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Xavier's Ball twins had quite a fall

HS journalism: Football team won state title, volleyball made finals

Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Keera Ball, passing the ball during a Class 4A quarterfinal against Pella at the state volleyball tournament at the U.S. Cellular Center, also kept her eye on the Saints’ football team, where her twin brother helped a state championship run. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Keera Ball, passing the ball during a Class 4A quarterfinal against Pella at the state volleyball tournament at the U.S. Cellular Center, also kept her eye on the Saints’ football team, where her twin brother helped a state championship run. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
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CEDAR RAPIDS — From little kids to seniors in high school, the Ball twins have been there for each other.

Through good times and bad, the two have helped each other through many wins and losses.

As November came to an end, the Xavier standouts had some memorable moments this fall.

Isaac and Keera Ball traveled back and forth from the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids and the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls to support each another in their state tournament runs.

Keera, the libero on the state runner-up volleyball team, made history with her team by advancing to the state finals and earning a nationally ranking earlier in the season, a first in program history.

“This season has been incredible. Setting history by being the first Xavier team to be nationally ranked was a huge milestone,” Keera said. “When playing, I always look for Isaac in the stands; it gives me a calming presence to see him there.

“I love it when he comes to my games so we can talk about what happened after, whether it is good or bad.”

Growing up, Isaac and Keera made it a priority to make it to each other’s games. Whether it be basketball, softball, wrestling or volleyball, the amount of support they have for each other is immeasurable. Pep talks during Xcel and the “good lucks” in the mornings are just a few of the ways the twins help each other prepare for upcoming games.

“Keera supports me by talking to me the day after the game and asks me how I did and how the opponent was,” Isaac said. “We would always talk about if the game will be hard and who is good from each team leading up to the game.”

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This season, the Xavier football team won its third state championship in school history and its second in a row, beating Western Dubuque.

Seeing one another play volleyball and football at the Cell and the Dome was and eye-opening for both, watching all the hard work and perseverance pay off.

Keera and Isaac’s mom, Amy Ball, has been alongside the two every step of the way.

“A historic state runner-up and a repeating state champ was a phenomenal way to end their fall seasons,” Amy Ball said. “My most favorite thing is being their mom and biggest fan.”

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