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Humbling successes

Grace Ries, Assistant Sports Editor

October 29, 2018

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With a record of 180 wins and 79 losses, Xavier Coach Duane Schulte is placed on the “50 greatest Iowa high school football coaches of all time”  list by The Des Moines Register. “He teaches us more than just football. I know that he works really hard for us, and I feel that I should do the same,” senior Isaac Ball said. The Des Moines Register placed Schulte on this list because “Schulte has built a program that has frequently made big accomplishmen...

Pfab on fire

Quinn Hanigan, Sports Writer

October 29, 2018

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Diving from summer into fall, the Iowa swimmers are splashing into the end of their seasons. The Washington girls’ swim team finished 5-3 in dual meets and are now focusing on qualifying for the state meet. One of the individuals who has shown potential this season is freshman Lucy Pfab, who has improved her times in all strokes. Pfab continues to work hard and has a focus for her determination. “Some things that motivate me to keep going are my friends and family....

Denman, Renning running into state meet

Keera Ball, Sports Editor

October 29, 2018

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“I can finally eat Pop-Tarts again because qualifying is over,” junior Jack Renning said. Junior Hannah Denman and Renning individually qualified for the state cross country meet during the district race on Thursday, October 18 at Hart Ridge Golf Course in Manchester. Denman finished fourteenth overall, with a time of 20:48. Renning posted a time of 17:15, placing fifth overall. Denman nor Renning qualified as an individual last year. “It felt great to finish and know I was going to get the chance to run at state,” Renning sai...

One final round

Caitlynn Daniels, Sports Writer

October 29, 2018

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Not only did the Xavier boys’ golf team qualify for state as a team, but senior Max Henderson qualified individually. He shot a 78 at the district meet on Tuesday, October 2, three points away from his personal best, a 75. Coach Tim O’Brien appreciated Henderson’s hard work and said he improved greatly during the off season. “I would practice at least an hour or play a round every day up until the season,” Henderson said. To his surprise, Henderson was ann...

Making history

Caitlynn Daniels, Sports Writer

October 10, 2018

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For the first time in school history, Xavier volleyball competed as a nationally ranked team. Only 100 teams in the nation receive this honor each week by Prep Volleyball. This ranking did not come without hard work. “When we are in the gym, we work extremely hard,” senior Olivia Richards said. “We are there to get better and push each other to be the best we can be.” The Saints lost five seniors from last year’s state semi-finalist team and have had to change...

Hardwork pays off

Quinn Hanigan, Sports Writer

October 10, 2018

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Not everyone would get up at 4:45 a.m. to go jump in a swimming pool. Junior swimmer Maddie Gannon is one of those rare types of people. Gannon has swam competitively for most of her life and is now achieving times better than before. She swims for Kennedy High School as a part of the Cedar Rapids co-op. She continues to impress her coaches and teammates in her attitude, ability and drive. “Maddie is the type of kid you want to keep around; she brings high energy,...

Pressure to do better

Grace Ries, Sports Assistant Editor

October 10, 2018

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After winning a football state championship last year, the pressure is on for the Xavier Saints’ football team to take it all home again this year. “I think the season has been going alright so far. There are obviously a lot of things we need to work on and get better at, but we just need to continue to come together and work as a team,” senior and team captain Kyle Krezek said. Krezek knows that once he steps onto the field every Friday night, his teammates have...

Senior captains lead the way

Libby Arnold, Sports Writer

October 10, 2018

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Leadership and responsibility are what it takes to be a captain. Over the summer, the boys’ golf team met and decided on its captains. A week before the season started, seniors Dan Bailey and Nick Recker were announced as leaders. “It was great, because I knew I could contribute a lot to the team, including leadership,” Bailey said. Bailey and Recker consider it a special honor to be named captains. “I was proud of myself because I always looked up to our...

Former player, now coach

Grace Ries, Sports Assistant Writer

September 12, 2018

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The Xavier Saints’ football team has started a new season with another Schulte. Mr. Reggie Schulte is a new math teacher and varsity football coach at Xavier High School. He graduated in 2013 and was the quarterback for the Saints. Schulte has always enjoyed sports, especially football. As a new coach, he likes being a part of the team and wants to help the players grow to earn success. “I have had a lot of great coaches who inspired me and formed me into the person...

Flanagan joins boys’ golf

Libby Arnold, Sports Writer

September 12, 2018

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With three team state championships, three individuals state championships, and being named Coach of the Year four times, Patrick Flanagan brings a lot of talent to the Xavier boys’ golf team. Flanagan joins Xavier as head freshman coach. He was the former head golf coach at Columbus Catholic High School in Waterloo, Iowa. “I have been playing since I was a caddy in junior high, and I’ve played the game ever since. The past ten years I have been a part of Titleist...

Jefferson wins Athlete of the Week

Caitlynn Daniels, Sports Writer

September 12, 2018

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Each week four different athletes from four different schools compete for one title, The Des Moines Register’s Athlete of the Week. This week’s winner was senior Akeela Jefferson, who accumulated 47.5 percent of the votes. With Athlete of the Week under her belt, Jefferson is now in pursuit of a state title. “My goal for the team this year is that we win a state championship. Getting 3rd place at state two years in a row is not good enough for me,” Jefferson said. The...

Braksiek makes golf “her job”

Keera Ball, Sports Editor

September 12, 2018

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Many aspiring athletes have heard “hard work results in success”. This applied to junior Ellie Braksiek, as she won the Rotary Pribyl Junior Golf Classic on August 1. The Pribyl is the biggest junior golf tournament in Cedar Rapids. The three-day tournament took place at Hunters Ridge, Cedar Rapids Country Club, and Elmcrest Country Club. “It felt really good to win,” Braksiek said. “This was the first year girls could compete in the tournament, so to be the...

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