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, September 25, 2019

Badminton can't shake rust on the road

The first Division I badminton power points rankings were released by the Arizona Interscholastic Association on Tuesday (Sept. 24), but No. 7 Xavier Prep struggled on the road against No. 15 Mesa Mountain View and fell 7-2.

Both teams are now 4-4.

Xavier had one singles winner (junior Lina Vanderwey) and one doubles winner (Mayse Dunn and Mia Velasco).

Xavier will return to action next Tuesday (Oct. 1) with a home match against Mesa Red Mountain.

Mountain View 7, Xavier Prep 2


Danae Peters, MV, def. Sophie Riviere, X, 21-11, 21-18; Vicky Nguyen, MV, def. Mayse Dunn, X, 11-21, 22-20, 23-21; Lina Vanderwey, X, def. Emma Norton, MV, 21-19, 9-21, 21-15; Megan Welch, MV, def. Alex Kockinis, X, 22-20, 17-21, 21-17; Ellie Clarkson, MV, def. Zoe Barton, X, 17-21, 23-21, 21-16; Paige Morrison, MV, def. Mia Byrd, X, 21-16, 20-22, 21-17.


Dunn-Mia Velasco, X, def. Peters-Norton, MV, 21-15, 19-21, 21-16; Nguyen-Norton, MV, def. Riviere-Barton, X, 21-12, 20-22, 21-17; Welch-Morrison, MV, def. Kockinis-Byrd, 10-21, 21-19, 21-19.

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