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, November 11, 2020

Gator badminton eliminated by No. 1 Perry

 Xavier Prep’s 2020 badminton season came to a conclusion on Tuesday night (Nov. 10) with a 5-0 setback against three-time defending Gilbert Perry in a Division I state tournament quarterfinal at Perry.

Xavier finished the season at 8-7, primarily with its all-senior lineup. Perry improved to 15-0 and was due to play host to Chandler Basha in a semifinal match on Wednesday night (Nov. 11).

“Perry played solid badminton and were on their game. Our girls did their best to give them a competitive match,’’ said Gators coach Laura Forbes.

The seniors who will be moving on after graduation are Lina Vanderwey, Sophie Riviere, Lauren Etsitty, Mia Velasco, Malindi Kilb and Zoe Barton.

“I am very proud of the team’s effort this season,’’ Forbes said. “They played through all the Covid uncertainty, worries and protocols to have a very successful season.

“These girls were not only excellent competitors, they were often complimented on their great sportsmanship and friendly manner.

“As our full squad of seniors end their high school badminton careers, I cannot think of a better legacy for them to leave our JV team than how important it is to compete with equal parts of character and athleticism.’’

Division I quarterfinal

Perry 5, Xavier Prep 0


Kate Macpherson, P, def. Lina Vanderwey, X, 22-20, 21-9. Ashley Rodarte, P, def. Lauren Etsitty, X, 21-14, 21-15. Emma Cross, P, def. Mia Velasco, X, 22-20, 21-13. Adrianna Ramos, P, def. Malindi Kilb, X, 21-15, 21-18. Kaylee Ross, P, def. Zoe Barton, X, 21-6, 21-8.



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