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Xavier High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Xavier girls draw top seed in regional

The Xavier girls basketball team has drawn a top seed in the Class 4A regional tournament and will need to win only two home games to reach the state tournament.

The Saints are the No. 1 seed in Region 4. They drew an opening-round bye and will host Clear Creek Amana or Benton Community in the regional semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 18.

If the Saints reach the regional finals, they would host Waverly-Shell Rock, Decorah or Independence on Tuesday, Feb.  21 for a berth in the state tournament.

Xavier is ranked No. 6 in Class 4A and Waverly-Shell Rock is ranked  No. 10, making them the two favorites to reach the Region 4 final and the Saints are favored to win the regional title.

The top-ranked Marion Indians are the No. 1 seed in Region 6 and will be heavily favored to make the state tournament. If Marion and Xavier collide in the postseason, it would be at the state tournament in Des Moines.


Xavier’s Johnson commits to Drake football

Xavier High School senior Max Johnson plans to continue his football career at Drake University as a defensive lineman.

Johnson, 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, was one of the top linemen for the  Saints last  season when they finished 11-1 and reached the semifinals of the Class 3A playoffs.

Drake competes in the Pioneer Football League and compiled a 7-4 record last season.


Gerke claims MVC wrestling title

WATERLOO - Xavier High School senior Josh Gerke collected three  straight pins Saturday and won the 145-pound title at the Mississippi  Valley Conference wrestling tournament in Waterloo.

Gerke drew an opening-round bye, then pinned his opponent in 56  seconds in the quarterfinals and stuck his man in 39 seconds in the  semifinals. Gerke pinned Chase St. John of Prairie in 5:41 in the  finals.

Gerke, who is ranked No. 6 in Class 3A, raised his record to 35-2.

The Saints finished fifth in the team standings, ahead of such  traditional MVC powers as Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Linn-Mar and Cedar  Rapids Jefferson. Prairie won the team title.

Xavier received third-place showings from Keegan Schultschik (120),  Patrick Chambers (126) and Tommy Pudil (285). Erik Rodriguez finished  fifth at 195, Drury Clayton placed seventh at 138, Garrett Ries  finished seventh at 152 and Alex Francois was eighth at 220.


1. Prairie 224.5, 2. Iowa City High 188, 3. Hempstead 176.5, 4. Iowa  City West 146, 5. Xavier 128, 6. Kennedy 123, 7. Linn-Mar 112, 8.  Cedar Falls 110, 9. Wahlert 102, 10. Waterloo East 101.5, 11.  Jefferson 94.5, 12. (tie) Washington 71, Waterloo West 71, 14. Dubuque  Senior 70.


No. 6 Xavier girls roll by Warriors

Tom Lilly knows exactly how many times the Xavier girls basketball  team had whipped the Washington Warriors by 31 points over the years.

"Zero," he said.

That was before Friday night, however.

The Saints got off to fast starts in both halves and dunked the  Warriors, 59-28, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game at Ron  Thillen Gymnasium.

"Wash has been a tremendous program and very well coached," said  Lilly. "They've been sort of our nemesis."

Not this time.

Lilly has battled Washington for the past 32 years as a head coach,  including 13 years at Regis and the past 19 years at Xavier.

He's had his share of victories against the Warriors along the way,  but nothing like this one.

The Saints, who are ranked No. 6 in Class 4A, began the game with a  13-0 run and started the second half with an 18-2 spurt, way too much  for the visitors to overcome.

Washington (7-10, 4-6) scored only eight points in the second half,  with four points in the third quarter and four more in the fourth  period.



Joens, Butkowski pace Saints by Warriors

Jackson Joens popped in 19 points and Nolan Butkowski added 18 Friday  night as the Xavier Saints topped Washington, 60-54, in a Mississippi  Valley Conference game at Washington.

The Saints snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory,  raising their records to 5-9 overall and 3-6 in the league.

Matt Mims dished out 10 assists for Xavier and scored nine points. Max  Techau snared 11 rebounds and scored seven points.

Collin Westmoreland scored 17 points for Washington (3-12, 1-9). Max  Campbell had 12 points and Donovan Beard had 11.

XAVIER (60): Lux 2 0-0 4, Mims 3 2-2 9, Butkowski 7 2-2 18, Joens 7  1-1 19, Demplewolf 0 0-0 0, Q.Schulte 1 1-2 3, Techau 2 3-8 7, Johnson  0 0-0 0, B.Schulte 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 9-15 60.

WASHINGTON (54): Westmoreland 4 7-8 17, Snitker 0 0-0 0, Jonasson 4  0-0 9, Christensen 2 1-2 5, McCurry 0 0-0 0, Beard 3 4-5 11, Campbell  5 2-3 12, McKinstry 0 0-0 0, Pernell 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 14-18 54.

Halftime - Washington 23, Xavier 22. 3-point goals - Xavier 7 (Joens  4, Butkowski 2, Mims 1), Washington 4 (Westmoreland 2, Jonasson 1,  Beard 1).


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