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Tiger Nation, we want to thank you for your participation in this year’s EXPY Awards. It’s been an amazing year in Tiger Sports, and these awards are to help celebrate that. Over 5,000 votes were cast online at wstxsports.com. And now we are happy to present the 2016 EXPYS Awards! Congrats to this year’s winners!

Best Athlete

 

Connor McKim | Photo by Tim Porco

Connor McKim | Photo by Tim Porco

Tiger Basketball’s Connor McKim will take home one of the premier awards in Best Athlete. McKim was the absolute star of a rejuvenated team this year. Tiger Nation, over the year we were able to see 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. We can’t say enough about what Connor McKim did for the Basketball Program and Saint Xavier Community this year. It’s an understatement to say this award was deserved. Congrats Connor on earning the 2016 Best Athlete 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 goes to the Tiger Baseball team! This is the first award for Tiger Baseball’s big night. Tiger Baseball won their second championship in three years on a mind-blowing postseason run. They now have the outright lead for most baseball state titles with seven. With tying our own state record for nine state championships in one year, Tiger Baseball had some stiff competition to win this one.

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 goes to Chuck Medley of Tiger Cross Country! Early in the polls, Coach Porta was leading, 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 must have been telling his guys to vote everyday, because he was not only to beat the coach of the Best Team, but also the two-time reigning champ in 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. This year’s winner for Best Game is “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 goes to Connor Holden! No one would’ve thought that Holden would be dishing out the final out in the state title. With the two aces in Daniel Fischer and Adam Elliot being ineligible to pitch, Holden had to step up. And that he did. Holden came in and pitched a stellar game. The Tigers went on to win the game 1-o, but they only needed one run behind Holden’s awesome performance.

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

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

 

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Connor Holden is having himself quite the night, winning four awards. Holden controlled this category from start to finish; he won in an absolute landslide, owning 44% of the votes. His freshman year, Holden wasn’t even on the team (little bit of a Michael Jordan vibe here). However, he wasn’t going to curl up and feel bad for himself. He worked his butt off to make the team the next year. He showed how hard he worked by throwing a no-hitter in his first start. Fast-forward a year later, and he is throwing a shut out in the state championship game. What a ride it’s been for Connor Holden, and congrats on winning the 2016 EXPYS Award for Best Breakthrough Athlete!

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

Ending a trophy filled night, Tiger Baseball wins the 2016 Tiger Pride Award! As said before, the Tiger Baseball team 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. Next, they defeated their next two opponents with walk-offs. To cap it off, they win a record seventh state title. What was there not to love about this team? Tiger Baseball showed just how great Saint Xavier High School is, and we are incredibly proud to have been able to be apart of their run.

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

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

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 this is to help celebrate that.  Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Best Athlete

Charles Walker Best Athlete

Best Team

Tiger Baseball Best Team

Best Coach

Todd Larkin Best Coach

Best Game

Tiger Football at Manual Best Game

Best Championship Performance

Andrew McCormick Best Championship Performance

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

Brandon Blaser Breakthrough Athlete of the Year