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.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

XCP badminton team still going strong

Great tournament for Gator badminton. From left, Tatum Clarke, Annie Kamps, Kiana Valentova-Macdonald, Alexa Wolfson, Emily Woodrow, Maddie Reinhart. (Photo courtesy of Susan Contreras).
 The Xavier Prep badminton team completed its busy week with a strong effort in the Forner Invitational at Phoenix Sunnyslope on Saturday (Sept. 24).
According to coach Sue Contreras, the format of this tournament is a bit different from others.
All of the No. 1 singles play each other, followed by the No. 2’s, No. 3’s and so on through the six singles groups. Then the same format kicks in with doubles, nos. 1, 2 and 3.
Xavier results
No. 1 Division – Tatum Clarke, third place.
No. 2 Division – Emily Woodrow, first place.
No. 3 Division – Annie Kamps, first place.
No. 4 Division – Kiana Valentova-Macdonald, second place.
No. 5 Division – Maddie Reinhart, second place.
No. 6 Division – Alexa Wolfson, first place.
No. 1 Division – Woodrow-Valentova-Macdonald third place.
No. 2 Division – Clarke-Kamps first place.
No. 3 Division – Reinhart-Wolfson, second place.
Xavier has a home match on Thursday (Sept. 29) against Chandler High, then is another invitational at Glendale Independence on Oct. 1.

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