He announced in 2012 that he wanted to see the Saints become a powerhouse in Class 3A basketball and make regular trips to the state tournament in Des Moines.
The Saints earned a spot in the state tournament for the third straight year Monday night with a convincing 58-39 victory over Dubuque Wahlert in the Class 3A substate finals at the U.S. Cellular Center.
Xavier finished third at the state tournament in 2015 and claimed the 3A state title last year by beating Wahlert in the championship game. Now they're headed back to Des Moines next week for more.
"To do this three years in a row, it's a great accomplishment for our program," said Luehrsman. "We want to be the Cedar Rapids team that's a constant fixture that's down there regularly, and right now we're turning in the right direction.
"I'm really happy for this group," he said. "We fought through some challenges early in the year, but we stuck together and continued to believe."
The Saints were a dismal 4-9 in late January, but they caught fire and have won 9 of their last 11 games.Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 February 2017 06:03