Bio

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 AIA365.com, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Bikers finish 5th, leave plenty of optimism for '22

 The Xavier Prep/Brophy Prep club mountain biking team finished a solid fifth overall among teams at the Arizona Cycling Association high school state championships on Sunday (Nov. 7) at the Wren Arena in the southern Arizona community of Fort Huachuca.

The top five teams were No. 1 finisher Flagstaff High (North Division), No. 2 BASIS Prescott (North), No. 3 Queen Creek Casteel (South Division), No. 4 Cave Creek Cactus Shadows (North) and No. 5 Brophy/Xavier (South). Brophy/Xavier had battled Casteel in the South all season.

Varsity riders competed on the 4.1-mile course (4.1 per lap) and 3 laps for the JV.

Top Xavier riders were Varsity’s Mary Hill, who finished 9th, and Aria Tseffos, who finished 13th.

In the JV-1 race, Grace Morgan started but did not finish. In the JV-2 race, Rachel Reyes was 25th and Bailey Finch was 30th.

Congratulations to head coach Rich Perrott (both BCP and XCP) and his staff of assistants. It was a great year that figures to only get better in 2022!


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