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, April 9, 2021

Tennis Gators come within one win of 10

 Xavier Prep’s tennis team continued its push toward an unbeaten season landed at 9-0 on Thursday (April 8) with an 8-1 victory over visiting Queen Creek Casteel at the Stark Tennis Center.

Xavier won all six singles matches and two of the three doubles meetings.

The Gators will have three matches next week – on Tuesday (April 13) at Chandler Hamilton, on Wednesday (April 14) at Phoenix Pinnacle and Thursday (April 15) at home against Scottsdale Desert Mountain.

Thursday’s result

Xavier Prep 8, Casteel 1

No. 1 singles – Danielle Dyer, X, def. Kylie Williams, C, 6-0, 6-1.

No. 2 singles – Megan Wheeling, X, def. Sophia Dilley, C, 3-6, 6-0, 10-8.

No. 3 singles – Belani Soto, X, def. Riley Martinez, C, 6-4, 6-1.

No. 4 singles – Kristina Stender, X, def. Claire Caldwell, C, 6-2, 6-0.

No. 5 singles – Lily Gabler, X , def. Sadie Schow, C , 7-6, 6-2.

No. 6 singles – Amelia Timpone, X, def. Claire Scheerhorn, C, 6-4, 6-3.


No. 1 doubles – Soto-Dyer, X, def. Dilley-Chloe Shira, C, 8-2.

No. 2 doubles – Wheeling-Stender, X,  def. Williams-Schow, C, 8-2.

No. 3 doubles – Scheerhorn-Caldwell, C, def. Timpone-Gabler, X, 8-4.



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