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.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Clarke leads Gators in tennis tourney

Led by two-time singles state champion Madison Clarke, the Xavier tennis team captured the Kiwanis Invitational tournament over the weekend at the Paseo Racquet Club in Glendale.
The Gators were first, followed by Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep, Chandler Hamilton, Phoenix Horizon and Gilbert Mesquite.
Clark won her title match against a player from Notre Dame 6-0, 6-0.
Xavier’s Caroline Armknecht did a great job in singles for the Gators, filling in for Amy Aiken, who was ill. Armknecht won a pair of matches before falling to the Notre Dame player who finished as runner-up.
In doubles, it was an all-Xavier final as Scarlet Rush and Anne Marie Cousins defeated Caroline James and Jordan Craft 6-2, 6-4.
The Gators return to the court on Tuesday (March 10) with a home match at the Stark Tennis Center against Goodyear Millennium.

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