Cedar Rapids Xavier

Starting early a key to success

From eighth-grade varsity players to sophomore all-staters. That’s been the path for Alburnett catcher Maddison Volesky and shortstop Taylor Huber.

“Both kids, they started hot and just kind of stayed hot,” Alburn [...]

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Stolba ‘stays course’ with women’s national rugby team

Even though her first taste of professional rugby was met with extreme pain in the form of a season-ending injury, Hannah Stolba has stayed the course with the United States women’s national rugby team,

The former Cedar Rapids Xavier [...]

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Jefferson has handled season’s curveballs

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Jefferson has seen its share of curveballs this season.

The J-Hawks haven’t stopped swinging away at them, posting a strong regular season.

With injuries, weather damaging its baseball diamond [...]

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Diving catch seals it for CCA

CEDAR RAPIDS — With a leaping catch, Clear Creek Amana pitcher Lexi Kinnaird halted all hopes of advancement for Cedar Rapids Xavier in the Class 4A regional softball tournament Saturday.

“The coaches always joke about n [...]

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Flaherty fuels Xavier to win

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Ryan Flaherty put in a long day at work.

After about 120 pitches and nine innings on the mound, his Saints teammates helped reward him for a job well done.

Xavier capitalized on an ext [...]

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Vega leaves Wyoming

CEDAR RAPIDS – Daniel Vega has decided Wyoming isn't for him.

The Cedar Rapids Xavier all-stater has left the Cowboys football program and is back home, contemplating his next step.

“I just had some second thoughts lead [...]

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The Gazette Athletes of the Year

Photos by Adam Wesley, video features by Jim Slosiarek

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Sommer returns, leads Linn-Mar to sweep

MARION — Linn-Mar got its catalyst back, and celebrated with a pair of impressive wins over the Valley Division leaders.

Linn-Mar shortstop Katie Sommer returned to the lineup Tuesday night for the first time since being hit in the fa [...]

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Good week for Washington baseball

Cedar Rapids Washington has had a good week.

The Warriors have discovered their winning ways, opening the week with three straight wins over ranked teams.

Washington swept Class 3A sixth-ranked Dubuque Wahlert on Monday and captured th [...]

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Jacobus jump starts Cougars in nightcap for sweep

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Kennedy baseball lineup has plenty of weapons in its arsenal.

The Cougars’ Derek Jacobus owns the tools to provide opponents fits.

He played a vital role, scoring four times including the g [...]

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Drahozal digs in

CEDAR RAPIDS — Erin Drahozal continues to baffle area pitchers on just how to get her out.

The Cedar Rapids Xavier junior extended her home run streak to four games and upped her batting average to an eye-popping .500 as the C [...]

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Colbert contributes for J-Hawks

CEDAR RAPIDS — Marcus Colbert can be described as tough.

The Cedar Rapids Jefferson senior is a tough out at the plate and has shown an ability to persevere a pair of thumb injuries to post an impressive start to the season.

Col [...]

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Trojans hang on for split

CEDAR RAPIDS — Even though his starting pitcher had gone six innings and had given up just one run, Iowa City West baseball coach Charlie Stumpff knew he was going to put in his closer Friday night.

Replacing senior Nick Spiess [...]

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Saints’ streak ends at 8

DES MOINES — John McClane had nothing on the Cedar Rapids Xavier girls’ soccer team.

The Saints were not blessed with the kind of talent they had while winning eight consecutive state championships, but they were a real [...]

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Xavier’s drive for ninth title moves to semis

DES MOINES — Xavier’s drive for a ninth consecutive state girls state soccer title remains alive thanks to a shutdown defense and the prettiest shot this side of the World Cup.

Katie Ives’ 35-yard free kick in the 52nd m [...]

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