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.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Gators seeded No. 3 in state team tennis

Xavier Prep’s tennis team will be the No. 3 seed in the Division I state team tournament that begins Tuesday (April 24).

The Gators will open with a home match, against 14th-seeded Yuma Cibola at 3 p.m. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals on May 1 against either No. 11 Tempe Corona del Sol or No. 6 Scottsdale Chaparral.

Semifinals are May 4 at Scottsdale Ranch Park and finals are May 5 at the Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale.

Defending state champion Scottsdale Desert Mountain is seeded No. 1 and Chandler Hamilton is No. 2.

The individual singles and doubles portion of the state tournament begins Friday (April 20) and continues on Saturday (April 21) at the Gene Autry Park in northeast Mesa.

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