St. Francis Xavier athletes join forces with our neighbors from St. Joseph’s to create a dominant football team known at Wilmette Catholic Football. Fifth and sixth grade boys participate in JV football every fall, which focuses on development and the love of the game. Seventh and eighth graders play at the Varsity level and have enjoyed great success as a football team, with consistent appearances in league playoffs and championship games.
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The Cross Country team was organized as a fall sport almost two decades ago and allows students in grades five through eight to compete as a team in meets across the North Shore. Understanding that our students have many other team options, the school takes a low key approach to this sport. Practices take places twice per week and are encouraged, but optional, for those with competing athletic team commitments. All practices take place at Gilson Park near the lake front and a cross-fit program is offered as a supplement for those looking for additional fitness opportunities.
Girls in the fifth, sixth and seventh grades learn about sportsmanship and teamwork every fall while having fun on the volleyball court. Eighth grade athletes participate in the Varsity division, developing valuable skills that can transfer to high school and travel athletics programs. Practices take place several times per week, and coaching assignments and game schedules are developed independently by grade.
Eighth grade girls have the opportunity to cheer on their classmates in the fall as members of the Wilmette Catholic cheerleading squad. Girls learn various cheers and practice good sportsmanship as they cheer on the Varsity team during the football season.
Basketball is Saint Francis Xavier’s longest running athletic tradition and enjoys the most student participation. Saint Francis offers both girls and boys basketball for students in the fifth through eighth grades during the winter months. The SFX gym is packed with fans as our JV and Varsity squads work hard to maintain their standing as one of the consistently outstanding programs in Council II 3-A.
Boys in the seventh and eighth grades learn about sportsmanship and teamwork while having fun on the volleyball court. Boys volleyball is a spring sport that provides an exciting way for the boys to end the school year. Players are exposed to game fundamentals and learn to play on an increasing competitive level over the course of each season.
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Students in grades five through eight participate in a variety of track and field meets across the North Shore. Track and Field provides a valuable opportunity for all students to be outdoors, compete against rival schools and visit other campuses. Much like the cross country program, our track and field organization recognizes that competing obligations with additional sports make attendance at all practices a challenge.
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