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.

Monday, October 25, 2021

XCP mountain bike group getting bigger, better

Watch out, Xavier mountain biking group is comin' at ya!! (Photo courtesy of Rich Perrott).

Mountain biking competition is increasing in popularity across the state that according to the Xavier Prep/Brophy Prep club team coach Rich Perrott, the Xavier group is the largest female team ever to race in the nine-year history of the Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League.

The Gators/Broncos finished second behind Queen Creek Casteel for the fourth time in as many races after the circuit’s South Conference Division 1 on Saturday (Oct. 23) at the White Tank Regional Park in the west Valley community of Waddell.

The Xavier group, which features 13 riders at the various levels, has a total of 12,496 points thus far, just 133 points behind Casteel entering the state championship race on Nov. 7 at the Wren Arena in Fort Huachuca.

Xavier had the fourth- and fifth-place finishers in the 20-mile (4 loops of 5 miles) in the Varsity race, Aria Tseffos (fourth) and Mary Hill (fifth).

The Gators also have had strong efforts from Grace Morgan in the JV races this season, and she came through again on Saturday with a fifth-place finish in the 3-loop race.

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