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, October 20, 2021

State badminton team tourney begins Monday

 Xavier Prep’s badminton team finished the regular season with a victory over Chandler High, allowing the Gators to qualify for the Division I state tournament.

And now the real challenge begins.

When the tournament begins on Monday (Oct. 25), 15th-seeded Xavier (8-10-1) will travel to face four-time defending state champion Gilbert Perry (13-1), the No. 2 seed. Perry had a 9-0 shutout of the Gators at Xavier on Sept. 23.

First-round schedule

(Seedings in parentheses)

All games, 6 p.m.

Queen Creek (16) at Scottsdale Chaparral (1), Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor (9) at Phoenix Desert Vista (8), Peoria Liberty (12) at Mesa Red Mountain (5), Gilbert Highland (13) at Chandler Basha (4), Chandler Hamilton (14) at Phoenix Sunnyslope (3), Mesa Mountain View (11) at Glendale Mountain Ridge (6), Phoenix Pinnacle (10) at Tempe Corona del Sol (7), Xavier Prep (15) at Gilbert Perry (2).

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