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.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Moment of truth nears for fall sports teams

Xavier Prep’s fall sports teams have entered the final stretch of their seasons, with sectional and state tournament competition scheduled this week and next.

Looking at it chronologically, the golf team will be attempting to bring home another in a long line of state championship trophies at the Division I tournament at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort.

The event began on Monday (Nov. 4), with the second and final round set for Tuesday (Nov. 5).

The first round of the Division 6 state volleyball tournament will be played on Tuesday, with fifth-seeded two-time defending champion Xavier hosting No. 12 Peoria Liberty at 6:30 in the Activity Center.

The winner will advance to the quarterfinals on Thursday night (Nov. 7), with the semifinals on Saturday night (Nov. 9) and the finals on Nov. 12 at Arizona State’s arena in Tempe.

Cross country also will be defending its 2018 title run. The Gators will run in the Division I Section I qualifier on Thursday at 10:15 a.m. at Caesar Chavez Park in Laveen. That will set the stage for the state meet on Nov. 16 at 9:45 a.m. at the Cave Creek Golf Course in north Phoenix.

And the XCP swimmers and divers will attempt to overtake a strong Scottsdale Chaparral team and win their second D-I title in the last three years on Thursday and Friday (Nov. 8) at the Kino Aquatic Complex in Mesa. The Gators appear to have built a lot of momentum late in the regular season. Swim times are at 2:30 p.m. on both days, with diving preliminaries on Thursday at 1 p.m., semifinals at noon on Friday and finals at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

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