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 2, 2020

Smiling emoji says it all for XCP badminton

 Accompanied by a smiling emoji, Laura Forbes relayed a welcome text message on Thursday (Oct. 1).

“A good day for badminton,’’ said the Xavier Prep coach.

It was all the way around for the Gators’ traveling party to Chandler Hamilton, where the varsity defeated the host Huskies 8-1 and the junior varsity prevailed 9-0.

On Saturday (Oct. 3), Xavier will play in its second tournament in as many weekends with an appearance in the annual Forner Invitational at Phoenix Sunnyslope. Unfortunately, due to health and safety restrictions, spectators will not be allowed.

Xavier’s next match will be on Tuesday (Oct. 6), a road encounter at Glendale Mountain Ridge.

Xavier Prep 8, Chandler Hamilton 1                                      


Neha Shakir, H, def. Lina Vanderwey, X, 21-8, 21-13. Sophie Riviere, X, def. Nidhi Pulicherla, H, 21-19, 14-21, 21-12. Lauren Etsitty, X, def. Emma Skaggs, H, 19-21, 21-18, 21-17. Mia Velasco, X, def. Isabella Angelo, H, 21-16, 21-8. Zoe Barton, X, def. Kendall Tacey, H, 21-11, 21-5. Grace Riviere, X, def. Harli Noriega, 21-10, 21-11.


S. Riviere-Vanderwey, X, def. Shakir-Pulicherla, H, 21-16, 18-21, 21-17. Velasco-Etsitty, X, def. Skaggs-Noriega, H, 21-10, 21-17. G. Riviere-Barton, X, def. Tacey-Angelo, H, 21-17, 21-9.

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