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, March 5, 2018

Defending state champ defeats XCP tennis

Defending Division I team champion Scottsdale Desert Mountain handed Xavier Prep’s tennis team its first loss of the season on Friday (March 2) 6-3 at Desert Mountain.

Xavier, which fell to Desert Mountain in last year’s semifinals, had three winners, Kate Stegman and Emily Good in singles and the doubles team of Kate Straneva and Caroline Armknecht.

The Gators have three matches this week – on Tuesday (March 6) at home against Mesa Red Mountain, on Wednesday (March 7) at home against Scottsdale Chaparral, and on Thursday (March 8) at Phoenix Horizon.

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