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 26, 2017

Badminton leaves opponents with blank page

Xavier Prep’s badminton athletes sure like playing at home.

In Monday’s (Sept. 25) regular-season home finale, the Gators had a strong effort against Phoenix Mountain Pointe with a 9-0 victory.

It gave the Gators a 10-1 overall record and 5-0 mark at home. The home record is noteworthy because each of the wins has been by a shutout.

XCP had three road matches remaining, as well as a tournament.

The Gators will face Chandler High on Thursday (Sept. 28) and will travel to meet Gilbert Perry on Oct. 3 and Chandler Basha on Oct. 5.

Xavier will participate in the Independence Invite on Saturday (Sept. 30) at Glendale Independence. Start time is 9 a.m.

Results vs. Mountain Pointe


Maddie Reinhart, X, def. Mountain Pointe, 11-7, 11-5.

Alexa Wolfson, X, def. Mountain Pointe, 11-2, 11-0.

Mimi Zurbriggen, X, def. Mountain Pointe, 11-2, 11-7.

Misaal Irfan, X, def. Mountain Pointe, 11-0, 11-0.

Maeve Lee, X, def. Mountain Pointe, 11-3, 11-0.

Anai Hernandez, X, def. Mountain Pointe, 11-0, 11-0.


Reinhart-Wolfson, X, def. Mountain Pointe, 15-8, 15-0.

Zurbriggen-Rebecca Ryan, X, def. Mountain Pointe, 15-4, 15-2.

Hernandez-Maddie Dines, X, def. Mountain Pointe, 15-1, 15-2.

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