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, December 6, 2016

Contreras, XCP badminton players honored

Another outstanding season has yielded more honors for the Xavier Prep badminton team.
Sue Contreras, who led the Gators to the state championship and a 17-0 record in her first season as head coach, was named Coach of the Year by as the media outlet also released its All-Arizona teams on Tuesday (Dec. 6).
Congratulations, coach, well-deserved !!
Two Gators were named to the All-Arizona First Team – seniors Tatum Clarke and Annie Kamps, who earned the state individual doubles title and helped XCP clinch the state team title with a win over Gilbert Perry. It was the Gators’ fourth straight crown and 10th overall.
XCP doubles partners Emily Woodrow and Kiana Valentova-Macdonald also were honored as honorable-mention selections.

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