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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...

Overcoming hurdles

Rylee Beardsworth, Sports Writer

April 28, 2020

There are no excuses. Working hard and improving is not limited to just the field, court or track. Coach Korey Johnson is one of the girls’ track coaches at Xavier High School, who focuses on the hurdlers and is determined to help his runners improve, even during the offseason. He began making homemade hurdles in the summer of 2017, while he was holding open gyms at different tracks for girls to work on their form. “I was not sure if any track we traveled to during...

Haag family exercises to help those in need

Amanda Ross, Sports Writer

April 28, 2020

Quarantine is a time where many have seen the need to give back, more than ever before. The Haag family has been giving back as a family for the last few years now, and the unprecedented times, has just increased their desire to continue. One unique way they have been doing this is through exercising. “I started donating when my younger sister, Christine, discovered this app (Charity Miles) at the Inflatable 5K she did a few years ago,” Mrs. Gina Kutilek’s si...

Braksiek’s big goal

Libby Arnold, Assistant Sports Editor

April 2, 2020

One Xavier senior athlete fell in love with the sport of golf and her work ethic did not falter to achieve her goal: to play college golf. Freshman year, Ellie Braksiek swam competitively for Cedar Rapids Washington High School. Along with swimming, she went out for something new, girls’ golf. “Ellie started golf her freshman year and instantly fell in love with it,” Heidi Braksiek, Ellie’s mom, said. “She has worked extremely hard over the past four yea...

Coming home

Rylee Beardsworth, Sports Writer

April 2, 2020

According to Olympic.org, a good coach is defined as positive, enthusiastic, supportive, trusting, focused, goal-oriented, knowledgeable, observant, respectful, patient and a clear communicator. Brylee Bastian is a 2016 Xavier graduate who will get the chance to embody these characteristics as the new coach of the JV girls’ soccer team at Xavier.  “It was brought to my attention that the position was open and there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted it,” Bry...

Boys’ soccer adapts to change

Jack Delaney, Sports Writer

April 2, 2020

COVID-19 has postponed and canceled many sports-related events such as the 2020 Olympic Games, the NCAA basketball tournament and MLB spring training. Its impact also hits home to many Xavier athletes, especially those preparing for their upcoming spring seasons. As of right now, the Xavier boys’ soccer season is currently on hold and there is no certainty of the season being able to occur. Junior Arnold Mutasingwa says that it has been an adjustment, to say the least...

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