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.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Frosh tennis: Road smooth and not so smooth

Xavier Prep’s two freshman tennis teams are busy, and they added two more matches to the ledger on Thursday (Sept. 27).

Both teams played on the road. The “A” team slipped past host Chandler Hamilton 5-4 and the “B” team fell to host Scottsdale Desert Mountain 8-1.

They will return to action next week. The “A” team will have three matches – on Monday (Oct. 1) at Tempe Corona del Sol, on Tuesday (Oct. 2) at home against Tempe Marcos de Niza, and on Thursday (Oct. 4) at Gilbert Perry.

The “B” team has one match – on Thursday at Queen Creek Casteel.

The latest results:

Frosh “A” 5, Hamilton 4

Singles – Hamilton def. Victoria Chrostowski, 8-1; Sammy Field def. Hamilton, 8-4; Hamilton def. Piper Kilb, 8-5; Hamilton def. Grace Paul, 8-3; Halston Yerxa def. Hamilton, 8-1; Diana Briguglio def. Hamilton, 8-3.

Doubles – Hamilton def. Chrostowski-Kilb, 8-2; Field-Yerxa def. Hamilton, 8-7 (7-2 tiebreaker); Paul-Briguglio def. Hamilton, 8-4.

Desert Mountain 8, Frosh “B” 1

Singles – DM def. Elena Titus, 8-3; DM def. Emily Lunt, 8-1; DM def. Caroline Cobb, 8-2; DM def. Katie Anthony, 8-4; DM def. Virginia Brown, 8-0; DM def. Sophia Flores, 8-3.

Doubles – Titus-Cobb def. DM, 9-7; DM def. Lunt-Anthony, 8-3; DM def. Brown-Flores, 8-2.

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