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Xavier High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 9 Wahlert escapes Saints boys

DUBUQUE – The shot was in the air, and Xavier Coach Matt Jenkins thought it was “dead on.”

Instead, Kevin Hosch’s desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer hit off the back iron, and Dubuque Wahlert escaped with a 59-56 victory over the Saints Thursday at Wahlert High School.  

The game was moved to Thursday after a blizzard forced its postponement Tuesday night.

Clasen scored 13 of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter. Xavier trailed by 11 points, 56-45, with four minutes left in regulation, but nearly rallied to upset the Class 3A No. 9 Golden Eagles.

“Kevin got open, but he just missed,” Jenkins said. “Wahlert is a good team, and this is a tough place to play.

“I thought we played well enough to win.”

Xavier (4-12, 3-8 MVC) went on a 11-3 run late in the fourth to narrow Wahlert’s lead to 59-56. The Saints had one last shot after calling a timeout in front of their bench.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 February 2011 22:56



Trcka wins MVC weekly honor

Xavier's Tara Trcka was one of the six Mississippi Valley Conference Athletes of the Week announced Monday.

Trcka, a sophomore bowler for the Saints, torched the lanes last Friday, rolling games of 267 and 247 for a 514 series that led the Saints past Washington. The 514 is the second-highest series by a conference girls bowler this season. She boosted her season average to 212.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 January 2011 22:14



Saints fall to another ranked foe

A possible concussion. A sprained finger. Another painful loss.

That was the story Thursday for the 14th-ranked Xavier girls basketball team, which lost a tight game to a ranked opponent for the third time in six days.

Iowa City West clinched the Valley Division title in the Mississippi Valley Conference with a 49-45 victory over the 14th-ranked Saints at Ron Thillen Gymnasium.

The third-ranked Trojans won their first conference title since 1979, snapping a drought that lasted 32 years. "We're ecstatic," West Coach B.J. Mayer remarked.

Ecstasy for Iowa City West, agony for Xavier.

The Saints lost to 11th-ranked Dowling Catholic, 38-37, Saturday on a long 3-pointer in the final seconds, then lost to fourth-ranked Waterloo West, 32-29, on Tuesday.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 January 2011 03:17



Saints' Trcka torches the lanes

Tara Trcka rolled games of 267 and 247 for a 514 series that led the Xavier girls past Washington, 2523-2475, Friday in a Mississippi Valley Conference bowling match at Lancer Lanes.

Trcka's total was nearly 150 pins better than the next best score rolled by either team. Aileen Conway rolled a 173 high game and 328 series for Xavier (3-7, 3-5 MVC).

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 January 2011 03:18



3 Saints get 2nds at MVC tourney

Amid all the grim-faced and tight-lipped wrestlers at the Mississippi Valley Conference tournament Saturday stood A.J. Garcia, the 215-pounder from Linn-Mar.

He was all smiles.

Garcia upset top-ranked Conner Herman of Cedar Rapids Jefferson to win the 215-pound crown and was named the Outstanding Wrestler in the 14-team field at Xavier.

"I was ready to go for that match," he said. "It's a real big accomplishment for me."

Garcia dominated Herman, 9-3, in the biggest upset of the day, handing Herman his only loss of the season to a fellow 215-pounder.

"I'm building my way up toward state," said Garcia. "This is going to motivate me."

Garcia, ranked No. 8, raised his record to 38-4 and led seven Metro wrestlers to the top of the victory stand at Ron Thillen Gymnasium.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 January 2011 22:13



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