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Lilly is metro coach

Kya Loffswold, Sports Editor

March 11, 2020

Time can be one of the greatest gifts someone can give. Coach Lilly dedicates countless hours to the game of basketball, doing everything he can to learn more about the sport.  After the Xavier girls’ basketball team finished the year 15-8, Coach Lilly was awarded metro coach of the year. Each metro coach has a nomination and a vote, then the Athletic Director in charge of the girls basketball metro tallies the votes. The metro teams are all the teams in the area:...

Seniors farewell

Caitlynn Daniels, Sports Editor

March 11, 2020

Sometimes good things must come to an end. This became true for the Xavier boys’ basketball team when their season ended on Thursday, February 27 after suffering a loss to Central DeWitt in the class 3A substate semi-final.  There were eight seniors on the Xavier boys’ basketball team who finished their high school basketball careers that night as well: Jake Beckmann, Nick Hansel, Harrison Hartgrave, Mitch Helmkamp, Tre McCrary, Kevin Nelson, Peyton Shannon and Davis Wag...

Conrads dive in

Jack Delaney, Sports Writer

March 11, 2020

In life, people can  be pushed to do activities outside of their comfort zones and end up experiencing things they never would have imagined.  Xavier junior Maggie Conrad enjoys scuba diving with her parents, Joel and Kristan, and her older brother, Ben (X19), in Mexico. Maggie’s parents have also scuba dived in Jamaica. Her dad, Joel, spread this love to his family.  “I took a class that was being offered at Kennedy High School when I first moved to Cedar Rapids,” Joel said. “I also did my op...

Road to recovery

Amanda Ross, Sports Writer

March 11, 2020

Persistence is a key component when recovering from an injury.  Senior Kaiden Cuevas has suffered three separate knee injuries with the most recent injury being an MCL tear during the 2019 football season. “Kaiden has been through multiple rough seasons and had only a single season where he was fully healthy,” Track Head Coach Russ Camacho said. “This season, he has been engaged and encouraging even though he is unable to run at this time. He is working hard to...

40 years for Julie Kadlec

Libby Arnold, Sports Editor

March 11, 2020

40 spring seasons, 40 golf teams, 40 years.  Xavier girls’ golf coach Julie Kadlec begins her 40th season this upcoming 2020 season. She was the Regis High School girls’ coach for 18 years and has been the Xavier High School girls’ head golf coach for the past 22 years.  “I love the spring season, being outside and watching not only how nature awakens from the long Iowa winters, but how these young athletes take on the game of golf from their freshman year and de...

Back to state

Caitlynn Daniels, Sports Editor

February 28, 2020

One individual state championship is not enough. Xavier senior Dale Weaver won an individual state championship in bowling last year but is not satisfied.  “I hope to not only repeat and win the individual state title, but I want us to win a team title as well,” Weaver said.  The Xavier boys’ bowling team won the district meet on Tuesday, February 18 qualifying for the state meet.  “I have always seen pictures around Xavier of teams holding up banners a...

Striking to state

Amanda Ross, Sports Writer

February 28, 2020

“Strife,    persistence      and      practice.” Junior Kaitlyn Buenzow used these words to describe the Xavier varsity girls’ bowling team.  The girls’ bowling team won the district meet and qualified for the state meet. Senior Olivia Nolte won the individual     districts  with a total of 452.  “It is an amazing feeling and just a fun opportunity to get the chance to compete at state,” Nolte said.  The team’s goal for the state meet is to place hig...

Stanek and Cook break records

Kya Loffswold, Sports Writer

February 28, 2020

Dedication is needed in order to succeed in the world of sports. Christian Stanek’s dedication is what led him to his accomplishments this season, breaking the Xavier High School takedowns record and placing sixth at state. Leading up to the state tournament, after qualifying, Stanek was only able to practice one time due to being ill. During that practice, the coaches focused on working with him on hard drilling and defensive work. “I had a pretty b...

Thank you, seniors

Rylee Beardsworth, Sports Writer

February 28, 2020

84 games. 464 days. That is the time a high school girls’ basketball player has to create a lasting legacy in their program. At Xavier, there are six seniors in the girls’ basketball program: Libby Arnold, Caitlynn Daniels, Aubrey Jones, Libbie Malecek, Grace Ries and Sophie Schmit. This basketball program has given these girls many memories that they will never forget. “My favorite memories have been dancing in the locker room, singing on the bus...

A year of firsts

Jack Delaney, Sports Writer

February 28, 2020

Advancing to state can be adifficult task for most athletes no matter what sport they participate in. With all the hard work and long practices, one Xavier student reached this accomplishment. Seth Williams is a freshman at Xavier and swims in co-op at Cedar Rapids Washington High School. This year, he qualified for the state swim meet held at The University of Iowa on Saturday, February 15, 2020 in the 400 freestyle relay. However, he did not get to swim due to...

Love in basketball

Caitlynn Daniels, Sports Editor

January 31, 2020

One couple has not only a love for each other, but a love for basketball. Stephanie and Jim Potts met in high school and have been married for 34 years. They have been coaching Xavier girls’ basketball together for the last 16 years. “I like coaching together because we compliment each other. She sees things that I do not always think about looking for and vice versa,” Jim said. “Plus, she tends to know more about how girls think.” Jim is ...

Swift swimming

Amanda Ross, Sports Writer

January 31, 2020

Terry Laughlin, swimming coach of Total Immersion, once said, “Tapering is often thought of as the key to an entire season’s success.” Tapering includes the act of wearing layers of clothes during swim practice. This will inevitably make a swimmer feel lighter and faster when they compete in meets. “Tapering is where we add more drag and decrease time in the pool while practicing to help build up to our last meet,” senior Cedar Rapids Washington swimmer...

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