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, August 1, 2017

Now's your chance with fall sports tryouts

Hello, Gators . . .
We’re sure you know by now that the 2017-18 school year is beginning, and that means the fall sports seasons are right around the corner.
Teams are or will be having open gyms and tryouts, so get your gear together and head out to your favorite venue. All XCP students must have their annual physicals on file.
Badminton – Open gym for new players on Monday, Aug. 7 (1-3 p.m.) and Tuesday, Aug. 8 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) in the Activity Center. Open gym for all players on Wednesday, Aug. 9 and Thursday, Aug. 10, from 3:30-5:30 both days in the Activity Center.
Cross country – Tryouts for all athletes Aug. 8-10 beginning at 5:15 a.m. (yes, that is 5:15 a.m., no typo) at the Brophy College Prep track.
Frosh tennis – Another year for coach Laurie Martin and her award-winning no-cut program. That means a cast of thousands (OK, dozens, but that’s still a lot).
Position rounds for all immediate and advanced players who have played at least some tennis are Monday, Aug. 14 through Thursday, Aug. 17 from 3-5 p.m. at the Stark Tennis Center. New and beginning players will gather on the courts on Monday, Aug. 21 after school.
Crew/rowing (club) – All interested athletes should attend a lunch meeting at Lutfy Hall on Aug. 15. There should be additional information under the team heading on the XCP Web site.
Golf – The chart-topping XCP group is ready for a new season. A mandatory meeting for all will be held Aug. 8 at 2:45 p.m. at Lutfy Hall. Co-head coaches Sr. Lynn Winsor and Tui Selvaratnam will go over rules and what they will expect from their players.
Tryouts will be held at nearby Phoenix Country Club (7th St. and Thomas Rd.) Aug. 9-11. Sessions will be held from 2:30-5 p.m. on the first two days and from 2-4:45 p.m. on the third day.
Swim-dive – Xavier girls will make a splash in the neighboring Brophy Prep Aquatic Complex on Aug. 8-10 from 3-4:30 p.m. The team will hold its first official practice on Aug. 11 at 5:30 a.m.
Second-year head coach Maureen “Mo’’ Rankin says that “Gators were meant to swim.’’
But Gators also are meant to dive, and coach Frank Pipitone will guide his group on Aug. 8-10 from 5-7 p.m., with the girls joining the swimmers for the first official practice on Aug. 11 at 5:30 a.m.
Volleyball – Players will begin to refine their skills at open gym sessions at the Activity Center on Aug. 1 (3-5 p.m.), Aug. 2 (3-5 p.m.) and Aug. 3 (4-6 p.m.).
Freshman tryouts will be held Aug. 7-9 at Vestar Hall, 1-3 p.m. the first day and from 3:30-5:30 p.m. the other two days.
Tryouts for sophomores, juniors and seniors will be held those same dates. Times are 3-5 p.m. the first day and 5-7:30 p.m. the other two days.
Let’s make it another great year!!          

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