Tuesday, January 3 | 7:30 PM | DeSales High School | Louisville, KY
Saint Xavier Tigers (8-4) @ DeSales Colts (10-3)
Tuesday, January 3rd
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
DeSales High School
The Tigers come into the New Year riding high after going 3-1 in Florida at the Jim Clark Hornet Classic Tournament.
However, it’s no time to celebrate as the team heads into the strongest part of their schedule. Tonight they will take on a DeSales team that is also coming off of a successful holiday tournament. Over the break, they took down Ashland Blazer, Simon Kenton, and Owensboro Catholic to win the Ashland Invitational Tournament.
The Colts are led by senior guards Jaxon Burgess and Austin Black. Both can put up points in a hurry, so the Tigers will need to lock in on these two.
Last Game: Defeated Canterbury (FL) 43-31
Saint Xavier Tigers (1-0) vs. Collegiate Titans (1-0)
Thursday, December 1st
Saint Xavier High School
The Tiger Basketball team will face Collegiate in the home opener for the 2016-2017 season. Besides it being the first home game of the season, Collegiate also poses as the Tiger’s first district game of the season. It still seems a long way away, but this game will have postseason implications.
In the Tiger’s last game, they defeated the Central Yellowjackets by a score of 65-54. In his first start of his varsity career, senior Tyler Barnes posted a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing a whopping 16 rebounds. To round it out, he added 5 assists as well. Look for another similar effort tonight.
The Titans will be led by former St.X Tiger and recent University of Alabama – Huntsville commit Ryan McDaniel. The lanky 6’9″ forward is versatile enough to play inside, but can be dangerous from outside the arc.
On Tuesday night, The Tigers drubbed the Collegiate Titans from start to finish. Connor McKim and C.J. Shanklin shined, but it was an overall team effort, as 14 players saw action. Keep in mind, starting guard Ashanti Burgess was unavailable with a bruised calf. The final score was 66-27; let’s see how it got there.
Stats of the Game
1. Connor McKim had a game high 16 points going 6-7 on field goals and 4-5 from the charity stripe.
2. C.J. Shanklin had a game high 6 rebounds and pulled them down with force; 4 of the 6 were offensive and Shanklin took them right back up and turned them into points.
3. The Tiger Defense forced 26 turnovers. Twenty of them came in the first half. Outstanding.
4. McKim had 5 assists to zero turnovers. If that continues, we are in for a treat this year. This junior point guard is special.
5. Six reserves logged minutes against Collegiate. It’s never too early to get the young bench players some varsity experience.
1. Early in the first quarter Will Olsen had back-to-back layups off steals to build an early 6-0 lead.
2. At one point in the first half, the defense recorded three consecutive steals off the Titan inbound pass, converting all of them into six easy points.
3. Billy Basham hit a three at the halftime buzzer to extend the lead to 46-12.
There were very few “pivotal” moments in this game. It was all Tigers, all night.
Handling the Opponent
St. X handled the opponent. Literally. There’s not much to say here. Pure domination on defense and good execution on offense. The Titans shot 33% from the field to the Tigers’ 58%.
This game ball has to go to McKim. He was all over the place and ran the fast break beautifully on several occasions Tuesday night. He touched nearly every column of the stat sheet and did not turn the ball over. He more than made up for the absence of Burgess who should be ready to go for the next Friday’s clash with Cincinnati St. Xavier.
Tweets of the Game
What a beautiful pass it was. The Tigers had 14 assists on the night.
It was undoubtedly a stellar outing by the Green and Gold.
Thursday, December 4 | 7:30 PM | Br. John Wills Sports Activities Center | Louisville, KY
Saint Xavier Tigers (1-0) vs. Collegiate Titans (0-1)
Thursday, December 4th
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
JV Game – 6:00 PM
Br. John Wills Sports Activities Center
St. X will take on the Titans of Collegiate in the Tigers’ home opener. Connor McKim and the Tigers will look to keep the ball rolling after their win on the road at Central on Tuesday.
After having 23 turnovers against the Yellowjackets, St. X will look to take better care of the rock against the Titans. One thing to watch for leading up to game-time is the availability of senior guard Ashanti Burgess. Burgess suffered a bruised left calf in the win against Central and is questionable tonight.
If the Tigers ride the energy from the Rage Cage and shoot 85% from the free throw line as a team again, they should be good to go.
The Saint Xavier Tigers entered a brisk Tuesday evening match coming off of their second win of the season, a 2-0 victory over Greenwood High School in Bowling Green. Senior striker Klayton Grimes led the charge against Greenwood, having scored both of the Tiger’s goals in their monumental win. Heading into their game against Martha Layne Collins High School Titans, St. X looked to keep their newly discovered offensive flow alive.
Klayton Grimes described the Tiger’s play Saturday against Greenwood as “finally getting back on track.” He explained that the victory over Greenwood was a great win, but there is still plenty of work to do.
“This team has not played to their full potential yet. We still have a long way to.”
Tuesday’s match against Collins showed the hidden potential the Tigers possess, as they came out ready to play from the first whistle. The midfielders kept the Collins defenders on their toes, pushing passes through gaps, trying to create fast break chances. In the 6th minute, the Tigers received a free kick on the left outer edge of the goalie box. Juniors Colin Kremer and Trent Stigler ran a perfect trick play, eventually leaving Kremer wide open from straight on. Kremer ripped the shot from the top center of the box, placing it in the right corner of the goal for an early Tiger lead.
The second Tiger goal came in he the 12th minute on a break-away opportunity given to Klayton Grimes. Grimes corralled the ball and flicked it passed the charging Titan goalie, giving the Tigers a quick 2-0 lead over Collins which would last throughout the remainder of the match.
Tuesday’s match was a big step in the right direction for multiple reasons. In the 61st minute, Senior left back Michael Elder entered the game, making his first appearance this season. Elder, having recovered from two meniscus surgeries on his left knee, made a couple of great stops in the defensive zone, reminding us why he is such a vital component to a successful St. X team.
“It felt really good,” Elder said, with a smile on his face, on his season debut. “I finally got to get back to playing my hardest and working with my team.”
Elder and the rest of the Tigers held Collins scoreless for the remaining time in the game, recording their second straight win with a final score of 2-0. After not scoring a single goal in four games (A span of 15 days) earlier in the season, St. X has now found the back of the net four times in their last two games (four days).
“We had good outside wing play,” explained Elder. “We all hustled to everything, which helped us connect with the strikers.”
To Junior Trent Stigler, the overall improvements came from the success with “moving the ball on the ground.”
“We played nice through-balls up to the forwards, and the forwards made nice runs,” Stigler explained.
When asked how the Tigers will continue their winning streak, Stigler responded with a smile, saying frankly, “Score more goals.”
The Tigers now look ahead to their game on Thursday, as they visit Manual in another important game. St. X looks to keep their winning streak alive with a continuation of their smart offensive and defensive play. Gametime is set for 7:30.
It was a scorching hot Sunday afternoon when the Saint Xavier Tigers met the Collegiate Titans in a game that had been rescheduled twice. The circumstances on attempt number three were still not ideal, but the game was played anyways. The heat took a visible toll on both sides, but a costly error late allowed St. X to take home a huge district victory with postseason implications, defeating the Titans 1-0 in overtime.
Neither side could get any rhythm going for much of the game. Because of high heat index readings, the game was broken into four 20-minute quarters, instead of the normal 40-minute halves. There were 10-minute water breaks between quarters. The abnormal structure of the game as well as the heat resulted in a very slow start for both teams.
“We came out a little nervous again, like the last game,” said senior midfielder Andrew Schaefer, who put the game-winning “golden” goal in the back of the net. “I think this game should have ended much earlier. We came out here thinking this (Collegiate) team wasn’t very skilled. We learned a lot. They can really bring it to us.”
At halftime, the match was still scoreless. Much like their first game against Central Hardin High School, the Tigers simply struggled creating quality scoring opportunities. When chances did come, St. X couldn’t capitalize.
“We need to work more on finishing during practice,” Schaefer explained. “Our strength is definitely in the midfield, so we just need to start possessing [the ball] more. We just need to step it up.”
The second half was very similar to the first half; whether it was because of the heat or not, neither team played exceptionally sharp. There were several mistakes, and the game could probably be characterized by a different player complaining to the referees every few minutes throughout the contest.
However, the Titans gained a golden opportunity to score first when St. X was called for a foul in its own box, giving Collegiate a penalty kick. But the attempt was wide right, keeping then game tied up at zero. That would prove to be the last legitimate hope either team had of getting a goal in regulation.
80 minutes passed without either team getting on the board. Normally, the game would end in a draw, but because this was a district match carrying importance in the future, there would be two extra periods of five minutes before PK’s. District games are also played under the “golden goal” rule, meaning overtime is also sudden death, with the first goal scored by either side immediately ending the match.
Before the first extra frame began, St. X Head Coach Andy Schulten told his team to be smart and aware, saying, “The first team to make a mistake will lose this game.”
Three minutes into overtime, Collegiate made a crippling error. Tiger striker Klayton Grimes was in hot pursuit of the ball inside the Titans’ box and to the right of the goal. Collegiate’s only player in the area was sophomore Jackson Geer. Geer got to the ball first, but he sent a soft pass back to his goalie. Grimes intercepted the ball before senior Titan goalkeeper Harper White could get his hands on it. Grimes gathered himself, then flicked the ball in front of a wide open goal. Schaefer raced down the middle of the box and whipped the ball through the net to end the game.
The Tigers jubilantly celebrated at midfield, while the Titans crumpled to the turf in defeat. It was as stark a contrast of emotions as anyone will ever see on a field, in any sport. Both teams were utterly exhausted after the match; this wasn’t a case of “one team wanting it more than the other.” This game was huge for both teams; the winner would have a coveted cushion when district tournament play begins at the conclusion of the regular season. When tournament play starts, St. X won’t have to win every game from then on; they can lose once and still be in the hunt for a state championship. They have that advantage because they won this game.
The game was only the second that St. X has played to this point. It was originally scheduled for Friday night at 6:00 p.m., but lightning forced it to be moved to Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. The match had to be moved to Sunday when there were no referees available on Saturday morning.
The Tigers are back in action this coming Friday and Saturday, when they take on Missouri powers Oletangy Liberty High School and St. Louis University High School. St. X will face Liberty on Friday at 8:00 p.m. and play SLUH on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. These will be two electric games, so be sure to come support your soccer team, Tiger Nation!
Coming off of a strong victory over Collegiate High School, the Tiger Lacrosse team started their playoff run on Thursday, once again playing Collegiate in the District Finals. St. X fans sat in silence as Collegiate performed in one of their best quarters of the season. At the end of the first quarter, Collegiate led 1-0 over the Tigers.
After a very long and loud screaming session by Tigers’ Head Coach Scott Howe, the Tigers pulled themselves together to start the second quarter. St. X didn’t waste much time after that as the Tigers quickly scored 8 consecutive goals (Roppel, Muldoon, Webb, Edwards, Miller, King, Gray) to head into halftime with an 8-1 lead.
By the start of the second half, the Tigers had suppressed the Collegiate attack due to Owen Peters, Austin Sweeney, and Caleb Grimes’ great defensive efforts. Through the last two quarters, the Tigers scored 7 more goals, being led by Will Edwards who had three on the night. In the end, St. X claimed the district championship with a 15-3 win over Collegiate.
The victory was made sweeter when Max Cartor, Collin Roppel, and Nick King were named All-District players of the 2014 season. Next up for St. X is the real playoff bracket. The Tigers start off with Ballard on Monday, May 12 in the KY Lacrosse State Quarterfinals.
Wednesday, April 30 | 5:00 PM | Br. Thomas More Stadium| Louisville, KY
St. Xavier Tigers (12-3) vs. Collegiate Titans (10-4)
Wednesday, April 30th
Varsity Game – 7:00 PM
JV Game – 5:30 PM
Green Team Game vs. Ballard – 5:30 PM
The final regular season game will feature a match up between our Tigers and the Titans of Collegiate. Last season, St. Xavier defeated Collegiate in their regular season finale of 2013 by a score of 13-4. This is the first meeting of the two teams this season.