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50 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.

Tiger Swimming and Diving Leads the Way After Prelims

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The Tiger Swimming and Diving team is well on their way to a 29th consecutive title after racing this morning. The swimmers competed this morning and for every single event, there was at least one swimmer in the TOp4. Swimmers that placed in the Top 16 will race tomorrow in the Finals (17th and 18th place are alternates). Here are the results by event:

  • 200 Medley Relay – Martin Nitzken, Keefer Barnum, Connor Kang, and Michael Eastman (1st)
  • 200 Yard Freestyle – Aldan Johnston (1st), Cole Brown (6th), Will Cole (7th), and Andrew Streater (9th)
  • 200 Yard IM – Keefer Barnum (2nd), Martin Nitzken (3rd), Grant Largen (6th), and Peter Hurst (14th)
  • 50 Yard Freestyle – Michael Eastman (2nd), Jack Harty (10th), Conner Lynn (16th), and Ethan Highley (T-18th)
  • 100 Yard Butterfly – Cole Brown (3rd), Connor Kang (5th), Brandt Wilhelmi (17th), and Dane Rueff (18th)
  • 100 Yard Freestyle – Michael Eastman (4th), Will Cole (5th), Andrew Streater (7th), and Dominic Tomchek (8th)
  • 500 Yard Freestyle – Aldan Johnston (1st), Peter Hurst (5th), Grant Largen (6th), and Tom Irvine (18th)
  • 200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Aldan Johnston, Will Cole, Jack Harty, and Dominic Tomchek (1st)
  • 100 Yard Backstroke – Martin Nitzken (3rd), Dominic Tomchek (5th), Brandt Wilhelmi (9th), and Kenton Whiteley (14th)
  • 100 Yard Breaststroke – Keefer Barnum (1st)
  • 400 Yard Freestyle Relay – Aldan Johnston, Will Cole, Cole Brown, and Michael Eastman (1st)

Along with the swimming events, Blake Ansert has been holding steady in the diving competition and will compete in finals tomorrow. He currently is in 7th place after Prelims and Semi-Finals.

Currently, if the Tigers were to finish in the same order they are seeded for Finals, they would be leading the meet with a score of 451. To round out the Top 3, Covington Catholic would be in second with 206 points and Lexington Catholic would be 3rd with 153 points (that’s a lead of 245 and 298 points, respectively).

So obviously, the Tigers hold a sizable lead over the competition, but expect that gap to grow, because the Tigers are going to be amped up to make history tomorrow. The first swimming events will take place at 11:00 AM and the diving portion will take place immediately after the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Good luck Tigers!

The Tiger Swimming and Diving Team is Chasing History

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The Tiger Swimming and Diving program is known as one of the top programs into the country, but will look to bolster that status this coming Saturday. They are looking to make a splash (wink) into the record books this Friday and Saturday at UofL when they vie for their 29th consecutive title. If they manage to win it all, they will tie the national record for most consecutive titles for high school boys.

The record is currently held by Honolulu’s Punahou High School (which is also the alma mater of Barack Obama), who won 29 straight titles from 1958 to 1986. With so much on the line, there is a definitely a different mindset. “It’s almost like a new motivation for the team,” senior Martin Nitzken said.

“Don’t get me wrong, it is great to win another title and we always strive to. But now, having something that can go down in history, the team is pumped like never before. We just have to do what we have been doing for the past 28 consecutive years… swim to win!”

Here’s a breakdown of those competing for the Tigers this weekend, as well as their seeding for prelims which take place on Friday:

  • 1 Meter Diving – Blake Ansert (19th) and Kellen Murphy (42nd)
  • 200 Yard Medley Relay (4th)
  • 200 Yard Freestyle – Aldan Johnston (3rd), Will Cole (8th), Andrew Streater (10th), and Cole Brown (14th)
  • 200 Yard IM – Martin Nitzken (5th), Keefer Barnum (11th), Grant Largen (13th), and Peter Hurst (21st)
  • 50 Yard Freestyle – Michael Eastman (4th), Jack Harty (8th), Ethan Highley (20th)
  • 100 Yard Butterfly – Conner Kang (5th), Cole Brown (12th), Dane Rueff (13th)
  • 100 Yard Freestyle – Michael Eastman (5th), Will Cole (7th), Andrew Streater (9th), and Dominic Tomchek (11th)
  • 500 Yard Freestyle – Aldan Johnston (7th), Grant Largen (8th), Tom Irvine (14th), and Peter Hurst (18th)
  • 200 Yard Freestyle Relay (2nd)
  • 100 Yard Backstroke – Martin Nitzken (4th), Dominic Tomchek (6th), Brandt Wilhelmi (12th), and Kenton Whitely (13th)
  • 100 Yard Breastsroke – Keefer Barnum (4th), Kenton Whitely (19th), and Brevik Heitmann (31st)
  • 400 Yard Freestyle Relay (12th)

Out of the many who are competing, there are three guys that stand out and have a great chance at taking individual titles. Junior Aldan Johnston is one of those guys. Last year, he placed 2nd in the 200 and 500 yard freestyle races, as well as 2nd in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay. Each time, he was beat out by a senior from Covington Catholic, but now, the path is paved for him to win out in all three of these events.

Aside from Johnston, Martin Nitzken has a chance to win in the 200 Yard Medley Relay, 200 Yard IM, and in his specialty event, the 100 Yard Backstroke. Last year, Nitzken placed sixth in the event, but now his top competition remaining will be Nicolas Albiero of CAL, a signee for the University of Louisville.

Lastly, but certainly not least, will be the star of the Tiger Swimming team, Keefer Barnum. Barnum is one of the top swimmers in the state, let alone in the country. This past fall, he committed to swim for the University of Virginia. He will have a chance to win out in all of his events and become the 3x State Champion in the 100 Yard Breaststroke. Last year in the event, he broke the state record in prelims with a time of 54.69 seconds.

Definitely try to make it out to UofL on Saturday morning and cheer on your Tiger Swimmers and Divers or keep up on Twitter. The Tigers will be heavy favorites to win it all, but most importantly, they are chasing history.

Go Tigers, Take State!

Tiger Wrestling and Swimming Take on Regionals

 

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Hello Tiger Nation! St.X may off be school today, but a few student athletes will still be putting in work throughout the day. The Tiger Wrestling and Swimming & Diving teams both have their respective Regional Championships today. First, we will be taking a look at the lineup for the WRASTLERS:

Region 4 Seeding (Based on Feb. 2nd Rankings from KentuckyWrestling.com):
106 – Nathan Ohlmann – 4th
113 – Josh Schmidt – 1st
120 – Nate Wheeler – 1st
126 – Austin Cook – 1st
132 – Kaden Darbro – 3rd
138 – Konner Kraeszig – 1st
145 – Clayton Hanson – 1st
152 – Dallas Miles – 2nd
160 – Cameron Ward – 1st
170 – Austin Towles – 3rd
182 – Zach Cummella – 3rd
195 – Justin Voelker – 5th
220 – Ben Deprest – 2nd
285 – Isaac Marret – 1st

With no individual ranked outside the Top 5 in their weight class, the Tigers look to dominate Region 4. The team that is closest to the Tigers, who are ranked #2 in the state, would be Male, who is ranked #17 in the state, respectively.

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Moving on to the Tiger Swimming & Diving team. It’s business as usual for the Tiger Sharks who look to shred the competition in their region. Their ultimate goal will be to win a national record 29th consecutive title, so Regionals will just be a stepping stone to that goal. Let’s look at those competing today:

Diving (competed Wednesday) – Blake Ansert and Kellen Murphy have secured spots in the State Meet as they placed 1st and 2nd, respectively. Mason Brown and Isaac Sostriach also placed in the Top 5 of the diving competition, but will have to wait until results from every region to see if they can slide in to the State Meet.

Seniors: Martin Nitzken, Keefer Barnum, Jack Harty, Peter Hurst, Chris Hurst, Patrick Baty

Juniors: Michael Eastman, Aldan Johnston, Dominic Tomchek, Cole Brown, Conner Lynn, Bailey Cox, Dane Rueff, Ryan Kitchen, Evan Smith

Sophomores: Grant Largen, Bdandt Wilhelmi, Griffin Kirsch, Michael Jones, Ramsey Knotts, Harrison Smith, Brevik Heitmann, Andrew Streater

Freshman: Conner Kang, Tom Irvine, Bennett Clark, Stephen Root, Will Cole, Kenton Whiteley, Hudson Stoutt

 

Tiger Sports Schedule | Week of January 22nd, 2017

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Tuesday, January 24th

4:30 PM – Freshman Basketball @ Eastern
6:00 PM – JV Basketball @ Eastern
7:30 PM – Varsity Basketball @ Eastern

Wednesday, January 25th

6:15 PM – Swimming and Diving vs. Manual

Friday, January 27th

4:30 PM – Freshman Basketball vs. Ballard
6:00 PM – JV Basketball vs. Ballard
6:30 PM – Hockey vs. Oldham County at Iceland
7:30 PM – Varsity Basketball vs. Ballard

Saturday, January 28th

Archery – Atherton Tournament
Track and Field – UK Invitational at UK
9:00 AM – Wrestling State Duals
2:00 PM – Swimming and Diving @ Splash Invitational at UofL

Tiger Sports Schedule: Week of December 4th, 2016

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Monday, December 5th 

4:30 PM – Freshman Basketball @ Seneca
6:00 PM – JV Basketball @ Seneca
7:30 PM – Varsity Basketball @ Seneca

Thursday, December 8th 

4:00 PM – Bowling vs. Male @ Executive Strike and Spare

Friday, December 9th 

4:30 PM – Freshman Basketball vs. Covington Catholic
6:00 PM – JV Basketball vs. Covington Catholic
7:30 PM – Varsity Basketball vs. Covington Catholic
8:00 PM – Hockey vs. Henry Clay at Iceland

Saturday, December 10th 

Archery Practice Tournament @ Atherton
9:00 AM – Wrestling @ Ryle
9:00 AM – Wrestling – King of the Bluegrass @ Fairdale High School
2:00 PM – Swimming & Diving @ Cincy St.X
3:45 PM – Varsity Basketball vs. Newport Central Catholic at Bardstown High School

Tiger Sports Schedule: Week of November 27th, 2016

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It’s another full week for the Tiger Sports teams. With the Basketball teams getting their seasons underway this week, all of the Winter Sports teams are now in season. Their first home game will be played on Thursday against Collegiate. Also, the Tiger Cross Country team will finish their season in Portland, OR at NXN Nationals. The team is currently seeded 9th overall and are looking for a Top 10 finish for the first time in history.

Monday, November 28th 

6:00 PM – JV Basketball vs. South Oldham
7:15 PM – Freshman Basketball vs. South Oldham

Tuesday, November 29th

4:30 PM – Freshman Basketball @ Central
6:00 PM – JV Basketball @ Central
7:30 PM – Varsity Basketball @ Central

Wednesday, November 30th 

6:15 PM – Swimming & Diving vs. Ballard

Thursday, December 1st

7:30 PM – Varsity Basketball vs. Collegiate (First Home Game! GOLD OUT)

Friday, December 2nd

8:00 PM – Hockey vs. Owensboro at Iceland

Saturday, December 3rd

9:00 AM – Wrestling – Moeller Super 8
9:00 AM – Wrestling – Dixie Duals
11:35 AM – Cross Country – Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon 
12:00 PM – Bowling – Crimson Baker tournament

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.

Vote here

 

 

 

 

 

The Best of the Best – Our Olympians

Photo from Google Images

Photo from Google Images

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are well on their way. The Olympics are the highest honor for athletic excellence as an athlete – this is the best of the best. Athletes train for years to get to the Olympics, some even their whole lives. It truly is a remarkable feat.

For two athletes, the journey may not have started at Saint Xavier High School, but it certainly provided a huge stepping stone on their path to the Olympic stage.

Clark Burckle ’06 was a member of the nationally recognized Swimming and Diving team. Here, he was a four-time state champion (at the time these were the 15th-18th consecutive team titles). Also, he was an individual state champion in the 200 Yard IM, 500 yard freestyle, 100 yard breaststroke. He was a state champion on multiple relay teams, as well. On top of all these athletic achievements, he was also a National Merit Semi-Finalist. To say the least, he contributed a lot to the Tiger Sharks in his tenure.

However, being a high school state champion was not his greatest goal. From St.X he attended the University of Florida from 2006-2008, but transferred to the University of Arizona for his senior year in 2010. At Arizona, he truly catapulted into the spotlight by becoming the National Champion in the 200 yard breaststroke. He was not done yet, though. Being apart of the National Team was something he had been dreaming of since he attended the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Clark Burckle | Photo from usaswimming.org

Clark Burckle | Photo from usaswimming.org

After missing the cut at the 2008 Olympic Trials, Burckle worked harder than ever. With another four years under his belt, it was his time to earn a spot on the Olympic team. “I was so nervous,  I kept trying to tell myself it’s just another race, and I have some world-class competitors next to me and they’re going to take me to a fast time,” Burckle said to Louisville.com . He went on to place second in the race, .08 seconds ahead of the third place finisher, but regardless earning himself a spot on the Olympic Team roster. “I can’t even put it into words right now. It’s the epitome of what a swimmer dreams about.” Burckle said, after the race.

In London, Burckle performed admirably, placing sixth in the 200M breaststroke. This is what he told Bob Schaller of usaswimming.org about his experience in the Olympics: I thought it went well. I was able to go three best times, so I could not have asked for more – maybe to be a little faster in the finals! But it was a big step forward for me.”

Burckle currently lives in California as an aspiring businessman. He put his swimming career on hold while he attended Stanford’s Business School.

Mike Silliman ’62 was a member of the last state champion basketball team his senior year at St.X. He was an honor roll student and also served as the senior class president. Coming out of Saint Xavier, he had 55 scholarship offers to play college basketball, being heavily recruited by the University of Kentucky. However, he made the decision to play for Bob Knight at West Point.

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Silliman, a 6’6″ forward, was a star at West Point. There, he was a three-year letterman in not only basketball, but also baseball. He has been considered by many to be the best all-around basketball player that Army has ever had. Over his four years, he averaged a double-double (22.2 PPG and 10.7 RPG). Silliman led the Cadets to three straight NIT semi-finals.

When it was all said and done, he graduated as the most prolific scorer in Army basketball history, scoring over 1,300 points. Even more notably, this was done prior to the installation of the three-point line. Bob Knight has gone on to say that Mike Silliman was the best player he had ever coached.

From West Point, he entered the 1966 NBA Draft. He was drafted by the New York Knicks, becoming the first and only player to be drafted from the United States Military Academy at West Point. However, he would hold off his NBA Career to serve in the military.  While in the service he eventually achieved a rank of captain and served with the adjutant-general corps in Korea. Even during his military service, though, he found another way to serve his country: to participate in the 1968 Olympics Games in Mexico City.

At the Olympics, Silliman was the captain of the team. His team had a perfect record, and went on to defeat Yugoslavia in the gold-medal game. This was the United States’ seventh straight gold medal in the event at the time. He went on to return to the NBA, but was traded to the Buffalo Braves. Unfortunately, his playing career was cut short by an injury, and he ended up playing only one season.

Mike Silliman died at the age of 56 due to a sudden heart attack in 2000. After more than 40 years since his athletic career ended, he is still considered to be one of the best athletes to ever come from Louisville. He is apart of the Kentucky Athletic, Kentucky High School Athletic Association, Saint Xavier, and West Point’s Halls of Fame. Just recently in 2015, his jersey (#20) was retired at Army’s basketball arena. If he were still here today, I think many would’ve loved to see a 1 on 1 showdown between himself and another St.X basketball great Connor McKim.

John Proctor with Katrina Young | Photo from usatodayhss.com

John Proctor with Katrina Young | Photo from usatodayhss.com

Lastly, though he is not an athlete, John Proctor ’91 will be joining the 2016 Rio Olympics Team as a diving coach. He is the head coach at Florida State University, and also the coach of Katrina Young. Young is a former Florida State diver who placed second in the diving competition from the 10 Meter platform. This earned her a spot on the Olympics roster.

Proctor has quite the resumé as well, though. At Saint Xavier, he was a two-time state champion in the diving competition. From St.X, he went on to dive at Auburn University. Unfortunately, like Silliman, his career was cut short by an injury.

Though Proctor himself will not be competing, we will certainly be cheering on his diver Katrina Young to win the gold medal. She will be competing on Wednesday, August 17th.

To Clark Burckle, Mike Silliman, and John Proctor, we say thank you. Thank you for continuing the tradition of athletic excellence of Saint Xavier High School far beyond the years you all walked its halls. And thank you for showing the nation and the world, the prowess of the greatest high school in the world.

Go Tigers!

EXPYS Voting – Tuesday, August 2nd Update

 

2015 EXPYS

 

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Leader: Connor Holden (42%)
The Pack: Brewer Cahalan (18%), Joey Mackin (10%), and Trent Ennenbach (8%)
Breakdown: Connor Holden running away in the voting, leading 2nd by 203 votes. Cahalan leads over Mackin by 70 votes. Ennenbach trails by 14 votes.

Best Team 
The Leader: Baseball (41%)
The Pack: Cross Country (25%) , Swimming and Diving (14%) , and Lacrosse (6%)
Breakdown: Baseball still leads over Cross Country by 54 votes. Swimming and Diving trails 2nd by 34 votes. Lacrosse trailing by 28 votes.

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 (25%) , Cross Country places all seven of their runners in the top 11 finishers (10%), and Keefer Barnum breaks the 100 yard breaststroke state record (6%)
Breakdown: Connor Holden holds his second monster lead, this time by 148 votes. Cross country trails the Mudd-Scheler duo by 107 votes. Barnum trails 3rd by 26 votes.

Best Game 
The Leader: Mudd’s walk-off vs. West Jessamine (40%)
The Pack: Matthew Thomas winning the Dream Mile (23%), Basketball’s District Championship vs. Male (19%), and Football’s win over Bowling Green (4%)
Breakdown: Mudd’s walk-off stays steady, leading by 89 votes. Basketball’s District Championship trails Matthew Thomas by only 20 votes. The Bowling Green Game trails by 76 votes.

Tiger Pride Award 
The Leader: Baseball (30%)
The Pack: Cross Country (17%), Basketball (16%), and Swimming and Diving (7%)
Breakdown: Baseball still in control, leading Cross Country by 50 votes. Basketball has narrowed Cross Country’s lead for second, only trailing by 4 votes. Swimming and Diving trails by 35 votes.

Best Athlete 
The Leader: Connor McKim (28%)
The Pack: Matthew Thomas (23%), Adam Elliot (17%), Keefer Barnum (12%)
Breakdown: McKim keeps his lead over Thomas by 26 votes. Elliot trails by 32 votes and leads Barnum by 27 votes.

Best Coach 
The Leader: Coach Medley (32%)
The Pack: Coach Porta (26%) , Coach Larkin (17%) , and Coach Lancaster (9%)
Breakdown: After taking the lead last week, Coach Medley has now increased his lead to 19 votes. Larkin trails Porta by 29 votes. Coach Lancaster trails 3rd by 25 votes.

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!

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EXPYS Voting – Friday, July 29th Update

2015 EXPYS

The 2016 EXPYS Awards have been open for six days now. Many teams and athletes have been taken firm control of their respective categories. However, there have been some, in my opinion, unexpected shifts in the leaderboard. With over a week left, there are sure to be more changes, and I am excited to see how they play out.

Without further a due, here is our 2nd Update for the 2016 EXPYS Awards!

Best Breakthrough Athlete

The Leader: Connor Holden (37%)
The Pack: Brewer Cahalan (23%) , Joey Mackin (12%) , Trent Ennenbach (8%)
Breakdown: Connor Holden increases his lead to 84 votes. Brewer Cahalan has made a huge jump in the voting, now leading Mackin by 67 votes. Ennenbach remains in fourth by 20 votes.

Best Team 
The Leader: Baseball (41%)
The Pack: Cross Country (24%) , Swimming and Diving (10%) , Golf (7%) , and Lacrosse (7%)
Breakdown: Baseball is in the lead by 35 votes. Cross Country has stayed steady, leading the new third place competitor by 19 votes after the Swimming and Diving Team jumped Tiger Golf.

Best Championship Performance 
The Leader: Connor Holden’s shutout in the state title game (45%)
The Pack: Sam Mudd and Cam Scheler’s back-to-back walk-offs (29%) , Cross Country places all seven of their runners in the top 11 finishers (8%) , Keefer Barnum breaks the 100 yard breaststroke state record (6%)
Breakdown: Connor Holden maintains the lead for his second award, leading by over 70 votes. The Cross Country team has replaced Keefer Barnum for third, leading Barnum by a slim eight votes.

Best Game 
The Leader: Mudd’s walk-off vs. West Jessamine (37%)
The Pack: Matthew Thomas winning the Dream Mile (20%) , Basketball’s District Championship vs. Male (20%) , and Football’s win over Bowling Green (5%)
Breakdown: Mudd’s walk-off is in first place by over 50 votes. Matthew Thomas has surged into second place, now leading the District Championship vs. Male by only one vote. Football falling far behind, trailing third by 45 votes.

Tiger Pride Award 
The Leader: Baseball (28%)
The Pack: Cross Country (15%) , Basketball (15%) , and Football (8%)
Breakdown: Baseball still continues to dominate the polls, leading by 33 votes. The Cross Country guys are really showing out, surging in another category. They are now TIED with the Basketball team. Football trails both by 18 votes.

Best Athlete 
The Leader: Connor McKim (29%)
The Pack: Matthew Thomas (19%), Adam Elliot (17%), Keefer Barnum (12%), and Caleb Grimes (10%)
Breakdown: McKim retains the lead for first, leading Thomas by over 40 votes. Elliot trails by ten votes. Barnum beginning to separate himself from Grimes.

Best Coach 
The Leader: Coach Medley (27%)
The Pack: Coach Porta (26%) , Coach Larkin (15%) , and Coach Lancaster (11%)
Breakdown: This is the first lead change in the 2016 EXPYS Awards. Medley now leads Porta by one vote. Larkin trails by 21 votes, and Lancaster by eight votes.

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!

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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!

 

 

Tiger Swimming and Diving Win 28th Straight State Championship

Photo by Conor Revell

Photo by Conor Revell

For the 28th consecutive year, the Tiger Swimming and Diving team are Kentucky High School Swimming and Diving State Champions. The last time Tiger Swimming lost State, Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States.

Final Team Scores:
1. Saint Xavier – 361
2. Covington Catholic – 317
3. Louisville Collegiate – 173
T4. Christian Academy – 119
T4. Bowling Green – 119

The 200 yard medley relay team of junior Martin Nitzken, junior Keefer Barnum, senior Matt Steiden and senior Clayton Forde got the day started off right for St. X. They broke the state record in the event by .59 seconds and won by 3.14 seconds over Covington Catholic’s relay team.

Over at the 1 meter Diving competition, senior Michael Miller won with a score of 437.05 and beat Evan Brungs of Convington Catholic by 13.65 points. The only other individual winner on the day for the Tigers was Barnum in the 100 yard breaststroke. Barnum won the event with a time of 55.31. In the prelims on Friday, Barnum broke the state record in the event with a time of 54.69.

More Results:
200 yard freestyle: 2nd, Aldan Johnston – 1:38.66; 8th, Cole Brown – 1:45.07; 11th, Peter Hurst – 1:46.77; 12th, Eli Thompson – 1:47.40
200 yard individual medley: 2nd, Clayton Forde – 1:50.80; 5th, Keefer Barnum – 1:51.70; 12th, Martin Nitzken – 1:56.18
50 yard freestyle: 6th, Matt Steiden – 21.59; 8th, Michael Eastman – 21.85
1 meter diving: 11th, Blake Ansert – 311.70
100 yard butterfly: 5th, Matt Steiden – 51.14; 11th, Peter Hurst – 52.74
100 yard freestyle: 12th, Michael Eastman – 48.25; Dominic Tomchek – 48.38
500 yard freestyle: 2nd, Aldan Johnston – 4:31.27; 3rd, Clayton Forde – 4:31.58; 8th, Cole Brown – 4:48.86; 10th, Eli Thompson – 4:43.58
200 yard freestyle relay: 2nd, Matt Steiden, Michael Eastman, Aldan Johnston and Clayton Forde – 1:24.94
100 yard backstroke: 6th, Martin Nitzken – 52.29; 8th, Dominic Tomchek – 52.67; 13th, Eric Bush – 55.11
400 yard freestyle relay: 2nd, Aldan Johnston, Cole Brown, Dominic Tomchek and Michael Eastman – 3:11.06

Go Tigers!