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 21, 2021

State badminton bracket includes 3 XCP players

 Xavier Prep will have one singles entry and one doubles team participating in the annual Division I state individual competition.

The tournament will be held Friday (Oct. 22) and Saturday (Oct. 23) at Independence High in Glendale.

The XCP singles player is senior Jasmine Leyva, who will face Adamaris Lopez-Morales from Chandler High in the first round on Friday morning. If Leyva wins, she would advance to a quarterfinal match later in the day.

The Gators’ doubles team is junior Gigi Riviere and senior Sophia Bonilla. They also will begin play on Friday morning, against Shadyn Russo and Emily Muir of Mesa Skyline. The winner moves on to the quarterfinals later in the day.

The Division I team bracket also has been announced, and Xavier will play at four-time defending champion Gilbert Perry on Monday (Oct. 25).

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