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Quest for three-peat

Keera Ball, Sports Writer

November 29, 2017

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New beginnings bring a new mindset and intensity. The back-to-back state champions return in action and hope to make it a three-peat. The Xavier boys’ basketball team opened their season on Tuesday, November 28 at Mount Pleasant. The Saints return three starters: seniors Jackson Joens and Matt Mims, and junior Quinn Schulte. Last year’s role players: senior Gabe Lux and junior Kyle Moeder, look to make an impact, along with new underclassmen. “This year we have...

Boys’ Swimming dives in

Hannah Williams, Sports Writer

November 29, 2017

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There is no off season for swimmers because most participate in club swimming. Seniors George Durin and Carter Kramer, who swim for Washington and Kennedy respectively, feel prepared going into the season. “I feel really good. I'm in great shape, way better than I ever have felt before at this point in the season,” Durin said. There are ten Xavier boys swimmers who swim for Washington and Kennedy High Schools, which is determined by  what district they live in....

All for naught

Thomas Bean, Sports Writer

November 29, 2017

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Junge watches final game from sidelines If someone plays football for Xavier High School, they most likely have played the game from a very young age. They often begin with flag football during early elementary years and then, during fourth or fifth grade, they move to tackle. They will often go to the games and summer camps run by members of the Xavier coaching staff. All the while, they are looking up to the high school varsity team. All of this is true for senior...

Pinning down goals for a new season

Keera Ball, Sports Writer

November 29, 2017

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New seasons bring new goals and an empty mat for success. The Xavier wrestling team looks to fill the gap this season. The Saints will return two state qualifiers to the wrestling team this season: senior Keegan Schultschik and junior Patrick Chambers. They will welcome back junior letterwinners Isaac Ball, Kyle Krezek, and Garrett Ries. The Saints are also excited to see capable freshmen on the mat this season. “My initial goal for the season is to get the guys back...

Grinding through the seasons

Syd Walther, Sports Writer

November 29, 2017

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Investment in dreams and a constant grind are the ingredients for success; this is something junior Emily Jasper knows all too well. As the volleyball season comes to an end and basketball starts, this middle hitter turns into a post. “Basketball is a whole different atmosphere, so it takes longer to get adjusted,” Jasper said. “We have to run a lot in basketball and not at all in volleyball.” Although the environment is different, the goals and fundamentals...

Misfits prove the doubters wrong

Misfits prove the doubters wrong

November 29, 2017

They called themselves the misfits. A bunch of inexperienced second string players who found themselves thrust into the limelight. However, after their 31-13 win over Pella on Thursday, November 16, the Xavier Saints football team proved their own name...

High hopes for state volleyball

Caitlin Kramer, Sports Editor

November 7, 2017

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For the second year in a row, the Xavier Saints volleyball team is taking a trip to state. After finishing third, the highest at state in school history, the Saints look to break that record one more time. The Saints defeated Mount Pleasant in the regional semi-final on Tuesday, October 24. They also beat Fort Madison in the regional final on Monday, October 30 to secure a spot at the state tournament. “The level of play at the state tournament is a lot more intense...

Girls’ swimming takes on state

Girls’ swimming takes on state

November 7, 2017

The key to success is hard work and determination. The Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Washington girls’ co-op swimmers put their hard work to the test at the state meet on Saturday, November 4 at the Marshalltown YMCA. Senior Sarah Gannon and sophomore Maddie...

Senior runners say goodbye at state

Keera Ball, Sports Writer

November 7, 2017

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The 2017 journey has ended, and goodbyes can be tough. The boys’ cross country team finished their season on Saturday, October 28 at the state meet in Fort Dodge. The Saints placed 11th overall in Class 3A. Their top finishers were seniors Jon Lansing, placing 34th, John Pape, placing 45th, and Nolan Pithan, placing 57th. Six of Xavier’s top runners were seniors Colby Flynn, Lansing, Pape, Pithan, Keegan Schultschik, and Joe Scieszinski. The returning Saints were juniors...

Volleyball Regional Final Photos

Volleyball Regional Final Photos

November 2, 2017

Xavier's volleyball team advances to state after winning the regional final game against Fort Madison....

Saints see room to improve

Saints see room to improve

October 17, 2017

As the regular season comes to a close, the Xavier Saints volleyball team looks to prepare themselves for the postseason. The Saints’ last regular season game was a 3-0 win against Cedar Rapids Kennedy on Tuesday, October 10. “Going into the game,...

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