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Practice makes perfect

Quinn Hanigan, Sports Writer

December 20, 2018

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The boys’ swim team is back in season, and Xavier senior Rory Bostwick is preparing to compete again with the Washington Warriors. Although this is Bostwick’s final year, he has not lost any of his energy or vigor for the sport. “There will not be any days off this year, especially if I want to qualify for districts and state,” Bostwick said. The boys have an exhausting schedule. “We practice six days a week. Twice on Tuesday and Thursday in the morning...

Filling big shoes

Libby Arnold, Sports Writer

December 20, 2018

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The Xavier girls’ bowling team is looking to fill big shoes. “We graduated a lot of bowlers who have been with the program for four years, so we have more bowlers with limited varsity experience that will need to be major contributors for a successful season,” Coach Russ Camacho said. One of those bowlers is junior Ellie Marovets. “Ellie has the potential to be a stud for us. She has been improving significantly for us the last few years,” Coach Camacho...

Wrestling alumnus return

Caitlynn Daniels, Sports Writer

December 20, 2018

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There is no place like home. This statement proves to be true as former wrestler, Nick Drahozal (X14), returns to the Xavier wrestling program as an assistant coach. “I decided to become a coach to help out the program that helped me develop my skills during my time at Xavier,” Coach Drahozal said. While at Xavier, Drahozal had 129 career wins and set the school record of 48 wins in a single season. Coach Drahozal has started to pass down his knowledge of the sport...

20 years and counting

Grace Ries, Assistant Sports Editor

December 20, 2018

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Throughout all 20 years of Xavier, Coach Tom Lilly and Coach Duane Schulte have been through it all. Schulte has been a football coach for 25 years, starting at LaSalle High School before transitioning to Xavier. Schulte said it is easier to understand the transition of two high schools for the people who went through it. Many people wondered, as far back as the early 1960s, what it would be like if LaSalle and Regis were one school. “Maybe what has been done the...

Sibling support on the court

Keera Ball, Sports Editor

December 20, 2018

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The sport of basketball can bring siblings closer together. This is true for the three sets of siblings on the boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams this season. All sets of siblings contain older brothers and younger sisters, as well as three captains and three freshmen. The sibling duos are senior Bryson Bastian and freshman Brielle Bastian,  junior Jake Beckmann and freshman Aree Beckmann, and senior Kyle Moeder and freshman Mary Kate Moeder. “I alwa...

High hopes, big goals

Libby Arnold, Sports Writer

December 7, 2018

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Being a swimmer means countless hours in the pool and hard-core workouts. Four Xavier students take on that challenge. Senior Rory Bostwick, junior Mitchell Talyat, sophomore Ethan Williams, and freshman Spencer Kramer are the only boy swimmers representing Xavier. Bostwick, Talyat, and Williams are a part of the Washington boys’ co-op. “It is never work because I enjoy it. Swimming is always fun for me,” Williams said. Many swimmers’ main focus is to...

Aiming bigger

Quinn Hanigan, Sports Writer

December 7, 2018

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As a new season approaches, the anticipation of new beginnings appear. For the boys of Xavier’s wrestling team, the new season means another chance at a state victory. With several qualifiers last year, the team knows state is not a far-fetched dream. Even though they lost sophomore, and previous state qualifier, Ivan Thomas for most, if not all, of the season due to injury, they gained freshman Christian Stanek, who knows the taste of victory. Stanek won state for club...

New team, same mindset

Caitlynn Daniels, Sports Writer

December 7, 2018

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A new season brings new players and new roles to fill, but the Xavier boys’ basketball team still has the same goal in mind: to win a state championship. The Saints are planning to achieve this under leadership from senior captains Bryson Bastian, Kyle Moeder and Quinn Schulte, and junior captain, Jake Beckmann. “I have never been a captain before, but it is an honor that Coach [Ryan Luehrsmann] chose me to be one of the four captains,” Moeder said. The Saints...

A new dynamic

Keera Ball, Sports Editor

December 7, 2018

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Newbies often get overlooked. The Xavier girls’ basketball team welcomes five new freshmen to their varsity team for the 2018-2019 season: Bella Barreto, Brielle Bastian, Aree Beckmann, Maya Karl and Mary Kate Moeder. “Ever since I was little, I have grown up watching Xavier Basketball,” Moeder said. “It is honestly surreal that the time is here, and it is so exciting. There has been a lot of time and effort put into the program, and I am excited for the season...

The perfect ending

Grace Ries, Assistant Sports Editor

December 7, 2018

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“The perfect ending of my senior season is to win the state championship with an undefeated season, and we did that,” senior Patrick Chambers said. Xavier’s football team beat the No. 8 ranked Western Dubuque in the state championship game at the UNI-Dome on November 15. Chambers caught a 33-yard touchdown pass for his first touchdown all season, putting the Saints ahead of the Bobcats 26-20 in the fourth quarter. In an interview, Coach Duane Schulte talk...

Daniels finds future home

Keera Ball, Sports Editor

November 19, 2018

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Many kids have heard “If you dream it, you can do it”. This applied to junior Caitlynn Daniels when her dreams came true as she verbally committed to the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) on October 1 to continue her academic and basketball careers. The UAB Blazers, part of Conference USA, went 27-7 last season. “Coach Norton and the staff really made me feel like I belonged there,” Daniels said. “I really liked the facilities, people and the fact it never...

“An honor” for Bakanov

Libby Arnold, Sports Writer

November 19, 2018

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It only took two words for Xavier sophomore Andrei Bakanov to describe what it is like to play for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders: “An honor.” Bakanov had one reason for moving thousands of miles away from home…his love of hockey. He moved from Moscow, Russia to the Midwest. After spending a brief amount of time in Ohio and Michigan, Bakanov found himself in Iowa. “I was playing hockey in Michigan when the Roughriders drafted me to come play for them,” Bakanov...

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