May 14th, 2013

St. Xavier Notebook

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St. Xavier Notebook
A St. X lacrosse player looks to make a move / file photo by Conor Revell

By Mitchell Forde – The writer is a member of the Billy Reed Sports Journalism Academy. He or she will submit columns, features, and other stories as requested.

Rugby: On Saturday, May 11, both the A and B sides for the rugby team played for the state championship in games that were postponed a week due to weather. First, the B-side lost a grueling battle to Middletown, 7-5.

The A-side avenged the loss in dramatic fashion, however, over archrival Trinity. They took an early 17-0 lead, but a comeback by the Shamrocks made it 31-22 late in the game. That is when the Tigers’ Christian Hardy, Austin Jarboe and Kevin Riggs were removed from the game in quick succession. Despite being three men down, the team rallied and managed to keep Trinity from scoring before the final horn sounded. The final score was 31-22, giving St. X its second straight state championship and third in the past four years.

Track and Field: The track and field team got their postseason off to a superb start by dominating the Region 2 championship last Friday, May 10. The Tigers were not affected by the wet conditions as the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x800 teams were all victorious, with the 4x400 squad coming in second. In addition, Connor Sheryak won the individual 3200, Thomas Cave won the 800, and Austin Hardesty won the pole vault for the team. Overall, the Tigers beat rival Male by a significant margin of 29 points. St. X also qualified twenty-one runners for the state meet to be held next Saturday, May 18. The complete list of those state participants can be found here. The team appears poised to make a run at upsetting favorite North Hardin and bringing home a state championship.

Lacrosse: The Tiger Lacrosse team began postseason play as well in the District Final against Collegiate last Thursday, May 8. Collegiate actually scored the game’s first goal to take the lead early in the first quarter, but shortly thereafter Patrick Muldoon scored for the Tigers to even up the score. From that point on, it was all St. X. Zayne Smith led the way by scoring 6 goals as the Tigers won 13-4. The state tournament began on Monday night, with the Tigers crushing South Oldham by a score of 14-2. Brad Schickel one-upped his teammate Smith by scoring 7 goals in the rout. The Tigers’ next matchup will be in the state semifinals against Ballard on Wednesday, May 15 at 6:00. St. X is undefeated against in-state competition this season and looks to continue that trend in order to claim its sixth consecutive state title.

Tennis:  Like the track and lacrosse teams, the St. X tennis team began its quest for a state title by beginning postseason play last week. The team dominated the regional tournament, sweeping all four semifinal matches so that it was all Tigers playing one another in the singles’ and doubles’ finals. Next, the team controlled the Sectional tournament as they swept both the semifinals against Trinity and Finals against South Oldham, both by 3-0 scores. Sean Donohue, Brandon Lancaster, and the doubles’ team of Nick Waldeck and Coleman Cox were victorious against Trinity, while Lancaster, Liam Friel, and the duo of Evan McCullough and Matt Graft picked up wins against South Oldham. The Tigers will look to capture a fifth straight state championship this week, as they will compete in the state semi-finals on Wednesday, May 15 and the finals on Thursday.

Baseball: The baseball team went 2-1 in its three games this week as it prepares for the fast-approaching postseason. First, the team dispatched Southern by a score of 8-3 last Tuesday, May 7. The team then dropped a tough game to highly-ranked Lexington Catholic the following day. The Tigers were unable to generate the necessary offense as they fell 2-0 in a lengthy game that was prolonged by a rain delay. The team righted the ship with another dramatic walk-off victory on Monday, May 13 over KCD. Senior Nate Stemle delivered his second walk-off hit in as many weeks with a double in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Tigers a 2-1 win. Starting pitcher Ben Britt kept the Tigers in the game with 11 strikeouts through 6 1/3 innings, and relief pitcher Connor Underwood was also sharp and got the win. The team will finish up its regular season this week as it is scheduled to play North Oldham on Wednesday, May 15, Lexington Christian on Thursday, and Paul Dunbar on Saturday, May 18 in the regular season finale. After that the team will face off with Male on Tuesday, May 21 in the perennially thrilling District final.

Volleyball: The volleyball team finished their season with a resounding, 4-0 victory over Carmel High School of Indiana on Saturday, May 11. The team finished with a 9-4 record and as the state runner-up.

For complete coverage of St. X athletics as the teams vie for an unprecedented four state titles in one week, visit the WSTX Sports and Xavier News Online websites.


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