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.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Swim-dive, frosh tennis carry XCP banner

After being delayed by rain and lightning on Thursday (Sept. 22), Xavier Prep’s swimming and diving team gave it a strong effort before falling to host Phoenix Desert Vista 106-87.
Xavier won the 200-yard medley relay to begin the proceedings, and was among the top three finishers in most of the other events, according to XCP coach Maureen Rankin.
Final results were not available due to technical difficulties.
Xavier was set to co-host the Brophy-Xavier Invitational on Friday (Sept. 23) and Saturday (Sept. 24) at the Brophy Pool. Diving was due to be held Friday at 1 p.m., with swimming getting under way on Saturday at 9 a.m.
“Looking forward to this weekend, where we expect to be one of the top teams, if not the top team,’’ Rankin said. “Our girls are set up really well for some fast swimming going into our events in placing positions of top 16 or better.’’

Freshman tennis
One of Xavier’s freshman tennis teams defeated Queen Creek Casteel 6-3 on Wednesday (Sept. 21), but road matches against Scottsdale Desert Mountain and Tempe Marcos de Niza were rained out on Thursday.
XCP will send its two teams into action again on Tuesday (Sept. 27) and Wednesday (Sept. 28), both at home against Chandler Hamilton.

Xavier results vs. Queen Creek Casteel
Marilyn Ghazoul lost 8-4.
Tara Froelich won 8-1.
Annie Langmade won 8-2.
Athena Bongoyan won 8-1.
Sophie Cohen won 8-1.
Catherine Humphrey won 8-2.

1 – Caroline Andreen-Abby Hendricks won 6-4.
2 – Xavier lost 7-6 (7-4 tiebreaker).
3 – Grace Smith-Alessandra Gluck lost 6-3.

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