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.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Tennis team begins season with impressive wins

 Xavier Prep’s tennis team opened its 2021 season last week with victories over Scottsdale Chaparral and Phoenix Mountain Pointe.

The Gators defeated Chaparral 5-2 and Mountain Pointe 9-0.

Xavier will play three home matches this week – on Tuesday (March 23) against Glendale Ironwood, on Wednesday (March 24) against Tempe Corona del Sol and on Thursday (March 25) against Phoenix Sunnyslope.

Here are the results from the Chaparral and Mountain Pointe matches . . .

Xavier 5, Chaparral 2


Ryan Kershner, X, def. C, 6-1, 6-1. Danielle Dyer, X, def. C, 6-0, 6-0. C def. Victoria Chrostowski, X, 7-6, 5-7, 11-9. Megan Wheeling, X, def. C, 4-6, 7-6, 10-7. C def. Belani Soto, X, 7-6, 6-3. Nyla Vranic, X, def. C, 6-4, 6-4.


Dyer-Kershner, X, def. C, 8-3.

Xavier 9, Mountain Pointe 0


Megan Wheeling, X, def. MP, 6-1, 6-1. Belani Soto, X, def. MP, 6-0, 6-0. Nyla Vranic, X, def. MP, 6-0, 6-0. Sophia Kleingartner, X, def. MP, 6-0, 6-0. Katelyn Cowan, X, def. MP, 6-0, 6-0. Lily Gabler, X, def. MP, 6-0, 6-0.


Cowan-Wheeling, X, def. MP, 8-0. Vranic-Soto, X, def. MP, 8-0. Kleingartner-Gabler, X, def. MP, 8-0.

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