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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...

Heat conditions cancel meet

Quinn Hanigan, Sports Writer

September 12, 2018

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The stifling heat and muggy atmosphere were not the perfect conditions the Xavier girls’ cross country team were looking to start their season. August 25 was a hot day at Prairie High School, but the meet went on despite the weather. Heat stroke was an element and unknown threat to all runners. By the end of the meet, 18 people passed out for this very reason. The junior varsity meet was supposed to occur after varsity, but it was canceled because of the dangerous conditions. Junior...

Smaller team, closer bond

Quinn Hanigan, Sports Writer

September 12, 2018

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As Colin Powell once said, “The best method of overcoming obstacles is the team method.” This is the mindset of the Xavier boys’ cross country team as they head into the new season. They finished last year with several runners ranking in the top 100 in the state. Graduation led to a loss of 11 leaders on the team, and now they hope to fill these roles using newcomers. The team has been preparing the freshmen and sophomores to step up and take leadership. The group...

In honor of the little girl inside of me

Keera Ball, Sports Writer

May 23, 2018

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Many have told me, “Somewhere behind the athlete I am today is a little girl who fell in love with the game, and never looked back.” They tell me I should play for her. This has been the inspiration for me to work hard and get better, because I know the little girl in me would be proud of the person and athlete I have become. Growing up, softball was a game instilled in me since I started walking. Summer days and nights consisted of neighborhood whiffle ball tour...

Running miles for Will

Jenae Marshall, News Writer

May 23, 2018

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People use different strategies to stay focused when running races. One way Xavier Spanish teacher Mrs. Jaclyn Richmond keeps herself motivated when running is by having a list of people who helped her with the loss of her baby son, Will. Each person represents a mile she runs. Her son was born with Complete Trisomy 13, one of the rarest Trisomies, and lived to be eight weeks old. Her method of thinking of all the people who have assisted her with the loss of her son...

Boys welcome new goalie to team

Maria Steffen, Assistant Sports Editor

May 1, 2018

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A new season can mean many things for a team. There are often new players joining the team, new positions being filled, and new memories being made. One of the new players who joined the varsity team this year, senior goalie Jack Lemke, is also trying out a new position. “Last year I was a forward on jv and this year I am playing goalie for the first time ever,” Lemke said. “It is a whole different experience.” Having the support of the returning players will make th...

Seniors lead hopes for state soccer

Seniors lead hopes for state soccer

May 1, 2018

“Practice makes perfect” is what every aspiring athlete is told from a young age. This saying applies to the Xavier girls’ soccer team, who, after  several losses to start the season, have started to improve and make progress on the quality of t...

Saints starting season strong

Keera Ball, Sports Writer

May 1, 2018

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Newbies often get overlooked. However, freshman Miyako Coffey has experienced success this tennis season, and has set the bar high for the rest of the year. Coffey was undefeated in both singles and doubles in the month of April, and hopes to continue this streak. “I have been practicing and working hard for my first high school season for over a year,” Coffey said. “It feels really good to finally see it all pay off, but I am working to continue my success.” Cof...

Saints welcome new coach

Caitlin Kramer, Sports Editor

May 1, 2018

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For many, a new head coach may cause lots of changes in the fundamental principles of a program, but for the Xavier Saints baseball team, this transition has gone fairly smooth. With a head baseball coach position needing to be filled, Xavier offered the job to former assistant coach Dan Halter, who accepted. “I am very honored to be the head baseball coach at Xavier,” Halter said. “We have a rich tradition built with great coaches and players. It is a tremendous opp...

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