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 7, 2021

Badminton can't gain traction vs. Sunnyslope

 Phoenix Sunnyslope wanted to make sure it remained in second place, just behind No. 1 Gilbert Perry, in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s  Division I badminton rankings, so it wasted no time in turning away visiting Xavier Prep 9-0 on Wednesday (Oct. 6).

Sunnyslope was 13-1 on the season, while No. 14 Xavier was at 7-7-1 entering Thursday’s (Oct. 7) play. Xavier was due to face No. 15 Peoria Liberty at Liberty.

Xavier will have three matches next week to wrap up the regular season – Oct. 12 vs. Tempe Corona del Sol at XCP, Oct. 13 vs. Chandler Basha at XCP, and Oct. 14 at Chandler High.

The individual singles and doubles portion of the state tournament will begin Oct. 22 at Glendale Independence. The team portion of the tournament will begin Oct. 25 at the sites of the highest seeds.

Wednesday’s result

Sunnyslope 9, Xavier Prep 0


Allison Rodriquez, S, def. Jasmine Leyva, X, 21-11, 21-19; Maddie Schlesinger, S, def. Gigi Riviere, X, 26-24, 21-9; Rebecca Rodriquez, S, def. Sophia Bonilla, X, 21-10, 21-13; Kaitlyn Cotter, S, def. Riley Dowdall, X, 21-10, 21-13; Marciela Echeveste, S, def. Lexi Garman, X, 21-11, 21-6; Maya Morris, S, def. Caroline Cobb, X, 21-11, 21-14.


Schlesinger-A. Rodriquez, S, def. Bonilla-Riviere, X, 21-8, 21-7; Chloe Roussin-R. Rodriquez, S, def. Leyva-Dowdall, X, 21-11, 21-12; Echeveste-Cotter, S, def. Garman-Cobb, X, 21-14, 21-10.

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