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Prairie High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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



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).


Schmitt leads Prairie by Saints

The Cedar Rapids Prairie girls basketball team began its warmups for  Friday night's game at Xavier with only eight players on the floor and  with a 2-8 record.

At the other end of the floor, the Saints had a full complement of  players with a flashy No. 7 ranking in the Class 4A poll and an  impressive five-game winning streak.

Advantage Saints, right?

Not this time.

Sarah Schmitt was hot from the foul line and pumped in 22 points as  the young Prairie Hawks upended the Saints, 52-45, in a Mississippi  Valley Conference game at Ron Thillen Gymnasium.

Prairie had two freshmen and two sophomores in the starting lineup,  but the Hawks withstood a Xavier rally in the second half and were the  more composed team at the end.

"Our kids played above what their grades may show," said Prairie Coach Josh Bentley. "They stayed together. And they executed and stayed  disciplined."

Schmitt, a 5-foot-7 sophomore, swished 10 of 11 free throws for the  Hawks, including six straight in the final 56 seconds to help Prairie  notch the victory.



Yegge's Prairie Hawks sweep Saints

Cedar Rapids Prairie softball coach Joe Yegge saw a lot of familiar faces in the Xavier dugout Wednesday night during their doubleheader at Xavier.

Yegge is also the highly successful coach at Kirkwood Community College, and he sees former players and former assistants at a variety of stops during the high school season.

Xavier head coach Nikki Gahring used to work for Yegge at Kirkwood, Xavier assistant coach Kristen Winter played for Yegge at Kirkwood and is now one of his assistants during the college softball season, and new Xavier assistant coach Maddie Hansen was an All-American catcher for the Eagles this past season when they finished fifth in the country.

"Nikki was my right-hand man for three years, Kristen was basically my right-hand man this year going into the national tournament and Maddie had a great year for us," Yegge said. "It is kind of neat.

"It's pretty cool to see that those guys are out there doing it. It must say we're doing something right and they love it."

Yegge got the upper hand on his friends at Xavier Wednesday as the Hawks swept the Saints, 12-0 in four innings and 5-3 in the Mississippi Valley Conference twinbill.



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