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Ben Seger: The Speedster Bursting onto the Scene

Today we look at senior wide receiver Ben Seger. Seger saw time last year and will see even more this season. He is a small, quick receiver who can beat you in many different ways. Look for him to play a big factor in the Tigers offense this year.

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Full name: Benjamin Hardin Seger

Position: Wide Receiver

Jersey number: 15

Grade: Senior

Height: 5’8

Weight: 160

Nickname: Bob Seger

Fun Facts

Favorite food? Cheeseburger

Pregame meal? Jimmy Johns and a blue Powerade

Favorite TV show? That 70’s Show

Favorite college team? Louisville

Favorite pro teams? Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds

Football idol? Ryan Switzer

Biggest role model? My dad

Dream school to play football? Louisville

Favorite subject? Math

How do you mentally prepare for a game? Listen to music

Favorite football memory? Scoring a touchdown in my first varsity game against Lexington Catholic.

Individual goals for this year? Help my team in any way possible.

Hobbies outside of football? Play basketball, video games, and Netflix

Celebrity crush? Shakira

Favorite movie? Saving Private Ryan

Favorite restaurant? Buffalo Wild Wings

What is the significance behind your number? I wasn’t able to get the number I wanted last year so I was given #15.

Go-to lunch at school? Chicken sandwhich, fries, strawberry yogurt parfait, and a water.

Person that has been most influential in your football career? My Dad

Favorite artist/band? Cold War Kids

All time favorite song? Piano Man by Billy Joel

Current favorite song? Take It All Back by Judah & the Lion

All-time favorite Sports Center anchor? Stuart Scott

If you could go back in time to any point in your life when would it be and why? I would go back to the start of my freshman year because I would want to see how much myself and my friends have changed over the past couple years.

3 most important things to you? Family, Friends, and Food

What are you looking to improve on this season? I’m looking to improve on my speed and my ability to make defenders miss in the open field.

The 6’5 Wide Receiver that is Poised for a Breakout Season: Will Crum

In part two of the “fun facts” series we look at senior wide receiver Will Crum. Crum is a two sport athlete who spends time on both the basketball court and the football field. In Friday’s scrimmage he looked to be Albers go-to guy as they connected on several short, quick passes that Crum took for positive yardage. Here are some fun facts about the wide-out poised for a big season:

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Full name: William Oliver Crum

Position: Wide Receiver (X)

Jersey number: 82

Grade: Senior

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 195 lbs

Nickname: 99

Fun Facts

Favorite food? Steak

Pregame meal? Smoothie from Smoothie King

Favorite TV show? Big Brother

Favorite college team? Kentucky

Favorite pro teams? Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Chicago Cubs

Football idol? Calvin Johnson

Biggest role model? Father

Dream school to play football? Kentucky

Favorite subject? History

Camps attended? None

Camps you will be attending in the future? Not sure yet

How do you mentally prepare for a game? Listen to music and go over the weekly playbook.

Favorite football memory? Scoring a 99 yard touchdown against PRP sophomore year.

Individual goals for this year? Have 10 touchdowns and earn a scholarship

Team goals for this year? State Championship and nothing short of that.

Hobbies outside of football? Shoes

Celebrity crush? Kylie Jenner

Favorite movie? The Goonies or Skyfall

Favorite restaurant? Outback Steakhouse

What is the significance behind your number? My cousin was 82

Go-to lunch at school? Joey Wrap

Person that has been most influential in your football career? My Uncle Dickie

Favorite artist/band? Tim McGraw

All time favorite song? The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Current favorite song? Meanwhile Back at Mama’s

All-time favorite Sports Center anchor? John Buccigross

3 most important things to you? God, Family, and Friends

What are you looking to improve on this season? Blocking and catching in traffic

The 6’5 Wide Reciever that is Poised for a Breakout Season: Will Crum

In part two of the “fun facts” series we look at senior wide receiver Will Crum. Crum is a two sport athlete who spends time on both the basketball court and the football field. In Friday’s scrimmage he looked to be Albers go-to guy as they connected on several short, quick passes that Crum took for positive yardage. Here are some fun facts about the wide-out poised for a big season:

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Full name: William Oliver Crum

Position: Wide Receiver (X)

Jersey number: 82

Grade: Senior

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 195 lbs

Nickname: 99

Fun Facts

Favorite food? Steak

Pregame meal? Smoothie from Smoothie King

Favorite TV show? Big Brother

Favorite college team? Kentucky

Favorite pro teams? Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Chicago Cubs

Football idol? Calvin Johnson

Biggest role model? Father

Dream school to play football? Kentucky

Favorite subject? History

Camps attended? None

Camps you will be attending in the future? Not sure yet

How do you mentally prepare for a game? Listen to music and go over the weekly playbook.

Favorite football memory? Scoring a 99 yard touchdown against PRP sophomore year.

Individual goals for this year? Have 10 touchdowns and earn a scholarship

Team goals for this year? State Championship and nothing short of that.

Hobbies outside of football? Shoes

Celebrity crush? Kylie Jenner

Favorite movie? The Goonies or Skyfall

Favorite restaurant? Outback Steakhouse

What is the significance behind your number? My cousin was 82

Go-to lunch at school? Joey Wrap

Person that has been most influential in your football career? My Uncle Dickie

Favorite artist/band? Tim McGraw

All time favorite song? The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Current favorite song? Meanwhile Back at Mama’s

All-time favorite Sports Center anchor? John Buccigross

3 most important things to you? God, Family, and Friends

What are you looking to improve on this season? Blocking and catching in traffic

We have 5 days until kickoff, so let’s look at number 5: Jake Netherton

In the first part of our five part “fun facts” series, we look at senior cornerback Jake Netheron. Netherton started last season as a junior and had a big impact. He will look to do more of the same this season while leading the secondary. Five days remain until the Tigers kickoff against Cathedral, so let’s look at some fun facts about number 5.

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Full name: Stephen Jake Netherton

Position: Cornerback

Jersey number: 5

Grade: Senior

Height: 5’8

Weight: 172

Fun Facts

Favorite food? Steak

Pregame meal? Peanut butter and jelly

Favorite TV show?  The Office

Favorite college team? Louisville

Favorite pro teams? The Dolphins

Football idol? Troy Polamalu

Biggest role model? Conor McGregor

Dream school to play football?  Tennessee

Favorite subject?  Math

How do you mentally prepare for a game? Listen to music and watch highlights

Favorite football memory? Getting an interception against Highlands last year.

Individual goals for this year? Improve on my game from last year

Team goals for this year? State

Hobbies outside of football? Netflix and Call of Duty

Celebrity crush?  Margot Robbie

Favorite movie?  Wolf of Wall Street

Favorite restaurant?  Buffalo Wild Wings

Go-to lunch at school? Turkey sandwich

Person that has been most influential in your football career?  My stepdad

Favorite artist/band?  Young Thug

All time favorite song?  The good stuff by Kenny Chesney

Current favorite song?  With that By Young Thug

All-time favorite Sports Center anchor?  Dicky V

If you could go back in time to any point in your life when would it be? I would go back to 8th grade to the Toy Bowl

3 most important things to you?   Family, friends, and Netflix

What are you looking to improve on this season?  My pass coverage

Game Notes from Tiger Football’s Scrimmage vs. Simon Kenton

The Tigers opened their season with a scrimmage against Simon Kenton tonight. Here is some of what the fans saw:

  • Quarterback Jack Albers is the real deal. He throws and runs the ball at a very high level. Albers will be hard to stop with his dual threat ability and will wreak havoc on defenses.
  • Brett Metzmeier also played very well. Metzmeier is a downhill runner that does not go down after the first hit.
  • The offensive line was as we all expected: fantastic. They created holes for the running backs and the quarterbacks had plenty of time to throw.
  • Fans should expect to see an offense with a lot of running plays as well as short, quick passes.
  • Will Crum emerged as Albers number one receiver, catching multiple screens and taking them for good yardage.
  • Expect to see the defensive line get to the quarterback and apply pressure on almost every play.
  • The secondary was also very good, allowing very few big passing plays.

To sum up, this years team has the weapons to win every game on their schedule.

2017 Tiger Football Season Preview

The 2017 Tiger Football season is fast approaching, with the season kicking off against Cathedral on Friday, August 18th. Before St. X takes the field, let’s break down what you can expect from Coach Wolford and company this year.

2016 Season Recap

Last year’s Tigers enjoyed a strong year, posting a 7-3 regular season record and finishing 10-4 overall. The highlight of their regular season was a big win on the road against Male, the 2015 State Champions. The Tigers made a run in the playoffs but ultimately lost in the semifinals to the eventual State Champ Trinity. This year’s St. X football squad will look to build on last year’s momentum. Now let’s take a look at who will be leading the charge for the Tigers this fall.

FullSizeRender (1)Offense

Key Losses: QB Desmond Ridder, RB Sam Taylor, FB Mack Blincoe, WR/RB Blake Roshkowski, WR Addison Waddell, WR Brewer Cahalan, OL GJ Wellinghurst

Quarterback: Rising senior Jack Albers was Desmond Ridder’s understudy the past two years, but he will be given the keys to the offense this season as the starting QB. Albers played sparingly last year, but he logged two starts, including a 42-28 win on the road against Lexington Catholic in the season opener. He also had a big rushing touchdown against Trinity in the playoffs after Ridder left the game due to injury. Junior Keegan Sullivan will most likely be the backup, but look for Albers to take the majority of the snaps under center.

Running Back: With the departure of bruiser Sam Taylor, there are big shoes to be filled at the running back position. Rising Senior Brett Metzmeier will look to pick up where Taylor left off. Metzmeier was sidelined for the majority of last season with an ankle injury, but is now healed and has been pegged as the starting running back. Rising junior Anthony “Tones” Moretti will look to make an impact in the backfield as well. If the Tigers want to make a run this year, they will need production from the backfield down the stretch.

Wide Receiver: The Tigers’ lost four key wideouts from last season, but do not expect a drop-off from the current receiving corps. This year’s team boasts a lot of depth at the receiver position. Seniors Ben Seger, Will Crum, Ben Mueller, and Dominic Allgeier will be Albers’ main targets this season. Seger makes up for a lack of height with great hands and impeccable quickness, while the latter three are bigger possession receivers, all standing at 6’0″ or taller. Youngsters Brycen Harkins and Andre Coleman, both juniors, will also try to carve out roles as wideouts. Immense depth at receiver will play in the St. X’s favor as the season heats up.

Offensive Line: St. X brings back most of its offensive line from a year ago. Chase Farris, Clayton Six, and Wyatt Smock will build on a very impressive 2016 campaign. Six holds a D1 offer from Morehead State, while Farris is committed to UT-Martin and Smock is committed to Vanderbilt. With three of five offensive lineman holding D1 offers, look for Albers to have plenty of time in the pocket this fall. You will feel like you are sitting at IHOP with all the pancakes this group can throw down.

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Defense

Key Losses: DL Kyle Robinson, DL Max Willinger, LB Braidon Washburn, LB Jack Kronk, DB Jacob Stofer, DB Jake Taylor

Defensive Line: The D-Line was a strong point for Coach Wolford’s squad last year, led by recent graduates Kyle Robinson and Max Willinger. Their departure hurts the Tigers, but several players are poised to fill the void. Rising senior and returning starter Andrew Uhls, a varsity player since sophomore year, will be the leader in the trenches this year. Ben Shugart, Nolan Bruner, and Connor Schaefer all played sparingly last year, but will look to capitalize on their increased roles this fall. Junior Richard Bascom will also be fighting for reps in his first year as a varsity player. Don’t be surprised if Uhls and company are living in opposing backfields all season.

Linebackers: Similar to the defensive line, the linebacker corps also lost two key players in Mason Moorman and Jack Kronk. That being said, several Tigers are eager to pounce on the available reps. Rising seniors Doug Shaffner and Conor O’Dea could potentially be impact players at the linebacker spot. Newcomers Patrick Owen and Evan Walker also hope to be difference-makers on defense. Owen had very few reps last year as a sophomore, but has the potential to be an explosive playmaker. For the past two years, Walker has started on the varsity basketball team, but decided to rejoin the football squad after two years off. St. X’s linebackers have a great chance to exceed expectations with the maturation of Shaffner and O’Dea and the arrival of Owen and Walker.

Secondary: Besides senior Jake Netherton, there will be all new names in the Tiger secondary. Netherton, a returning starter, will most likely be the leader of this group. Juniors Sam Boarman and Harrison Pate are looking to make names for themselves in their first year as full-time varsity players. Senior Cameron Garrett will also be a contributor on defense. Most Tiger fans are familiar with Garrett, but not as a defender. After a successful junior season at wide receiver, Cam made the switch to defense in the offseason. His height, hands, and ball skills could create big plays for the Tigers. There may be a learning curve due to lack of experience in the secondary, but this group will only improve as the season goes on and will wreak havoc on opposing passing attacks.

Special Teams

Key Losses: K Sam McDonogh, K Owen Johnson, P Zac Collins, KR/PR Austin Eisert, KR/PR Blake Roshkowski

Kicking/Punting: Alan Mateja and Kyle Nalley, both rising seniors, will most likely handle the entire kicking game for the Tigers this year. The two played sparingly behind seasoned veterans Owen Johnson and Sam McDonogh, but they will be given ample opportunity to show off their kicking prowess. St. X had a strong kicking game in 2016, and there is no reason to expect a large drop-off in 2017.

Kick/Punt Returning: Will Ginter and Ben Seger will be at the helm of the Tiger return game this year. Garrett is expected to field kickoffs, while Seger should be the main punt returner. Both are very athletic and explosive. They both also have immense experience at wide receiver, where they exhibit great hands and strong playmaking ability in the open field. These two guys are beyond capable of changing the game with a huge return at any time.

team-football-pictureIn Conclusion

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, the Tigers will take on Indianapolis’ Cathedral High School on Friday, August 18th at home. St. X has a tough schedule this year, but they are ranked #4 in Kentucky for a reason. With the enormous amount of talent on the roster and coaching ability of Will Wolford, Tiger football could certainly end up playing well into December.

To see St. X’s full football schedule for 2017, click here. Go Tigers!

2017 Tiger Football Schedule

Schedule

Aug. 18th vs. Cathedral (IN)

Sept. 1 @ Bowling Green

Sept. 8 vs. Fairdale

Sept. 15 @ Central

Sept. 22 @ PRP

Sept. 29 vs. Trinity @ Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

Oct. 6 @ Manual

Oct. 13 vs. Male

Oct. 20 vs. Butler

Oct. 27 vs. Cinci St. X (OH)

2017 EXPYS – And The Winner Is…

After two weeks of fan voting, the polls have closed and the winners of the 2017 EXPYS winners have been chosen. Now let’s see how each of the seven individual award races panned out.

TIGER PRIDE AWARD

Winner: Cross Country (26%)

2nd Place: Football (19%)

3rd Place: Swimming & Diving (9%)

Despite only receiving about a quarter of the votes, the cross country team won the Tiger Pride Award rather handily. Coach Medley’s squad took state easily this past season, led by senior Ryan Guenthner and juniors Patrick Schaefer and Cooper Marchal. The XC team perfectly embodied what it means to be a St. X Tiger by competing incredibly hard at the highest level while also displaying great class and sportsmanship.

BEST GAME

Winner: Football beats defending State Champ Male 31-21 on the road (29%)

2nd Place: Cross Country wins the Great American Meet (24%)

3rd Place: Lacrosse defeats Trinity 7-5 on the road (7%)

The Tiger Football team entered the Male game with a 5-2 record and was fresh off a 21-0 thrashing of Manual the week before. At the end of the first half, quarterback Desmond Ridder launched a Hail Mary that was snagged by senior receiver Mike Meredith, lighting a fire underneath the Tigers. Great defense and a prolific offensive performance sealed the deal for the Tigers in their first of two impressive wins over Male.

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE

Winner: Drew Singerman and Alex Westbrooks face off in the Regional Finals (48%)

2nd Place: Cross Country places 5 runners in the top 15 at State (21%)

3rd Place: Golf wins State by 11 strokes (17%)

Of all the EXPYS races, the winner of this one had the largest percentage of votes as well as the largest margin of victory. This is very understandable, considering the performance displayed by Westbrooks and Singerman. Of all the players in the tournament, these two ran the table, setting up an all-Tiger singles final. This high level of play was continued as St. X took state in tennis yet again.

BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE

Winner: Track & Field- Beck O’Daniel (39%)

2nd Place: Football- Wyatt Smock (13%)

3rd Place: Swimming & Diving- Will Cole (10%)

Beck O’Daniel made a huge impact for the track team this past year. Although he was only a sophomore, O’Daniel competed at the highest level. The standout sprinter excelled in events such as the 110 meter hurdles, the 300 meter hurdles, and the 4×100 meter relay. Beck will look to build on this breakout season next year.

BEST COACH

Winner: Swimming & Diving- Todd Larkin (43%)

2nd Place: Cross Country- Chuck Medley (18%)

3rd Place: Golf- Patrick Sullivan (17%)

Not enough can be said about Coach Larkin’s talent as a head coach. He always has his swimmers beyond prepared for every meet thanks to constant physical and mental preparation. He is undoubtably one of the main reasons St. X Swimming has won 29 consecutive state titles. Larkin is one of the best coaches at St. X and will be for years to come.

BEST TEAM

Winner: Cross Country (33%)

2nd Place: Swimming & Diving (26%)

3rd Place: Golf (19%)

The Cross Country team displayed its unparalleled skill all season long. They won meet after meet but still weren’t satisfied. When State rolled around, the Tigers placed 5 runners in the top 15, bringing home another ring in a landslide. Coach Medley’s squad also won the Great American Meet this past year. With all these jaw-dropping victories, it’s easy to see why the Cross Country Tigers were voted best team.

BEST ATHLETE

Winner: Tennis- Drew Singerman (37%)

2nd Place: Lacrosse- Blake Roshkowski (16%)

3rd Place: Cross Country- Patrick Schaefer (13%)

Senior Drew Singerman finished his prolific high school tennis career on a high note this past season. Along with taking home the team title, Drew made it all the way to the regional and state singles finals. His storied career and impressive season also led to him being named a High School All-American for the 2nd year in a row, winning Mr. Tennis in Kentucky, and being crowned the Courier-Journal Player of the Year.  Singerman will continue his tennis career as a Paladin at Furman University this coming year.

Thanks for voting, Tiger Nation!

EXPYS Voting Update – Tuesday, August 1st

Fan voting for the fourth annual EXPYS Awards has been open for a week, so let’s check the standings for each individual race as the competition continues to heat up.

Tiger Pride Award

The Leader: Football (19%)

The Pack: Cross Country (18%), Swimming & Diving (14%), Baseball (10%), Lacrosse (10%)

Best Game

The Leader: Football defeats defending State Champ Male on the road 31-21 (29%)

The Pack: XC wins the Great American Meet for the first time (19%), Baseball beats Trinity 5-1 at Louisville Slugger Field (12%), Lax beats Trinity 7-5 on their home turf (9%)

Best Championship Performance

The Leader: Golf wins the State Championship by 11 shots (32%)

The Pack: Swimming & Diving wins their 29th state championship in a row (27%), Cross Country places 5 runners in the top 15 (26%), Drew Singerman and Alex Westbrooks play each other in the Regional Finals (10%)

Breakthrough Athlete

The Leader: Football: Wyatt Smock (21%)

The Pack: Swimming & Diving: Will Cole (16%), Cross Country: Grady Shift (11%), Archery: Chris Kamer (11%)

Best Coach

The Leader: Swimming & Diving: Todd Larkin (40%)

The Pack: Cross Country: Chuck Medley (23%), Golf: Patrick Sullivan (15%), Tennis: Gil Downs (14%)

Best Team

The Leader: Swimming & Diving (29%)

The Pack: Cross Country (27%), Golf (26%), Tennis (7%)

Best Athlete

The Leader: Lacrosse: Blake Roshkowski (28%)

The Pack: Cross Country: Patrick Schaefer (14%), Football: Desmond Ridder (11%), Tennis: Drew Singerman (10%)

Remember, Tiger Nation, keep voting for your favorite athletes and teams for one more week. The winners of the 2017 EXPYS will be announced on Monday, August 7.

To vote, click here.

 

Fan Voting to Begin as 2017 EXPY Nominees are Announced

The EXPY Awards

For the fourth year, WSTX Sports will hold its fan voting for the 2017 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 achievements, reliving unforgettable moments, and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2017 EXPYS will also recognize best-in-sport winners, such as “Best Team” or “Best Athlete” that pit nominees from different sports against each other.

This year, “Breakthrough Athlete” looks to be a heated race as many sophomores and juniors stood out this past season. This is one to keep an eye on and could have a different leader every week. Another race to keep an eye on is “Best Coach.” With two newcomers and two veterans in the race it should be interesting to see how that one shakes out.

Overall, this years categories should be fairly even. In other words, do not expect to see one person or team run away with any given category. This should make this years EXPYS very exciting and the updates could provide for many surprises.

The next few weeks will surely be exciting as we get to take a look back at the 2016-2017 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 several throughout 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!

As We Approach the 2017 EXPYS, Lets Review Last Years Winners

Best Athlete

Connor McKim | Photo by Tim Porco

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Tiger Basketball’s Connor McKim took home the Best Athlete award last year. McKim was the absolute star of a rejuvenated team. In 2016 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. McKim beat out Tiger Track and Fields Matthew Thomas as well as current Louisville Cardinal Pitcher Adam Elliot for the 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 went to the Tiger Baseball team. Tiger Baseball won their second championship in three years on an amazing postseason run. With that they captured the outright lead for most baseball state titles with seven. This was a tough award to win with the Tigers totaling nine state championships in the 2015-2016 school year.

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 went to Chuck Medley of Tiger Cross Country. Coach Porta took an early lead in this one, 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 also defeated the two-time reigning champ in this category: 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. The winner for Best Game was “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 went to Connor Holden. With the two aces in Daniel Fischer and Adam Elliot being ineligible to pitch, Holden stepped up in a big way. He threw a shutout as the Tigers went on to win the game 1-o. Holden beat out his two teammates Sam Mudd and Cam Scheler for this award.

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


Best Breakthrough Athlete

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Connor Holden had quite a night when the 2016 EXPYS winners were released. He won four awards and won this category easily; receiving 44% of the votes. Holden didn’t make the team his freshman year, however he worked his butt off to make sure that wasn’t the case the next year. Fast-forward a year later, and he is throwing a shut out in the state championship game. Connor had quite a ride and was most definitely deserving of the 2016 Breakthrough Athlete Award.

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

The Tiger Baseball took home the 2016 Tiger Pride Award. As said before, they 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. After, they defeated their next two opponents with walk-offs. To cap it off, they won a record seventh state title. What a season it was for Tiger Baseball!

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

 

Stay tuned for this years EXPYS nominees…

 

A Name You Will be Hearing a Lot This Fall: Andrew Uhls

If you don’t know the name, you will very soon. Andrew Uhls started on the defensive line last year as a junior and made a major impact. This year, he will look to do more of the same while improving on areas of his game that weren’t as strong. If the Tigers want to win a State Championship this year, Uhls and the rest of the D-line will need to have a strong season. You know he’s a big dude, but how much do you really know about Andrew Uhls? Here are some facts about the D-lineman whose offer sheet will continue to grow.

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Full name: Andrew Michael Uhls

Position: Defensive Line

Jersey number: 96

Grade: Senior

Height: 6’4

Weight: 235 pounds

Nickname: Uni

Fun Facts

Favorite food?  Spaghetti

Pregame meal?  PB&J

Favorite TV show?  Psych

Favorite college team?  Louisville

Favorite pro teams?  Cleveland Cavaliers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds

Football idol?  Peyton Manning

Biggest role model?  Grandad

Dream school to play football?  Oregon

Favorite subject?  Math

Favorite teacher you have had at Saint X?  Mr. Gruneisen

Current offer(s)?  Morehead St.

How do you mentally prepare for a game?  Listen to music and going over my
responsibilities for the game

Favorite football memory?  Winning the toy bowl in 7th grade

Individual goals for this year?  Win state and improve on my game from last year.

Hobbies outside of football?  Basketball and video games

Celebrity crush?  Jennifer Aniston

Favorite movie?  The entire Harry Potter series

Favorite restaurant?  Chili’s

What is the significance behind your number?  Honestly, there is no significance behind my number. Last year was the first year I wore it.

Go-to lunch at school?  Chicken wrap, chips and a PB&J

Person that has been most influential in your football career?  My dad

Favorite artist/band?  Kid Cudi

All time favorite song?  Take on me by A-Ha

Current favorite song?  Jersey by Future

All-time favorite Sports Center anchor?  I do not have one.

If you could go back in time to any point in your life when would it be and why?  Back to when I lived in Florida because I had no responsibilities and lived by the beach.

3 most important things to you?  Family, religion, and friends

What are you looking to improve on this season?  Looking to be a more dominant force on our defense this year.

How Well Do You Know Your Quarterback, Jack Albers?

As most people know, the starting quarterback for the Tiger Football team this year will most likely be rising senior Jack Albers. Albers, who played sparingly last year while sitting behind Cincinnati commit Desmond Ridder, will look to lead the Tigers to their first state championship in eight years. You know the name and the face, but how much do you really know about the soon-to-be signal caller for the Tigers? WSTX compiled some fun facts about the person behind number 11.

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Name: Jack Thomas Albers

Position: Quarterback

Jersey number: 11

Grade: 12

Height: 6’1

Weight: 180

Nickname: Cowboy Jack

Fun Facts

Favorite food?  Wendy’s

Pregame meal?  Beef jerky and a bag of munchies

Favorite TV show?  Family Guy

Favorite college team?  Indiana Hoosiers

Favorite pro teams?  Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Cavaliers

Football idol?  Peyton Manning

Biggest role model?  Dad

Dream school to play football?  Indiana

Favorite subject?  History

Camps attended?  Western Kentucky, Northwestern, Ohio University

Camps you will be attending in the future?  Princeton, Pennsylvania University, Dartmouth, Yale

Current offer(s)?  Kentucky Wesleyan University

How do you mentally prepare for a game?  Listen to music and go over scouting reports

Favorite football memory?  Winning the Toy Bowl in eighth grade

Individual goals for this year?  Lead the team to a State Championship

Team goals for this year?  Win the State Championship

Hobbies outside of football?  Call of Duty, fishing

Celebrity crush?  Rihanna

Favorite movie?  Superbad

Favorite restaurant?  Pat’s Steakhouse

What is the significance behind number 11?  The team I played for when I was younger didn’t have the number I wanted so I instead chose 11 and I have worn that ever since.

Go-to lunch at school?  Fried chicken sandwich with a yogurt parfait and a side of fries

Person that has been most influential in your football career?  Dad

Favorite artist/band?  Rihanna

All time favorite song?  Play that Funky Music by Wild Cherry

Current favorite song?  Self Made by Bryson Tiller

All-time favorite Sports Center anchor?  Stuart Scott

If you could go back in time to any point in your life when would it be and why?  When I was 5 years old and had nothing to worry about

3 most important things to you?  Family, schoolwork, football

What are you looking to improve on this season?  Staying in the pocket longer and not scrambling as often

Justin Thomas Has Big Weekend at US Open

Justin Thomas, a 2011 St. X graduate, opened the 2017 US Open with a modest 73, placing him nowhere near the top of the leaderboard heading into Friday. But that did not deter his confidence. On Friday, he gained some more attention with a very impressive 3-under par score of 69. JT sat tied for 24th place at -2 heading into Saturday. Little did the spectators at Erin Hills know, Thomas was on the brink of making history.

Justin came out red-hot on Saturday afternoon, knocking in six birdies on the front nine, including one off of a wild circus putt on the fifth hole. He was just as impressive on the back nine, going 4-under. This historic round was emphatically punctuated on the last hole; after nailing his 3-wood roughly 330 yards off the tee, Thomas boldly reached for the same club on his second shot. He contemplated laying up with his 2-iron before deciding to go for the pin. With little room for error, Justin rifled his approach shot about 310 yards, sticking it 8 feet from the pin. He then knocked in the eagle putt, completing a 9-under par round––the best score in US Open history.

JT’s incredible -9 score dethroned Johnny Miller, whose -8 score at the 1973 US Open was unparalleled for more than 40 years. Thomas even held the lead solely for some time before Saturday ended. His -11 overall score was enough to place him in the final Sunday group with leader Brian Harman (-12 at the time). Unfortunately, JT ran out of steam on Sunday. His 3-over par round featured four bogies and only one birdie. But Sunday does not do justice to Thomas’ greatness.

At -8, Thomas finished tied for ninth, his first ever top ten finish at a Major. He also pocketed an eye-popping $291,795. It may have taken a record-breaking round in a Major Tournament for the world to finally notice Justin Thomas, but he has been on the rise all year. He won back-to-back tournaments in January (the SBS Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open). At the Sony Open, he became the youngest player to ever shoot 59 or lower. At the same tournament, Thomas broke the PGA record for lowest total score by shooting 253 for the entire weekend. His 22nd place finish at The Masters was also a great success. Don’t be surprised if Thomas continues to build upon his already-strong year.

As JT continues to climb in the Official World Golf Rankings (he is currently #12), he is also building his resume as the best golfer to come out of Saint X. Frank Beard, class of 1957, and Bobby Nichols, 1954, are Justin’s top competitors for that title. Beard won 11 PGA Tour events and had 9 top-ten finishes at Majors. Nichols boasts 15 PGA wins and 9 top-ten Major finishes. Bobby is most famous for edging out Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus to win the 1964 PGA Championship. While JT is not quite on their level, he is well on his way. In the next few years, it is very possible that Thomas may join Nichols as the only Tiger Tech alums to win majors. Justin Thomas has been on a perpetual tear this year, and it does not look like he will be slowing down any time soon.

 

GAMEDAY CENTRAL | 7th Region Championship vs. Trinity

Thursday, June 1st | 7:45 PM | Jim Patterson Stadium | Louisville, KY

 

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Saint Xavier Tigers (28-11) vs. Trinity Shamrocks (31-5-2)
Thursday, June 1st
7th Region Championship
Jim Patterson Stadium
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

The St.Xavier Baseball team will meet the Trinity Shamrocks for the 3rd time this year with a bid to the KHSAA State Tournament on the line. This is only the second time these teams have played each other in the Regional Championship in the past twenty years, the last being in 2014.

The Shamrocks and Tigers are ranked #1 and #3 in the state, respectively. Each time they have faced off they have both been Top 5 teams and for good reason. They have split the series this year, the Tigers winning their most recent outing at Slugger Field a few weeks ago.

Their last two games have been night and day. In the first game, both teams were lighting it up at the plate. They combined for 22 hits, and 21 runs scored (Trinity won 13-8). Their next game was headlined by a great night for the pitchers. Sam Wilson and Chris Esselman combined for ten strikeouts on a three hit shutout. On the other side, Brandon Pfaadt and Brody Heil (signed to Bellarmine and UofL, respectively) combined for only four hits and the Tigers scored all of their runs in the sixth inning.

Tonight, hopefully we will see a happy medium of the last two games and see an absolute show. Both games have been amazing to watch, so I would expect nothing less tonight.

But like always, we are a little biased here… GO ST.X, BEAT THE WEEDS!

GAME COVERAGE 

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