We all remember Wes Parker. Just last year, he completed a sterling career as a Tiger; he was a linebacker for St. X Football and an absolute beast for St. X Rugby, the driving force behind a three-peat. He was known for his intimidating figure, his devastating physicality, and his ferocious intensity. He was zeal personified.
Well, Tiger Nation, Parker is about to hit the national stage.
Parker informed us this week that he will travel to Canada with the United States’ U20 National Rugby Team. He will be a member of the team playing a qualifying match for the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Trophy competition to be held in Portugal May 12th through May 24th.
“I am very grateful to be playing on the U.S. U20 team and represent my country,” Parker said. “Playing for the U19 squad was really great, but this is a big step up.”
Currently, Parker is currently attending Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He plays rugby for the Lindenwood Lions, the university’s rugby club. But he has eyes on bigger opportunities.
“There isn’t anything after this level except for the Men’s National Team,” Parker explained. “That is a big reason why I’m so excited to be on the U20. There is a direct pathway to the Men’s National Team, and from there, professional teams in Europe.”
The possibility of becoming a professional rugby player is very real for Parker, and when he sets foot on the pitch in Victoria, British Colombia to take on the Canada U20 team, he will be taking another step in the right direction. He says he owes it all to his days at St. X.
“My time at St. X absolutely helped me,” Parker explained. “I had great coaches, a great group of guys on my team, and a great school that fully backed the program. Without St. X, I really wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity to play [rugby], so getting noticed by USA Rugby would have been impossible.”
One of his coaches at St. X was his father, who is an assistant rugby coach under Head Coach Scott Sayler. He is an undoubtedly a proud papa at this time.
Wes Parker, Saint Xavier High School Class of 2014, is already making a name for himself on a national level. And we are pretty sure that he will be another exemplary figure that will show the world what the X-Factor means. Tradition Unequaled.
From all of us at WSTX Sports, Good Luck Wes!
As Winter Sports head into State Championship runs and Spring Sports prepare to open their seasons, there are a lot of headlines. Let’s get to it.
Tiger Basketball begins the road to Rupp Arena and the Sweet Sixteen State Tournament in Lexington this week. St. X takes on Brown this Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Brother John Wills Arena. Looking ahead, the Tigers should be in the 26th District Championship on Thursday in the Wills Arena; game time is set for 7:00 p.m. Look for another thrilling game in the championship, as St. X will presumably take on Male in a rematch of fierce rivals. The Tigers edged the Bulldogs 70-67 in an electrifying, double-overtime battle at Male on Feb. 7th.
Tiger Swimming will go to war at Ralph Wright Natorium Friday and Saturday in search of its 26th consecutive State Championship and 50th overall. St. X will have to fend off a hungry Covington Catholic team, who has as good a shot as ever to break the streak. Competition starts at 10:00 a.m. on both days. In addition to the State Championship, the Tigers will also be fighting to finish off a fourth consecutive undefeated season.
Tiger Lacrosse begins practice this week; rosters were announced last weekend, and the hunt for a sixth State Championship in seven years is on. The Tiger Lax Green-Gold Game is set for this Saturday, March 1st, from 10-12 a.m. at Brother Thomas More Stadium. The season opener is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5th, against Paul Dunbar High School. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at Brother Thomas More Stadium.
Tiger Rugby will welcome one of the best rugby teams in the nation to Brother Thomas More Stadium on Saturday. Indianapolis Cathedral High School was ranked number one in the country last season and will be the Tigers’ opponents in their season opener. The A game is scheduled for 3:00 p.m., and the B game is set for 4:30.
Tomorrow is WSTX Sports’ own Evan Shaheens’ birthday! Everyone make sure to tweet @E_Shaheen82 and wish him a Happy Birthday tomorrow! Thanks for everything you do for the Tiger Sports Family, Evan!
It will be a busy week and a busy weekend for sure for Tiger Sports. Tiger fans, make sure to get out to as many events as possible! Go Tigers!