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Xavier High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Defense rules as Cougars trim Saints

For most of the game Tuesday night, it looked like the Xavier Saints  and Kennedy Cougars should have been sent back to their locker rooms  to change into knee socks, short shorts and high-top sneakers.

It looked like basketball from a long time ago, with lots of bumps and  bruises and precious few points.

"That was ugly basketball," said Xavier Coach Ryan Luehrsmann.  "Competitive basketball, but we set basketball back about 40 years  with how ugly that was."

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, of course, and Kennedy was  perfectly happy to return to the other end of 42nd Street after  trimming the Saints, 50-47, at Xavier.

Xavier made only four baskets in the first half and trailed, 18-16, at  intermission. The Saints trailed 31-23 heading into the fourth quarter  and it was nearly time to check the record books for futility.

Fortunately, both teams clicked in the fourth period and it became fun  to watch. Incredibly, the Saints scored 24 points in the fourth  quarter alone after netting only 23 points in the first three periods  combined.

"It was a grind," agreed Kennedy Coach Jon McKowen. "Our defense kept  us in it. We're starting to defend really well.

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Xavier boys hold off Waterloo East

WATERLOO - The Xavier Saints survived a furious rally by Waterloo East  in the fourth quarter Saturday night and trimmed the Trojans, 65-61,  in a Mississippi Valley Conference makeup game in Waterloo.

Xavier led by 18 points, 53-35, after three quarters, but Waterloo  East outscored the Saints 26-12 in the final stanza to make it exciting.

Max Techau scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Xavier.  He hit 9 of 11 shots from the field and also blocked five shots.

Matt Mims contributed 18 points and nine assists to the victory.  Jackson Joens scored 10 points, Quinn Schulte had eight points and  Nolan Butkowski scored seven points.

The Saints won their fourth straight game and raised their overall  record to 8-9.

Ja'Cee Clark scored 19 points for Waterloo East (6-11).

XAVIER (65): Lux 1 1-2 3, Mims 6 5-7 18, Butkowski 2 2-2 7, Joens 4  0-0 10, Q.Schulte 4 0-0 8, Moeder 0 0-0 0, Techau 9 1-1 19, B.Schulte  0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Keating 0 0-0 0, Dempewolf 0 0-0 0. Totals  26 9-12 65.

WATERLOO EAST (61): Jackson 1 0-0 2, T.Nickelson 3 5-8 14, Clark 8 0-0  19, Reed 1 0-0 2, R.Nickelson 3 0-0 6, Jo.Holmes 5 2-4 15, Reyes 0 0-0  0, Ford 1 0-0 2, Ja.Holmes 0 0-0 0, Putman 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 7-14 61.

Halftime - Xavier 33, Waterloo East 20. 3-point goals - Xavier 4  (Joens 2, Mims 1, Butkowski 1), Waterloo East 9 (T.Nickelson 3, Clark  3, Jo.Holmes 3).

 

No. 6 Xavier girls win 6th in row

Lexi Noonan scored 15 points and Kiana Stanek popped in four  3-pointers Saturday night as the Xavier Saints rolled by Waterloo  East, 61-33, in a Mississippi Valley Conference makeup game at Xavier.

Stanek scored all 12 of our points on 3-pointers. Kylie Brown and  Amelia Ivester added eight points for the Saints.

Xavier, which is ranked No. 6 in Class 4A, raised its overall record  to 13-6 with its sixth straight victory.

Kerris Roberts scored 14 points for Waterloo East (5-14).

WATERLOO EAST (33): Nash 2 0-0 4, Sisk 0 0-2 0, Clark 4 5-7 13,  Roberts 5 4-10 14, Crowley 0 0-0 0, Jenkins 0 0-0 0, Shannon 1 0-0 2,  Cherry 0 0-2 0. Totals 12 9-21 33.

XAVIER (61): Stanek 4 0-0 12, Daniels 2 0-0 4, Diebold 0 2-2 2,  Marshall 0 2-2 2, Brown 3 2-2 8, Noonan 6 3-3 15, Callahan 1 0-2 2,  Stovie 1 0-0 2, Ivester 4 0-1 8, Jasper 3 0-0 6. Totals 24 9-12 61.

Halftime - Xavier 33, Waterloo East 13. 3-point goals - Waterloo East  none, Xavier 4 (Stanek 4).

   

Xavier girls get even with Prairie

The Xavier girls basketball team used more of its trademark defense  Friday night and trimmed Cedar Rapids Prairie, 39-35, in a Mississippi  Valley Conference game at Prairie.

The Saints evened the score with Prairie, which posted a seven-point  victory over the Saints at Xavier last month.

Caitlynn Daniels led Xavier with 11 points. Lexi Noonan scored 10  points and Kyle Brown had nine.

The Saints, who are ranked No. 6 in Class 4A, raised their record to  12-6 with their fifth straight victory.

Sidney McCrea led Prairie (6-12) with nine points. Sarah Schmitt and  Jenna Wagemester netted eight points apiece.

XAVIER (39): Stanek 1 0-0 3, Daniels 3 5-7 11, Brown 3 2-2 9, Noonan 5  0-1 10, Callahan 1 0-0 2, Stovie 0 0-0 0, Ivester 2 0-0 4, Jasper 0  0-0 0. Totals 15 7-10 39.

PRAIRIE (35): Schmitt 4 0-1 8, McCrea 4 0-2 9, Moenk 0 0-0 0,  McDermott 0 4-8 4, Sullivan 0 0-0 0, Kilpatrick 0 0-0 0, Kuch 0 0-0 0,  Wagemester 3 2-3 8, Person 3 0-0 6, Deahl 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 6-14 35.

Halftime - Xavier 23, Prairie 15. 3-point goals - Xavier 2 (Stanek 1,  Brown 1), Prairie 1 (McCrea 1).

 

Hart sparks Xavier bowlers by Lions

Charlie Hart had the hot hand Friday as the Xavier Saints topped  Linn-Mar, 2934 to 2723, in a Mississippi Valley Conference bowling  meet at May City Lanes.

Hart rolled a 269 game and 456 series to grab top honors. Jacob Fulton  posted a 227 game and 411 series for the Saints.

Blake Viers led Linn-Mar with a 227 game and 377 series.

Linn-Mar captured the girls meet, 2783 to 2539. Alexis Tschantz rolled  a 220 game and 403 series for the Lions. Tanya Zaugg had a 214 game  and 392 series for Xavier.

BOYS RESULTS
Xavier 2934, Linn-Mar 2723

Xavier: Charlie Hart 187-269=456, Jacob Fulton 184-227=411, Dale  Weaver 169-214=383, Michael Buenzow 182-193=376, Jackson Schuster  180-187=367, David Weaver 139-122=261.

Linn-Mar: Blake Viers 150-227=377, Alex Diercks 179-193=372, Mason  Soden 187-178=365, Zach Koeperich 169-169=338, Nolan Velazquez  191=136=327, Brandon Gloeckner 141-172=313.

GIRLS RESULTS
Linn-Mar 2783, Xavier 2539

Xavier: Tanya Zaugg 214-178=392, Ally Eipert 168-174=342, Ella  Schrader 191-147=338, Katie Langholz 156-176=332, Cheyanne Crane  143-183=326, Jamison Janson 138-164=302.

Linn-Mar: Alexis Tschantz 183-220=403, Mekena Diercks 178-210=388,  Sarah Velazquez 201-170=372, Katie Routhe 166-173=339, Tia Lawrence  180-152=332, Abbie Smith 146-136=282.

   
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