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Xavier streak among best in state history

The legacy of Xavier girls soccer is yet to be fully realized. The Saints have six straight state championships, a remarkable sum to be sure. But since most of its starting lineup returns next season, making Xavier the undoubted 2012 preseason favorite, that string may stretch to seven or more.

Already, the consecutive championship streak is one of the best in state history. Only Bettendorf’s tennis teams and Cedar Falls’ swimming teams (each with six in a row) in the 1990s rival Xavier among girls teams.

Not to diminish things by any means, but the Xavier girls still have some work to do to become the most decorated Metro team in history.


Prairie hitters stumped by West hurlers

IOWA CITY - Iowa City West pitchers Shelly Stumpff and Mackenzie Laux pitched complete games Monday as the Women of Troy swept Cedar Rapids Prairie, 5-1 and 6-0, in a Mississippi Valley Conference doubleheader.

Prairie (7-10, 3-7) was held to five hits in the twinbill.

Stumpff pitched a complete game in the opener and had Prairie hitters confused, allowing one run on three hits. She mixed a nice changeup with her fastball, causing Prairie hitters to lunge at pitches.

“In the first game, the changeup hurt us. We did not adjust well at all to the changing of the speeds,” said Prairie Coach Kim Hynek.

West scored early on an RBI single from Alise Miller in the bottom of the first in the opener. The Women of Troy (11-3, 6-2) plated three more runs in the second inning on consecutive RBI singles by Lynn Jehle, Mikaela Morgan and Tatum Klein.

Prairie scored its lone run in the third inning. Katelyn Kuch’s sacrifice fly to left field scored Brittney Lash from third base. Lash doubled to start the inning.



Saints sweep No.12 Hempstead in tight games

The Dubuque Hempstead softball team arrived in Cedar Rapids Monday with a sparkling 13-0 record and the No.12 spot in the new IGHSAU softball rankings.

The Mustangs (13-2, 8-2) went home with a headache.

The Xavier Saints (8-3, 7-3) swept Hempstead, 2-1 and 7-6, in a pair of Mississippi Valley Conference squeakers at the Xavier field.

Emily Walton drove in the winning run for Xavier in the first game with a fifth-inning double. Tyler Sampson hit a home run for the Saints (8-3, 7-3) in the second inning.

Abby Bedard went 3-for-4 and drove in a run in the second game for Xavier. Sydney Galligan was 2-for-3 with an RBI.


Matt Holland signs pro contract with Phillies

Matt Holland has signed his first professional baseball contract for $1,000 and a plane ticket to Florida.

It's not much, but he's delighted.

Holland, 23, was selected in the 22nd round of the Major League draft last week by the Philadelphia Phillies and will report to training camp in Clearwater, Fla., on Tuesday. He'll play for the Phils in the Rookie Gulf Coast League.

Opening day is Monday, June 20.

"I'm very excited," Holland said Monday. "It will be interesting to see what I can do down there."


Stokes, Stocker Linn County Athletes of Year

Kiah Stokes of Linn-Mar and Matt Stocker of Cedar Rapids Prairie were named the Linn County Athletes of the Year at the 11th Annual Celebration of Sports Banquet Sunday night at the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center.

The program was organized by the Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The winners were selected by members of the bureau's Sports Tourism Advisory Committee.


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