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, March 24, 2016

Tennis team responds to challenge

The challenge was there, and Xavier Prep’s tennis team met it head-on.
Chandler Hamilton, one of the likely teams to battle the Gators for the Division I state championship this season, couldn’t keep up as Xavier pulled away for an 8-1 victory at home on Wednesday (March 23).
Xavier is 9-0, while Hamilton fell to 4-1.

Tristanne Dechoux, X, def. Anamike Deokar, H, 7-5, 6-4; Caroline James, X, def. Emily Smith, H, 6-2, 6-3; Jordan Craft, X, def. Brooke Maclay, H, 6-1,6-2; Caroline Armknecht, X, def. Liz Smith, H, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), (10-8); Maddy Corley, X, def. Kamryn Blawn, H, 6-0, 6-0; Stephanie Burkhard, X, def. Maddie Uthe, H, 6-2, 6-2.
Deokar-E. Smith, H, def. Dechoux-James, X, 8-2; Craft-Kate Straneva, X, def. Maclay-L. Smith, H, 8-5; Armknecht-Burkhard, X, def. Blawn-Uthe, H, 8-5.

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