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.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Balanced badminton effort boosts Gators

 Xavier Prep’s badminton team is back on the winning track.

The Gators battled back from a loss to Phoenix Sunnyslope on Wednesday (Oct. 7) for a 7-2 win over visiting Peoria Liberty on Thursday (Oct. 8).

Xavier (4-3) picked up four singles victories and swept the three doubles contests.

The Gators will visit Chandler Basha on Wednesday (Oct.14) and play host to Chandler High on Thursday (Oct. 15).

Xavier Prep 7, Liberty 2


Lina Vanderwey, X, def. Lexi Davies, L, 21-16, 21-11. Sophie Riviere, X, def. Ashlee Inman, L, 21-13, 21-18. Kaci Ballard, L, def. Lauren Etsitty, X, 21-19, 16-21, 21-19. Mia Velasco, X, def. Hannah Kubala, L, 21-11, 21-5. Malindi Kilb, X, def. Riley Jones, L, 21-18, 21-13. Taylor Bettes, L, def. Zoe Barton, X, 21-11, 21-15.


Vanderwey-S. Riviere, X, def. Ballard-Inman, L, 21-19, 21-15. Velasco-Etsitty, X, def. Davies-Serena Byrne, L, 22-20, 21-10. Kilb-Barton, X, def. Kubala-Jones, L, 21-15, 21-14.

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