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A fresh start

Quinn Hanigan, Sports Writer

March 15, 2019

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A chilly start is predicted for sports this spring in Cedar Rapids. Even with the cold weather, the time has almost come for Xavier boys’ soccer to start up once again. The defeat from last year is still fresh in the minds of seniors Andrija Mijatovic and Kristijan Smolcic, who are both from Zagreb, Croatia. They both were foreign exchange students at Xavier as juniors and are excited for a fresh season of opportunity. For the two Croatians, the adjustment to the style...

Injuries will not stop hard work

Grace Ries, Sports Assistant Editor

March 15, 2019

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Working through injuries is what will help one athlete make it through the season. Junior Sam Triplett is starting her track season the same way she ended last season, with injuries. She currently has an L5 fracture, facet joint arthritis and bulging discs, which are causing hip problems. Triplett has modified her workouts to be able to work through her injuries. “I have learned that with these injuries I cannot work around it, I have to work through it,” Triplett...

New leaders

Caitlynn Daniels, Sports Writer

March 15, 2019

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As winter sports end, spring sports begin. The Xavier boys’ track team is looking to have a competitive season under leadership from senior captains, Carson Hennings, Christian Klein, Aaron Larson, Nate Skala, and junior captain, Tyler Dupont. Being a captain comes with many responsibilities such as, setting a good example on and off of the track. “It is both an honor and a privilege to be a captain,” Klein said. “I plan and hope to be a role model this season...

Freshman made USA paintball team

Grace Ries, Assistant Sports Editor

March 1, 2019

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One fun activity led a kid to a commitment to a team. Freshman Ollie Ruffalo is on Team USA for paintball and will be traveling to Amsterdam for a tournament. In order for Ruffalo to get on the team, he had to go through specific conditioning. “There was a Paintball combine in Florida last weekend where pros put over 90 people through a series of drills and based on how you scored, would lead to another round,” Ruffalo said. “After, there were two tournaments and...

The start of a climb

Keera Ball, Sports Editor

March 1, 2019

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Newbies often get overlooked. Christian Stanek did not as he made Xavier history by being the first freshman to place at state and reach the podium. Stanek wrestled in the 3A 132 pound division and placed eighth. “It felt awesome to reach the podium,” Stanek said. “It had been my dream for a long time, but to do it as a freshman was amazing.” Stanek made his state debut on Thursday, February 14 with a pin (1:02) against junior Duncan Delzell from Burlington. “Wrestling at state was an awesome experience,” Stanek said. “It wa...

Saints beat Sabers, advance to state

Quinn Hanigan, Sports Writer

March 1, 2019

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A chance at distinction has been awarded. The Xavier girls’ basketball team has defeated their competition the past few games to punch their ticket to state. The team played away against the Central DeWitt Sabers in DeWitt for their final substate game and beat them 45-17. The girls played their first state game at 11:45 a.m. against Marion on Tuesday, February 26 at the Wells Fargo Arena. “The whole team has been working really hard to get here so to see our work p...

Striking big at state

Libby Arnold, Sports Writer

March 1, 2019

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At the beginning of every season, most teams and players set goals they want to accomplish. This is true for the Xavier girls’ bowling team. “Our biggest goal was to make it to state and that’s exactly what we did,” junior Olivia Nolte said. The girls’ bowling team punched their ticket to state on February 14. “The state bowling tournament is unlike any tournament I have ever been to,” Head Coach Russ Camacho said. The team finished seventh place overall. “Our...

Achieving greatness

Caitlynn Daniels, Sports Writer

March 1, 2019

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“A dream come true.” These four words were all it took for junior bowler, Dale Weaver, to describe what it felt like to win the 2A Individual State Title. Weaver had a two game series score of 512 and in his second game bowled a 296, which earned him a standing ovation from the crowd. “I’ve always wanted to win state, but I never thought I would be able to do it,” Weaver said. Weaver put in 20 hours a week for the last six months to prepare for the state tournament. “I...

Three wrestlers compete at state

Keera Ball, Sports Editor

February 14, 2019

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As the wrestling season comes to an end, three Saints wrestled their way to the Wells Fargo Arena. Senior Patrick Chambers (145), junior Ryan Cook (182) and freshman Christian Stanek (132) all placed second at Districts on Saturday, February 9 at Waverly Shell-Rock and punched their ticket to state in Des Moines. Cook and Stanek made their state debut. “Qualifying for state was one of the best feelings I have ever felt,” Cook said. “It was cool to see that all of...

Improvement in practice

Quinn Hanigan, Sports Writer

February 14, 2019

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There is a lot of effort that goes on behind the scenes of any sports team. This is especially true for the Xavier girls’ basketball team. To get the girls to play with more physicality, Coach Tom Lilly implored the help of five boys from the Xavier football team; junior Tyler Dupont and seniors Aaron Larson, Patrick McGinn and Derrick and Nathan Skala. They all make the effort to be at practices to help the girls improve. This group runs their next opponent’s plays,...

Support in any setting

Grace Ries Sports, Assistant Editor

February 14, 2019

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Emotional investments of multiple sport athletes are part of the reason why coaches support their players. This is true for head varsity girls’ soccer coach Chris Higgins and head varsity football coach Duane Schulte who encourage their athletes to play more than one sport. “We (Schulte and his assistant coaches) feel being under pressure all year in multiple competitive situations enables athletes to perform when the time comes in any given sport,” Schulte said. Higgins...

A second family

Caitlynn Daniels, Sports Writer

February 14, 2019

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For many girls, the swimming season ended in November, but not for everyone. Sophomore Sami Semelroth continues to show her love for the sport by being a manager for the Cedar Rapids Washington boys’ swim team. “Swimming is my sport,” Semelroth said. “I decided to be a manager because I thought it would be a lot of fun.” Being a manager comes with many responsibilities such as: taking pictures and helping the coaches, but there is also time for new friendships...

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