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 11, 2021

XCP/BCP bikers stay close in team race

 The Xavier Prep/Brophy Prep club mountain biking team remains hot on the heels of Queen Creek Casteel in the overall standings of the Arizona Cycling League after three races.

The XCP/BCP riders finished second to Casteel in the latest race on Sunday (Oct. 10) at Pioneer Park in Prescott.

Competing in the South Conference, two Xavier riders in the top group, the Varsity South, did well. Mary Hill was third in the 18.6-mile course (3 loops of 6.2 miles) at 1:36:53.96 and Aria Tseffos was sixth at 1:53:35.69.

Grace Morgan was fifth in the JV-1 South (18.6 miles) at 1:45:29.82. And Rachel Reyes was 10th in the JV-2 South (12.4 miles) at 1:12:40.93.

The fourth and final race of the regular season will be held Oct. 24 at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park in the west Valley community of Waddell.

The high school state championships will be held Nov. 7 at the Wren Arena in Fort Huachuca, south of Tucson.

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