Xavier High School Celebrates Winter Success with State Championships

Xavier High School has had a successful winter campaign with several teams capturing state championships. The indoor track and field team, the wrestling team, and the robotics team all put in hard work and dedication to bring home the titles. 

The indoor track and field team left no doubts about their prowess, securing first-place finishes in multiple events en route to capturing their third straight Class L State Championship. At the meet, Oliver Guzy '25 broke the Xavier Long Jump record set in 1986; with his jump of 23’ 3.75”, he beat the old record by 9”. Hunter Feitel '24 also broke a school record set in 1986 at the event, this time in the pole vault when he cleared14’ 6”. Jack Ouellette '25 finished in first place in the 1600m and Jack Larkin '24 came in first in the 3200m. In addition to the state title, the team also won their third straight SCC Championship earlier this winter.

The wrestling team keeps adding to the trophy case as the Falcons won the SCC Championship, the Class L State title, and the Connecticut State Open crown in 2024. At the Class L State Championships, Xavier won for the fourth year in a row with a dominant performance. The team scored 343 points, 92 more than the second-place squad, and the Falcons showcased their depth and skill as all 14 student-athletes placed within the top-six, with an impressive 12 of them claiming spots in the top 3. Leading the charge, Anthony Basile '24, Braylon Gonzalez '26, Charlie Weidman '25, Kevin Kasperowski '24, and Raekwon Shabazz '24 captured first place in their respective weight classes. Xavier added its third straight CIAC State Open title as the team produced a CIAC record 243.5 points! Raekwon Shabazz (113 lbs), Braylon Gonzalez (126 lbs), and Charlie Weidman (215 lbs) all won their weight classes. Anthony Basile (138 lbs) and Max Morse (175 lbs) both came in second place in their weight classes. 
The five robotics teams from Xavier battled through 30 qualifying rounds at the Connecticut FTC State Championships at UCONN. At the end, two teams finished in the top-10 and were chosen by one of the top-4 teams to compete in the semifinals.

The Fullmetal Phoenixes joined the Southington Cyberbolts while the Fullmetal Kestrels joined the Armored Artemises. Both alliances won their semifinal matches and advanced to the Finals where Xavier faced Xavier for the State Championship.

In a best two-out-of-three match, the Armored Artemises and the Fullmetal Kestrels narrowly defeated the Southington Cyberbolts and the Fullmetal Phoenixes. While only the captain team advances to the Worlds in Houston, the Kestrels took home the first place trophy and the Phoenixes took home second place as the rest of the Fullmetal Falcon teams cheered on. All five Xavier teams competed at the State Championship with spirit and grace.

The success of these teams is a testament to the strong athletic and academic programs at Xavier High School. The school's commitment to excellence is evident in the success of these teams, and the dedication of the coaches and athletes is inspiring. 

Xavier High School, a Tradition of Excellence