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Winter and Yamilkoski set milestones

Kya Loffswold, Sports Editor

October 29, 2020

Dedication drives success.  Two Xavier volleyball seniors, Elyse Winter and Jazmine Yamilkoski, have both reached personal career milestones this year. Winter reached 200 blocks and Yamilkoski reached 2,000 assists. They both started playing volleyball in fifth grade and have grown and progressed as players over the years.  “My training over the years is what gave me the ability to reach this milestone. It is because of the countless hours getting coached and im...

“Why not us?”

Jack Delaney, Sports Writer

October 29, 2020

As a runner, it can be hard to have motivation to finish a race. It requires stamina, grit and determination. These are the tools the boys’ cross country team has lived by this season. The team is led by junior Randall Kinner who is coming off of an 8th place finish at the Clear Creek Amana meet held at Iowa City Kickers complex on September 28.  For Kinner, a key component for him during a race is knowing the course. “During races I stay focused by controlling...

Teeling Tough

Rylee Beardsworth, Sports Editor

October 29, 2020

Author Harper Lee said, “She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father.” Roger Teeling’s love of his daughter, Brynn Teeling, was just this. Their child-parent relationship was unlike any other. Roger supported Brynn in any decision she made, including the latest one.  Brynn is one of the two senior managers for the Xavier volleyball team this season. Brynn transferred to Xavier her so...

Districts’ success

Maddie Mautino, Sports Writer

October 29, 2020

Nothing is heard but the breezing of the wind and the echoes of the birds, silence. His club brushes against the grass as he’s pulling back the club, the swing of the club in the air can be heard, just like the hit of the ball and the snap of the tee.  Many situations like the one just described were seen and heard at Xavier’s boys’ golf district competition. Senior, and boys’ golf team captain, Matthew Schmitt, is someone who has been around for many clubs s...

A different look

Mary Kate Moeder, Sports Writer

September 24, 2020

It is no secret that sports are looking a bit different this year.  The COVID-19 virus has caused a lot of change for many, including the  Saints’ teams. The teams are currently working on adjusting to their “new normal.” All of the Xavier teams are following specific guidelines from their respective state associations to maintain the safety and health of themselves and others during COVID-19.   The players are required to follow specific precautions. The...

Our 200 wins

Kya Loffswold, Sports Editor

September 24, 2020

Winning is a team effort, 27 teams to be exact. Coach Duane Schulte has coached varsity football for 27 years, four at LaSalle and 23 at Xavier. After the Xavier football season opener victory over Western Dubuque on Friday, August 28, Coach Schulte reached his 200 win milestone.  “I consider these 200 wins to be an achievement by my entire family, all my assistant coaches and support staff over the years, and mostly an achievement by all of the boys who played f...

High hopes, uncertain expectations 

Jack Delaney

May 13, 2020

In this time where athletes do not know for certain when they will get back to normal, summer sports are still hoping to get their moment to shine. The Xavier Baseball Team is the defending Class 3A state champion after defeating Central Dewitt by a score of 8-1 last year at Principal Park in Des Moines. However, there have been some roadblocks in their training. “I haven’t been able to go to the gym so I have had to be resourceful and find stuff around the hou...

Spring sport coaches benched for the season

Amanda Ross, Sports Writer

May 13, 2020

 Coaches are passionate about their sports even during uncertain times.  Due to COVID-19, all spring sports in Iowa were canceled. This includes soccer, track, tennis, girls’ golf and trapshooting. The cancelation of spring sports affects a lot of athletes, but also their coaches as well. Spring sport coaches at Xavier High School are more motivated than ever before to learn more about their sport during this time of the "new normal.” “During this pandemic, I ...

Thank you, seniors

Kya Loffswold, Sports Writer

May 13, 2020

Saying goodbye to high school can be hard for some spring sport athletes right now.  With spring sports officially being canceled, many seniors had to say goodbye to their sport without the chance to represent Xavier one last time. Xavier High School’s Activities Director, Adam McDonnell, wanted to do something about this, so he decided to make a video honoring the seniors for all they have done. “It is important to me that we recognize our seniors for their commitment to each...

Seniors miss final season

Jack Delaney, Sports Writer

April 28, 2020

One moment has the potential to change someone’s life in either a positive or a negative way. This holds true for athletes involved in spring sports. Governor Kim Reynolds announced on Friday, April 17, that all schools in Iowa would be closed for the remainder of the school year. Spring sports were also canceled immediately following through the Iowa High School Athletic Association. This news meant that many seniors, including those at Xavier, would lose their senior ...

Still passionate despite the “new normal”

Kya Loffswold, Sports Writer

April 28, 2020

Dedication can be an important aspect to a successful career, especially those that put the needs of others first. Xavier High School’s athletic trainer Misti Thompson has always had a love for sports. She grew up playing basketball, volleyball and softball, but it was not until she suffered from an injury of her own that she found out she wanted to be an athletic trainer. “After surgery, I was working with my PTA and he was asking the typical ‘what do you want to go to ...

Player to trainer

Caitlynn Daniels, Sports Writer

April 28, 2020

Senior Kaiden Cuevas dedicated a majority of his life to sports, but after three different knee injuries, he has decided to stop playing and instead, focus on training other athletes. “My body and injuries forced me out of playing sports,” Cuevas said. “The hardest thing to do was accept that I needed to stop playing because it was the best thing for me.” Cuevas was one of those athletes who did not have much free time because he was involved in football, t...

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