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Xavier High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Saints boys hold off Prairie

The first half was run and gun and the second half was much more methodical, but the result was a 56-51 Xavier victory  in Mississippi Valley Conference boys basketball at Prairie Friday night. 

Both teams were putting up points in the first half.  It was 19-19 at the quarter and Xavier led 35-29 at the half, forging their margin in the last two minutes of the half.  In the second half defense improved and the pace slowed and while Prairie actually outscored Xavier, it wasn’t by enough.

“Prairie really made it hard on us in the second half.  We really struggled to maintain our lead; we just had to weather the storm,” said Xavier Coach Matt Jenkins.

That was the case as Prairie (3-15, 2-11 MVC) managed to cut the lead to 48-46 at one point in the fourth quarter. Down the stretch, Xavier (5-14, 4-10) maintained its composure in a loud road environment and the Hawks missed four critical free throws that cooled their comeback effort.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 February 2011 01:38



Saints girls streak snapped at 3

Alecia McEachran rolled a 192 high game and 358 series and Kennedy beat Xavier, 2479-2379, Friday in a Mississippi Valey Conference girls bowling meet at Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.

Amanda Wiedemeier fired a 180 game and 343 series for Kennedy (14-4, 7-3 MVC).

Sophomore Tara Trcka led all scorers with a 306 high game and 397 series for Xavier (4-8, 4-6).

KENNEDY (2479): Caitlin Dicus 166-313, Tanner Rhoades 184-311, Alecia McEachran 192-358, Amanda Wiedemeier 180-343, Paige Ermer 175-322.

XAVIER (2379): Kari Brost 143-271, Erica Fry 146-287, Abbey Konzen 156-305, Aileen Conway 157-290, Tara Trcka 206-397.

First round -- Kennedy 1647, Xavier 1550. Baker round -- Kennedy 832, Xavier 829.


Huss, Gibney toss 200 games for Saints

Justin Smith had the hot hand with a 242 high game and 405 series that led Kennedy past Xavier, 2895-2648, Friday in a Mississippi Valley Conference boys bowling meet at Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.

Troy McKiernan rolled a high game of 212 and Austin Marshall a 203 for Kennedy (6-9, 3-7 MVC).

Mitchell Huss had a 207 high game and 377 series for Xavier (0-12, 0-10). Alex Gibney shot a 206.

XAVIER (2648): Mitchell Huss 207-377, Ryan DeWit 196-379, Logan Buschette 175-338, Alex Gibney 206-353, Kyle Elliott 192-375.

KENNEDY (2895): Austin Marshall 203-385, Justin Smith 242-405, Casey Sheets 187-373, Kyle Custer 181-327, Troy McKiernan 212-388.

First round -- Kennedy 1878, Xavier 1822. Baker round -- Kennedy 1017, Xavier 826.


Saints snap skid, maul Mustangs

DUBUQUE -- The Xavier Saints got stingy Tuesday night.

Xavier held Dubuque Hempstead to 24 points and collected a 48-24 victory in a Mississippi Valley Conference game in Dubuque.

The Saints snapped a four-game losing streak. All the losses were to ranked teams.

Alex Saxen led the Saints (13-7, 9-6) with 10 points. Krissi Tow and Alex Bartz scored eight points apiece.

Megan Kluesner topped Hempstead (6-13, 4-11) with 10 points.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 February 2011 01:40



Saints collapse in 2nd half spells defeat

Xavier held a slim one-point lead over Dubuque Hempstead at halftime Tuedsay night, but the Saints slipped in the second half and the Mustangs posted a 66-52 victory at Xavier.

"In our huddles in the second half we emphasized the team that could get the most stops will win this ballgame," said Hempstead Coach Curt Deustch. "We got some key stops in the fourth quarter and improved our defensive rebounding to aid in the fourth quarter surge."

The victory kept Hempstead (7-10, 5-7) solidly in fourth place in the Valley Division of the Mississippi Valley Conference. Xavier fell to 3-10 in the MVC and 4-14 overall.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 17:38



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