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.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Tennis, softball earn first wins of season

The tennis and softball teams from Xavier Prep began the 2019 season on a strong note on Tuesday (Feb. 26).

The tennis team swept host Gilbert Highland 9-0 (results below).

The softball team, led by new coach Brad Downes, rolled to a 10-1 win over host Surprise Valley Vista.

Xavier scored four runs in the first inning and went on to collect 15 hits for the game. The Gators also got help from four Valley Vista errors, and XCP pitchers gave up just four hits.

The tennis team was due to play its home opener on Wednesday (Feb. 27) against Tempe Corona del Sol at 3:30 p.m., and softball will have its home opener on Thursday (Feb. 28) against Glendale Mountain Ridge at 3:45.

Tennis result

Xavier Prep 9, Highland 0


Tristanne Dechoux (X) def, Madison Layton (H) 6-1 6-0; Erica Stutz (X) def. Elle Bray (H) 6-0, 6-0; Ryan Kershner (X) def. Asia Richardson (H) 6-0, 6-0; Loralei Glidden (X) def. April Nguyen (H) 6-4, 6-0; Kate Stegman (X) def. Aubrey Christensen (H) 6-0 6-1; Emilia Chrostowski (X) def. Ella Ferguson (H) 6-0, 6-0.


Stutz-Kershner (X) def. Layton-Bray (H) 8-0; Dechoux-Glidden (X) def. Casey Ogden-Grace Dothier (H) 8-0; Stegman-Chrostowski (X) def. Julie Bloomfield-Christensen (H) 8-0.

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