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, September 5, 2019

Badminton gives Forbes first win as coach

Even if your team loses, all is not lost. There’s usually another match right around the corner.

Xavier Prep’s badminton team found that to be the case on Thursday (Sept. 5), rebounding from a 9-0 defeat to Chandler Hamilton and pinning an 8-1 setback on host Peoria Liberty to give XCP’s Laura Forbes her first victory in her first season as coach.

Tributes from athletic director Sr. Lynn Winsor and other athletic staffers poured in to Forbes, saying the Gators are on the way to even bigger and better things.

Next up for the Gators is their home opener on Monday (Sept. 9) against Glendale Mountain Ridge in the Activity Center. Start time is 3:30 p.m.

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