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, September 8, 2021

XCP badminton is back on the winning side

 Xavier Prep’s badminton team rebounded from two tough losses last week for a 7-2 road victory over host Mesa High on Tuesday (Sept. 7).

The Gators (4-3-1) won four singles matches and two in doubles.

Xavier’s next match will be at home in the Activity Center on Thursday (Sept. 9) against Phoenix Mountain Pointe.

Xavier’s Tuesday results

Xavier Prep 7, Mesa High 2


Gigi Riviere, X, def. Genise Garcia, M, 15-21, 21-19, 21-16. Jasmine Leyva, X, def. Haylee Dickson, M, 21-13, 21-18. Sophia Bonilla, X, def. Vivian Johnson, M, 21-19, 21-17. Priscilla Munoz, M, def. Riley Dowdall, X, 21-16, 21-13. Anna Richardson, M, def. Dani Rivera, X, 21-15, 21-12. Caroline Cobb, X, def. Mikella Hansen, M, 21-10, 21-7.


Bonilla-Riviere, X, def. Munoz-Garcia, M, 11-21, 21-19, 21-9. Leyva-Dowdall, X, def. Johnson-Dickson, M, 21-18, 21-11. Rivera-Cobb, X, def. Richardson-Hansen, M, 21-14, 19-21, 23-21.

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