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Xavier is host site for Metro tourney

Xavier is one of two host sites for the 48th annual Bob Vrbicek Metro Tournament, which kicks off the high school baseball season for the  Saints, the other six schools in the Cedar Rapids Metro and Mount Vernon.

Xavier Coach Bob Cataldo's team, which finished last season at  12-23-1, will host Marion at 7 p.m. on Monday, following the 5 p.m.  contest between Jefferson and Washington at Ken Charipar Field.

Prairie is the other host site. Coach Todd Rima's Hawks, the defending Class 4A state champions, face a tough opener against traditional power Kennedy at 7 p.m. following a 4:30 p.m. contest between Mount Vernon and Linn-Mar.

Semifinal and consolation round games are set for Tuesday. The championship and third-place games will be Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Stadium with the fifth and seventh-place games to be played at Xavier.



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No. 2 Eagles sweep to national tourney

GLENDIVE, Mont. - The long bus ride to Montana was worth it.

The second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles swept Dawson Community College, 10-1 and 4-0, to claim the district softball title Thursday and earn another trip to the NJCAA Division II national tournament.

Coach Joe Yegge is taking the Eagles to the national tournament for the fifth time in 10 years as head coach. The event will be held in  Clinton, Miss., from May 17-20.

Taylor Nearad belted a three-run homer and DoniRae Mayhew had a grand slam for Kirkwood in the 10-1 victory, which ended after five innings due to the mercy rule. Mayhew's homer was the 100th for Kirkwood this season.

Maddie Hansen hit a solo home run in the second game and Morgan Frost had a two-run single.



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Cougars trim Xavier girls in 2 OT

The Kennedy Cougars topped the Xavier Saints, 3-2, in double-overtime Tuesday in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls soccer match at Heco  Field.

Kennedy took a 2-0 lead in the first half, but Xavier tied the game on a pair of goals by Elena Minor in the second half. Addy Hoffman and  Caitlynn Daniels had assists for the Saints.

Kennedy scored the game-winner deep into the second overtime.

Xavier, which is ranked No. 7 in Class 2A, fell to 7-4 for the season. Kennedy, which is ranked No. 5 in Class 3A, lifted its mark to 8-3.

Melody Snow made nine saves for Xavier.


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Xavier boys soccer topped by Cougars

Joachim Kikuni scored two goals in the second half Tuesday night as  the Kennedy boys soccer team blanked Xavier, 2-0, in a Mississippi Valley Conference match at Kennedy.

Xavier, which is ranked No. 4 in Class 2A, fell to 7-4 for the campaign.

Kennedy, which is ranked No. 13 in Class 3A, raised its record to 7-3.


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Xavier boys net win over Kennedy

Alex Hinrichs, Charlie Esker, Curt Lengemann, Calvin Ford and Wes Johnson won their singles matches Saturday as the Xavier Saints topped Kennedy, 6-3, in a Mississippi Valley Conference tennis meet at Xavier.

The Saints lost to Washington, 8-1, in their other meet Saturday.


1. Rami Hemaidan (K) def. Jon Lansing, 6-1, 6-0
2. Alex Hinrichs (X) def. Sam Mead, 6-1, 6-3
3. Charlie Esker (X) def. Grant Finneman, 6-2, 6-2
4. Curt Lengemann (X) def. Connor Crippes, 6-1, 6-2
5. Calvin Ford (X) def. Brant Barnhart, 6-4, 7-6
6. Wes Johnson(X) def. Ethan Marple, 6-4, 6-3


1. Hemaidan/Mead (K) def. Lansing/Esker, 6-4, 7-5
2. Hinrichs/Ryan Jasper (X) def. Finneman/Crippes, 6-0, 6-1
3. Marple/Adam Gill (K) def. Lengemann/Johnson, 7-6, 4-6, 10-7


1. Ty Sherman (W) def. Jon Lansing, 6-2, 6-3
2. Rami Scheetz (W) def. Alex Hinrichs, 6-2, 6-2
3. Parker Muller (W) def. Charlie Esker, 6-0, 6-1
4. Will Rizer (W) def. Blake Magill, 6-2, 6-0
5. Ethan Wickham (W) def. Calvin Ford, 6-0, 6-0
6. Bennett Blumenthal (W) def. Curt Lengemann, 6-0, 6-0


1. Sherman/Scheetz (W) def. Lansing/Esker, 6-2, 6-3
2. Wickham/Rizer (W) def. Hinrichs/Ryan Jasper, 6-3, 6-1
3. Magill/Wes Johnson (X) def. Blumenthal/Ian Lundry, 6-7, 7-5, 10-7

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