April 30th, 2013

St. Xavier Notes

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St. Xavier Notes
St. Xavier's Nate Stemle takes a lead off second / photo by Paul Najjar

By Mitchell Forde - St. Xavier High School

The writer is a member of the Billy Reed Sports Journalism Academy, sponsored by Catholic Sports Network. Each correspondent will write a weekly notes column about his or her school, in addition to submitting photos, game stories, and features as requested.

Baseball: Despite seeing their incredible 14-game win streak come to an end this week, the baseball team continues to roll behind its incredible pitching staff. Floyd Central defeated the Tigers in a heartbreaker on Tuesday, April 23, 8-7. The Tigers uncharacteristically allowed six runs in the last inning of that game.

The team rebounded well, however, by winning all three of its games in the Louisville Invitational Tournament. First, Sam Melchior picked up his fourth win of the season as he led St. X to a 4-2 victory over Tates Creek on Thursday. On Saturday morning, the Tigers mauled the No. 7 ranked team in the state, Collins, by a score of 12-2 in a game that was called after five innings. Steady senior Ben Britt pitched all five innings for the win. The Collins pitchers accounted for four wild pitches and seven walks, including plunking leadoff batter Gunnar Wagoner three separate times. In the LIT finale that afternoon, the Tigers defeated Manual 6-1. Sophomore Grant Wessling got the win on the mound, and junior Sam Springer carried the load offensively by going 3-4 with a home run and three RBIs. This week, the team stays busy with games against Ballard (Wednesday), PRP (Thursday) and Central Hardin (Friday).

Track and Field: The track team competed in the Eastern Relays this Saturday, April 27, taking 17th place in a highly competitive meet featuring teams from throughout the Eastern United States. Although the day did not go exactly as planned for the Tigers, there were a few impressive performances such as Thomas Cave’s personal best time of 1:55 in the 800 and the Distance Medley relay’s second place finish. The team wraps up its regular season with the Dream Mile this Friday, May 3. Then, the regional meet will be held on Friday, May 10 with the state meet the following weekend. The Tigers certainly look to be in the hunt for the state title.

Lacrosse: The Tiger lacrosse team finished off their regular season this week by going 2-1 in their three games. First, the team defeated Collegiate in front of a raucous crowd last Wednesday, April 24. It was Senior Night for the Tigers and Derby Night for the fans, and senior Zayne Smith made the most of the stage and his final home game by scoring five goals to lead St. X to a 9-5 victory. Then, on Friday and Saturday, the team travelled to the Culver City Classic, where they won their first game against Zionsville 10-4 before a brutal loss to Culver the next day by a score of 25-1. The team ended the regular season 13-5 and undefeated against teams from the state of Kentucky. The team will compete in the district tournament beginning Tuesday, May 7 and the district final Thursday, May 9. The state tournament then begins on Monday, May 13.

Tennis:  The tennis team continued its reign of terror this week by winning the Carter Invitational, hosted by Montgomery Bell in Nashville, TN. Although the finals were cancelled due to rain, the Tigers placed five of their six singles players in the finals. Next up for the team is a match against archrival Trinity on Thursday, May 2. Postseason play begins with the start of the regional tournament on Monday May 6 and will see the Tigers heavily favored to win their fifth consecutive state title.  

Rugby: The rugby team rebounded emphatically from its three-game losing streak by crushing Middletown High School 32-0 on Sunday, April 28. Keaton Byrd, Josh Bibb, and Karmah Fanbulleh each scored two tries for the Tigers, while Christian Hardy, Kevin Riggs, John Conway and Logan Butler each scored one. In addition, Hardy kicked three conversions, Ryan Thebert kicked two, and Chad Thornberry added another. The team finishes off its season this Sunday, May 5 in a rematch against Highlanders, whom the Tigers defeated 71-0 earlier in the season.

Volleyball: The Tiger volleyball team finished second in the Kentucky State Championship on Saturday, April 27. The team began the tournament by breezing past Holy Cross of Covington and St. Henry’s in the preliminary matches. Then, it defeated St. Henry’s once again in the semifinals, winning the two sets 25-16 and 25-11, respectively. In the final, the Tigers were unable to replicate their success from earlier in the season as they fell to Trinity in two sets, 25-15 and 25-17. Although the team would have loved to bring a state championship back to St. X, the opportunity for redemption remains as they play another match against Trinity on Tuesday, April 30.

Bass Fishing: St. X’s boat of anglers struggled against the cold, steady rain in the state championship this past Friday and Saturday at Kentucky Lake. The team of Luke Miller, David Brewer, Adam Bale and Carter O’Brien finished 36th out of 45 boats with a total, 2-day weight of 8 pounds, 4 ounces. Although the fishing was tough for the foursome, they gained valuable experience in the inaugural bass fishing state championship. This group of all underclassmen and the rest of St. X’s squad, led by Coach Matt Yarborough, will be back next year and ready to improve their final position now that it knows what it’s up against.

As always, visit the WSTX Sports and Xavier News Online websites to learn more about Tiger sports.

 

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