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.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Writing XVP Files was -- and will be -- a fun ride

Writing about sports, or anything else, for that matter, begins with a blank canvas.
You start the journey, and you never really know where it is going to take you.
But that’s what makes it fun -- a wonderful ride.
That’s the way it has been for me in the 10 months or so that I have been writing this XCP Files blog for the Web site.
I was uncertain about how things would go once I came to Xavier after six years at the Arizona Interscholastic Association and more than three decades at The Arizona Republic newspaper.
I quickly discovered what a great place Xavier is to be and to work.
From Principal Sr. Joan Fitzgerald to Athletic Director Sr. Lynn Winsor to Assistant Athletic Director Sr. Nancy Perlick and all of their support staff to the coaches, assistants, athletic trainers and especially the hard-working student-athletes, it has been a very rewarding experience to get to know you and interact with you on a regular basis. Thank you for welcoming me and thanks to the parents for supporting this project.
I experienced the joy that comes with winning a state championship and felt the pain as I watched the tears flow for teams that saw the top of the mountain and couldn’t quite get there.
When the year began, I wasn’t quite sure how many events I would be able to attend, but I found myself trying to make as many as I could. I was hooked.
To the athletes – you did a great job, and I hope you realize, if not now but maybe somewhere down the road, what kind of a place that XCP is in terms of facilities and the opportunities it provides both athletically and academically. XCP stands alone in its commitment to the entire experience, including spiritual.
I am happy to say that I will return for the 2015-16 school year. The format of this blog and the athletics Web site will undergo some exciting changes by the time things get rolling in August and September, so stay tuned for that.
And as for the summer, I hope to continue to produce some interesting stories, including  a few upcoming sports camps and other subjects.
So thanks for your readership and support, and I look forward to another great year.
Have a great summer, and Go Gators !!

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