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Posted December 17, 2012
HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM: Xavier freshman are playing under the radar

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By Katherine Bauer, Xavier sophomore

CEDAR RAPIDS – Many Xavier students knew about the varsity boys’ basketball game against West Des Moines Dowling. Details were announced over the intercom and were run on the TV in the cafeteria.

However, most students did not take notice of the Xavier freshman boys’ basketball game on Dec. 3.

“We don’t really deserve the acknowledgement yet,” freshman Daniel Richardson said. “The varsity deserves it now.”

The freshman Saints played Cedar Rapids Washington at home, losing 36-33. That left the Saints 0-3.

“We’re just trying to get better,” Coach Jim O’Connell said. “I don’t care about wins or losses. It’s about all the kids getting better everyday.”

The season has just begun, and the atmosphere is energetic.

“I love my coach and my teammates,” Blake Whitten said. “Our hard work will pay off.”

Whether they know it or not, the boys have a lot of work to do during their high school careers. Coach O’Connell said “I don’t think they really understand yet that they have a long way to go.”

The boys are playing a lot better and making huge improvements in their basic skills, according to O’Connell.

“We’re getting better everyday,” Richardson said. “And we hope we can get through our next game after a loss.”

The theme for the Saints this year is: “It’s not about you. It’s about everybody but you.”

“It’s about playing hard for their teammates, not for themselves,” O’Connell said.

The team will have many things to learn about working together. One day soon, many of them will be playing varsity.

“I think varsity has worked up to their recognition,” Whitten said.  ”s freshmen, we have the next four years to get ours.”


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