Category Archives: Tiger Tennis

23 time Kentucky State Champions

Vote for Best Athlete

Best Athlete EXPY Nominees

Vote now for Best Athlete in the 2014-2015 Tiger Sports Year. This award is presented to the sportsperson, irrespective of sport contested, adjudged to be the most outstanding in a given year.

 

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

Vote for the Tiger Pride Award

Tiger Pride Award EXPY Nominees

New in 2015, the Tiger Pride Award will be given to the Tiger Sports team that exemplifies the most school pride in the eyes of Tiger Nation. Things to consider when voting for this category would be how well each team represents St. Xavier on a state and even national level, also their involvement in the St. Xavier community, attending other sports games and being all about the Tigers!

 

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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)

Lancaster named finalist for Coach of the Year

Kerry Lancaster | Photo by Clay Bollinger

Kerry Lancaster | Photo by Clay Bollinger

Tiger Tennis Head Coach Kerry Lancaster has been named a finalist for the coach of the year award, which is handed out by the National High School Athletic Caoches Association.

Winners will be announced during the organization’s annual conference June 16-20 in Rochester, MN. Eight other coaches from Kentucky have been named finalists as well.

Lancaster was an EXPY Best Coach Nominee last year and should be one of the favorites to win this summer when the annual EXPYS begin voting on June 24.

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!

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!

Drew Singerman wins in a huge upset over Austin Hussey

Drew Singerman is rightfully happy. | Photo by Clay Bollinger

Drew Singerman is rightfully happy. | Photo by Clay Bollinger

Drew Singerman upsets #2 Austin Hussey of Covington Catholic 5-7, 6-3, 10-4 to advance to the 2015 KHSAA Singles State Championship.

To go with the Dark Knight theme we had going, we guess Robin finished off the Joker before he even got to Batman. Quite the performance for the Sophomore that will continue the leniage of great tennis players to play at St. Xavier. He’s going to be exhausted for this next match against his teammate, but the kid showed he’s worthy of the torch being passed to him after today.

Lancaster headed back to the Finals

Brandon Lancaster | Photo by Clay Bollinger

Brandon Lancaster | Photo by Clay Bollinger

Senior Brandon Lancaseter is headed back to the KHSAA Singles State Finals for the third year in a row. The defending champion will look to keep his crown agains the winner of the Austin Hussey v. Drew Singerman match that is going on right now.

The Singles Final will be at 3:00 PM this afternoon at UK. Could we have an all St. X Championship?

Graft/Akrami advance to State Championship

Matt Graft & Kamron Akrami | Photo by Clay Bollinger

Matt Graft & Kamron Akrami | Photo by Clay Bollinger

Tiger Tennis Doubles Team, Matt Graft & Kamron Akrami advance to the 2015 KHSAA Tennis Doubles State Championship after defeating the Henry Clay Doubles team of Mays/Tapp 7-5, 6-3.

This is the second year in a row that Matt Graft has made it to the Doubles Final. Last year he was paired with Nick Waldeck and won the title as a sophomore.  This year as a junior, he looks to repeat at UK.

The Championship match will be played at the UK Tennis Indoor Facility at approximately 1:00 PM.

Scores from Tiger Tennis at the KHSAA Tennis State Championships

2015 Tiger Tennis | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

2015 Tiger Tennis | Photo by Jason Frakes

We’ll update this post as updates come in throughout the weekend as it happens, so check back frequently for new scores.

SINGLES
No. 1 Brandon Lancaster
Round of 64: Defeated Ryker Cassidy (Marion County) 6-0, 6-0
Round of 32: Defeated Jacob Staples (Bullitt East) 6-0, 6-0
Round of 16: Defeated Cole McCreary (Lawrence County) 6-0, 6-0
Quarterfinals: Defeated Daniel Lineberry (Atherton) 6-2, 6-3
Semifinals: Defeated Ryo Takeda (Henry Clay) 6-2, 6-2
Championship: vs. Drew Singerman (St. Xavier) 3:00 PM

No. 4 Drew Singerman
Round of 64: Defeated Jake McDonnell (CAL) 6-2, 6-0
Round of 32: Defeated Jamie Anderson (St. Francis) 6-1, 6-1
Round of 16: Defeated Luke Least (Woodford County) 6-0, 6-1
Quarterfinals: Defeated Kai Kai Suvimolstean (Oneida Baptist) 6-4, 6-0
Semifinals: Defeated Austin Hussey (Covington Catholic) 5-7, 6-3, 10-4
Championship: vs. Brandon Lancaster (St. Xavier) 3:00 PM

DOUBLES
No. 1 Kamron Akrami/Matt Graft
Round of 64: Defeated Alex Nguyen/Chandler Nguyen (Russell) 6-2,6-2
Round of 32: Defeated David Mason/Edis Sinanovic (Bowling Green) 6-0, 6-0
Round of 16: Defeated Ken Korbar/Sam Rose (Ballard) 6-0, 6-0
Quarterfinals: Defeated Matthew Ko/Spencer Kriss (Lexington Catholic) 6-2, 6-0
Semifinals: Defeated Kiefer Mays/Noah Tapp (Henry Clay) 7-5, 6-3
Championship: vs. Tommy Hagan/Logan McKinney (McCracken County) 1:00 PM

No. 2 Preston Cameron/Ben Gornet
Round of 64: Defeated Sam Reiner/Danny Walker (North Oldham) 6-1, 6-1
Round of 32: Defeated Hunain Abri/Paul Fiepki (Elizabethtown) 6-0, 6-0
Round of 16: Defeated Parker Collignon/Jared Richards (Apollo) 6-1, 6-1
Quarterfinals: Lost to Brody Bilderback/Adam Slone (Lexington Christian) 2-6, 6-4, 3-10

Tiger Tennis wins the 2015 KHSAA Tennis State Championship

Tiger Tennis Team State Champions

Congratulations to the 2015 KHSAA Tennis Team State Champion Tiger Tennis Team!  The Tigers win their 7th straight and 24th overall after defeating Covington Catholic!

Adam Hardin will have more here shortly from the championship team! Let’s make it 2/2 on Championship Friday! We Are! St. X!

Tiger Tennis heads to Lexington for State

Brandon Lancaster | Photo by Clay Bollinger

Brandon Lancaster | Photo by Clay Bollinger

Today ten members of the tennis team will head to Lexington to compete for the 2015 KHSAA Tennis Championship. The Tigers are looking to win their 7th straight state team championship and 24th overall. The draws were posted earlier Monday and the Tigers have already began to strategize. One seed, Brandon Lancaster headlines the very talented singles draw while four seed, Drew Singerman will look to make it to his first finals appearance. Last year, Drew lost to eventual runner-up Austin Hussey from Covington Catholic in the semi-finals.

Brandon Lancaster defeated Austin Hussey last year in the championship 5-7, 6-2, 10-8 in a grueling match. Lancaster comes into the tournament as the favorite and will be looking to add another piece of hardware.

On the doubles side, duo Matt Graft and Kamron Akrami look to hand out massive beatdowns in their doubles matches. Graft and Akrami enter the tournament as one seeds. Last year, Matt Graft picked up his first doubles state championship with partner Nick Waldeck, who decided not to join the team this year. Ben Gornet and Preston Cameron come in as the three seeds with the ability to upset a few other teams. Gornet and Cameron pride themselves off a strong serve and put away volley. If these two get hot this week, that could mean trouble for the rest of the draw.

If you missed the draws check them out here!!

In the state team semi-finals the Tigers will play last year’s runner-up McCracken County. Provided the Tigers win, they will face the winner of Covington Catholic versus Ashland Blazer. Only 10 Tigers are eligible to participate this week in the team state play. Those who qualified are:

1. Brandon Lancaster
2. Drew Singerman
3. Matt Graft
4. Kamron Akrami
5. Ben Gornet
6. Preston Cameron
7. Spencer Blandford
8. Patrick Koshewa
9. Adam Hardin
10. Andy Keal

These ten players have worked hard this year along with the rest of the team to be in this position. There will be little to no room for error this weekend as the Tigers compete for various championships. We invite EVERYONE out to the Team Championship (provided they win in the Semi-finals) on Friday at 6:30 at UK! Come and watch the Tigers capture its seventh straight championship hopefully!