Saint Xavier Tigers (19-10) vs. Male Bulldogs (14-12)
Thursday, February 23
Varsity Game — 6:30 PM
Male High School
On Tuesday night, Tiger Basketball increased its current win streak to seven games with a victory in the 26th district tournament semifinals. The Tigers bested the Brown Bears 92-47 behind a prolific offensive performance and a strong defense.
St. X now looks to defeat Male in the district final for the third consecutive year. The Tigers have not won the district title three years in a row since 1969. Male will look to ride the momentum from their 63-52 victory over Collegiate on Tuesday night.
The Tigers and Bulldogs met on February 3rd at St. Xavier. Coach Klein’s squad built an impressive 38-8 lead a few minutes into the 2nd quarter and never looked back, winning the game 78-54.
The win over Male earlier this month started the Tigers’ current win streak, and they will look to increase the streak to eight games with another victory over the Bulldogs Thursday night as they move toward next week’s 7th Region Tournament.
Make the trip to Male tonight and cheer on your Tiger Basketball team!
Coming into year three of the Wolford Era, so many question marks were up for discussion, but now seven games in, we see that the program is headed in the right direction. A 5-2 record sits next to the Tigers’ name in the win-loss column, which is quite impressive. One hiccup against Central and a hard fought loss in a rainy affair with Trinity is all that stands between St. X and an undefeated record. Who predicted that before the season?
Although we haven’t called Manual Stadium home since 2006, we still own it. For the 22nd straight year, Manual hasn’t beaten St. Xavier. Read that again. That was an important win for the Tigers in multiple ways, but most importantly it kept Manual as the Wanna-Be-Tigers for yet another year. Another big thing that came from that game was the style of tough football that was played by the Tigers, bouncing back from what could have been a demoralizing Trinity loss.
This week gives St. X the opportunity to make a big statement. Male is undefeated and has one of the best team’s they have had since the Michael Bush days. They’re nationally ranked and a summertime 7 on 7 national champion team. One thing that has always differentiated the programs that will face off on Friday is the TEAM. Male has some studs, but St. Xavier always has a TEAM. Another factor that could be in the Tigers’ favor? Home field advantage. Tiger Football has defeated Male four out of the five times they’ve hosted the Bulldogs at Br. Thomas More Stadium since its opening in 2007.
Fall break gives the Tigers a more proffesional approach to the week because they will only have to focus on one thing, beating Male. No school for St. X on Thursday and Friday means they will be able to rest up and have their mind completely on football the whole second half of this week. Male has all those girls and friends telling them how great they are and how they’re going to beat St. X, while our guys will be practicing and getting a couple of good lifts during the day and watching endless amounts of film.
Those are some pros of Fall break, but let’s not make the Rage Cage a con. Yes, a lot of you have been planning vacations and such for this upcoming weekend, but keep your plans open Friday night at 7:30 PM and make your way back to campus for about 3 hours. That’s all.
This would be the biggest win in the Wolford Era no doubt, so let’s go make it happen and give this program a shot of energy heading into the playoffs and dream of December nights in Bowling Green.
Tuesday, May 18th | 6:00 PM | Carl ’45 and Rosemary Mueller Baseball Field | Louisville, KY
St. Xavier Tigers (26-9) vs. Male Bulldogs (23-12)
Tuesday, May 18th
Varsity Game – 6:00 PM
St. Xavier High School
St. X and Male will square off in the 26th District Championship game tonight at 6:00 pm. The Tigers defeated CAL 4-1 in their last game out after losing two of their past three. Male is coming off a loss against Lafayette, but they won the 7 previous games before that.
Since both teams will be advancing to the Region tournament next week, this game will mean nothing more than bragging rights, when they play in Region and gaining momentum for the postseason. The Tigers and Bulldogs last met on May 1st, with the Tigers winning the Oaks Day matchup 2-1.
It should be a good game between the two teams. If you haven’t been out to a Tiger Baseball game yet this year, I suggest going out and seeing the Tigers prepare for a big postseason run.
The leader of the Tiger Lacrosse program has won his 200th game as the head coach at St. Xavier after the Tigers defeated Collegiate to win the District Championship.
During his tenure, Coach Scott Howe, has done everything a coach can do and still has the drive for more. Nine state championships would be unbelievable for any one man, but if you asked him right now about what that meant to him, I bet he would say he’s worried about getting #10.
200 wins is a whole lot of winning and that includes the other side of his record reading only 88 losses. Pretty impressive! From all of us at WSTX Sports, congratulations coach!
Another impressive win from the Tiger Lacrosse team boosts the squad’s record to 11-4 on the season. The Bulldogs of Male were scheduled to host last night, but due to the weather causing their field to be basically one big puddle, the game was moved to Br. Thomas More Stadium and the change of venue probably did not cause a 19 point loss, but we’re not ruling it out.
The ball moved around well for the Tigers as they jumped out to a 13-0 halftime lead and it was domination all the way through. A combined shutout for the Tiger goalies has to make Coach Howe happy, but bigger and better competition is on the way for the Tigers down the stretch of the season as we near playoff time.
Tanner Black, Collin Roppel, Alex Cherry, Jack Werner, Leland Gray and John Mueller were just some of the Tigers to put one or maybe a couple past the Bulldog goaltender. If you don’t believe us, here are some pictures from our friends at Varsity Views to prove it. They do a great job, don’t they? Tweet them @VarsityViewsLou to let them know!
Friday, February 6th | 7:30 PM | Br. John Wills Sports Activities Center | Louisville, KY
St. Xavier Tigers (15-8) vs. Male Bulldogs (13-10)
Friday, February 6th
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
JV Game – 6:00 PM
Freshman Game – 4:30 PM
St. Xavier High School
Since the districts were realigned a few years ago, this annual matchup has decided the No. 1 seed in the 26th District Tournament every year. Male vs. St. Xavier always brings out the best of both teams and will certainly have another epic battle tonight at The Wills Center.
Believe it or not, there are only four games remaining in the regular season after tonight. Where did the time go? There are only two more home games left in the season as well, so if you have not attended a game yet, make sure to come catch Coach Klein and the Tigers in action tonight or in one of the other few remaining home match ups.
Male (13-10) comes into the game on a two game losing skid. The Bulldogs lost to North Hardin in the Nathan McCurry Classic on the last day of January, then opened February with a loss on Tuesday with a loss at home against Collins. Needless to say, they will be looking for a win for more than one reason tonight.
Thursday night was redemption night for the Tiger Soccer team. After defeating Collegiate 2-1 in the first round of district play, the Tigers squared off against Male High School, who had defeated St. X 1-0 earlier in the season
Regular season wins don’t carry over into playoffs, however, and Male found this out the hard way. St. X’s offense and defense came out ready to play in prime form, and crushed the Bulldogs by a final score of 5-1.
Its hard to believe that this current Tiger offense went on a four game skid of not scoring any goals early in the regular season, especially after Thursday night’s performance. St. X made some big changes in their offensive scheme late in the year, moving Andrew Schaefer more towards a center-mid position, and creating the new offensive striker pair of Klayton Grimes and Dean Mock.
The striking tandem of Mock and Grimes has proven to be essential in the Tigers scoring efforts, and they continued create goals against Male. In the 11th minute, Grimes was given a perfect through-ball up the middle of the field and past the Male defenders. With a quick touch, Grimes stuck his shot into the back of the net, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
As halftime neared, the Tiger offense once again began to penetrate the shaky Bulldog defense. In the 34th minute, St. X’s wonder-boy Dean Mock swooped into Male’s goalie box. Mock ripped a shot past the goalie, pushing St. X out to a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
The Tigers experienced a quick scare coming out of the break, as Male quickly ran down the field and scored, making it a close 2-1 game with an entire second half to play. St. X responded with poise, though, and scored two quick goals in the 54th minute to crush the Bulldog’s small momentum. The Tigers dominated the last 25 minutes of play, adding another goal in the 76th minute. At the end of the game, Tiger Soccer took home the 5-1 victory.
After Tuesday night’s win over Collegiate, senior and goal scoring prodigy Mock said that the Tiger soccer team would put Male in their place. After the victory he explained the key aspects to their victory over the Bulldogs.
“Our entire team stepped up,” Mock said. “We really showed them that their first win over us was a total fluke.”
Senior Klayton Grimes, who has been a top scorer consistently all season, explained why the win felt so great.
“Its been a rough season and we’re finally bringing it together, Grimes said. “Every part of the team is working well together.”
“We’re going to win state or die trying,” Mock finished with complete sincerity.
With their great performance against Male, the Tigers won the district tournament. Next up for St. X is the regional tournament, where they look to bring their perfectly cooperating team. Every game is important, and St. X hopes to leave everything they’ve worked for out on the field.
Thursday, October 16 | 6:30 PM | Male High School | Louisville, KY
St. Xavier Tigers (12-7-2) vs. Male Bulldogs (10-9-1)
Thursday, October 16th
Varsity Game – 6:30 PM
26th District Championship
Male High School
Earlier this season, in early September, the Male Bulldogs narrowly defeated the Tiger Soccer team by a score of 1-0. St. Xavier is playing much better soccer now and will look to get some revenge on the host Bulldogs. After all, the Tigers lost on their home field in the last matchup, so they are trying to return the favor. Tiger Soccer is also 11-3 since September 9th, the date of the last meeting of these teams, and on a five game winning streak.
Coming off a great win over the Titans of Collegiate, Coach Schulten and the team are hoping to continue to ride this momentum into another playoff win tonight.
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Last Game: Defeated Collegiate 2-1 in the 26th District Semifinals
“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald
What a week it was, Tiger Nation. A huge victory over our archrivals in dominating fashion. Good vibes still fill the air at St. X High and there is a definite sense of accomplishment among the players and coaches. But that accomplishment is a minor one when the big picture is considered. The Tigers know that their victory over Trinity only counts as one credit in the win column and they have a major challenge in Male this week.
The Bulldogs are coming off a stellar season in which they advanced all the way to the State Semifinals, defeating St. Xavier and Trinity along the way. The Tigers enter this year’s battle with a 5-2 record, whereas Male boasts an unblemished record of 6-0. None of Male’s games to this point can really be considered competitive contests, as the closest an opposing team came to them was 17 points (Meade County). Nonetheless, this will be a very tight game where both teams will have to give it their best efforts. Let’s look back at what happened last time the Tigers and Bulldogs squared off.
The 2013 version of Male vs. Saint Xavier was a barn-burner. The Bulldogs came into Br. Thomas More Stadium and knocked off the Tigers by a score of 44-40. Quarterback B.J. Nagle had a huge game going 14-24 for 264 yards and two touchdowns to Luke Hayden. Austin Davis was the workhorse in this game with 25 carries for 197 yards and two scores. How did the Male manage to beat St. X with three great offensive performances? Bulldog QB Davis Mattingly and his then-junior wide receiver Keion Wakefield were flat out unstoppable. Mattingly had a monster night with 356 passing yards, with Wakefield accounting for 202 of them. The duo hooked up for two touchdowns and had some help from its defense. Male won the turnover battle 2-1 and that proved to be the difference in the game. In an offensive shootout, the two teams combined for 84 points. While both offenses are fully capable of putting up those kinds of numbers again, don’t be surprised if this year’s game turns into a defensive struggle.
2013- St. Xavier 40 Male 44 (District Semifinals: St. Xavier 21 Male 23)
2012- St. Xavier 41 Male 0 (District Semifinals: St. Xavier 55 Male 14)
2011- St. Xavier 57 Male 7 (District Semifinals: St. Xavier 56 Male 10)
2010 St. Xavier 14 Male 7
2009 St. Xavier 62 Male 21
2007 St. Xavier 42 Male 6
2006 St. Xavier 27 Male 28 (District Semifinals: St. Xavier 7 Male 33)
2005 St. Xavier 28 Male 23
2004 St. Xavier 14 Male 9
2003 St. Xavier 34 Male 7 (State Quarterfinals: St. Xavier 34 Male 7)
2002 St. Xavier 0 Male 22 (State Quarterfinals: St. Xavier 26 Male 51)
2001 St. Xavier 20 Male 28
Charles Walker (St. Xavier 2010-2014)- Walker followed in the footsteps of the two aforementioned St. X legends during his time as a Tiger. A starter at running back all four years, Walker totaled 22 touchdowns and 1,760 yards rushing in his junior and senior seasons (note: he only played in 17 of 20 possible games). He shined when given the opportunity, but was plagued by injuries in what always seemed like the biggest games during his illustrious career. Nonetheless, Walker was the heart and soul of the Tiger Offense for three years in a row and was the main proponent of team success. Following his senior year, he was heavily recruited by Vanderbilt, Penn State and Kentucky. He signed with Kentucky in the spring of 2014 and was a preferred walk-on as a wide receiver for the 2014-2015 season. It is only a matter of time before we will hear news of Walker lighting up opponents the same way he did during his time at St. X.
Michael Bush (Male 1999-2003)- A Male High School legend, Bush played quarterback, wide receiver, running back, defensive end, linebacker and defensive back throughout his career as a Bulldog. Bush was what you call an absolute freak of nature in high school. In his senior season alone, he completed 190 of 304 passes for 2,891 yards and 35 touchdowns, rushed 131 times for 911 yards and seven scores and caught 17 passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns. In the 2003 State Championship Game, Bush outgained some of his teammates on the entire season in their respective categories going 33 of 47 for 468 passing yards and six touchdowns, rushing 24 times for 116 yards and a score and catching two passes for 24 yards in a 59-56 loss. How they lost that game I do not know, but we all know one thing for sure: that was a once-in-a-lifetime performance. That season he was named Kentucky’s Mr. Football, and went on to play for Bobby Petrino at the University of Louisville. He came in expecting to play quarterback but was promptly moved to tailback because how could a coach let that kind of talent stand on the sidelines in a backup role. Widely considered to be one of the greatest to ever wear Cardinal Red, Bush was a Heisman candidate in the 2005 season. He led the nation in average scoring with 14.4 points per game and was selected in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders where he spent four seasons. Bush played for the Chicago Bears from 2012-2013 and has 3,250 career rushing yards and 31 total NFL touchdowns.
The Tigers have won 8 of the last 12 in the series over the past 12 regular season games. The two teams have met in the postseason six times since 2002, splitting those games with three wins apiece. In 2013, the Bulldogs seemingly came out of nowhere to win the district and advance all the way to the semifinals.
There have been a fair share of blowouts between these two teams in the past, but it would be shocking if a rout occurs tonight. The Bulldogs are ranked number one in the state and the Tigers aren’t far behind at number four. The reason I don’t foresee any signs of a one-sided contest is because both of these teams have extremely solid defenses. The St. X defense is allowing an even 12 points per game and their district rival gives up an astounding 6.83. Albeit the Bulldogs opponent’s to this point have a combined 18-17 record, that’s an incredible feat. It will be a closely contested game, and the Male defense will face arguably its first challenge of the season.
The stat/fact to remember heading into the game is that the Bulldogs are returning all but three starters from last year. The St. X secondary will have its hands full with Wakefield, who is only a junior and is coming off of a 41 catch, 888 yard season last year. Mattingly is back at the helm as well and will definitely be shadowed by the Tigers on Friday. My prediction: St. Xavier 21 Male 20. The Tigers will run away with a huge district victory, proving that they are for real and able to compete with anyone that lines up across from them.
Friday, October 10 | 7:30 PM | Male High School | Louisville, KY
St. Xavier Tigers (5-2) at Male Bulldogs (6-0)
Friday, October 10th
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
Male High School
For the second week in a row, the Tigers will face a very tough opponent. We travel down Preston Highway to Male to take on the undefeated Bulldogs on their home field. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 70 in the nation and No. 1 in Kentucky.
It will be a tall task to slow down the great athletes of Male, but the Tiger Defense has shown all season long that they are the real deal. Keion Wakefield, the speedy slot receiver, will be the toughest matchup for the Tiger Secondary. He had his breakout game against us last year at Br. Thomas More Stadium and he’s back for more… he’s only a Junior. But guess who else is only a Junior? Logan Butler. Butler has had a spectacular season thus far and he will have to have another one to insure a Tiger victory.
The quarterback matchup will be exciting to watch. Davis Mattingly of Male is a great quarterback that will have his shot at playing at the next level and many scouts will be in the stands to watch how he performs. That is good news for Noah Houk who will be looking to put back-to-back great games together after his air raid assault on Trinity.
Tomorrow night, the Tigers travel to Male to take on the No. 1 ranked Bulldogs. We want to hear about your excitement through this post! Comment below your score prediction and how you think the Tigers will knock off Male and ruin their undefeated season!
Here’s some background information put together by the Courier-Journal’s Jason Frakes on the Male Bulldogs to help educate your prediction:
Male Bulldogs (6-0)
Coach: Chris Wolfe (fifth season, 33-20).
Starters back: Offense 8, defense 8.
Class: 6-A, District 4.
Player to watch: Junior wide receiver Keion Wakefield (5-9, 165) had 41 catches for 888 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore and will line up all over the field this season in the Bulldogs’ spread offense. Wakefield already has scholarship offers from the University of Kentucky and Cincinnati and was named the MVP among receivers at Oregon’s camp this summer.
Other top players: QB Davis Mattingly (Sr.), RB Ellis Cain (Sr.), RB Tyrone Wilkerson (Sr.), OL Houston Sparkman (Sr.), OL Isaiah Arnold (Jr.), DE Marcus Davis (Jr.), LB Stephen Miller (Sr.), CB Deiondre Coleman (Sr.), S Devin Gentry (Jr.).
Outlook: With so many starters returning on both sides of the ball, expectations are high for a Male team that lost to eventual state champion Scott County in last year’s 6-A semifinals. Marque Northington (state-record 108 catches last year) is gone, but Mattingly will have plenty of weapons from which to choose, with Wakefield, Cain and Wilkerson the top threats. The starting offensive line is huge, averaging 294 pounds. Davis is a top college prospect on the defense line and led the team in tackles last year (90.5). The one question mark is at linebacker, where twins Mike and Malik Malone have graduated.
On Tuesday evening the St. X Soccer Team lost to Male High School in a close 1-0 match that was filled with missed opportunities and tension on both ends of the field. Male, a team inside of the Tigers district, is an opponent the Tigers had been looking forward to playing for a while, hoping to preserve a perfect record against district foes. Unfortunately, the Tigers did not receive the outcome they wanted, as they fell to the Bulldogs in a hard fought battle.
From the onset of the match, bodies flew everywhere up and down the field, as both teams understood the importance of the district competition. Through the opening 35 minutes, the ball found itself in the deep ends of both sides of the field, but no team was able to finish scoring opportunities.
The Tiger defense “held their ground and really played an overall good game,” said senior defenseman and captain Neal McKiernan. It was just one lapse by the defense that gave the Bulldogs the only goal they would need in the closing seconds of the first half.
The Tigers were down at half, but the game was still in a very manageable position for St. X heading into the second set of 40 minutes. Just as previous games had gone for the Tigers, the team came out of halftime with new energy and focus. Great through-balls began to be played over the heads of the Male defense, giving St. X multiple fast break opportunities. In the 48th minute, the Tigers fed a strong cross through the Male goalie box and it was met with the foot of a Tiger, but the ball trickled just wide of the net, keeping St. X off the board.
More opportunities followed in the 70th minute, including a chance from inside the box from senior midfielder Clay Brown. The captain settled the ball, took a step, and fired the shot, only to miss the goal by inches. Moments later in the 72nd, McKiernan tracked a Tiger cross and redirected it with his head, once again just missing the goal.
The quality of St. X’s play drastically improved in the second half, but the offense couldn’t capitalize on the opportunities.
The game ended in a highly controversial fashion, as the Tigers rushed up the field in the closing seconds, looking for one last opportunity. The ball was hit up into the air, but a Male defenseman hit the ball away with his hand intentionally. The Tigers should have gotten a free kick from a good scoring range, but the Bulldog defender’s act wasted the remaining time in the game. St. X was denied the free kick it deserved, and the game ended with the Tiger sideline in disgusted frustration.
The Tiger offense “really started to create good chances in the box” during the second half, explained McKiernan. “We just couldn’t score on the chances we had.”
“We just need to play a simple game and find the best opportunities for shots on goal,” McKiernan finished. “We sometimes get too excited in the box and end up brushing passes (instead of sticking it in the back of the net).”
The Tigers face Ballard on Wednesday night in their second game in as many days. St. X hopes to continue the effort shown in the second half of the Male game in order to score a victory over the Bruins. Game time is set for 7:00 PM at Ballard.
Tuesday, September 9 | 7:00 PM | Br. Thomas More Stadium | Louisville, KY
St. Xavier Tigers (1-2-2) vs. Male Bulldogs (3-3)
Tuesday, September 9th
Varsity Game – 7:00 PM
Br. Thomas More Stadium
Senior Andrew Schaefer leads the Tiger Soccer team with 2 goals in 5 games heading into tonight’s contest against cross-town district rival Male. The Tigers have been tested early on this season with arguably one of the toughest schedules in the country. Losses to nationally ranked teams have motivated the team to practice harder each and every day so that they can still reach their goal of winning a state championship.
About two months remain in the high school soccer season and this game has huge playoff implications riding on it. District seeding will be key in the Tigers’ chase for championship #15 and tonight’s contest will be huge in determining the seeding.
Tuesday, May 20 | 6:00 PM | Male High School | Louisville, KY
St. Xavier Tigers (23-9) vs. Male Bulldogs (21-13)
Tuesday, May 20th
Varsity Game – 6:00 PM
26th District Championship
Male defeated St. Xavier in the first match-up of the two teams this season back on April 10 by the score of 10-0. That game was played at Mueller Field on the campus of St. Xavier and tonight’s game will be played at Male High School. Male ended their regular season with a two game losing streak and the Tigers finished theirs with a two game winning streak.
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Last Game: Defeated Henry Clay 7-5 in 9 Innings.
Tiger Baseball faces Male for District Title Tuesday
LCS gets to know Miles Lee
Tiger Lacrosse defeated Male last night 21-1, which improved their record to 10-3 overall. Coming off an impressive offensive performance in the 33-2 win over Manual last week, it appeared the sticks stayed hot and carried over into the contest against the Bulldogs.
Coach Frank and his JV team silenced the Bulldogs early on, eventually claiming a 14-4 win. JV moved to 8-1 on the season, continuing their overall dominance.
As dusk fell over the St. X campus, the Varsity teams went head to head. Once again, the Tigers left no time to waste as they quickly executed their offense. 5 different Tigers scored in the first frame as St. Xavier jumped out to an early 8-0 lead over visiting Male. Junior Collin Roppel and Senior Raike Thornewill both had two goals in the first quarter. Alex Cherry, Nick King and Will Roshkowski added one goal each as well. Sophomore Corbyn Buchart scored a career high 3 goals as the Tigers drowned the Bulldogs in organized offense.
Max Cartor was pulled during the second quarter with the shutout still in tacked so that Bryce Perram could get some playing time in between the pipes. Cartor has been magnificent all season long preventing goal after goal and keeping the Tigers ahead of the opponents’ attack.
At halftime, the score was in favor of the home team 14-1. Davis Kannapell and Will Edwards were destroying Bulldogs left and right as the Tigers expanded the lead to 18-1 going into the fourth quarter where Jack Cecil and Parker Maddox each netted goals.
Coleman Webb and Alex Cherry dominated the face offs. It was rare to see Male on offense during this game due to the high percent of face off owns and the defensive line that stood strong just past mid field. The Tigers were relentless when Male was trying to clear the ball, breaking up passes and laying big hits, including Will Edward’s body slam and Davis Kanapell’s huge hit. Max Cartor stood strong in goal, as usual. Even though Male’s offense did not produce many good shots, Cartor easily pushed away any of their attempts, keeping the shutout until he was pulled halfway through the second quarter.
The Varsity team ended up winning 21-1 against Male. In the past three games, The Tigers have out scored their opponents 54-3. They now have a record of 10-3 on the season, heading into their important rivalry game against Trinity Wednesday April 23. The Tigers look to continue their hot-streak in front of a rowdy Rage Cage at Br. Thomas More Stadium. Game time is set for 7:00 PM.