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Boys welcome new goalie to team

Maria Steffen, Assistant Sports Editor

May 1, 2018

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A new season can mean many things for a team. There are often new players joining the team, new positions being filled, and new memories being made. One of the new players who joined the varsity team this year, senior goalie Jack Lemke, is also trying out a new position. “Last year I was a forward on jv and this year I am playing goalie for the first time ever,” Lemke said. “It is a whole different experience.” Having the support of the returning players will make th...

Seniors lead hopes for state soccer

Seniors lead hopes for state soccer

May 1, 2018

“Practice makes perfect” is what every aspiring athlete is told from a young age. This saying applies to the Xavier girls’ soccer team, who, after  several losses to start the season, have started to improve and make progress on the quality of t...

Saints starting season strong

Keera Ball, Sports Writer

May 1, 2018

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Newbies often get overlooked. However, freshman Miyako Coffey has experienced success this tennis season, and has set the bar high for the rest of the year. Coffey was undefeated in both singles and doubles in the month of April, and hopes to continue this streak. “I have been practicing and working hard for my first high school season for over a year,” Coffey said. “It feels really good to finally see it all pay off, but I am working to continue my success.” Cof...

Saints welcome new coach

Caitlin Kramer, Sports Editor

May 1, 2018

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For many, a new head coach may cause lots of changes in the fundamental principles of a program, but for the Xavier Saints baseball team, this transition has gone fairly smooth. With a head baseball coach position needing to be filled, Xavier offered the job to former assistant coach Dan Halter, who accepted. “I am very honored to be the head baseball coach at Xavier,” Halter said. “We have a rich tradition built with great coaches and players. It is a tremendous opp...

Saints compete at Drake Relays

Saints compete at Drake Relays

May 1, 2018

As another track season comes around, the state’s top runners battle it out to be the best. This year’s Drake Relays were held on April 25-28 at Drake Stadium at Drake University, and it was up to seniors Ethan Brown and Theresa Lampe, and sophomore...

Coach Hadzic brings his love for soccer to CR

Will Hanigan, Sports Writer

April 18, 2018

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As the old adage goes, “There is always more to a person than meets the eye.” This is true of Xavier head soccer coach Amir Hadzic. Immigrating to America from a war torn communist Yugoslavia, Hadzic has suffered and seen some true atrocities in his lifetime. Through all that he has seen, he attributes soccer to giving him all of his lucky breaks in life. “Soccer has given me so many opportunities in this blessed life I have had. It got me out of Bosnia, it got me...

Soccer seeks early success

Maria Steffen, Assistant Sports Editor

April 16, 2018

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With the return of spring, comes the return of soccer season. Although games are just starting, the girls have been practicing with each other for a little over a month. Together, they have been working towards their ultimate goal: qualifying for the state tournament in June. “We are hoping to have a winning season that takes us further than last year at state with an awesome group of girls,” senior captain Elena Minor said. With losing key seniors, Ellie Fischer,...

Girls’ track weathers the storm

Caitlin Kramer, Sports Editor

April 16, 2018

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Typically, March and April are the transitional months from winter to spring, but this year the seasons have taken their time fully converting. The mixture of snow, rain, wind, and cold temperatures oftentimes put a damper on the beginning of a sport’s season, but the Xavier Saints girls’ track team is staying optimistic. “The season has been pretty good so far,” senior Grace Miller said. “Although a couple of our meets have gotten cancelled, we still practice...

Savoring the final season

Syd Walther, Sports Writer

April 16, 2018

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Change is good, but change can also be scary. The Xavier boys’ tennis team is fully ready to embrace the changes to come this season. After coming off of its best season in Xavier history, the boys have to adjust to the departure of many seniors, new doubles pairings, and a new lineup for singles. However, even through all the changes, the goals of the players and the team as a whole have not changed. “My goal is still to repeat our title from last year and do...

Boys’ track sprints into new season

Maria Steffen, Assistant Sports Editor

March 28, 2018

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The 2018 boys’ track season and is in full force. The members of the team are looking to have an exciting year and to finish well at the state meet. Returners from last year’s state qualifiers are seniors George Durin, Jax Junge, and Joe Scieszinski, juniors Aaron Larson and Braden Stovie, and sophomore Josh Volk. Their end goal this season is to finish better than they did last year. “The team goal this year is to do the best we can and get as many people as...

Trapshooting aims for different goals

Syd Walther, Sports Writer

March 28, 2018

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Rookies and veterans: no matter how experienced a trapshooter is, the season is full of opportunities to set goals to improve skills and techniques. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Scholastic Clays Target Program directs the Xavier trapshooting team. The object of the sport is to break 25 clay targets shot into the air five times from five differing positions. Scores are placed out of 50. The Saints are coached by Gene Parker. Junior Matthew Koopmann has been...

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