DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four 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.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wake up! Rise and shine, Gator Nation, it’s a new day!

It’s a new season of sports competition.

And come to think of it, I am new, too!

After writing about sports for more than three decades for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette and other publications, I have joined the Xavier College Preparatory staff as a “sports media specialist.’’

That means you will see me at many of the school’s sporting events, and will be able to read about them and other subjects in this space. I also will be writing feature stories on the individual athletes and coaches, and even taking a few photos.

I look forward to volleyball, golf, cross country, badminton, and swimming and diving in the new pool at neighboring Brophy College Preparatory. Not just varsity, but all levels.
And if you enter the spacious lobby of the wonderful new addition to the gymnasium, you will see video monitor displays of the various teams and Great Gators of the past. I also will be assisting with that project.

I take my job seriously, but I also want to have fun at the same time. That’s what sports are all about.
I have enjoyed coming to Xavier in the past to cover events for the newspapers and, most recently, as a writer for the Arizona Interscholastic Association Web site. Sr. Lynn Winsor, the athletic director and golf coach, and Sr. Nancy Perlick, her assistant, have made me feel more than welcome. The coaches also have been very cooperative and professional.

It takes every ounce of energy for a person to keep up with Sr. Lynn, who always seems to be in a million places at once.

With the dedication of the athletes to their sport as well as academics on a daily basis, it is no surprise that XCP has been able to generate so much success.
More of it is sure to come, and I’m ready to witness it first-hand.

I will see you around, and Go Gators!!

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