April 9th, 2013

St. Xavier Notes

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St. Xavier Notes
The St. Xavier lacrosse team / file photo

By: Mitchell Forde – The student is a member of the Billy Reed Academy. He or she will submit a weekly column and feature story as requested or needed.

Track and Field: The team was busy over Spring Break as it first competed in the Lenny Lyles Invitational on March 30 at Central High School, taking third place behind No. 1-ranked North Hardin and second-ranked Central. The distance runners led the Tigers as Nick Reader won the 800 meters and  1,600 and Chris Striegel took the 3,200. On April 7 the Tigers were once again narrowly outdone by the Trojans as they finished second in the North Hardin Invitational. Zach McKendrick provided the team’s only individual victory, winning the 110 hurdles, and he also placed fourth in the 300 hurdles. Other top performers were Stephen Kinny, who was second in the 3,200, as well as the 4x100 team of Joe Butler,Michael Ritter, Austin Fields and Zach McKendrick and the 4x400 team of Butler, Thomas Cave, Reader and Fields, both of which took second. Next up for the No. 2-ranked Tigers is the Master Meet at home on Tuesday.

Lacrosse:  The Tigers travelled to Virginia Beach over Spring Break to face some of the toughest competition in the nation in a grueling tournament. They suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Georgetown Prep School of Virginia, whose squad includes over 20 players committed to play at Division I colleges. The Tigers then suffered two straight heartbreaking defeats to St. Annes Bellfield, 6-7, and Norfolk Academy, 7-8. After falling to Blue Ridge School in their next game, the Tigers returned home and defeated Brentwood Academy 15-7. Zayne Smith and Brad Schickel each scored five goals in the win. Next up, the team faces its archrival and toughest in-state competition in Trinity on Wednesday.

Baseball: St. X was dominant over Spring Break, winning eight games in eight days over quality competition. First, they defeated Scott County 11-1 and Henderson County 3-2 during a doubleheader March 30. Then the Tigers Crushed La Salle High School of Ohio 12-2 on April 1. The Tigers then travelled to Cincinnati, where they defeated Cincinnati St. Xavier 7-5 and Elder High School 7-2 on April 2. Cincinnati St. X then came to town on April 4 and the Tigers vanquished them once again, 2-0, behind a two-hit shutout thrown by senior Sam Melchior. The Tigers wrapped up their break with a doubleheader against Firestone High School of Akron on April 6. They dominated, winning the first game 12-0 and the second 14-3. The Tigers’ busy schedule continues this week as they face Brentwood Academy on Wednesday, Male on Thursday and Butler on Friday.

Tennis:  The Tigers started off Spring Break with an overwhelming performance in the St, Louis tournament hosted by Edwardsville High School. St. X took two teams to the event, a green squad and a gold squad, and both won their semifinal matches, making St. X both the championship and runner-up of the tournament. The green and gold squads did not actually play one another in a championship game, but instead the team each one had not faced in the semifinals. Both were victorious once again. From there, the team travelled to Atlanta and defeated Brookwood High School 4-1 on April 2. The Tigers then moved on to Chattanooga, where they defeated both Baylor and McCallie in individual matches. On April 5 the team also took first place in a rotary tournament in Chattanooga, with Brandon Lancaster, Parker Thieneman, Zach Kuo and Liam Friel winning their respective singles championships and the doubles team of Lancaster and Sean Donohue winning their doubles championship. This week, the Tigers, who have been ranked No. 1 in the state by the tennis coaches, will host the Kentucky duals on Friday and Saturday.

Bass fishing: The team swept the honors at the inaugural Region 2 championships, as Luke Miller, Evan Bale, Carter O’Brien and David Brewer caught the winning stringer and propelled the Tigers to the regional championship. The team boated three keepers weighing 10 pounds 7 ounces in all, including the Big Bass of the tournament, a five-pounder landed by Miller. Despite the tough conditions that resulted in only 13 of the 45 participating boats landing a single keeper and kept the other five St. X boats fishless, this boat’s performance gave the Tigers the greatest team weight and the region crown. Miller, Bale, O’Brien and Baker will move on to state competition at Kentucky Lake on Saturday, April 27.

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



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