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14 time Kentucky State Champions

2017 Spring Signing Ceremony 

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Yesterday, 12 athletes from 9 different sports signed on to play to the next level. Congrats to all these guys for all the hard work they have put in, it has certainly paid off. Good Luck to all these guys in college. Go Tigers!

Jake Zickel – Lacrosse (University of Indianapolis): Zickel is a three-year Varsity Letterman and two-year starter at midfield for the Tigers. In 2016, he was the team’s 4th leading scorer with 23 goals and 7 assists. This year, he has displayed skill as one of the best ball handlers around the crease, while racking up 17 goals and 11 assists.

Nic Malubay – Lacrosse (Centre College): Nic is a two sport Varsity Letterman, earning honors as an Attack on the Tiger Lacrosse team and as a Defensive Back on the Tiger Football team. After scoring 5 goals and assisting on 11 in 2016, he has emerged as the team’s second leading scorer this year with 25 goals and 11 assists.

Spencer Blandford – Tennis (University of Southern Indiana): Blandford was a state semi-finalist in Doubles this past season. Presently, he is a team captain and carries an 11-2 record in singles and 13-0 record in doubles this year. He is a four-year Varsity tennis Letterman, and his singles victory in 2015 and come from behind doubles court victory in 2016 helped the Tigers capture two recent team titles.

Ryan Guenthner – Cross Country and Track (University of Cincinnati): Ryan was the top senior finisher for St.X at the KHSAA State Championship meet in November, finishing 4th overall in 15:58. He was a 2017 Team Captain, a state competitor for 2016 &2017 back-to-back state Championship squads, and an integral member of the 2017 Nationally Ranked Cross Country team this past fall. During his four years at St.X, he has earned five varsity letters – 2 in Track and 3 in Cross Country.

Andrew Edwards – Track and Cross Country (Centre College): Andrew was one of the top seniors and a Team Captain as the 8th runner for the 2017 State Championship and nationally ranked Tiger Cross Country team this past fall. During his four years at St.X, he has earned four varsity letters – 2 in Track and 2 in Cross Country

Martin Nitzken – Swimming (Miami of Ohio): Martin was a four-year Letterman for the Tiger Swimming and Diving team. In 2017, he was a State Captain and a state finalist for the third time. For the second consecutive year he, along with his teammates, broke the Kentucky state record in the 200 yard medley relay at the KHSAA State Meet, earning both All-State and All-American honors.

Owen Johnson – Football (Elon University): Owen was the Tiger Football team’s 3rd leading scorer, kicking 8 field goals and 41 extra points. In addition, he was a valuable member of the kick-off team, consistently booming his kicks into the end zone, eliminating any chance for a return. Owen earned 2nd team All-Metro Area Kicker honors from the Courier Journal for his accomplishments this year.

Brad Middleton – Soccer (Bellarmine University): Brad was a 2 year Letterman at striker for the Tiger Soccer program. During his career, he scored 12 goals and had 4 assists to help lead the Tigers to 34 wins. With 8 goals and 4 assists this season, he was the team’s leading scorer.

Chris Esselman – Baseball (Centre College): Chris has been a varsity starter for the past two seasons as an infielder and right-handed pitcher. In 2016, he hit .278 with 4 doubles and was 1-0 pitching with 3 saves. In addition, he hit .364 in last year’s KHSAA State Tournament, helping the Tiger Baseball team claim their second title in three years. Currently, Chris is hitting .386 with 21 RBI and has earned two victories on the mound.

Joshua Schmidt – Wrestling (Lindsey Wilson College): Josh has earned four varsity letter in Wrestling and two more for the Tiger Powerlifting team during his four-year career. In 2017, he was a State Champion powerlifter as well as Jefferson County and Region 4 Wrestling Champion at 113 lbs. He also earned victories in the first two rounds of the KHSAA State Wrestling Tournament for the state-runner up team.

Sam Wilson – Baseball (Earlham College): Sam has been a stalwart on the mound for the past two Tiger Baseball seasons. In 2016, he had a 1.46 ERA in 24 innings pitched. In 2017, he has a 1.24 ERA in 22.2 innings while striking out 25 opposing batters and earning 3 wins in 6 appearances.

Ian Waldrop – Soccer (Hanover College): Ian was a two-year varsity Letterman for the Tiger Soccer program. During his career, he scored 5 goals and had 5 assists to help lead the Tigers to 34 wins. With five assists, he was the team’s second leading facilitator for the team in 2017.

2017 Winter Signing Day

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1st Row: Austin Cook (Campbellsville), Zac Collins (Purdue), Desmond Ridder (Cincinatti), Braidon Washburn (Lindsey Wilson). 2nd Row: Dallas Miles (Mount Union), Sam McDonogh (Morehead State), Blake Roshkowski (Bellarmine), and Curry Stevens (Tiffin)

Today was a big day for eight Tiger athletes, as they signed their Letters of Intent to enroll in their respective colleges and play at the next level. Congrats to the following athletes!

Austin Cook – Campbellsville: Cook has been a four year varsity team member and has contributed to the team every year. He currently wrestles in the 120 pound weight class.

Zac Collins – Purdue:Collins will be continuing the tradition of St.X punters going on to play with a D1 program. Following in the footsteps of his older brother Jake (WKU) and Mason King (Louisville), Zac was a very valuable member to the Tiger Football team this year. He earned numerous accolades including All-District and All-State Honors.

Desmond Ridder – Cincinatti: The Tiger Quarterback has been the offensive focal point for the team since he took over the reigns his junior year. Over his career, he has accounted for 3,142 total yards and 39 touchdowns.

Braidon Washburn – Lindsey Wilson: Washburn started at Outside Linebacker and was a centerpiece of the Tiger Defense this season. He led the team in forced fumbles and total tackles.

Dallas Miles – Mount Union: Dallas has been a member of the varsity wrestling team since his freshman year and has been a valuable member over the course of his career. He currently wrestles in the 152 pound weight class and is ranked #5 in Kentucky.

Sam McDonogh – Morehead State: Although McDonogh did not get to play his senior season due to injury, McDonogh will sign on to kick at Morehead State. As a junior, he was named to the All-District team and was one of the most consistent kickers in the Louisville Area.

Blake Roshkowski – Bellarmine: Blake has been a valuable member to the football and lacrosse teams since his sophomore year. Roshkowski committed to play D1 Lacrosse with his brother Will during his junior year. However, he wasn’t able to suit up his junior lacrosse season due to an ACL tear, and had the same injury during this past football season. However, in the time that Roshkowski has been able to play, he was one of, if not THE best midfielders in Kentucky. He was named to 1st Team All State as a sophomore.

Curry Stevens – Tiffin: Stevens has been a member of the Varsity Soccer team since his junior season. He primarily played outside back for the Tiger Soccer team.

Gameday Central | Tiger Soccer vs. Collegiate – 7th Region Championship

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Gameday Information

Saint Xavier Tigers (15-4-5) vs. Collegiate Titans (22-1-1)
Saturday, October 22nd
4:00 PM
7th Region Championship
Br. Thomas More Stadium

Game Notes 

No matter who the Tiger Soccer team was going to face in the 7th Region Championship, they were ready for a fierce rematch. They will be facing Collegiate for a state tournament berth, who are looking for their first state title run since 2011. The Tigers’ last loss came at the hands of Collegiate in the 26th District Championship last week, losing by a score of 2-0, but the Tigers are looking for revenge. The team’s have split both games this season, so the matchup at Br. Thomas More Stadium could be one for the ages.

The Titans’ offense has been electric as of late, so the Tigers D, led by goalkeeper Clayton Allen, will need to be on their A-game. Limiting Collegiate’s possession time and stopping quick counterattacks will be the key for the Defense this game.

As for the Offense, the Tigers will look to senior forwards Brad Middleton and Sam Graber to provide the firepower. Graber has especially been playing well, scoring in both of the Tigers’ Regional games. Overall, the offense will need to keep the Titans playing with their back to the wall, getting off as many shots on goal as possible.

Coverage

Twitter: @WSTXSports

#BeatCollegiate

 

 

Tiger Sports Schedule: Week of October 16th, 2016

WSTX Sports Logo SquareMonday, October 17th

5:30 PM – JV Football vs. Butler

7:30 PM – Varsity Soccer @ duPont Manual (1st Round of Regional)

Thursday, October 20th 

5:30 PM – Freshman Football vs. Butler

7:30 PM – Varsity Hockey vs. Paul Dunbar @ Lexington Ice Center & Sports

Friday, October 21st 

6:30 PM – Varsity Hockey vs. TBA @ Iceland Sports Complex

7:00 PM – Varsity Football @ Butler

Saturday, October 22nd 

11:00 AM – Freshman Football @ Fern Creek

Tiger Soccer Regionals Preview

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Trent Ennenbach | Photo by Varsity Views

The Tiger Soccer team will begin their road in the regional tournament tomorrow as they face the Manual Crimsons at Manual. Kickoff is at 7:30. The last time these teams faced off, the Crimsons upset St.X 1-0.

Senior midfielder Trent Ennenbach said that even with the loss to the #6 ranked Crimsons, the game plan remains the same.

“Not too many changes are being made. We know the system and we just didn’t execute well last game. Manual has several key players, so it’s important we are aware of them and stop them from having an impact on the game. We need to come out with a lot of intensity and just play our game.”

Ennenbach and the team are coming in to the tournament with a loss in the district championship to Collegiate 2-0.

“We just need to put it behind us and move forward,” Ennenbach said. “We had two good days of practice and we are ready for Manual tomorrow.”

Without a doubt, the Tigers have a difficult road ahead of them to make it to the state tournament for the first time since 2012, which is also the last time they won the state championship. The team will be determined and hungry coming off a loss and they are hoping to get back into a rhythm headed into the postseason.

And after four years of not making it to state, it may just be time for the Tigers to make another run.

Gameday Central | Tiger Soccer vs. Trinity

Trent Ennenbach | Photo by Varsity Views


Gameday Information

St. Xavier Tigers (9-2-5) vs. Trinity Shamrocks (10-0-3)

Wednesday, September 28th

8:00 PM

Br. Thomas More Stadium

Game Notes

As the festivities of Spirit Week continue, today we have a triple header against Trinity for Tiger Soccer. The Varsity matchup is going to be a huge game that will impact regional seeding as the postseason is right around the corner. 

The Shamrocks have a high-octane offense, and ultimately the defensive line is going to need to step it up tonight if the Tigers want any chance of winning. Last game, the Rocks scored four goals against North Oldham to win the Bulldog Cup. Look for juniors Zach Bannon and Sam Reid to lead the charge for the Tigers in the back line to stop the Trinity attacks.  

The Tiger Offense is just as powerful, especially after the returns of seniors Brad Middleton and Trent Ennenbach.  Both have been major contributors all year and will put some pressure on the Shamrock defense from anywhere on the field. They will need to look for shots early and often, because the Trinity defense has put up seven shutouts this year. Along with Middleton and Ennenbach, look for Lucas Mudd and Nick Scharfenberger to threaten the Shamrocks. 

“We have been building up to this game since the beginning of the season. Our team is coming out looking for blood since this would be our first varsity win against Trinity in my 4 years at St.X,” said senior goalkeeper Clayton Allen, who has helped the Tigers put up nine shutouts himself. 

Get there and get rowdy and as always… 
#BeatTrinity
 

 

Tiger Sports Rivalry Week Schedule

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Here it is, Tiger Nation. The most anticipated week of the athletic calendar year: Trinity week. I don’t think I need to stress the importance of this week too much, and everyone knows what the biggest games of the week are. Let’s get started:

Monday, September 26th
5:30 PM – JV Soccer vs. Atherton
5:30 PM – JV Football @ Trinity
7:00 PM – Varsity Soccer vs. Atherton

Tuesday, September 27th
Golf – Regional Tournament @ Seneca Golf Course

Wednesday, September 28th 
5:00 PM – Freshman Soccer vs. Trinity
6:30 PM – JV Soccer vs. Trinity
8:00 PM – Varsity Soccer vs. Trinity

Thursday, September 29th
5:30 PM – Freshman Football vs. Trinity

Friday, September 30th
8:00 PM – Varsity Football vs. Trinity @ Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

Saturday, October 1st 
9:00 AM – Cross Country – Greater Louisville Meet @ E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park
9:45 AM – Cross Country – Great American Meet @ Cary, North Carolina

 

Tiger Sports’ Weekend in Review

Hello, Tiger Nation! The Fall Sports teams had a full schedule this weekend, with every team having events. We will be highlighting how every team fared over the weekend. First, lets take a look at how the Tiger Golf team did:

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Individual Results

T7th Jay Kirchdorfer (+4)
T11th Campbell Kremer (+6)
T14th Andrew Hinkebein (+7)
T23rd Clay Amlung (+9)
T39th Andrew Sullivan (+12)

Team Results 

1. Taylor County (+21)
T2 Saint Xavier (+26) 
T2 Trinity (+26)
4. Madison Central (+38)
5. Ballard (+39)

Tiger Golf traveled to Persimmon Ridge Golf Course for the Battle of the Bluegrass Tournament. The team has taken some hits from injuries with two of their top golfers. Drew Doyle (freshman) and Shawn DeWeese (senior) will both be out for the rest of the season. However, the Tigers still are optimistic as Regionals approaches in nine days. Next, we will look at the Tiger Cross Country Team.
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Written by Ken Barlow

The Tigers won the Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational, one of the most prestigious regional races, with a score of 96. The runner-up was nationally ranked Carmel high school with a score of 105 points and Trinity placed third with a score of 139. The Tigers were led by junior Patrick Schaefer, sophomore Grady Shiflet,  junior Cooper Marchal, and sophomore Zach Larkin who placed eighth, 12th, 13th, and 25th, respectively.

“I just went out with the guys I knew from in-state and tried to keep with them during the race,” Schaefer explains. “Everyone stepped up and filled their positions and it felt like freshman year (2014) when we beat them by one point. It was just so exciting to be around all my teammates and be able to share a victory with them.”

Other major contributors who stepped up for injured top five runner senior Ryan Guenthner were junior Eric Portaro, who also scored for the Tigers’ seeded team, and Thomas Knepshield, who was the sixth to finish for St X. Both Portaro and Knepshield had personal records of over 20 seconds. Portaro ran a 16:20.40 and Knepshield ran a 16:26.56.

“I had the same positive mindset I have going into every race,” Portaro says,”but when coach told us this would determine who would move back to JV, I knew I had to do something different than usual. I kept Grady [Shiftlet] in sight for the first two miles to get a good start and I hung on for as long as I could and let it all out.”

The team will begin competing out-of-state over the next two weeks at the Palatine Invitational and the Great American meet.

“I don’t think I could be happier about how things went today,” Guenthner says. “I thought everyone raced really well and showed what they are capable of. I feel like we have a great chance to win both of these huge meets and really get some good practice for NXR (Nike Cross Regionals).”

Blake Roshkowski hurdles a defender | Photo by Megan Stearman (@saintxpics)

The Tiger Football team was firing on all cylinders in their clash with traditional powerhouse Highlands on Friday night. The Bluebirds spotted the Tigers 38 unanswered points in the first half before ending the scoring run near the end of the second quarter.

On offense, the presence of senior wide receiver Blake Roshkowski was felt for the first time since last season. The coaches had been easing him in the last few games, but this past game was the first time they really cut him loose. Roshkowski proved he was ready to go, rushing for 45 yards and one touchdown and caught two passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.

He was not the only contributor, however. The Tiger Offense rushed for 300+ yards in their victory. Sam Taylor, celebrating his 18th birthday, was given a nice present of 134 yards and a touchdown. Will Ginter added 43 yards and had an ankle-breaking touchdown run as well.

Defensive play was highlighted by an interception by junior DB Jake Netherton, and a 41-yard fumble return by senior linebacker Chandler Simpson. The defense allowed 331 yards, but much of that came with the second-stringers in during the second half. The first team allowed only one touchdown towards the end of the first half.

The game ended with the Tigers winning by a score of 45-18. The team now host PRP at home next Friday. The Panthers are coming off of a 29-10 loss to Trinity.

The Freshman and JV teams both notched huge wins over Ohio powerhouse Moeller on Saturday. The freshman team won 6-0, scoring on a punt return for a touchdown. The JV team won 49-31, led by wide receiver Brycen Harkins and running back Anthony Moretti, who eached scored twice.

Ian Waldrop | Photo by Eli Thompson

Ian Waldrop | Photo by Eli Thompson

Last but not least we least we highlight the Tiger Soccer team. Coming off of being upset by Manual last Thursday, the team had to do some soul-searching over the weekend. They traveled to Indiana to play powerhouses St. Louis Marquette and Quincy Sr. High Schools.

Both games resulted in 1-1 ties. Goals were scored by Sam Graber and Alex Piscrita, respectively. Tiger Soccer has also been plagued with a few injuries, with midfielders Trent Ennenbach, Bennett Moorman, and forward Brad Middleton all on the sidelines.

The question now is who is going to step up to create some offensive firepower. That will need to be answered soon as postseason play looms. For now the Tigers will hold steady, and look on to a district matchup against Brown on Tuesday.

Tiger Sports Schedule: Week of September 4th, 2016

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Another full week for Tiger Sports. Every fall sports team will be in action this week. The featured game of the week will be Tiger Football’s first home game, and our annual “Patriotic Night”. The Freshman Soccer team will also take on Trinity this week. Let’s go ahead and get started.

Tuesday, September 6th 

5:30 PM – JV Football @ Central

6:00 PM – Freshman Soccer @ Floyd Central

Wednesday, September 7th

3:30 PM – Golf vs. Trinity @ Seneca Golf Course

5:30 PM – JV Soccer @ Ballard

7:00 PM – Varsity Soccer @ Ballard

Thursday, September 8th 

4:00 PM – Golf vs. Christian Academy @ Long Run Golf Course

5:30 PM – Freshman Soccer @ Trinity

– Freshman Football @ Central

Friday, September 9th

7:30 PM – Varsity Football vs. Central (Patriotic Night)

Saturday, September 10th 

Golf @ Bowling Green Invitational Tournament

9:00 AM – Freshman Soccer @ Henry Clay

9:15 AM – Cross Country @ North Oldham Invitational at Creasey Mahan Nature Reserve

11:00 AM – Freshman Soccer vs. Paul Dunbar at Henry Clay

1:30 PM – JV Soccer @ Greenwood

3:00 PM – Varsity Soccer @ Greenwood

 

 

Game Recap | Tiger Soccer vs. Male

Nick Scharfenberger | Photo by Eli Thompson

Last night, Tiger Soccer squared off against the Male Bulldogs in a key district game. This game had some district playoff seeding tension on the line, as whoever won would likely pick up the number one seed.

The Tigers knowing this, came out firing. Brad Middleton got things started with a quick goal to begin the game. A few minutes later, a handball was called in the box, giving Sam Graber the opportunity for a penalty kick. He didn’t hesitate and easily cleared the ball past the keeper. With 12 minutes to go in the first half, Trevor Landoch finished off a nice touch pass from Bennett Moorman for a goal. By the end of the first half, it was already 3-0 Tigers.

This would remain the narrative for the game, as the Bulldogs couldn’t get anything going. Coach Schulten began to sub some guys at the beginning at the second half, while most of the starters rested for the rest of the game. Junior Jack Schrepferman netted a goal midway through the period. There were a few shots on goal, but the Bulldogs failed to convert, except on one attempt where they scored an own goal… oops. The Tigers won the game 5-o.

The team will travel to St. Louis for Labor Day Weekend to take on some tough competition. Their first game will be played Friday against O’Fallon Township from Illinois. They will finish up their weekend on Saturday with a game against St. Louis University High School.

Go Tigers!

Tiger Sports Schedule: Week of August 28th, 2016

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This week is going to be full of action. The JV and Freshman football teams will get their seasons started, and Tiger Soccer will be traveling to St. Louis for the weekend. Premiere games of the week will be triple-header soccer games vs. Male and Varsity Football @ Bowling Green. Good Luck to all the athletes this week!

Monday, August 29th 

5:30 P.M. – JV Football vs. Eastern

Wednesday, August 31st

4:00 P.M. – Golf vs. Trinity @ Long Run Golf Course
4:30 P.M. – Freshman Soccer vs. Male
6:00 P.M. – JV Soccer vs. Male
7:30 P.M. – Varsity Soccer vs. Male

Thursday, September 1st  

6:00 P.M. – Freshman Football @ Central Hardin

Friday, September 2nd 

8:00 P.M. – Varsity Soccer vs. O’Fallon Township (IL) @ St. Louis University High School

– Varsity Football @ Bowling Green

Saturday, September 3rd

3:00 P.M. – Varsity Soccer @ Saint Louis University High School (MO)

Tiger Sports Schedule: Week of August 21st, 2016

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Hello, Tiger Nation! This week, all of our Fall Sports teams will be competing for the first time. Here is a list of all the games and events that will be taking place this week:

Monday – August 22, 2016

5:30 P.M. – Freshman Soccer vs. Butler (Away)

Tuesday – August 23, 2016 

6:00 P.M – JV Soccer vs. Floyd Central (Home)

7:30 P.M. – Varsity Soccer vs. Floyd Central (Home)

Wednesday – August 24, 2016

4:00 P.M. – Golf @ Eagle Creek Golf Course

6:00 P.M. – JV Soccer vs. South Oldham (Away)

7:30 P.M – Varsity Soccer vs. South Oldham

Thursday – August 25, 2016

4:00 P.M.  – Golf @ Long Run Golf Course

Friday – August 26, 2016 

8:45 P.M. – Varsity Football vs. Lexington Catholic (Away)

Saturday – August 27, 2016 

Golf – Madison Central Invitational @ Gibson Bay Golf Course

9:00 A.M. – Freshman Soccer vs. Covington Catholic (Away)

– Cross Country Tiger Run @ River Road Country Club

12:00 P.M. – Freshman Soccer vs. Cincinnati St.X (Away)

 

 

 

Tiger Soccer Kicks off Against Central Hardin Tonight at 7 P.M.

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Clayton Allen | Photo by Varsity Views

The Tiger Soccer team kicks off their season tonight at 7 P.M. against Central Hardin at Br. Thomas More Stadium. The team looks to get some early season revenge as they fell to the Bruins in the season opener 3-0 last year.

“Winning our first game is a key component to starting off the season and showing we are the team to beat,” Senior Goalkeeper Clayton Allen said. “We are really looking to come out strong and set the bar for other teams in our area.”

Last season the Tigers saw their season end in a loss to rival Trinity in the Region 7 Championship. Though it will be tough, the Tigers will look to return the State Tournament, something they haven’t done since winning the State Championship in 2012. The team will be in good hands, however, being led by seniors Clayton Allen, Trent Ennenbach, and Nick Scharfenberger. Also, a duo of returning juniors in Bennett Moorman and Lucas Mudd will help lead the charge to another State Championship run.

“Our team chemistry is better than any other team I have been apart of. Our goal this year is to work hard and play as a team. As long as we do that we have no doubt we can take state.”

The JV team will play Central Hardin at 5:30 P.M.

Follow @wstxsports for live game updates.

The EXPY Goes To…

The EXPY Awards

Tiger Nation, we want to thank you for your participation in this year’s EXPY Awards. It’s been an amazing year in Tiger Sports, and these awards are to help celebrate that. Over 5,000 votes were cast online at wstxsports.com. And now we are happy to present the 2016 EXPYS Awards! Congrats to this year’s winners!

Best Athlete

 

Connor McKim | Photo by Tim Porco

Connor McKim | Photo by Tim Porco

Tiger Basketball’s Connor McKim will take home one of the premier awards in Best Athlete. McKim was the absolute star of a rejuvenated team this year. Tiger Nation, over the year we were able to see McKim lead his team to victories over the top-ranked teams in Kentucky. We were able to see him put up ridiculous numbers all season long, averaging over 24 points per game. He even clipped the 1,000 point mark along the way. We can’t say enough about what Connor McKim did for the Basketball Program and Saint Xavier Community this year. It’s an understatement to say this award was deserved. Congrats Connor on earning the 2016 Best Athlete Award!

1. Connor McKim, Tiger Basketball
2. Matthew Thomas, Tiger Track and Field
3. Adam Elliot, Tiger Baseball

Best Team

 

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The 2016 EXPY for Best Team goes to the Tiger Baseball team! This is the first award for Tiger Baseball’s big night. Tiger Baseball won their second championship in three years on a mind-blowing postseason run. They now have the outright lead for most baseball state titles with seven. With tying our own state record for nine state championships in one year, Tiger Baseball had some stiff competition to win this one.

1. Tiger Baseball
2. Tiger Cross Country
3. Tiger Swimming and Diving

Best Coach

 

Coach Chuck Medley | Photo by Tim Porco

Coach Chuck Medley | Photo by Tim Porco

The 2016 EXPY Award for Best Coach goes to Chuck Medley of Tiger Cross Country! Early in the polls, Coach Porta was leading, but Coach Medley quickly turned that around. This award was well deserved, as he led the Tiger Cross Country team to their 21st state title in a dominating performance. All seven of the runners placed in the top 11 at the state championship race. He must have been telling his guys to vote everyday, because he was not only to beat the coach of the Best Team, but also the two-time reigning champ in Coach Larkin.

1. Chuck Medley, Tiger Cross Country
2. Andy Porta, Tiger Baseball
3. Todd Larkin, Tiger Swimming and Diving

Best Game

 

Photo by Clay Jackson of Lexington Herald Leader

Photo by Clay Jackson of Lexington Herald Leader

With the 2015-2016 year being filled with memorable games, this was definitely one of the toughest categories to win. This year’s winner for Best Game is “Mudd’s Walk-off” vs. West Jessamine in the state tournament. It was a matchup of the two past state champions in what was sure to be an epic game. The Tigers lead most of the game behind Adam Elliot’s pitching, but West Jessamine tied it up in the seventh inning. Mudd had different plans, however. The rising senior had a 2-1 count, and on the next pitch, he sent it over the left-field fence. Ball game. Tigers win.

1. Tiger Baseball vs. West Jessamine (Mudd’s Walk-off)
2. Matthew Thomas winning the Dream Mile @ St.X
3. Tiger Basketball vs. Male (District Championship)

Best Championship Performance

 

 

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The Best Championship Performance Award goes to Connor Holden! No one would’ve thought that Holden would be dishing out the final out in the state title. With the two aces in Daniel Fischer and Adam Elliot being ineligible to pitch, Holden had to step up. And that he did. Holden came in and pitched a stellar game. The Tigers went on to win the game 1-o, but they only needed one run behind Holden’s awesome performance.

1. Connor Holden’s shutout in the state title game
2. Sam Mudd and Cam Scheler’s back-to-back walk offs in the state baseball tournament
3. Cross Country placing all runners in the Top 11 on their way to a state championship

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

 

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Connor Holden is having himself quite the night, winning four awards. Holden controlled this category from start to finish; he won in an absolute landslide, owning 44% of the votes. His freshman year, Holden wasn’t even on the team (little bit of a Michael Jordan vibe here). However, he wasn’t going to curl up and feel bad for himself. He worked his butt off to make the team the next year. He showed how hard he worked by throwing a no-hitter in his first start. Fast-forward a year later, and he is throwing a shut out in the state championship game. What a ride it’s been for Connor Holden, and congrats on winning the 2016 EXPYS Award for Best Breakthrough Athlete!

1. Connor Holden, Tiger Baseball
2. Brewer Cahalan, Tiger Rugby
3. Joey Mackin, Tiger Lacrosse

Tiger Pride Award

 

Tiger Baseball celebrates their victory over West Jessamine | Photo from @stxtigers

Tiger Baseball celebrates their victory over West Jessamine | Photo from @stxtigers

Ending a trophy filled night, Tiger Baseball wins the 2016 Tiger Pride Award! As said before, the Tiger Baseball team won the state title on a ridiculous postseason run. First, they defeated the #1 ranked team in Kentucky and #6 ranked in the nation, Greenup County. Next, they defeated their next two opponents with walk-offs. To cap it off, they win a record seventh state title. What was there not to love about this team? Tiger Baseball showed just how great Saint Xavier High School is, and we are incredibly proud to have been able to be apart of their run.

1. Tiger Baseball
2. Tiger Basketball
3. Tiger Cross Country

EXPYS Voting – Friday, August 5th Update

 

2015 EXPYS

 

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Leader: Connor Holden (44%)
The Pack: Brewer Cahalan (17%), Joey Mackin (9%), and Trent Ennenbach (7%)

Best Team 
The Leader: Baseball (40%)
The Pack: Cross Country (25%) , Swimming and Diving (16%) , and Lacrosse (5%)

Best Championship Performance 
The Leader: Connor Holden’s shutout in the state title game (47%)
The Pack: Sam Mudd and Cam Scheler’s back-to-back walk-offs (23%) , Cross Country places all seven of their runners in the top 11 finishers (11%), and Keefer Barnum breaks the 100 yard breaststroke state record (8%)

Best Game 
The Leader: Mudd’s walk-off vs. West Jessamine (39%)
The Pack: Matthew Thomas winning the Dream Mile (23%), Basketball’s District Championship vs. Male (20%), and Football’s win over Bowling Green (4%)

Tiger Pride Award 
The Leader: Baseball (30%)
The Pack: Basketball (19%), Cross Country (18%), and Swimming and Diving (7%)

Best Athlete 
The Leader: Connor McKim (29%)
The Pack: Matthew Thomas (24%), Adam Elliot (17%), Keefer Barnum (13%)

Best Coach 
The Leader: Coach Medley (35%)
The Pack: Coach Porta (24%) , Coach Larkin (16%) , and Coach Lancaster (8%)

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!

This will be the final update for the 2016 EXPYS Awards until the winners are announced on Sunday.

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