Tiger Soccer has been busy getting wins these past two weeks, but senior Trent Stigler found time to answer 20 questions with our good friends over at Louisville Catholic Sports. Check out the article here.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
19. If time machines were real, and you could choose just one – to travel forward or backward – which would you select and why? I would travel backward because I love classic cars, cheap prices, and I’d want to see my parents when they were young.
20. If you could pick one person, dead or alive, and ask them just one question that they had to answer honestly, who would you pick and what would you ask? I would ask an Egyptian pyramid builder how the pyramids were built.
Tiger Baseball had one of the best stories of the year with their amazing run through the season on their way to their first state championship since 1981. It was an incredible season for the Tigers and Head Coach Andy Porta. They overcame adversity to come out on top with a breakout tournament from senior Andrew McCormick who was named MVP. Read Paul Najjar’s recap of the baseball season that was here.
Tiger Lacrosse won the program’s sixth straight state championship trophy in seven years this past spring. It was an incredible season for the Tigers and Head Coach Scott Howe. Read Conor Revell’s recap of the lacrosse season that was here.
Tiger Basketball lost in the seventh region quarterfinals this past season, but had yet another successful season under Head Coach Kevin Klein. It was a year dominated by Robert Shaw headlines as he broke history with his 1,000th career point as a Tiger. Read Paul Najjar’s recap of the season here.
Tiger Tennis brought home the team’s sixth straight state championship trophy and Junior Brandon Lancaster captured the singles state championship! Also, Matt Graft and Nick Waldeck won the doubles state championship! It was an incredible season for the Tigers and Head Coach Kerry Lancaster. Read Conor Revell’s recap of the tennis season that was here.
On June 7, 2014, Tiger Baseball secured their 6th state championship in program history and also Former Tiger Ian Tompkins was drafted by the Kansas City Royals.
Tompkins spoke with Louisville Catholic Sports’ Conor Revell about his experience of being drafted and making the trip to Lexington to see the Tigers bring home the state championship with some of his former teammates. It is a very good story that proves once again that if you’re once a Tiger, you’re always a Tiger.
I could not be more proud of that team,” Tompkins said. “Me, Shaun (Johnston), Matt (Spalding), and Michael Hellmueller were at the game in Lexington. I drove into Lexington with those guys. I almost had a tear in my eye. I was so happy for the coaches. They came up to us in the stands and said it all started with you guys. You raised the bar for us and the program. Just to hear that felt really good.”
Louisville Catholic Sports Senior Writer Paul Najjar took a look at the Tiger Baseball team’s season ahead yesterday. I will have my preview of the team up on here within the coming days with Opening Day tomorrow. While we wait, check out a bit of what Coach Porta had to say and Najjar’s thoughts for the 2014 Tigers and Conor Revell’s team capsule preview for St. Xavier.
“We have 14 players who were in the dugout at Whitaker Bank Park (site of the state tournament) last June,” Porta said. “They know how much work it takes to get back there. We’ll play another tough schedule to help the guys prepare for the postseason.”
With Clemons, a University of Louisville commit, starting at shortstop and senior Tristan Purcell at second base, the Tigers have a formidable duo up the middle. Senior pitcher/OF Miles Lee will look to continue his scorching finish to last year’s season and will be backed on the mound by senior Connor Underwood, a Kentucky Wesleyan commit, and junior Grant Wessling, who went 5-0 last year with wins over Male, Manual, Eastern and Cincinnati St. X.
Last year the Tigers played more than 15 games against ranked opponents and it looks like they’ll face at least that many this season.
School: St. Xavier
Head coach: Andy Porta (third season)
Last year’s finish: 34-5 (school record for wins in a season), state tournament quarterfinalist
Key players lost: Ben Britt, Jack Cleary, Sam Melchior, Matt Lasley, Nate Stemle
Key returning players: Austin Clemons (. 510 batting average in 2013), Hayden Ford (.364), Miles Lee (.320), Sam Springer (.354)
Outlook: St. X has 14 players returning and will likely be the favorite to win its third straight Seventh Region championship. The bull’s-eye will be on them, but with a player like Austin Clemons leading the way, it will be hard to take down the experienced and loaded Tigers.