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This week’s Tiger Sports Schedule – September 28 to October 4

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Monday

4:00: Tiger Bowing – Regional Tournament

Tuesday

7:30: Tiger Basketball vs. Fern Creek

Thursday

7:30: Tiger Hockey @ Paul Laurence Dunbar

Friday

7:30: Tiger Basketball @ Male

Saturday

8:30: Tiger Wrestling – JV State Tournament

Which Tiger Sporting Event will you be attending this week? Let us know in the comment section below.

Tiger Wrestling and Swimming pick up big wins Wednesday night

It was a big night for Tiger sports on Wednesday, as the Tiger Wrestling and Swimming teams both picked up big victories.

For the second time this year, Tiger Wrestling defeated Trinity in a close match. Both times, it has come down to the last match and both times the Tigers have won. This time, 35-33 at Trinity.

Over at the Natatorium, the Tiger Swimming and Diving team picked up yet another win, their 6th of the year. The Tigers swam right through Manual on their way to a 131-34 win.

Upcoming Winter Sport events:
Friday – Tiger Basketball @ Ballard
Saturday – Tiger Wrestling at the State Duals

Go Tigers!

This week’s Tiger Sports Schedule – January 23 to January 31

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Monday

Tiger Bowling – Regional Tournament

Tuesday

7:30 – Tiger Basketball vs. Eastern

Wednesday

4:30 – Tiger Wrestling @ Trinity

6:30 – Tiger Swimming and Diving vs. duPont Manual

Friday

7:30 – Tiger Basketball vs. Ballard

Saturday

Tiger Wrestling – State Duals

Which Tiger Sporting Event will you be attending this week? Let us know in the comment section below.

This week’s Tiger Sports Schedule – December 15 to December 20

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Tuesday

3:45 – Tiger Bowling vs. Ballard

7:30 – Tiger Basketball @ Waggener

Wednesday

6:00 – Tiger Basketball vs. Atherton

Friday

7:30: Tiger Basketball @ Covington Catholic

Saturday

9:00 am – Tiger Wrestling – Rumble in the Hive

10:00 am – Tiger Wrestling – Canfield Duals

2:30 – Tiger Swimming and Diving – Brother Fabius Meet

Which Tiger Sporting Event will you be attending this week? Let us know in the comment section below.

This week’s Tiger Sports Schedule – November 12 to November 22

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Tuesday

3:45: Tiger Bowling vs. duPont Manual

Wednesday

6:30: Tiger Swimming and Diving vs. Ballard

Friday

6:30: Tiger Hockey vs. Trinity

Saturday

8:30 am: Tiger Wrestling – Brother Giles Crowell Green and Gold Scrimmage

5:30: Tiger Basketball vs. Bowling Green

Which Tiger Sporting Event will you be attending this week? Let us know in the comment section below.

The EXPY Goes To…

The EXPY Awards

In honor of tonight’s ESPY awards, we had you, Tiger Nation, vote for your favorite moments, players and coaches in the same categories as you’ll see the pro’s names being called for tonight on ESPN.

It has been an amazing year in Tiger Sports and these awards are to help celebrate that.  Congratulations to this year’s winners! Over 7,600 votes were cast online at WSTXSports.com, which just shows how amazing Tiger Nation is! That’s an average of over 1,000 votes per category. We want to thank you, Tiger Nation for continuing to make us your home for everything, Tiger Sports.

Best Athlete

KLAYTON GRIMES 2015 EXPYS Winners

Tiger Soccer’s Klayton Grimes brings home one of the premier awards of the night with the 2015 EXPY for Best Athlete. Grimes scored six goals this year for the Tigers, but was a team leader that produced without having to light up the score board. He was all over the field last season and apparently all over the campaign trail for people to vote for him because he led all vote getters with over 900 votes, which was almost 5 times as much as the second place finisher J.D. Mundt.

1. Klayton Grimes, Tiger Soccer
2. J.D. Mundt, Tiger Baseball
3. Nathan Haddad, Tiger Wrestling

Best Team

TIGER SWIMMING 2015 EXPYS Winners

The top program at St. Xavier adds another trophy to their resume. The 2015 EXPY for Best Team goes to the Tiger Swimming and Diving Team! Coach Larkin’s squad were the big winners of this year’s award night. For the 27th straight year, Tiger Swimming won the KHSAA Swimming and Diving State Championship. With 7 teams winning a state title this year, the Tiger Sharks had some tough competition in this year’s tightest voted category.

1. Tiger Swimming and Diving
2. Tiger Lacrosse
3. Tiger Volleyball

Best Coach

TODD LARKIN 2015 EXPYS Winners

Head Coach of the 2015 EXPYS Best Team, Todd Larkin repeats as EXPYS Best Coach. Last year, you the fans voted him the winner and did so again this year with over 200 votes. Larkin is in control of one of the biggest dynastys in the nation here at St. Xavier. A lot of coaches repeated as state champs, but Larkin repeats in bringing home hardware in mid-July.

1. Todd Larkin, Tiger Swimming and Diving
2. Scott Saylor, Tiger Rugby
3. Chris Gold, Tiger Power Lifting

Best Game

TIGER FOOTBALL 2015 EXPYS Winners

With out a doubt, one of the best performances by a Tiger Sports team during the 2014-2015 school year was from the Tiger Football team against the Trinity Shamrocks in their annual rivalry. The biggest stage in high school sports did not fail to produce an instant classic that brought the Shillelagh back to Poplar Level Road after a long drought. With over 31% of the vote going towards the football team’s way, they were a land slide winner in one of the toughest categories filled with so many great games for the Tigers.

1. Tiger Football vs. Trinity
2. Tiger Soccer vs. Male (District Championship)
3. Tiger Cross Country at Lexington Catholic Invitational

Best Championship Performance

JAKE GLASS 2015 EXPYS Winners

Shades of Tiger Strength Coach Joe Tronzo were shown back in May by Jake Glass as he won the Shot Put State Championship at the KHSAA Track and Field State Meet. Glass helped push the Tiger Track and Field team to a Top-5 finish at the meet. Not normally do the Track and Field guys get a lot of love, but Jake had one of the biggest vote totals of the summer with over 300 coming in for the big guy.

1. Jake Glass winning the Shot Put State Championship
2. Tiger Track and Field’s 4×800 Relay Team setting a new school and state record, while winning the state championship.
3. Keefer Barnum winning the 100 yard Breaststroke State Championship.

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

Konner Kraeszig 2015 EXPYS Winners

Over 700 votes came in for Tiger Wrestling Freshman Konner Kraeszig, which gave him a comfortable win in his first year as a Tiger. A true representative of the word breakthrough as he finished his first year in high school as a major contributor to the Tiger Wrestling team. Kraeszig looks to bring back a state title while wrestling for his dad over the next three years. The comment section was blowing up about the youngin’s character and he surely fits the bill as a Tiger Wrestling star in the making.

1. Konner Kraeszig, Tiger Wrestling
2. Keefer Barnum, Tiger Swimming and Diving
3. Logan Butler, Tiger Football

Tiger Pride Award

Tiger Soccer 2015 EXPYS Winners

Tiger Soccer gets another win at the 2015 EXPYS with the brand new award this year, the Tiger Pride Award. This award was for the team that exemplified the most school pride in the eyes of Tiger Nation. Tiger Soccer beat out favorite Tiger Football, who ended up third, most likely because of the votes from the Klayton Grimes camp. A great honor here for Coach Andy Schulten’s team.

1. Tiger Soccer
2. Tiger Swimming and Diving
3. Tiger Football

EXPYS Voting – Wednesday, July 1st Update

2015 EXPYS

The EXPYs have been public for five days now. Since then, athletes have taken the lead in their respective categories and teams have tried to put space between the others in the Tiger Pride Award and the Best Team category.

Every Sunday and Wednesday, we will update you on the voting and give you a brief rundown on the category.

With out further a due, here is the Wednesday, July 1st update.

Tiger Pride Award
Leader: Tiger Football (20%)
The Pack: Tiger Baseball (11%), Tiger Soccer (10%) and Tiger Swimming and Diving (10%)
Breakdown: Tiger Football is up by 40 votes on Tiger Baseball. Tiger Baseball leads that pack, but is only up by 2 votes on Tiger Soccer and 3 votes on Tiger Swimming and Diving.

Best Athlete
Leader: Klayton Grimes (24%)
The Pack: Nathan Haddad (15%), Keaton Byrd (11%) and J.D. Mundt (11%)
Breakdown: Grimes takes the lead. Grimes has had a strong push these last couple of days, as he leads Haddad by 77 votes. Haddad sits comfortably in 2nd, as he leads Byrd by 44 votes.

Best Team
Frontrunner: Tiger Lacrosse (28%)
The Pack: Tiger Swimming and Diving (27%), Tiger Golf (13%) and Tiger Tennis (10%)
Breakdown: Tiger Lacrosse is still in the lead, but they only lead Tiger Swimming and Diving by one vote now. Tiger Golf is 15 votes off the lead.

Best Coach
Leader: Coach Larkin (35%)
The Pack: Coach Saylor (15%), Coach Gold (12%) and Coach Lancaster (12%)
Breakdown: Coach Larkin still leads as the Best Coach, as he is up by 71 votes. Coach Gold and Coach Lancaster are tied and down eight votes to Coach Saylor.

Best Game
Leader: Tiger Football vs. Trinity, Regular Season (41%)
The Pack: Tiger Soccer vs. Male, District Championship (10%), Tiger Baseball vs. Central Hardin, Regular Season (Adam Elliott Perfect Game) (9%) and Tiger Cross Country’s performance at the Lexington Catholic Invitational (8%).
Breakdown: The Tiger Football gave vs. Trinity remains in the lead, but their lead has shrunk a little. Tiger Cross Country’s performance at the Lexington Catholic Invitational jumps into the top four and is up by 1 vote over the Tiger Lacrosse vs. Trinity, KSLL State Semifinals.

Best Championship Performance
Leader: Jake Glass winning the Shot Put State Championship (32%)
The Pack: Tiger Track and Field’s 4×800 Relay Team setting a new school and state record, while winning the state championship (16%), Tiger Rugby defeating Trinity 26-0 to win the 2015 KY Rugby State Championship (9%) and Tiger Lacrosse defeating KCD to win the 2015 KSLL State Championship (9%).
Breakdown: Glass continues to extend his lead, and Tiger Track’s 4×800 meter relay team’s state record performance is extending its lead on 3rd place. Tiger Rugby’s win over Trinity in the State Championship jumped to 3rd, hopping over Tiger Lacrosse and Tiger Swimming and Diving.

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year
Leader: Logan Butler (20%)
The Pack: Konner Kraeszig (16%), Keefer Barnum (15%) and Adam Elliott (9%)
Breakdown: Butler remains in the lead, but Konner Kraezig is now moving in closely. Kraezig is 31 votes behind Butler. Kraezig jumped over Barnum this week and is up by 4 votes on Barnum.

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!

EXPYS Voting – Monday, June 29th Update

2015 EXPYS

The EXPYs have been public for five days now. Since then, athletes have taken the lead in their respective categories and teams have tried to put space between the others in the Tiger Pride Award and the Best Team category.

Sorry for the delay in the voting update. From now on every Sunday and Wednesday, we will update you on the voting and give you a brief rundown on the category.

With out further a due, here is the Sunday, June 28th update.

Tiger Pride Award
Leader: Tiger Football – 24%
The Pack: Tiger Baseball (11%), Tiger Swimming and Diving (10%) and Tiger Soccer (9%)
Breakdown: Tiger Football has jumped out to an early lead. No surprise there if you see the views they bring to the site. They have a large fan base, and it’s showing early on in the voting. Tiger Baseball, Swimming and Diving and Soccer are within five votes of each, and it’s a very tight race. Tiger Baseball has brought there team to relevance. Tiger Swimming and Diving has won 27 straight State Championships. Tiger Soccer, like Football, has a large fan base, and the votes show that.

Best Athlete
Leader: Nathan Haddad (18%)
The Pack: Klayton Grimes (16%), J.D. Mundt (12%) and Keaton Byrd (11%)
Breakdown: Haddad has had the lead from the early going, and he still keeps the lead. He has a 9 vote lead over Grimes currently. We have gotten word that the Grimes camp have been campaigning hard, and we strongly encourage more of that. Mundt and Byrd are both strong competitors that could make a run for the title these next couple of weeks.

Best Team
Frontrunner: Tiger Lacrosse (29%)
The Pack: Tiger Swimming and Diving (26%), Tiger Golf (15%) and Tiger Tennis (9%)
Breakdown: Tiger Lacrosse is another one of those sports that has a large fan base, and it doesn’t hurt that they were pretty good on the field too. They won their 2nd straight state title this past season, and they showed their control over the state once again. Tiger Swimming and Diving are sitting in a close 2nd, like 3 votes close. This could be exciting battle between the two. It’s pretty hard to bet against Tiger Swimming and Diving’s 27 straight state championships though.

Best Coach
Leader: Coach Larkin (36%)
The Pack: Coach Utley (14%), Coach Gold (14%) and Coach Lancaster (12%)
Breakdown: Coach Larking has a very strong lead right now, as he leads by 70 votes. Tough to disagree with that. Coach Utley and Coach Gold are currently tied, and Coach Lancaster sits 6 votes back from them. Coach Larking has a strong grip on the lead now; it will be interesting to see if that changes in the upcoming weeks.

Best Game
Leader: Tiger Football vs. Trinity, Regular Season (45%)
The Pack: Tiger Soccer vs. Male, District Championship (8%), Tiger Baseball vs. Central Hardin, Regular Season (Adam Elliott Perfect Game) (8%) and Tiger Lacrosse vs. Trinity, KSLL State Semifinals (7%)
Breakdown: It’s really tough to argue with the voters on this one. Tiger Football produced a great game when they defeated Trinity in the regular season. Leading by over 120 votes, they look to win this category. Tiger Soccer, Baseball and Lacrosse’s fan bases better step it up if they want to win this thing. Smart Money would definitely be on Tiger Football repeating in this category.

Best Championship Performance
Leader: Jake Glass winning the Shot Put State Championship (30%)
The Pack: Tiger Track and Field’s 4×800 Relay Team setting a new school and state record, while winning the state championship (15%), Tiger Lacrosse defeating KCD to win the 2015 KSLL State Championship (9%) and Tiger Swimming and Diving winning their 27th consecutive team state championship (9%)
Breakdown: Jake Glass has jumped out to an early lead on his other Track brothers. Glass currently leads by 61 votes and doesn’t look to be slowing down. In 2nd place, Tiger Track and Field’s 4×800 meter relay team breaking the state record is sitting comfortably. Tiger Lacrosse’s state championship romp against KCD and Tiger Swimming and Diving’s 27th straight state championship are close together in 3rd and 4th.

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year
Leader: Logan Butler (21%)
The Pack: Keefer Barnum (18%), Konner Kraeszig (18%) and Adam Elliott (10%)
Breakdown: Logan Butler has also jumped out to an early lead. Barnum looked to be in the lead early, but Butler has since taken over. Barnum and Kraezig are within a couple of votes of each other. All three still have the potential to move up and chase down Butler for the title of Breakthrough Athlete of the Year. Anything can happen in a couple of weeks.

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!

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.

 

Voting has closed.

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!

 

Voting has closed.

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

 

Voting has closed.

Last year’s winner: Tiger Football at Manual

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.

 

Voting has closed.

Last year’s winner: Brandon Blaser (Tiger Baseball)

Our Tradition is Still Unequaled

Photo by Tim Webb

Photo by Tim Webb

It’s been a pretty exciting year here at Tiger Tech. Seven of our teams won state championships and some individuals won state championships of their own. Of course, the seven state championships don’t quite match the nine titles that were won in 2010, but what our teams accomplished this year is still very impressive. Seven championships were the most by any school in the state, this school year. The next highest was TWO by Lexington Henry Clay. Think about that. We had more championships in one weekend with Lacrosse, Tennis and Rugby bringing home trophies than any other school had all year.

Only one of the four St. X fall sports teams won a state championship, but that one team did it in impressive fashion. The Tiger Golf team doesn’t get enough credit or coverage for which they deserve (that will be changing this upcoming year), but they went out and destroyed the competition. With Hamilton, Sass, Kiehl, Liston and Basham all returning next year, this has all the makings of a repeat championship team. Winning by 27 strokes is pretty awesome, and it gave Tiger Sports their first state championship of the year.

The rest of the fall sports teams didn’t exactly have finishes we want to remember, but they produced some exciting memories along the way. I wasn’t able to attend the regular season St. X-Trinity Football game, but I still remember that night very well as our whole cross country team piled into a hotel room in Cary, NC to listen to John Spears and Tony Burke as the Tigers pulled off a huge win and ended a terrible losing streak to that school on Shelbyville Road. In Soccer and Cross Country, the devastation of defeat seemed too much to bear. Losing by one point in Cross Country, and losing to that other school in both Soccer and Football is definitely not fun, but those teams did produce great moments throughout their seasons.

Maybe the reason we aren’t as excited about these seven state championships as we should be is because we left some on the table. Cross Country was the best team but got upset on the one day that mattered, and Football was probably one win over Trinity away from a State Championship. Of course Football would have had to win a couple more games, but they would have been the favorites in all of those.

27 years. 27 straight state championships for Tiger Swimming and Diving. I guess it’s what we’ve come to expect from them, but it still is an amazing accomplishment. They have this state so locked up that other schools have t-shirts celebrating finishing second. Coach Larkin and the Tigersharks produce champions in every sense of the word and this year was no different.

The Tiger Basketball and Wrestling teams had solid years, as well. Although it wasn’t the ending the basketball team wanted, they were exciting and fun to watch throughout the season. This year’s Wrestling team had huge shoes to fill after winning state the year before, but Coach K and the Tiger Wrestlers continue to show that St. X is no joke, and it will be fun to watch them compete at a high level again next year.

Having come into the spring sports season having only won two state championships, some could think that this could be a down year for St. X athletics. Not so fast. We were just getting started. Let me say it again, we won more championships in the one weekend of Lacrosse, Tennis and Rugby than any other school did all of this school year. That is insane.

Brandon Lancaster cemented his legacy at St. X and in Kentucky High School Tennis history as one of the 18 players to win back-to-back individual state championships. Also from that tennis state championship weekend, Drew Singerman produced one of the biggest upset wins of the year as he defeated the senior and No. 2 seeded Austin Hussey of Covington Catholic in what might have been one of the more exciting games (err… matches) I have ever watched. I’ll fully admit that I know next to nothing about Tennis, but that upset was awesome and if that doesn’t win an EXPY this summer, I don’t know what will.

Watching the Tiger Lacrosse team win another state championship never gets old. Beating Trinity also never gets old and is always fun, but the way the Lax team went to work in the semi-finals was even more enjoyable. Tiger Powerlifting, Rugby and Volleyball are three other sports that don’t get the recognition that they deserve. Logan Butler knocking the life out of people, Joe Fisher breaking his own state powerlifting record and Tiger Volleyball winning their 2nd straight championship is what makes this Athletic Department so great. We aren’t just good at one sport; we excel in all of the sports. Those three teams worked hard all year long, and it was no surprise that they all came home with State Championships.

Even though the Tiger Baseball team lost in the 7th Region Championship, they had another very impressive season. They were one of the top teams in the state polls throughout the season and made some impressive memories. I probably will never forget watching Adam Elliot throwing a perfect game. Baseball is one of the toughest championships to win, let alone repeat. Winning seven straight games is no easy feat. To the Baseball seniors, you all will be truly missed. You were part of the resurgence of Tiger Baseball, as you helped bring the first championship back to Poplar Level Road since the ’80s. Good luck to all of you!

From a personal perspective, I will miss this Tiger Track & Field team a lot. The seniors that are leaving the program left such a mark on St. X. William Mulloy was my go to guy for interviews, and he always seemed to know what to say. Jake Glass is the best shot put thrower this school has had since Joe Tronzo went to school here, and three of the members of the 4 x 800 state record relay team will also be leaving in Ben Kleine-Kracht, Eli George and Mulloy. From the winter indoor meets to the Taco Bell Invitational in South Carolina to the State Meet at UK, it was a heck of a ride.

It’s been fun, Tiger Nation. We started this back in August, and SEVEN state championships later we are done with the 2014-2015 sports year. I want to thank Jacob Hayslip once again for all of the hard work he has done this year and during his entire career at St. X. You will be missed. To all the seniors, you did an amazing job leading this school and your teams. It’s the Class of 2016’s turn now.

We will continue to bring you news and information over the summer and prep you for next season’s sports teams. Enjoy the randomness of summer and look for more Justin Thomas updates.

Let’s do this winning thing again next year. It’s pretty fun.

We are St. X!

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!

Huge Spring Signing Ceremony Sends 16 Tigers To The Next Level

Photo by Tim Porco

Photo by Tim Porco

Student athletes representing 9 Tiger Sports teams announced their college decisions after school on Tuesday afternoon.

Football

Ben Logsdon – Centre
Connor Barnes – Centre
Michael Ackerman – Centre
Tyler Haycraft – Louisville
Noah Houk – Kentucky
Lowell Brown – Centre
Davis Kannapell – Centre
Clark Campbell – Western Kentucky

Soccer

Dean Mock – Hanover

Track/Cross Country

Andrew Garvey – Miami (FL)
William Mulloy – Indiana

Wrestling

Michael Beets – Campbellsville

Golf

Jack Berger – Transylvania

Lacrosse

Leland Gray – Centre
Alex Cherry – Transylvania

Basketball

Lucas Miller – Hanover

Baseball

Josh Finerty – Bellarmine