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.

Monday, May 15, 2017

XCP summer sports camps are cool idea

Xavier Prep’s athletic facilities certainly won’t be sitting idle as the summer gets cooking in June.
Seven sports will be represented starting June 5 and running through June 23.
Eligible participants are from grades 5 or 6 (depending on the sport) through 9.
Fees are $100 per camp. Camp forms and information are on the school’s Web site, Just click on the area that says “Summer Camps.’’ Athletes are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, and the deadline is Friday, May 19.
Badminton and beach volleyball coach Susan Contreras is the camps coordinator and can be reached at
The sports camps are for badminton, basketball, softball, swimming (at the Brophy Prep pool), tennis, volleyball and beach volleyball.

Dates and times:
Badminton – June 12-16, 2-4 p.m. daily, grades 6 through 9.
Basketball – June 19-23, 2-4 p.m., 5 through 9.
Softball – June 12-15, 8-11 a.m. 5 through 8 at Petznick Field.
Swimming – June 19-23, 2-4 p.m. at Brophy (both girls and boys).
Tennis – June 5-9, 7-9 a.m., 5 through 9.
Volleyball – June 5-9, 2-4 p.m. (grade 9), 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (separates for 5-6 and 7-8).
Beach volleyball – June 19-22, 7-9:30 a.m., 6 through 9 at the XCP/Cavanaugh courts, 5th Street and Meadowbrook (just south of campus).

Athletes will have some one-on-one instruction with coaches, with an emphasis on fundamentals. Team competition will be included, as will learning offensive and defensive team strategy.

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