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, October 7, 2020

Gator badminton oh so close before loss

 Xavier Prep’s badminton team has been very competitive this season, so close that their two 5-4 losses could have been wins.

The Gators’ latest came on Tuesday (Oct. 6), 5-4 at Glendale Mountain Ridge. XCP won three singles matches and one doubles match.

The Gators (3-2) will play two home matches against Phoenix Sunnyslope and Peoria Liberty on Wednesday (Oct. 7) and Thursday (Oct. 8), respectively.

Mountain Ridge 5, Xavier Prep 4


Ali Roskelley, MR, def. Lina Vanderwey, X, 22-20. 21-17. Sophie Riviere, X, def. Samantha Rawson, MR, 21-16, 15-21, 21-13. Ali Pedersen, MR, def. Lauren Etsitty, X, 21-16, 21-14. Mia Velasco, X, def. Jenna Dickson, MR, 21-19, 21-16. Malindi Kilb, X, def. Crystal Bellew, MR, 17-21, 21-12, 21-15. Cassidy Korman, MR, def. Zoe Barton, X, 21-10, 14-21, 21-18.


S. Riviere-Vanderwey, X, def. Roskelley-Rawson, MR, 16-21, 21-17, 21-19.. Pedersen-Dickson, MR, def. Velasco-Etsitty, 21-14, 21-16. Korman-Bellew, MR, def. Kilb-Barton, X, 21-17, 23-21.

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