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Xavier High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Saints get 1-2 punch to the kisser

There's no truth to the rumor that Xavier High School is going to put the Oklahoma Sooners and Green Bay Packers on their schedule.

Cedar Falls and Iowa City High have been tough enough.

The Saints took another punch to the face Friday night when Barkley Hill and the top-ranked Cedar Falls Tigers socked them, 27-7, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game at Xavier.

The Saints got walloped by No.2 Iowa City High, 52-24, last week, giving them a rough 1-2 uppercut in two straight weeks.

"They're both great teams," Xavier Coach Duane Schulte said. "They've both got great players and they both have great coaches."

Hill slashed for 219 yards and two touchdowns as he continued his remarkable campaign. He's eclipsed 200 yards in all five games this season and has rushed for 1,135 yards and 21 TDs, giving him an average of 227 yards per contest.

"Oh, he's terrific. He's terrific. I think he's got two more years of eligibility!" joked Cedar Falls co-coach Pat Mitchell, engaging in some wishful thinking. "He had a big night again. Super back."

Last Updated on Friday, 30 September 2011 02:14

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Ben Schueler 11th at Eastern Iowa Classic

The Cedar Rapids Kennedy girls cross country dominated the Eastern Iowa Classic at the Tuma Soccer Complex Thursday afternoon.

The 10th-ranked Cougars placed five runners in the top-10 to capture top honors out of eight teams.

Jessica Rodman, Katie Wampole and Alyssa Averhoff finished 3-4-5 for Kennedy, followed by Tara Mittelberg in eighth place and Lauren Meyer in ninth.

Kate Kaster of Clinton High School won the 4-kilomer race in 15 minutes, 5.70 seconds. Shannon Gorman of Cedar Rapids Washington was second in 15:29.54.

Washington finished third in the girls team race, Xavier was seventh and the Linn-Mar junior varsity placed eighth.

Trevor Oates of Kennedy finished second in the boys 5-kilometer race in 16:30.88. Calvin Daack of Dubuque Hempstead won the race in 16:12.73.

Ryan Walker of Kennedy ran fifth, Tyler Chlystun of Linn-Mar was sixth and Jay Halverson of Linn-Mar was ninth. Ben Schueler was Xavier's top finisher at 11th.

Hempstead won the boys race. The Linn-Mar junior varsity was third, Kennedy fourth, Xavier sixth and the Washington junior varsity eighth.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 September 2011 23:19

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No.2 Little Hawks smash No.7 Saints, 52-24

If the Iowa Hawkeyes run out of tailbacks this season, maybe they could borrow the kid who plays for Iowa City High.

He's pretty good. So are his teammates.

Ronald Thompson rambled for 209 yards and two touchdowns Friday night as the second-ranked Little Hawks smashed No.7 Xavier, 52-24, on homecoming at Saints Field.

Xavier (3-1) had not allowed a point in three games this season with shutouts of Kennedy, Prairie and Dubuque Hempstead, but the Little Hawks play in a different league.

"We looked forward to putting 52 up on them," City High quarterback Jasper Washington remarked. "We looked forward to letting them know that we are the big dogs in this conference."

Those big dogs barked all night.

"Coach told us this is the hardest team we've played all year and their defense is going to be great," Thompson said. "So we came in with the mindset that we were going to destroy them, and that's what we did."

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 September 2011 16:50

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O'Connell bracing Xavier's defense for No.2 City High

Jim O'Connell is getting cranky, but it has nothing to do with Xavier's big football game with Iowa City High Friday night.

O'Connell is Xavier's defensive coordinator, but he's also a local farmer with 1,000 acres of corn, beans and stock cows on the west side of Cedar Rapids.

It's getting closer to harvest time. That means more work and longer hours on the farm, in addition to his duties of running a high school defense that has not allowed a point all season.

"I'm getting a little crankier," O'Connell said before practice Tuesday afternoon at Xavier. "The kids understand, the later we go, the crankier I get. I don't get as much sleep."

O'Connell, 45, puts in long days. He doesn't shirk his duties on the farm or on the football field.

"I just got done filling a grain bin up," he said. "I came here, go to practice. From here I'll go back and go to 10 or 11 (p.m.), then watch film until 12:30 or 1 o'clock, then go to bed and get up and do the same thing."

O'Connell was not complaining. In fact, he described his day with a smile.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 September 2011 00:49

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She's a Saint in school, but a Warrior in pool

McKenzie Asplund lives in the Linn-Mar district, attends school at Xavier and swims for Washington.

"It's different," she acknowledged Tuesday.

It makes sense, once you know the story.

Xavier High School does not have a swim team this year, so that was not an option, but Xavier has an agreement with Cedar Rapids Community Schools that allows its students to swim for Kennedy, Washington or Jefferson if they want.

Xavier does not have an agreement with Linn-Mar High School, so Asplund could not swim for the Lions. And since she lives closer to Washington than Kennedy or Jefferson, she swims for the Warriors instead of the Cougars or J-Hawks.

Asplund wasn't exactly sure of all the rules and regulations, but her mother figured it out. "My mom told me I was swimming for Wash," she said. "It's good. I love it."

Molly Snow also attends Xavier and swims for Washington. She lives in the Washington district, so that was easy to decipher.

Kennedy has three Xavier students on its team, so the Xavier swimmers competed against each other Tuesday night when Kennedy and Washington met in a dual meet at Kennedy.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 September 2011 00:48

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