the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


Sports covers the never-ending games, championships, and awards that Xavier receives and participates in.

Xavier Spiritline Pom performs their Jazz routine at the Spring Sports Rally. Students and staff alike loved watching their beautiful perform and were left in awe of the talent of Xavier’s finest dancers. Photo by Emmie Halter ‘21.

Spring Sports Rally: A Tradition

Emmie Halter, Club Writer April 1, 2019

Every Xavier girl leaves XCP remembering the rallies. Students participate in rally dances, student council performs in skits and students cheer their class on in the stands. A school favorite rally is...

Crew is a sport at the center of “Operation Varsity Blues”, one of the biggest college admissions scandals in the country. Xavier Crew athlete Olivia Petrine, who is trying to get recruited as a coxswain, spoke on how wrong and unfair this whole faux recruitment scandal is. Photo courtesy of Olivia Petrine ‘20.

Xavier Athletes Outraged at Faux Recruitment Scandal

Caroline Hink, Sports and Fitness Editor April 1, 2019

On Mar. 12, one of the largest college admissions scandals, named “Operation Varsity Blues,” was exposed by federal prosecutors. According to the Wall Street Journal, over 50 wealthy individuals were...

Pictured above is an assembly of common distractions that disrupt Xavier students sleeping schedules. This consists of technology and homework. Photo courtesy of Lily Tierney 19.

Sleep Deprivation in Teenagers

Lily Tierney, Class Writer March 11, 2019

Sleep deprivation is a serious problem that is seen amongst many teens nowadays. According to Nationwide Children's, on average, a teenager needs 9 to 9 ½ hours of sleep a night, but are only getting...

Fitness of the Mind and Body is a one-semester elective offered to Xavier Juniors and Seniors. Throughout the semester, students learn yoga poses, breathing techniques, and meditation practices. Photo courtesy of Bridget Wickers ‘20.

Getting Fit at School: Xavier’s Take on Popular Fitness Electives

Emmie Halter, Club Writer March 11, 2019

Fitness classes can be expensive and inconvenient after a long school day. Luckily, Xavier offers a variety of fitness classes that are available for students to take as one of their electives during the...

Xavier Spiritline at their Nationals competition in Anaheim, California. The Cheer team finished 2nd and the Pom team finished 6th. Photo courtesy of Jackie Hessel ‘20.

Spiritline Completes Season at Nationals

Caroline Hink, Sports and Fitness Editor March 11, 2019

From cheering on the football team to competing at Nationals, Xavier Spiritline has had an action-packed season. Spiritline is very dedicated to defending their titles and practice every day in first period...

Xavier’s Lacrosse team after practice, huddling around each other. Photo Courtesy of Kit Blouin ‘20.

Rebuilding of Xavier’s Lacrosse Team

Megan Onofrei, Sports and Fitness Editor March 11, 2019

Xavier’s Lacrosse Team is entering into a rebuilding year as new changes arise: the elimination of a Junior Varsity team, a new coaching staff and the loss of 13 seniors from the team two years ago....

On Feb. 6, six Xavier seniors signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate sports. The Xavier community is so proud and cannot wait to see what these ladies will accomplish in college! Photo courtesy of Caitlin Johnston ‘19.

6 Gators Sign National Letters of Intent

Caroline Hink, Sports and Fitness Editor February 13, 2019

Xavier College Preparatory is known for having outstanding student-athletes in every sport. Each year, at least a dozen Xavier athletes go on to play at the college level and this year is no different....

Various items from Xavier students’ lunches. It is important to eat a balanced diet from the five major food groups. Photo Courtesy of  Lily Tierney 19

The Dangers of Eating Sugar

Lily Tierney, Class Writer February 13, 2019

Nowadays, Americans are consuming much more sugar than ever before. When people think of addiction, sugar addictions are often overlooked. This is the reason why sugar is so dangerous: it is more destructive...

Brophy and Xavier students gather to watch Super Bowl LIII on Sunday Feb 3. Food was provided on the table, while the game was going on. As well as a friendly betting board located to the far right of the image. Photo Courtesy of Junior Sophia Salome.

Super Bowl LIII Traditions: Delicious Food, Friendly Betting, Halftime Show, Hilarious Commercials

Megan Onofrei, Sports and Fitness Editor February 13, 2019

The Super Bowl has been a great tradition among football fans all across America. It is the annual game for the National Football League, or NFL, where one team is given the championship title as well...

Sophomore Taryn Maher celebrates reaching the top of Camelback Mountain via the Cholla Trail, a popular hike on weekends in Arizona. Photo by Elyse Gifford ‘21.

Gators Were Meant to Hike and Climb

Emmie Halter, Club Writer February 13, 2019

While the weather is still cool and the New Year has just started, hiking is the perfect activity to jumpstart your New Year’s goals and enjoy the outdoors. Phoenix is known for its numerous hiking trails...

Many people do not know that Xavier has its very own spin and yoga rooms. They are located in the upstairs of the Activities Center next to the dance room.  Yoga classes are held during 1st, 6th, and 7th period as elective in the yoga room and the spin room is used by the mountain biking team and Dean Macrina for “Get Lean with the Dean”. Photo by Taylor Brown ‘20.

How do Xavier girls stay active?

Caroline Hink, Sports and Fitness Editor February 13, 2019

Xavier is well known for its athletic success and though many Xavier girls have participated in at least one club or sport at some point, some find other ways to stay active outside of school-related activities....

Senior Shannon Shields is now the fourth Xavier Gator to be named the Gatorade Arizona Volleyball Player of the Year. In her senior season, she led the Gators to another 6A State Championship and signed to play NCAA Divison 1 Volleyball at the University of Louisville. 
Photo courtesy of Shannon Shields 19.

Shannon Shields: Gatorade Arizona Volleyball Player of Year

Caroline Hink, Sports and Fitness Editor January 22, 2019

Congratulations to Xavier’s very own Senior Shannon Shields who has just been awarded the Gatorade Arizona Volleyball Player of the Year! She is the fourth Xavier Gator to win this award and it is a...

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