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Xavier High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Gerke picks Coe for wrestling

Josh Gerke has been a prime example of perpetual motion during his senior year at Xavier High School.

He helped the Xavier football team reach the semifinals of the Class 3A playoffs in November, took three days off and promptly joined the wrestling team.

He placed third at the Class 3A state wrestling tournament at 145 pounds in Feburary, took another three days off and began working with  the boys track team.

Now he's gunning for a state title in the 800-meter run at the Class 3A state meet in May, but after that he's decided to settle down and focus on just one sport in college.

It will be wrestling. And it will be for the Kohawks at Coe.

"I committed to Coe College on Saturday, so I'm really excited about  that," he said Tuesday after running in the 19th Annual Xavier Invitational track meet. "I've never gotten to focus on one sport, so  I want to see what I can do."

He's not ready to turn the page on his running career just yet, however. He placed fifth in the 800 at state last year in 1:58.07 and feels he's on track for a good performance at state next month.



No. 2 Xavier boys kick North Scott

Luke Duball collected two goals and three assists Saturday as the  Xavier Saints blanked North Scott, 6-0, in a boys soccer match at  Xavier.

The Saints, who are ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, raised their record to  4-2. North Scott fell to 4-8.

Thomas Bean, Michael Glaven, Jon Jacobi and Brian Lang scored goals  for Xavier. Bean, Justin Schneider and Shane Scott had assists.

Nolan Dostal and Quinn Miller shared time in goal for Xavier. Both keepers made one save in the shutout. They were subbing for Owen McCarron, who was injured in Xavier's last match against Prairie.


Xavier boys net win over Kennedy

Alex Hinrichs, Charlie Esker, Curt Lengemann, Calvin Ford and Wes Johnson won their singles matches Saturday as the Xavier Saints topped Kennedy, 6-3, in a Mississippi Valley Conference tennis meet at Xavier.

The Saints lost to Washington, 8-1, in their other meet Saturday.


1. Rami Hemaidan (K) def. Jon Lansing, 6-1, 6-0
2. Alex Hinrichs (X) def. Sam Mead, 6-1, 6-3
3. Charlie Esker (X) def. Grant Finneman, 6-2, 6-2
4. Curt Lengemann (X) def. Connor Crippes, 6-1, 6-2
5. Calvin Ford (X) def. Brant Barnhart, 6-4, 7-6
6. Wes Johnson(X) def. Ethan Marple, 6-4, 6-3


1. Hemaidan/Mead (K) def. Lansing/Esker, 6-4, 7-5
2. Hinrichs/Ryan Jasper (X) def. Finneman/Crippes, 6-0, 6-1
3. Marple/Adam Gill (K) def. Lengemann/Johnson, 7-6, 4-6, 10-7


1. Ty Sherman (W) def. Jon Lansing, 6-2, 6-3
2. Rami Scheetz (W) def. Alex Hinrichs, 6-2, 6-2
3. Parker Muller (W) def. Charlie Esker, 6-0, 6-1
4. Will Rizer (W) def. Blake Magill, 6-2, 6-0
5. Ethan Wickham (W) def. Calvin Ford, 6-0, 6-0
6. Bennett Blumenthal (W) def. Curt Lengemann, 6-0, 6-0


1. Sherman/Scheetz (W) def. Lansing/Esker, 6-2, 6-3
2. Wickham/Rizer (W) def. Hinrichs/Ryan Jasper, 6-3, 6-1
3. Magill/Wes Johnson (X) def. Blumenthal/Ian Lundry, 6-7, 7-5, 10-7


Xavier girls clipped in tennis meets

Maddie Abu-Nameh and Sarah Abu-Nameh won both of their singles matches  for the Xavier girls tennis team Saturday in Mississippi Valley Conference meets against Kennedy and Washington.

Maddie Abu-Nameh won her matches at No. 4 singles, 10-4 and 10-7.  Sarah Abu-Nameh claimed her contests at No. 5 singles, 10-1 and 11-9.

Xavier dropped both of the meets. The Saints were trimmed by Kennedy,  5-4, and lost to Washington, 7-2.


1. Shelby Cook (K) def. Nina Marquardt, 10-1
2. Veena Venkatesh (K) def. Emily Jasper, 10-8
3. Sarah Schirm (X) def. Sydney Powers, 10-8
4. Maddie Abu-Nameh (X) def. Cali Trueblood, 10-4
5. Sarah Abu-Nameh (X) def. Reya Sands, 10-1
6. Lily Gust (K) def. Camryn McPherson, 10-8


1. Cook/Venkatesh (K) def. Marquardt/Jasper, 10-3
2. Powers/Trueblood (K) def. Schirm/M.Abu-Nameh, 10-6
3. S.Abu-Nameh/McPherson (X) def. Sands/Gust, 10-4


1. Hannah Sherman (W) def. Nina Marquardt, 10-1
2. Kelly King (W) def. Emily Jasper, 10-0
3. Eliza Sundermann (W) def. Sarah Schirm, 10-8
4. Maddie Abu-Nameh (X) def. Abby Van Metre, 10-7
5. Sarah Abu-Nameh (X) def. Kayti Schuler, 11-9
6. Maya Chawla (W) def. Camryn McPherson, 10-4


1. Sherman/King (W) def. Marquardt/Jasper, 10-3
2. Sundermann/Van Metre (W) def. Schirm/M.Abu-Nameh, 10-4
3. Chawla/Sydney Frake (W) def. S.Abu-Nameh/McPherson, 10-8


Xavier girls booted by No. 1 Lancers

Karli Rucker and Rylie Rucker helped North Scott defeat Xavier in the  semifinals of the Class 4A girls state basketball tournament in Des Moines this past season.

The Rucker sisters tormented the Saints again Saturday, this time in a soccer match at Heco Field.

Karli Rucker and Rylie Rucker scored two goals apiece as North Scott topped Xavier, 4-2, in a non-conference match.

North Scott (5-1) is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A and Xavier (3-2) is ranked No. 12 in Class 2A.

North Scott jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first half. Peyton Sadilek and Addy Hoffman scored for the Saints in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome the early deficit.

Hoffman and Paige Diebold collected assists for Xavier.


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