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.
Full name: Stephen Jake Netherton
Jersey number: 5
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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%)
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%)
The Leader: Football: Wyatt Smock (21%)
The Pack: Swimming & Diving: Will Cole (16%), Cross Country: Grady Shift (11%), Archery: Chris Kamer (11%)
The Leader: Swimming & Diving: Todd Larkin (40%)
The Pack: Cross Country: Chuck Medley (23%), Golf: Patrick Sullivan (15%), Tennis: Gil Downs (14%)
The Leader: Swimming & Diving (29%)
The Pack: Cross Country (27%), Golf (26%), Tennis (7%)
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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…
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.
Full name: Andrew Michael Uhls
Position: Defensive Line
Jersey number: 96
Weight: 235 pounds
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.
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.
Name: Jack Thomas Albers
Jersey number: 11
Nickname: Cowboy Jack
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, 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.
Thursday, June 1st | 7:45 PM | Jim Patterson Stadium | Louisville, KY
Saint Xavier Tigers (28-11) vs. Trinity Shamrocks (31-5-2)
Thursday, June 1st
7th Region Championship
Jim Patterson Stadium
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!
Wednesday, May 31st | 5:00 PM | Jim Patterson Stadium | Louisville, KY
Saint Xavier Tigers (27-11) vs. Eastern Eagles (22-15)
Wednesday, May 31st
Region 7 Semi-Finals
Jim Patterson Stadium
In the first round of the 7th Region Tournament, the Tiger Baseball team started slow in their matchup with Atherton, leading 1-0 after the third inning. However, by the end of the fifth inning, the Tigers proved victorious by run-ruling Atherton. Tonight, they continue their postseason run against Eastern, and will play at Jim Patterson Stadium at 5.
The Eagles coasted by Central in the first round of the postseason, winning their game 7-0. Obviously, the reigning State Champions will provide some stiffer competition.
Last time these teams faced off, the Tigers won in convincing fashion, winning by a score of 6-1. Sophomore Cam Scheler led the charge for the Tigers in the last game, going 4-4 at the plate, and was a homerun short of hitting for the cycle. Andrew Littlefield took the win on the mound for the Tigers.
Tuesday, May 23rd | 6:00 PM | Saint Xavier High School | Louisville, KY
Saint Xavier Tigers (25-11) vs. Male Bulldogs (22-14-1)
Tuesday, May 23rd
26th District Championship
Saint Xavier High School
The Tiger Baseball team will face the Male Bulldogs in the 26th District Championship game tonight at 6 PM. The #5 ranked Tigers will look to rebound after a loss in their final game of the regular season to Lafayette last Wednesday.
Last time these teams faced off, the Tigers took the win over the #14 ranked Bulldogs. The Tigers won the game 3-0 behind the lead of juniors Chase Patton and Ryan Hamilton. Patton went 2-2 at the plate with a home run while Hamilton got the win on the mound on 6 innings pitched, five strikeouts, and a four hit shutout.
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)