DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for more than three decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Frosh tennis teams play it close

Xavier Prep’s two freshman tennis teams gave it all they had this week, but fell by identical 5-4 scores.

On Wednesday (Oct. 3), the “A” team was defeated by host Scottsdale Desert Mountain. On Thursday (Oct. 4), the “B” team also had a road match, this one at Queen Creek Casteel.

The teams will return to action next week, with both facing Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep.

The “A” team will go to Notre Dame on Tuesday (Oct. 9) and the “B” team will be at home against NDP on Thursday (Oct. 11).


Desert Mountain 5, Xavier Prep “A” 4


Victoria Chrostowski, X, def. DM, 8-2; DM def. Piper Kilb, X, 8-4; DM def. Halston Yerxa, X, 8-7; Diana  Briguglio, X, def. DM, 8-4; DM def. Grace Paul, X, 8-6; DM def. Caroline Purtill, X, 8-4.


Chrostowski-Yerxa, X, def. DM, 6-3; Kilb-Briguglio, X, def. DM, 6-4; DM def. Paul-Purtill, X, 6-4.

Casteel 5, Xavier Prep “B” 4


C def. Elena Titus, X, 8-0; C def. Caroline Cobb, X, 8-1; Emily Lunt, X, def. C, 8-1; Katie Anthony, X, def. C, 8-5; C def. Sophia Flores, X, 8-3; Virginia Brown, X, def. C, 8-6.


C def. Titus-Cobb, X, 8-2; Lunt-Anthony, X, def. C, 8-6; C def. Lauren Ashton-Flores, X, 8-2.

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