Category Archives: Tiger Track and Field

10 time Kentucky State Champions

2017 Track and Field State Roster

 

The Tiger Track and Field team will travel to Lexington today to compete in the 3A State Track Meet. The Tigers look to vie for a Top 3 spot for the first time since 2014, and will have an outside shot of winning their first title since 2003. Let’s look at who will be competing today and their seeding:

4×800 – Tanner Boling, Clint Sherman, Eoin Corbett, and Nick Poole (2nd)
(Alternates – Patrick Schaefer, Ryan Guenthner, Jonny Vaughn, and Andrew Edwards)

110 Hurdles – Jonny Dumuolin (23rd)

4×200 – Ricky Garr, Jax Goldberg, Beck O’Daniel, and Nick Lamattina (10th)
(Alternates – Max Masterson, Paul Russell, James Bryant, and Nick Erwin)

1600 – Grady Shiftlet (7th) and Cooper Marchal (8th)

4×100 – Max Masterson, Beck O’Daniel, Ricky Garr, and Jax Goldberg (5th)
(Alternates – Nick Lammatina, Nick Erwin, Paul Russell, and James Bryant)

300 Hurdles – Beck O’Daniel (4th)

800 – Eoin Corbett (11th)

3200 – Ryan Guenthner (6th) and Patrick Schaefer (9th)

4×400 – Ricky Garr, Nick Erwin, Beck O’Daniel, and Jax Goldberg
(Alternates – James Bryant, Tanner Boling, Paul Russell, and Nick Poole)

Shotput – GJ Wellinghurst (8th)

Discus – GJ Wellinghurst (20th)

Long Jump – Max Masterson (19th)

High Jump – Jax Goldberg (4th)

Pole Vault – Barry Banta (7th)

 

 

 

 

Tiger Track and Field Gearing Up for Regionals


After placing 3rd at their own Brother Borgia/Coach Cooper Invitational, the Tiger Track and Field team took the next weekend off in preparations for Regionals. Well the time has come, and the Tigers are in position to make some noise tomorrow at Male. They’ll be strong in every event, and are looking to reclaim the Regional Crown that Male won last year. Let’s look at who will be competing:

4×800 – Nick Poole, Clint Sherman, Tanner Boling, and Eoin Corbett
(Alternates – Ryan Guenthner, Patrick Schaefer, Jonny Vaughn, and Andrew Edwards)
110 Hurdles – Jonny Dumuolin
100 Meter – Ricky Garr and Nick Lamattina
4×200 – Ricky Garr, Nick Erwin, Beck O’Daniel, and Jax Goldberg
(Alternates – Max Masterson, Nick Lamattina, Brock Mayer, and James Bryant)
1600 Meter – Grady Shiftlet and Cooper Marchal
4×100 – Max Masterson, Beck O’Daniel, Ricky Garr, and Jax Goldberg
(Alternates – Nick Lamattina, Brock Mayer, James Bryant, and Nick Erwin)
400 Meter – Brock Mayer and Tanner Boling
300 Hurdles – Beck O’Daniel and Jonny Dumuolin
800 Meter – Grady Shiftlet and Eoin Corbett
200 Meter – Nick Lamattina and Brock Mayer
3200 Meter – Patrick Schaefer and Ryan Guenthner
4×400 – Ricky Garr, Tanner Boling, Beck O’Daniel, and Jax Goldberg
(Alternates – Nick Poole, Brock Mayer, James Bryant, and Nick Erwin)
High Jump – Jax Goldberg
Long Jump – Max Masterson and Brian Mazzoni
Triple Jump – James Bryant and Josh Bennett
Pole Vault – Barry Banta and Nick Meredith
Shotput – GJ Wellinghurst and Justin Voelker
Discus – GJ Wellinghurst and Justin Voelker

Three St.X Runners set to compete in Friday’s Dream Mile

Tomorrow night at 8:30, apart from the Oaks and Derby, another premier racing event will be held in the state of Kentucky. No it will not take place at Churchill Downs, but our very own St. Xavier High School, and no there will not be horses. Rather, there will be three of our student-athletes from the Tiger Track and Field team who will compete in the Dream Mile.

The Dream Mile is an annual event held at St.X that pits the Top 16 Girls and Boys one milers in the state of Kentucky against one another, making it the best race in the state and one of the best in the nation.

The Tigers have had a lot of success in the event, with Matthew Thomas (Class of ’16) and William Mulloy (Class of ’15) both winning the event.

This year, the eight annual Dream Mile features three of St.X’s own one milers, the most by one school in the field. Here’s a look at the full lineup and seed times for the boys:

  1. Yared Nuguse (Manual, 4:14.33)
  2. Trevor Warren (Trinity, 4:22.46)
  3. Grady Shiflet (St. Xavier, 4:23.10)
  4. Alex Mortimer (Tates Creek, 4:23.12)
  5. Keeton Thornsberry (Holy Cross, 4:24.31)
  6. 6. Dylan Allen (Male, 4:25.38)
  7. Logan Greco (Meade County, 4:25.82)
  8. Austin Matthews (Paul Dunbar, 4:25.93)
  9. Alex McCarty (North Oldham, 4:26.35)
  10. Cooper Marchal (St. Xavier, 4:28.41)
  11. Josiah Harp (Central Hardin, 4:28.58)
  12. Spencer Carman (Lexington Catholic, 4:29.15)
  13. Jacob Burnham (Trinity, 4:29.30)
  14. Ryan Guenthner (St. Xavier, 4:29.46)
  15. Luke Spurrier (South Warren, 4:30.68)
  16. Garrett Hadaway (Oldham County, 4:30.74).

Good luck to all these guys and Go Tigers!

Tiger Sports Schedule | April 30th, 2017 – May 6th 2017

Monday, May 1st 

4:00 PM – JV Tennis vs. Male
5:30 PM – Freshman Lacrosse @ Eastern
6:00 PM – Freshman Baseball vs. Jeffersonville

Tuesday, May 2nd 

4:15 PM – Track and Field – Master Meet #3 at St.X
5:00 PM – Freshman Baseball @ PRP
5:30 PM – Freshman Volleyball vs. Trinity
6:00 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Central Hardin
6:30 PM – JV Volleyball vs. Trinity
7:15 PM – JV Baseball @ PRP
7:30 PM – Varsity Volleyball vs. Trinity

Wednesday, May 3rd 

5:30 PM – Freshman Baseball @ Martha Layne Collins
6:00 PM – JV Baseball vs. Floyd Central

Thursday, May 4th 

4:00 PM – Varsity Tennis vs. Trinity
5:30 PM – JV Baseball vs. Oldham County
6:00 PM – Varsity Baseball @ Meade County
7:15 PM – Freshman Baseball vs. Oldham County

Friday, May 5th 

(Who needs Oaks anyways?)
8:00 PM – Dream Mile @ St.X

Saturday, May 6th 

11:00 AM – JV Baseball @ Madison Central
11:00 AM – Varsity Baseball vs. McCracken County
1:30 PM – JV Baseball vs. Tates Creek at Madison Central
4:00 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Madison Central

2017 Spring Signing Ceremony 

signees

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.

Raceday Central | Tiger Track and Field at the Johnny Con Invitational

Ricky Garr | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Saturday, April 15th | Male High School | Louisville, KY

Ricky Garr | Photo by Jana Bollinger

RACEDAY INFORMATION

Johnny Con Invitational
Friday, April 15th
Male High School
Louisville, KY

EVENT ROSTER

4×800: Patrick Schaefer, Grady Shiftlet, Nick Poole, and Ryan Guenthner (ALT- Tanner Boling)
110 Hurdles: Beck O’Daniel and Jonny Dumuolin
100: Ricky Garr, Nick Lamattina, Patrick Jones, and Teddy Masterson
4×200: Brock Mayer, Nick Lamattina, Ricky Garr, and Jax Goldberg
1600: Cooper Marchal, Thomas Knepshield, Clint Sherman, Andrew Edwards, Clay Meiers, and Ken Barlow
4×100: Max Masterson, Ricky Garr, Beck O’Daniel, and Jax Goldberg
400: Clint Sherman and Brock Mayer
300 Hurdles: Beck O’Daniel and Jonny Dumuolin
800: Nick Poole, Grady Shiftlet, and Patrick Schaefer
200: Nick Lamattina and Brock Mayer
3200: Eric Portaro, Ryan Guenthner, Joey Schrepferman, Will Perrone, Lincoln Williams, and Jonny Vaughn
4×400: Ricky Garr, Tanner Boling, Beck O’Daniel, and Jax Goldberg
High Jump: Jax Goldberg
Long Jump: Max Masterson
Pole Vault: Barry Banta and Nick Meredith
Shot put: GJ Wellinghurst and Jack Hummel
Discus: GJ Wellinghurst and Jack Hummel

COVERAGE

Twitter: @WSTXSports 
Last Race: BoJangles Classic in Columbia, SC

Tiger Sports Schedule | Week of April 9th, 2017

Hello Tiger Nation and Welcome Back from Spring Break! Your Tiger Sports teams have been staying busy over the break, and look to continue their solid schedules this week. Let’s take a look.

Monday, April 10th 

5:00 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Eastern

Tuesday, April 11th 

Freshman Volleyball vs. Moeller @ Trinity
JV Volleyball vs. Moeller @ Trinity
4:15 PM – Track and Field – Master Meet @ St.X
5:00 PM – JV Baseball vs. Ballard
– Freshman Baseball @ Ballard
7:00 PM – Freshman Baseball @ Ballard
7:15 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Ballard
7:30 PM – Varsity Volleyball vs. Moeller

Wednesday, April 12th 

4:00 PM – JV Tennis vs. Collegiate
5:30 PM – Varsity Lacrosse vs. Male
6:00 PM – JV Baseball @ Floyd Central
–  Freshman Baseball @ Shelby County

Saturday, April 15th 

9:00 AM – Track and Field – Johnny Con Invitational @ Male
10:00 AM – Varsity Tennis vs. Indian Hills (OH)
– Freshman Lacrosse vs. Cathedral (IN)
– Varsity Baseball vs. Elder (OH)
11:30 AM – JV Baseball Double Header @ Elder
12:00 PM – Varsity Lacrosse vs. Collegiate @ Assumption Green
1:00 PM – Varsity Rugby vs. Cathedral
2:00 PM – Varsity Tennis vs. Sycamore
3:00 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Johnson Central

Raceday Central | Tiger Track and Field @ Lenny Lyles

Saturday, March 25th | Central High School | Louisville, KY

Jonny Dumuolin in the third leg of the 4×400 at Regionals last year | Photo by Jana Bollinger

RACEDAY INFORMATION

Lenny Lyles Invitational
Saturday, March 25th
Central High School
Louisville, KY

ENTRIES 

4×800 – Eoin Corbett, Pierce Walker, Clint Sherman, and Nick Poole (A team); Dalton Bishop, Jonny Vaughn, Clay Meiers, and Seth Goodwin (B team)
110 Meter Hurdles – Jonny Dumuolin and Beck O’Daniel
100 Meter Dash – Ricky Garr and Max Masterson (A); Zack Martinez and Paul Russell (B)
4×200 – Clay Erwin, Brock Mayer, Brian Mazzoni, and James Bryant (A); Greyson Galloway, Nick Lamattina, Paul Russell, and Connor Burke (B)
1600 – Ryan Guenthner and Cooper Marchal (A); Grady Shiftlet and Will Perrone (B)
4×100 – Ricky Garr, Beck O’Daniel, Jax Goldberg, and Nick Erwin, ALTERNATE – Max Masterson (A); Patrick Jones, Nick Lamattina, Paul Russell, and Connor Burke (B)
400 Meter Dash – Tanner Boling and Brock Mayer (A); Okko Quaye and Zack Martinez (B)
300 Hurdles – Jonny Dumuolin and Beck O’Daniel
800 Meter Dash – Eoin Corbett and Nick Poole (A); Clint Sherman and Pierce Walker (B)
200 Meter Dash – Ricky Garr and Jax Goldberg (A); Nick Lamattina and Patrick Jones (B)
3200 Meter – Thomas Knepshield and Andrew Edwards (A); Eric Portaro and Lincoln Williams (B)
4×400 – Tanner Boling, Beck O’Daniel, Jax Goldberg, and Jonny Dumuolin, ALTERNATE – Clay Erwin (A); Okko Quaye, Paul Russell, Connor Burke, and Greyson Galloway (B)
Long Jump – Max Masterson and Nick Erwin (A); Brian Mazzoni and James Bryant (B)
High Jump – Jax Goldberg and Nick Erwin
Triple Jump – James Bryant
Shotput – G.J. Wellinghurst and Justin Voelker
Discus – G.J. Wellinghurst and Justin Voelker

 

COVERAGE

Twitter: @WSTXSports 
Last Race: Harry Greschel Invitational

Tiger Sports Schedule: Week of March 19, 2017

This week in Tiger Sports marks the first that every Spring Sports team is now in season. The Tennis, Rugby, Baseball, Lacrosse, Track and Field, and Volleyball teams will all be in action this week. Good luck to all and Go Tigers!

Monday, March 20th

6:00 PM – Freshman Lacrosse (Green) vs. Trinity
– Varsity Baseball vs. Oldham County

Tuesday, March 21st

4:00 PM – Varsity Tennis vs. Manual @ Central Park
5:00 PM – Freshman Baseball @ Eastern
6:30 PM – Varsity Baseball vs. Manual @ Derby City Field
7:15 PM – JV Baseball @ Eastern

Wednesday, March 22nd 

6:00 PM – Varsity Lacrosse vs. Manual
7:30 PM – JV Lacrosse vs. Manual

Thursday, March 23rd

4:00 PM – JV Tennis @ North Oldham
5:00 PM – Freshman Baseball @ DeSales
6:00 PM – Freshman Lacrosse (Green) @ Oldham County
6:30 PM – JV Volleyball @ DeSales
7:15 PM – JV Baseball @ DeSales
7:30 PM – Varsity Volleyball @ DeSales
– JV Lacrosse @ Oldham County

Friday, March 24th

Varsity Tennis – DECO High School Championships @ Chattanooga, TN
5:30 PM – Freshman Baseball vs. North Oldham

Saturday, March 25th 

JV Volleyball vs. Centerville @ Trinity
Varsity Volleyball vs. Centerville @ Trinity
Freshmen Volleyball vs. Centerville @ Trinity
9:00 AM – Varsity Track and Field – Lenny Lyles Invitational @ Central
12:00 PM – Freshman Baseball @ Central Hardin
1:00 PM – Varsity Rugby vs. Moeller
– Varsity Baseball vs. Brother Rice (IL)
3:30 PM – JV Baseball vs. Brother Rice (IL)

2017 Tiger Track and Field Preview

2016 Tiger Track and Field team at the Taco Bell Invitational last spring break | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Last season, the Tiger Track and Field Team over-performed in the State Meet. Heading into the day, they were predicted to finish 13th, but had a stellar performance and finished 6th overall. This year, the Tigers are poised to win their first state title since 2003. The Tigers are led by a large group of seniors, something they did not have the benefit of last year. They are rounded out by a strong class of juniors. As the first official meet of the year approaches, how does the Tiger Track and Field stack up this year?

Distance

The Tigers lose a major contributor from last year’s team in the form of Matthew Thomas. Thomas was one of the top runners in the State of Kentucky and has gone on to run at UK this year. In the State Meet, he placed 2nd in the 1600 and 6th in the 800.

This year, however, the Tigers still return the vast majority of their scorers from the State Meet. Headlined by senior Ryan Guenthner, juniors Patrick Schaefer and Cooper Marchal, and sophomore Zach Larkin. All four of these guys are coming off of a terrific Cross Country season in which they went to Nationals, and are ready for a big season on the Track.

Last season, Guenthner finished 7th overall in the 3200 and Schaefer finished 5th. While Cooper Marchal did not run in the 3200, he will vie for a top two spot this season, but look for these three guys to be interchangeable in the event. Zach Larkin placed 6th in the 1600 last season as a freshman, for look for him to make some noise this season,

Outside of this top group, sophomore Grady Shiftlet is coming off a big cross country season and looks to carry that momentum into track. Shiftlet is a strong 800m runner and will be a dark horse to make it to the state meet this year.

Sprints

The Tigers have the strongest group of sprinters they have had in quite a few years. They will not lose a single person who competed in Regions last year.

Leading the charge for the sprinter group will be seniors Max Masterson, Ricky Garr, and Jax Goldberg. Both Masterson and Garr have four years of Varsity experience and have a relatively good shot of making state in the individual 100 and 200. Last season, Masterson placed 5th in Regions in the 200, while Garr placed 7th in Regions in the 100. On the other hand, Goldberg will be an all-around runner, who can run in the 100, 200, and 400.

Past these three guys, there is a slew of runners who could step up in the individual events. In the 100, sophomore Nick Erwin is looking for a big campaign. In the 200 and 400, guys like seniors Tanner Boling and James Bryant, junior Brock Mayer, and sophomores Beck O’Daniel and Clay Erwin all want to compete for individual spots in these events.

Field Events

The Track and Field team returns every major contributor in the field events from last season. In the Jumps, senior Max Masterson leads the way. Last season, Masterson placed 8th in Long Jump at State, and is currently in the Top 3 for returning jumpers in Class AAA. Along with Masterson in the long jump, the high-flying sophomore Nick Erwin is looking to make some noise and is a dark-horse to make state this year in the event.

In the High Jump, Jax Goldberg and Nick Erwin will compete. In his first season, Goldberg qualified for the State Meet in the event and tied for 11th. His PR last year was 6’0″ and if he can improve on that, will easily score in the event this year.

In the Pole Vault, senior Barry Banta returns after missing all of his junior season with a back injury. During the Indoor Season, Banta came back and already tied his PR of 12’0″. Banta will be one of the top vaulters in the State and has said that anything less than being State Champion would feel like a disappointment.

Lastly in the Throws, seniors G.J. Wellinghurst and Justin Voelker lead the group. Wellinghurst has a great chance at placing in the Top 5 if not the Top 3 of the shotput this year. He placed 3rd in Region in his first year of competition and did not make the state meet, but with another year under his belt, has the capability of throwing around the 50 foot mark which should place him into Top 3 contention.

Hurdles

St.X has been known to bust out some of the top hurdlers in the State of Kentucky. This year will be no different. After losing current hurdler for the University of Indianapolis Dallas Ford to graduation, a few guys are looking to step up this year.

Those two foremost guys will be senior Jonny Dumuolin and sophomore Beck O’Daniel. While Dumuolin is sounder in form and rhythm, O’Daniel is the faster of the two. However, both of these guys are poised to make it to the State Meet in the 110m Hurdles and the 300m Hurdles.

Dumoulin is the only hurdler returning from the State Team last year. In the 300m hurdles, he placed 19th overall, but with a lot of the top guys leaving after graduating, Dumoulin will be in contention to score some points for the Tigers.

While O’Daniel may have not competed in either events last year, he has already shown that he is making strides in both events and has the ability to score points in State as well.

Relays

While the Tigers may never have the fastest individual guys, you can bet on them scoring points in every relay. This season, the Tigers are poised to place at least in the Top 5 in the 4×800, 4×400, 4×200, and 4×100 relays. On all four relays, they only lose two seniors in Cole Bollinger (4×800) and Matthew Thomas (4×400).

One year removed from St.X’s state record 4×800 team, the Tigers replaced every guy in their lineup. While Thomas was on the team, it was hard to replace Ben Kleine-Kracht, Eli George, and William Mulloy all at the same time.

This year, however, the Tigers return three guys from last year’s team who placed 5th in the State Meet. Ryan Guenthner, Grady Shiftlet, and Nick Poole all return for the Tigers, and will contend for a top spot in the State.

The 4×400 team, who placed 8th last year, loses Matthew Thomas, but the team has a lot of depth in the 400 this year. Returning runners for the relay include Ricky Garr, Jonny Dumuolin, and Beck O’Daniel. However, due to their depth, look for guys to change in and out through the year. Brock Mayer, Jax Goldberg, and Tanner Boling will all compete to be apart of that relay.

To round out the bunch, the 4×200 and 4×100 Relay teams return all four of the same guys in the event. Seniors Max Masterson, Ricky Garr, and Jax Goldberg, along with sophomore Beck O’Daniel are looking to improve on their finishes from last year. In the 4×200, the foursome placed 5th, while in the 4×100 they placed 9th. Depending on the events that O’Daniel performs in, he may be ousted in place of sophomore Nick Erwin, but there is not a drop off between the two.

Overall

There are not many other teams in the state that can boast the all-around team strength that St.X has this year. Yes there are some strong team’s in the sprint sides (Ballard and Central) and some strong teams in distance (Manual); overall, St.X’s main competition will come from Paul Dunbar and that team on Shelbyville Road.

The Distance team is coming off of a National-caliber cross country season, while the sprinters are the most well-rounded the team has had in years. The Hurdlers have the ability to make some noise, and almost all the field events have the possibility to score some major points. I believe it is safe to say that the 2017 Tiger Track and Field team has the most realistic shot to win their first state title since 2003.

Go Tigers!

Next Race: Saturday, March 18th @ CAL

 

 

 

 

Tiger Sports Schedule | Week of January 22nd, 2017

WSTX Sports Logo Square

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

#6 Matthew Thomas Wins the Dream Mile

With the year coming to a close, we take time to reminisce on the past year in sports. 2016 has been filled with countless games, memories, and championships that have added to the legacy of St.X’s athletic excellence. Now, as the crystal ball counts down to midnight, WSTX Sports would like to do a countdown of our own over the next few days. Let’s countdown the Top 10 Moments in Tiger Sports for the year of 2016!

Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas | Photo from the Courier-Journal

The Dream Mile is an annual race in Kentucky that hosts the best girls and boys one milers in the state. It is by far one of the most competitive races of the year among the high school ranks in Kentucky and in the nation.

Although it was the day of the Kentucky Oaks, current University of Kentucky runner Matthew Thomas saved the best race two hours and forty one minutes after Cathryn Sophia had won her race.

Thomas was seeded fourth in the race, and was coming off of an injury. No one was really sure what to expect. But after placing fifth at the race last year, Thomas knew that he was going to go out and try to win this.

He went on to deliver his best race of the year. He trailed behind the leader for nearly three laps, but he finally took the lead on the final lap and finished first with a time of 4:13.80.

#10 Tiger Swimming and Diving’s 28th consecutive title

#9 Tiger Basketball’s Regular Season Win Over Trinity

#8 Sam Mudd’s Walkoff Homerun

#7 Tiger Cross Country Qualifies for Nationals

 

2016’s Top 10 Moments in Tiger Sports

With the year coming to a close, we take time to reminisce on the past year in sports. 2016 has been filled with countless games, memories, and championships that have added to the legacy of St.X’s athletic excellence. Now, as the crystal ball counts down to midnight, WSTX Sports would like to do a countdown of our own over the next few days. Let’s countdown the Top 10 Moments in Tiger Sports for the year of 2016!

Starting with #10… Tiger Swimming wins their 28th straight title.

2016 Swimming and Diving State Champions

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.

The 200 yard medley relay team of current seniors Martin Nitzken and Keefer Barnum, graduate Matt Steiden and Clayton Forde, who now swims at Georgia, 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, now graduated 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.

The Tiger Sharks look to capture a 29th straight title next year, which would tie the national record for most consecutive titles.

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