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Xavier High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Saints notch biggest win over L-M

A few dozen Xavier High School students spilled onto the court and celebrated a 64-48 victory over the Linn-Mar Lions Friday night, but those happy students did not know the entire story.

As it turns out, the 16-point victory over Linn-Mar is the biggest for  the Xavier boys basketball program in the 36-game history between the  two Metro schools.

The Saints topped the Lions by 10 points two years ago, but otherwise  Linn-Mar has dominated the series since they began playing in the  1998-99 campaign when Xavier High School opened for business.

Linn-Mar won the first 29 meetings, many of them by lopsided margins,  but the Saints have a 4-4 record against the Lions in the past four  seasons and are fighting back.

All told, Linn-Mar leads the series 32-4.

Linn-Mar is experiencing a rare "down" year for boys basketball with a  7-11 overall record, but they still have talented players and have  posted some good victories this season.

Xavier Coach Ryan Luehrsmann was happy with his club's performance on  Hall of Fame Night at Ron Thillen Gymnasium.

"I thought we were very good in stretches," he said. "We shared the  ball very well on the offensive end and for the most part were decent  on defense.



Hart paces Xavier bowlers in Waterloo

WATERLOO - Charlie Hart rolled a 405 series Friday to help the Xavier  Saints top Waterloo East, 2701 to 2192, in a Mississippi Valley  Conference bowling meet at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo.

Hart posted consistent games of 201 and 204.

The Xavier girls lost their match against Waterloo East, 2572 to 2424.  Tanya Zaugg rolled a 366 series for the Saints. Leah Frost led  Waterloo East with a 247 game and 439 series.

Xavier 2701, Waterloo East 2192

Xavier: Charlie Hart 201-204=405, Dale Weaver 174-190=364, David  Weaver 178-164=342, Michael Buenzow 156-181=337, Jacob Fulton  162-170=332, Jackson Schuster 169-152=321.

Waterloo East 2572, Xavier 2424

Xavier: Tanya Zaugg 171-195=366, Katie Langholz 175-181=356, Cheyanne  Crane 170-172=342, Ella Schrader 156-166=322, Jamison Janson  134-174=308, Ally Eipert 121-115=236.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 February 2017 05:50

Xavier boys draw No. 3 seed for tourney

The Xavier boys basketball team has drawn the No. 3 seed for the Class  3A postseason tournament and will face DeWitt Central in the opening  round on Monday, Feb. 20.

The game will be played at Mount Vernon High School at 6:30 p.m. as  the first game of a doubleheader.

Davenport Assumption drew the No. 1 seed and Mount Vernon is the No. 2 seed.

If the Saints beat DeWitt Central in the first round, they would face  Mount Vernon or Maquoketa in the second round on Thursday, Feb. 23 at  Mount Vernon at 7 p.m.

If the Saints reach the substate finals, they would face Assumption, West Liberty, Dubuque Wahlert or Solon on Monday, Feb. 27 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

The substate winner will advance to the state tournament in Des Moines.

Xavier is the defending Class 3A state champion.


3 selected for Xavier Hall of Fame

Grady Waldron, David Downey and Matthew Feldman will be inducted into  the LaSalle-Regis-Xavier Alumni Hall of Fame this Friday night at Xavier.

The three new members will be honored during halftime of the boys  basketball game against Linn-Mar.

Waldron, a 1997 graduate of LaSalle High School, was named first team  all-state as a wide receiver and second team all-state as a defensive back. He set the LaSalle record for most receiving touchdowns in a single season and led the Lancers to a 9-0 record during the regular season in 1996.

Waldron also received honors in baseball and track during his high  school career. He played semi-pro football for three years for the  Iowa Tractors.

Downey, a 1985 graduate of Regis High School, played football,  basketball and baseball. He was named all-state in each sport and was named the Male Athlete of the Year at Regis as a senior.

Feldman is being inducted into the Hall of Fame as an outstanding alumnus. He graduated valedictorian from Regis High School in 1998 and was actively involved in numerous academic programs.

Feldman received the first John Chrystal Award from the World Food  Prize Organization and received a scholarship to Harvard, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2002. Feldman currently manages his own investment firm in New York City.


Wrong call helps Saints top Cougars

Kennedy Coach Tony Vis and Hailey Dolphin studied the replay of her  final shot against Xavier Tuesday night and came to the same forlorn  conclusion.

Dolphin's 3-pointer in the final second of the game should have  counted and forced overtime against the Saints, but there was  absolutely nothing they could do about it.

Xavier trimmed the young Cougars, 58-55, in their Mississippi Valley  Conference game at Ron Thillen Gymnasium and that's the way it will go  into the record books.

Dolphin's 3-pointer hit the rim, bounced high over the basket and came  down through the net, but the officials ruled the ball hit the strap  that's used to hoist the backboard to the ceiling when the gym is used  for other events.


Once the ball hits the strap it's a dead ball and the shot does not  count, but the replay on Kennedy's iPad clearly showed that the ball  missed the strap by a few inches.

"I just wish they would have let the kids decide it," Vis said calmly.  "I don't think the officials, on purpose, hosed anybody.

"I think they thought they saw what they saw, but obviously they  didn't. They don't have the opportunity to look at it on video like we  do.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 06:31



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