Slam Dunking to State

The Xavier Gators take on Red Mountain in an intense game.

Halle Lewis

February 2, 2016

This season, the ball is in the court for the Xavier Basketball team. The team is having a phenomenal season, with a 13-8 record. The gators are working hard and hope to get to the state championship. Xavier is currently ranked 8th in the state for Division 1. After the game on Jan. 26 with the win...

3.1 miles of color

After running 3.1 miles, participants celebrate in color.

Jane Miller

January 27, 2016

There is no better way to spice up a boring old run than with over 10,000 pounds of multi-colored cornstarch. On Feb. 20, Phoenix is hosting the Color Fun Fest 5k at Ak-Chin Pavilion. Color runs are an increasing popular trend that began in March, 2011 when The Color Run group embarked on a mission to...

Students embrace the #OptOutside motto

Views from Sedona's Bear Mountain.

Katie Russell, Writer

January 7, 2016

Recently, the outdoor store REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) has taken up the slogan #OptOutside to encourage people to get outdoors. The trending hashtag began on Black Friday, when REI shut their doors as incentive for Americans to choose hiking boots instead of shopping bags. Hiking is the perfect...

Khalia Lanier receives Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year

Khalia Lanier receives the most prestigious high school athletic award in the nation.

Katie Harris

December 10, 2015

Yesterday afternoon, the entire Xavier community congregated in the PAC for a surprise assembly. Rumors had already spread throughout the school: is Sr. Lynn resigning? Malala coming to school? Xavier and Brophy combining? When students entered the auditorium, however, the truth revealed itself. Senior...

Not your average sports match

Not your average sports match

Abbie Conrad

December 7, 2015

Although they may not win banners to display next to those of volleyball and golf, unusual sports are on the rise. These odd activities, hobbies and sports appeal to the hidden talents and unsuspecting interests within each of us. According to snikwah.com, in the year 1967, Nanaimo, Canada became hos...

Off season – but not off practice

Kara Barberich stretches before track hurdles.

Katie Russell, Writer

December 1, 2015

Here at Xavier, there are many exceptional athletes, all of whom have one thing in common that fuels their greatness – off-season training. You may ask, “What exactly is off season training?” The answer is simple. Off-season training is practicing one’s sport during a time other that the main...

Roughing it on Phoenix trails


Jane Miller, Writer

November 12, 2015

With the help of the brand new spin rooms, the Brophy/Xavier mountain biking club has recently gained new members and more recognition. Sophomore Lucy Lawler began mountain biking in eighth grade with her mom and was ecstatic when she discovered that Xavier had a mountain biking club. The club is a p...

Local is the new black

Local is the new black

Katie Shyman and Abbie Conrad

October 21, 2015

When buying produce, local is the way to go. On Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Ahwatukee Farmers Market, one vendor from Matcha Marketplace was interviewed about the benefits of buying local produce. The vendor said, "As far as health benefits go, buying local eliminates the preservatives that we find in...

We’re in an Arizona state of mind

We're in an Arizona state of mind

Macy Gordon, Writer

October 13, 2015

The beloved Grand Canyon State: stereotypes might cue images of sweltering heat waves, road-crossing rattlesnakes and horseback-riding cowboys galloping through dusty fields. However, discovering Arizona's hidden activities and destinations disproves the stereotypes and reminds us why our home is...

Gator Golfers drive their way into the record books

Gator Golfers drive their way into the record books

Katie Russell, Writer

October 5, 2015

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 was a day for the Gator golf history books.  On this day, the golf team broke the record for their lowest score ever on a nine-hole course, shooting a 131 at Phoenix Country Club. Not only did the golf team break their record, they also claimed victory over Pinnacle High Scho...

Got Yoga?

Xavier yoga students practice their asanas.

Halle Lewis, Writer

October 5, 2015

Ohmm…Ohmm…Ohmm. Namaste. These are frequently repeated phrases and sounds that are heard and said in a yogi’s daily life. Yoga has been around for centuries and is increasing in trendiness each second. With the growing love for Lululemon yoga pants, we sometimes lose track of what started these sayings a...

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