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Xavier High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Xavier's Tallett takes 2nd in 3,000

IOWA CITY - Katie Tallett of Xavier placed second in the 3,000-meter run at the Sherwood Relays in Iowa City Tuesday.

Tallett was clocked in 11 minutes, 5 seconds.

The Saints finished second in the 800 sprint medley (1:58.92). They were third in the 4x800 relay (10:59.28) and the 4x100 shuttle hurdle relay (1:13.63).

Bettendorf won the meet with 182 points. Xavier placed fifth out of eight teams with 65 points.


Xavier boys win 3 titles in Washington

WASHINGTON, Iowa - Ethan Brown, Josh Volk and Jax Junge won individual titles for the Xavier boys track team Tuesday at the Washington Relays in Washington, Iowa.

Brown edged Volk in the discus with a winning throw of 124 feet, 9 inches, with Volk finishing second by four inches.

Volk topped Brown for the shot put title with a heave of 47 feet, 5.25 inches. Brown was second at 44-8.25.

Junge claimed the 100 meter dash in 11.77 seconds. Teammate Kaiden Cuevas placed third in 11.99.

The Saints placed second in the 4x800 relay (8:37.13) and the 4x100 relay (45.94). The Saints finished third in the distance medley  (4:02.74) and the 4x400 relay (3:39.46).

George Durin placed third in the 400 low hurdles (1:01.94).

Mount Pleasant won the team championship with 172 points. Xavier finished ninth out of 18 teams with 97 points.


Saints claim 2nd state title in row

DES MOINES - The Xavier Saints finished their incredible journey with another state title Saturday night.

It was twice as nice.

The incredible Saints bumped off Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 54-49, in the championship game of the Class 3A state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena to claim their second title in a row.

There were 21 lead changes in the see-saw battle, but the Saints scored the last six points in the final 42 seconds to carve their names into the history books.

Xavier became only the second school in Metro history with back-to-back state titles in boys basketball. Regis High School, one of the forerunners of Xavier, claimed consecutive crowns in 1982, 1983 and 1984 and now their descendants have joined them in elite company.

The Saints had an uncomfortable 4-and-9 record in late January, but they came on like gang-busters the rest of the way and finished the campaign with a 16-11 record and another shiny award.

"These kids showed unbelievable resiliency the whole year when we were going through some struggles," said Coach Ryan Luehrsmann. "They never stopped believing and knew that this was our goal.



Tallett wins 1,500 at Demon Indoor meet

MOUNT VERNON - Katie Tallett of Xavier won the 1,500-meter run at the Demon  Indoor track meet Thursday at Cornell College.

Tallett was clocked in 5 minutes, 13.86 seconds.


Saints slay No. 1 Waverly in OT

DES MOINES - The Xavier Saints never stopped believing in themselves even when they had a disappointing 4-9 record in late January.

Now the Saints firmly believe they can win their second state championship in a row.

The remarkable Saints bumped off top-ranked Waverly-Shell Rock, 47-41, in overtime Thursday night in the semifinals of the Class 3A state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.

Xavier (15-11) will face Sergeant Bluff-Luton (17-9) in the championship game Saturday at 6:05 p.m.

Xavier and Waverly-Shell Rock slugged it out on defense all night in a low-scoring affair that featured 12 ties and nine lead changes in the 36-minute contest.

The Go-Hawks took a 41-38 lead on their first possession in overtime on a three-point play by All-American Austin Phyfe, but the Saints shut them out the rest of the way and finished the game with a 9-0 run for the gritty victory in Des Moines.

Xavier all-star Matt Mims gave the Saints the lead for good, 42-41, with a huge 3-pointer and the Saints came up with a series of big  defensive stops from there.


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