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, October 29, 2020

Badminton gets split in final 2 of regular season

 Xavier Prep’s badminton team wrapped up its regular season this week with a split of its final two matches, at home against Phoenix Desert Vista on Tuesday (Oct. 27) and Wednesday (Oct. 28) on the road at Scottsdale Chaparral.

The Gators finished with a 7-6 overall record and likely will enter the Division I state tournament that starts on Nov. 9 with the No. 9 seed. However, the final rankings won’t be announced by the Arizona Interscholastic Association until other teams’ final matches on Thursday (Oct. 29) and Friday (Oct. 30).

Teams with the highest seeds will host first-round matches.

The individual singles and doubles portions of the state will be held Nov. 7 at Glendale Independence. Pairings in that event have not been announced by the AIA.

Wins by Xavier’s top four singles players – Lina Vanderwey, Sophie Riviere, Lauren Etsitty and Mia Velasco – sparked the 6-3 victory over Desert Vista.

The Gators struggled most of the afternoon in the 8-1 loss to Chaparral. The No. 1 doubles team of Vanderwey and Riviere allowed XCP to avoid the shutout.


Chaparral 8, Xavier Prep 1

Wednesday, at Chaparral


Midori Pham, C, def. Lina Vanderwey, X, 17-21, 21-17, 21-4. Emiko Pham, C, def. Sophie Riviere, X, 21-17, 21-19. Chi-Chi Bracken, C, def. Lauren Etsitty, X, 21-16, 21-17. Faith Secrest, C, def. Mia Velasco, X, 21-18, 21-18. Jessica Zietz, C, def. Malindi Kilb, X, 21-15, 21-7. Candy Fajardo, C, def. Jasmine Leyva, X, 21-14, 21-11.


S. Riviere-Vanderwey, X. def. Secrest-Fajardo, C, 21-16, 21-12. Zietz-M. Pham, C. def. Velasco-Etsitty, X, 21-13, 21-17. E. Pham-Bracken, C, def. Leyva-Kilb, X, 21-14, 21-14.

Xavier Prep 6, Desert Vista 3

Tuesday, at Xavier


Lina Vanderwey, X, def. Brenna Wallen, DV, 21-7, 21-5. Sophie Riviere, X, def. Breanna Larney, DV, 21-19, 21-10. Lauren Etsitty, X, def. Ainsley Smith, DV, 21-11, 21-18. Mia Velasco, X, def. Miranda Martinez, DV, 21-9, 21-10. Jocelyn Briski, DV, def. Malindi Kilb, X, 12-21, 21-11, 21-15. Aretta Lorenz, DV, def. Zoe Barton, X, 21-18, 21-17.


Vanderwey-S. Riviere, X, def. Lorenz-Wallen, DV, 21-7, 21-14. Larney-Briski, DV, def. Velasco-Etsitty, X, 21-18, 21-15. Kilb-Barton, X, def. Smith-Martinez, DV, 21-19, 21-14.

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