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 15, 2020

Tough teams are an obstacle for XCP badminton

Xavier Prep was defeated by another one of badminton’s elite teams in Arizona on Wednesday (Oct. 14), 7-2 at Chandler Basha.

Xavier (4-4) has dropped four matches against teams ahead of it in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Division I rankings (Phoenix Sunnyslope, Basha, Glendale Mountain Ridge and Mesa Red Mountain), with two more against top teams remaining (Gilbert Perry and Scottsdale Chaparral).

The Gators return home to the Activity Center on Thursday (Oct. 15) to face Chandler High on Senior Day.

Basha 7, Xavier Prep 2


Jordyn Mee, B, def. Lina Vanderwey, X, 21-16, 21-13. Hannah Doyle, B, def. Sophie Riviere, X, 21-19, 4-21, 21-19. Aubriella Whisler, B, def. Lauren Etsitty, X, 21-11, 21-12. Allie Ferin, B, def. Mia Velasco, X, 19-21, 21-12, 21-16. Tricia Despain, B, def. Malindi Kilb, X, 21-14, 21-6. Zoe Barton, X, def. Elysia DeLaRosa, B, 21-10, 21-11.


S. Riviere-Vanderwey, X, def. Doyle-Despain, B, 21-10, 19-21, 21-9. Whisler-Mee, B, def. Velasco-Etsitty, X, 21-12, 21-13. Ferin-DeLaRosa, B, def. Kilb-Barton, X, 21-17, 12-21, 21-19.

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