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, March 24, 2022

Fall of 2022 signals "Season of Xavier' for riders

 The Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League is billing its upcoming 10th season this fall as “Season X.’’

And nowhere does that seem to apply more than right here at Xavier Prep, where mountain biking continues to grow by the year.

The program held an event at XCP’s Lutfy Hall on Wednesday (March 23) to try to figure out how many students might be interested in signing up to participate.

Xavier-Brophy head coach Rich Perrott said that 45 students were in attendance and that 22 girls professed a desire to take the next steps, such as obtaining the team’s schedule of events.

Two new Xavier coaches were introduced, Kate Hill and Monica Millum.

Prospective team members got to meet and hear words of encouragement from Chloe Woodruff, who is a National Champion, a World Cup winner and Olympian who attended the University of Arizona and now is based out of Prescott.

Perrott was pleased by the enthusiastic atmosphere and looks forward to another season.

“The league is calling it “Season X’ and we are embracing Season X as the “Season of Xavier,’ ’’ Perrott said.

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