3:00: Tiger Baseball vs. Johnson Central (Fayette County Invitational)
3:30: Tiger Rugby vs. Lincoln County (Iroquois High School)
5:00: Tiger Rugby vs. Highlanders (Iroquois High School)

Which Tiger Sporting Event will you be attending this week?

This week’s Tiger Sports Schedule

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Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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

Friday

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

Saturday

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

Which Tiger Sporting Event will you be attending this week?

Hit Stick Engaged

The Tiger Football Linebacker and Rugby star, Logan Butler absolutely destroyed a kid on Trinity today during the annual match between the two rivals.  Let’s just say, here’s your warning quarterbacks for this fall.

Whoa.

This week’s Tiger Sports Schedule

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Monday

5:30: Tiger Lacrosse at Male

6:00: Tiger Baseball at Male

Wednesday

4:00: Tiger Track & Field Master Meet

6:00: Tiger Baseball vs. Floyd Central

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

Thursday
6:00: Tiger Baseball at Jeffersonville

Friday

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

Saturday

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

Which Tiger Sporting Event will you be attending this week?

Former Tiger Wes Parker doing Big Things in the Rugby World

Wes Parker is taking USA Rugby by storm. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Wes Parker is a St. X Rugby legend. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

We all remember Wes Parker. Just last year, he completed a sterling career as a Tiger; he was a linebacker for St. X Football and an absolute beast for St. X Rugby, the driving force behind a three-peat. He was known for his intimidating figure, his devastating physicality, and his ferocious intensity. He was zeal personified.

Well, Tiger Nation, Parker is about to hit the national stage.

Parker informed us this week that he will travel to Canada with the United States’ U20 National Rugby Team. He will be a member of the team playing a qualifying match for the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Trophy competition to be held in Portugal May 12th through May 24th.

“I am very grateful to be playing on the U.S. U20 team and represent my country,” Parker said. “Playing for the U19 squad was really great, but this is a big step up.”

Currently, Parker is currently attending Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He plays rugby for the Lindenwood Lions, the university’s rugby club. But he has eyes on bigger opportunities.

“There isn’t anything after this level except for the Men’s National Team,” Parker explained. “That is a big reason why I’m so excited to be on the U20. There is a direct pathway to the Men’s National Team, and from there, professional teams in Europe.”

The possibility of becoming a professional rugby player is very real for Parker, and when he sets foot on the pitch in Victoria, British Colombia to take on the Canada U20 team, he will be taking another step in the right direction. He says he owes it all to his days at St. X.

“My time at St. X absolutely helped me,” Parker explained. “I had great coaches, a great group of guys on my team, and a great school that fully backed the program. Without St. X, I really wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity to play [rugby], so getting noticed by USA Rugby would have been impossible.”

One of his coaches at St. X was his father, who is an assistant rugby coach under Head Coach Scott Sayler. He is an undoubtedly a proud papa at this time.

Wes Parker, Saint Xavier High School Class of 2014, is already making a name for himself on a national level. And we are pretty sure that he will be another exemplary figure that will show the world what the X-Factor means. Tradition Unequaled.

From all of us at WSTX Sports, Good Luck Wes!

We Are!

 

Parker will play in Argentina for Team USA

Wes Parker | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Wes Parker | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

The USA Rugby Boys High School All-American Argentina-bound squad, sponsored by Aircraft Charter Solutions, has been confirmed. Thirteen players of the 30-man roster return to Argentina with a mission to close the gap on the dominant rugby nation in the Americas and one of them is Former Tiger Rugby star and recent graduate, Wes Parker.

In the team’s press release announcing the roster, they noted that they are adding Parker for his “toughness from Kentucky.”  They are one hundred percent accurate when they talk about his toughness!  He will bring an edge that the team will hopefully use to their advantage as they head over seas.

The HSAAs have four scheduled matches while in Argentina. Cordoba Academy will offer the first test Wednesday, July 16, before matches against Argentina U18s, Italy U18s, and Uruguay U18/19s.

Good luck and Congratulations on this outstanding achievement, Wes! Go USA!

[Squad announced for Boys High School All-Americans’ Argentina Tour]