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Washington High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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).


Saints collect five pins in opener

The Xavier Saints collected five pins Thursday night in a 38-36 loss  to Washington in the first wrestling meet of the season.

Keegan Schultschik (120), Patrick Chambers (132), Josh Gerke (145),  Collin Yanga (182) and Alex Francois (220) had pins for Xavier.

Gerke had the quickest pin of the match in 35 seconds.

Will Foreman (126), Tyonchi Johnson (160), Ethan Ziadeh (170) and  Jared Scherrman (195) had pins for the Warriors.


113 - Double forfeit.
120 - Keegan Schultschik (X) pinned Jason Techau, 1:19.
126 - Will Foreman (W) pinned Jaxson Konzen (X), 1:16.
132 - Patrick Chambers (X) pinned Dalton Lauderdale, 3:36.
138 - Chris Karamitros (W) major dec. Clayton Drury, 14-4.
145 - Josh Gerke (X) pinned Herz Hashim, 0:35.
152 - Logan Sears (W) major dec. Garrett Ries, 11-2.
160 - Tyonchi Johnson (W) pinned Jonathan Bell, 3:29.
170 - Ethan Ziadeh (W) pinned Thomas Tobin, 1:57.
182 - Collin Yanga (X) pinned Jeremiah Oliver, 2:40.
195 - Jared Scherrman (W) pinned Kyle Krezec, 1:27.
220 - Alex Francois (X) pinned William Faulkner, 3:21.
285 - Tommy Pudil (X) won by forfeit.

106 - Aden Abram (W) won by forfeit.


Saints batter Wash with 34 hits

The Xavier Saints have had a tough season so far with a 13-22 overall record, but they could be catching fire in time for the Class 4A playoffs that start next week.

Xavier collected 34 hits Tuesday night and hammered Washington, 11-1 and 12-4, in a Mississippi Valley Conference doubleheader at the Bob Erusha softball diamond at Xavier.

The Saints lost nine straight games earlier this month, but now they've won six of their last eight and are looking better.

Xavier combined lusty hitting, good pitching and tight defense to roll past the Warriors.

"They're putting it together," said Coach Nikki Gahring. "They're really coming together and things are starting to mesh. There's a whole lot of talk, a whole lot of energy."

The softball must have looked as big as a beachball to the Saints hitters Tuesday night. Olivia Richards was 6-for-6 in the doubleheader, Kailee Becker was 6-for-7 and Katie Langholz went 6-for-8 to lead the onslaught.

Richards and Stephanie Wehr drove in four runs in the doubleheader and Wehr had a game-winning double to end the opener by the mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth inning. Wehr was 4-for-7 overall, Cassie Himmelsbach was 3-for-5 and Jamie Feltes went 3-for-8.



Saints suffer 2 painful losses to Wash

All of the young Junior Saints who were honored at Ken Charipar Field Monday night were home safely in bed by the time Xavier's unsightly doubleheader against Cedar Rapids Washington ended at 10:45 p.m.

It's probably a good idea that all those future Saints didn't stick around for the sad ending.

Xavier owned a 9-4 lead after five innings of the nightcap and its first victory of the season was only six outs away, but Washington rallied and won the game 17-11 in eight painful innings.

The Warriors also took the first game, 8-6, leaving the Saints with an 0-and-9 record in Bob Cataldo's first season as head coach.

The Saints had their first victory within reach in the nightcap, but Washington scored three times in the sixth inning to pull within 9-7 and tied the score 9-9 on a two-run double by Drew Christensen in the seventh.

The Warriors then scored eight times in the top of the eighth for a 17-9 lead before Xavier got a pair of consolation runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Cataldo is not sure how he's going to lift his team's spirits in time for Tuesday night's home game against Benton Community.



Leonard powers Warriors by Saints

Trey Leonard has spent most of the spring with the Cedar Rapids Washington track team and helped the Warriors finish second in the 4x100 relay at the state meet on Saturday, so he rarely practiced with the baseball squad prior to the start of the season with the Metro Tournament on Monday.

The lack of practice did not hurt him a bit.

Leonard came out swinging Monday and went 5-for-5 with a three-run homer and five RBIs as the Warriors smacked the undermanned Xavier Saints, 15-6, in the quarterfinals at the Jefferson field.

Leonard scored four runs, smacked two balls off the outfield fence and had two stolen bases in his virtuoso performance. He saw the ball well and hit it hard all day.

"It looked like a beachball," he said. "It was a good hitting day. The swing felt good and obviously it showed with where the ball went."

Prairie trimmed Spencer VanScoyoc and the third-ranked Jefferson J-Hawks, 3-2, in the second game Monday night at Jefferson. Kennedy beat Linn-Mar, 13-5, and Mount Vernon edged Marion, 3-1, in the first-round games at Mount Vernon.

The tournament continues Tuesday at both sites. Xavier and Jefferson are scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. at Jefferson, with Washington and Prairie meeting in the winner's bracket at 7 p.m.

Linn-Mar faces Marion at 5 p.m. at Mount Vernon, with Kennedy meeting Mount Vernon in the winner's bracket at 7 p.m.



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