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Xavier High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Winker will be UI lecturer, ad salesman

Mike Winker will be leaving Xavier High School in a few weeks with 30 state titles in the trophy case and a lifetime of memories as the only athletic director in school history.

Winker is justifiably proud of all the success, but says he's proudest of the students, coaches, families and administrators who have given the Saints a chance to compete at such a high level.

Winker, 51, will retire from Xavier in June and has accepted two jobs that undoubtedly will keep him busy in the years to come. He'll be a lecturer at the University of Iowa in the Sports Management and Recreation Department, and he'll also serve as sales director in Eastern Iowa for the Varsity Group, a company that sells advertising for high school scoreboards.

"I'm excited about both ventures," he said last week. "I've kind of got the best of both worlds. Both of them are going to keep me in contact with the high schools. I'm excited about both opportunities, I'm excited about the change."

Winker decided it was time in his life to step away from those incredibly long hours as a high school athletic director, days that often stretch from early in the morning until late at night. He announced his retirement last May to give Xavier a chance to conduct a thorough search for his replacement to keep the department functioning at a high level.

Steve Lueck, currently the principal and activities director at St. Mary's High School in Storm Lake, will officially succeed Winker on July 1, although he's expected in town a little earlier than that.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 04:47

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Xavier softball beats Center Point

The Xavier softball team topped Center Point-Urbana, 10-1, in 4 1/2 innings Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at Xavier.

The game was supposed to be part of the Jefferson tournament, but the teams decided to play at Xavier after the Jefferson tournament was canceled due to wet grounds.

Keera Ball went 2-for-3 with a single, double, walk and three runs for the Saints (1-4). Hannah Helms and Charlotte Richards were 2-for-3 with a single, double and three RBIs.

Jamie Feltes and Katie Langholz went 2-for-2. Ellie Malecek got the victory.

Center Point-Urbana is ranked No. 5 in Class 3A. Xavier is unranked in Class 4A.

 

 

Xavier softball swept by IC West

IOWA CITY - The Xavier softball team lost both games of its doubleheader against Iowa City West Tuesday in the season opener.

Iowa City West captured the first game, 10-0, and took the nightcap, 7-4, in the Mississippi Valley Conference games.

 

 

 

   

Leonard powers Warriors by Saints

Trey Leonard has spent most of the spring with the Cedar Rapids Washington track team and helped the Warriors finish second in the 4x100 relay at the state meet on Saturday, so he rarely practiced with the baseball squad prior to the start of the season with the Metro Tournament on Monday.

The lack of practice did not hurt him a bit.

Leonard came out swinging Monday and went 5-for-5 with a three-run homer and five RBIs as the Warriors smacked the undermanned Xavier Saints, 15-6, in the quarterfinals at the Jefferson field.

Leonard scored four runs, smacked two balls off the outfield fence and had two stolen bases in his virtuoso performance. He saw the ball well and hit it hard all day.

"It looked like a beachball," he said. "It was a good hitting day. The swing felt good and obviously it showed with where the ball went."

Prairie trimmed Spencer VanScoyoc and the third-ranked Jefferson J-Hawks, 3-2, in the second game Monday night at Jefferson. Kennedy beat Linn-Mar, 13-5, and Mount Vernon edged Marion, 3-1, in the first-round games at Mount Vernon.

The tournament continues Tuesday at both sites. Xavier and Jefferson are scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. at Jefferson, with Washington and Prairie meeting in the winner's bracket at 7 p.m.

Linn-Mar faces Marion at 5 p.m. at Mount Vernon, with Kennedy meeting Mount Vernon in the winner's bracket at 7 p.m.

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Filer named Xavier volleyball coach

Xavier High School has hired Austin Filer as its new varsity volleyball coach.

Filer brings a variety of volleyball coaching and leadership experience to the Xavier program, having served most recently as a head coach/sand coordinator at Cedar Rapids' Adrenaline Volleyball Academy (2014-present) and as an assistant volleyball coach at Mount Mercy University (2012-2015).

At Adrenaline, Filer qualified three teams for beach nationals and led his team to a national ranking. During his time at Mount Mercy, Filer played a major role on head coach Deb Marlin's staff in helping to turn the program around as the Mustangs qualified for the National Tournament for the first time in program history in the 2015 season.

"We are excited to bring in a coach of Austin’s caliber," said Tom Keating, Xavier High School principal. "He has a wealth of knowledge and experience and we look forward to the energy and competitive level he will bring to our program."

"I want to thank Activities Director Mike Winker and Principal Tom Keating for this amazing opportunity and the tremendous faith that they have shown in me leading this program," said Filer. "Xavier High School has a tradition of academic and athletic excellence in the Midwest that is second to none.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 04:50

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