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, September 27, 2016

XCP mountain bikers perform well in Prescott pines

This trio of Xavier mountain bike riders put forth a strong effort at a recent event in Prescott. From left are freshman Erin Hill, freshman Heather Kwapiszeski and senior Mercedes Biscoff. (Photo courtesy of Rich Perrott).
  Mountain biking has its share of ups and downs, and the riders still persevere through all types of terrain.
Xavier Prep’s mountain bike club team had a good effort in the pines and cooler weather of Prescott over the weekend. It was the second in the team’s five-race series, according to coach Rich Perrott.
“We had a fantastic weekend in Prescott,’’ said Perrott, who also coaches the riders from Brophy Prep. “We competed with about 500 other student athletes. We have a team of 22 total riders, and we expect to have even more racers as the season continues.’’
Erin Hill and Heather Kwapiszeski competed in the freshman division, with Kwapiszeski finishing eighth and Hill 11th. Senior Mercedes Biscoff was 17th in the junior-varsity division.
The group will ride again in Sierra Vista, southeast of Tucson, then return to the Valley for its final two races, in Fountain Hills and Waddell in the west. Perrott said Xavier competes with 46 other teams representing more than 80 high schools.
The Gators remain active on the XCP campus, hosting a spin class every Tuesday afternoon, and have trail rides on Thursday and Saturday mornings.
“We are very proud of our team’s effort,’’ Perrott said.

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