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, June 23, 2016

XCP basketball future filled with promise

An energetic group of future Xavier Gators took the floor this week at the XCP Activity Center for the school’s annual basketball camp.
Approximately 30 girls were on hand and went through a number of shooting drills, ball-handling skills and defensive footwork.
On this particular day (Wednesday), assistant coach Wendy Woudenberg was in charge, assisted by several varsity players who will be on the floor for the Gators in 2016-17. Woudenberg, a freshman assistant coach last season, will be the junior-varsity coach this time around.
“The girls seem to be enjoying it,’’ said Woudenberg, a former top player at Scottsdale Christian in Phoenix and player at Wheaton College in Illinois. “It also helps to have the varsity players here, who are continuing to play and who the kids look to because they are close to them in age.’’
The players were broken down into separate groups of the older athletes and the younger ones. Years ranged from fifth graders to incoming freshmen.
Meanwhile, the varsity was wrapping up its participation in an annual summer league at Phoenix Thunderbird.

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