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Prairie High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Brrr ... Diebold lifts Saints by Hawks

When the wind-chill temperature dips into the mid-40's and there's a frigid gale whipping across the field, the last thing anyone wants is a soccer match that goes into overtime.

Paige Diebold spared all the fans who brought their winter coats, stocking caps and blankets to John Wall Field Thursday night when she scored the only goal as Xavier blanked Prairie, 1-0, in a Mississippi Valley Conference match.

Diebold connected from about 30 yards with 29 minutes, 17 seconds left in the second half when she lofted a shot that eluded the Prairie goal-keeper and nestled softly into the back of the net.

"We connected all the way from the back and then the shot was open," Diebold said about her clutch goal.

And the weather?

"You get warm when you give it your all," claimed Diebold, who wore soccer shorts like all the other players. "It was really windy, but the whole team kept up the pressure the whole game. We were able to  keep attacking."

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Kramer leads Xavier golfers at Airport

Libby Kramer shot a 17-over-par 49 to lead the Xavier girls golf team in a Mississippi Valley Conference triangular meet at Airport National Thursday.

Amanda Happel and Lexi Poundstone of Prairie shared medalist honors at 10-over 42.

TEAM STANDINGS

1. Prairie 179, 2. Jefferson 205, 3. Xavier 209.

XAVIER: Libby Kramer 49, Shelby Younggreen 53, Hannah Welsch 53, Ana Stangler 53.

 

Xavier girls get even with Prairie

The Xavier girls basketball team used more of its trademark defense  Friday night and trimmed Cedar Rapids Prairie, 39-35, in a Mississippi  Valley Conference game at Prairie.

The Saints evened the score with Prairie, which posted a seven-point  victory over the Saints at Xavier last month.

Caitlynn Daniels led Xavier with 11 points. Lexi Noonan scored 10  points and Kyle Brown had nine.

The Saints, who are ranked No. 6 in Class 4A, raised their record to  12-6 with their fifth straight victory.

Sidney McCrea led Prairie (6-12) with nine points. Sarah Schmitt and  Jenna Wagemester netted eight points apiece.

XAVIER (39): Stanek 1 0-0 3, Daniels 3 5-7 11, Brown 3 2-2 9, Noonan 5  0-1 10, Callahan 1 0-0 2, Stovie 0 0-0 0, Ivester 2 0-0 4, Jasper 0  0-0 0. Totals 15 7-10 39.

PRAIRIE (35): Schmitt 4 0-1 8, McCrea 4 0-2 9, Moenk 0 0-0 0,  McDermott 0 4-8 4, Sullivan 0 0-0 0, Kilpatrick 0 0-0 0, Kuch 0 0-0 0,  Wagemester 3 2-3 8, Person 3 0-0 6, Deahl 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 6-14 35.

Halftime - Xavier 23, Prairie 15. 3-point goals - Xavier 2 (Stanek 1,  Brown 1), Prairie 1 (McCrea 1).

   

Confident Saints knock off Prairie

It took the Xavier Saints about two months to develop a new identity  this season and get on a roll.

Now they hope it will carry them all the way to the Class 3A state  tournament again.

The resurgent Saints marched to the foul line and topped Cedar Rapids  Prairie, 60-56, in an intense Mississippi Valley Conference game at  Ron Thillen Gymnasium.

The Saints have a modest 7-9 overall record at this point in the  season, but they've won three straight games and have looked good in  back-to-back wins over Cedar Falls and Prairie.

"We weren't playing well at the start of the year. To get a couple of  wins here is great for us," said Jackson Joens, a veteran of last  year's state champions. "We're just hoping to make another run down to  Des Moines."

Xavier won the spirited game at the foul line, outscoring the visitors  22-3 at the charity stripe. The Saints shot 19 free throws in the  second half and Prairie did not shoot any, a stat that did not escape  the attention of the Hawks.

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 February 2017 06:28

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Prairie rallies by Xavier boys

The hard times continued for the Xavier boys basketball team Friday night.

Cedar Rapids Prairie torched the Saints for 29 points in the fourth  quarter and rallied to a 70-66 victory in a Mississippi Valley  Conference game at Prairie.

The Saints (2-6) led by eight points heading into the final stanza,  but the Hawks (6-3) surged to victory.

Matt Mims popped in five 3-pointers and led Xavier with 29 points. Max  Techau proved 21 points for the Saints.

Max Smith Drahos topped Prairie with 21 points. Jake Eilers nailed  five 3-pointers and scored 15. Keegan Murray hit four triples and  scored 14 points for the Hawks and Griff Clark netted 13.

XAVIER (66): Lux 0 0-0 0, Mims 10 3-4 28, Butkowski 0 0-0 0 Joens 4  1-1 11, Q.Schulte 0 0-0 0, Techau 9 3-3 21, Johnson 1 0-0 2, B.Schulte  2 0-4 4. Totals 26 7-12 66.

PRAIRIE (70): Eilers 5 0-0 15, Serbousek 2 1-1 5, Smith Drahos 5 11-12  21, Ke.Murray 5 0-0 14, Clark 2 8-11 13, Usher 1 0-0 2, Kr.Murray 0  0-0 0, Lorenz 0 0-0 0, Kilpatrick 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 20-24 70.

Halftime - Xavier 32, Prairie 29. 3-point goals - Xavier 7 (Mims 5,  Joens 2), Prairie 10 (Eilers 5, K.Murray 4, Clark 1).

   
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