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 31, 2022

Fourth shutout in a row boosts Xavier tennis

 Xavier Prep’s tennis team picked up its fourth straight shutout and raised its overall record to 11-1 with a 9-0 victory over visiting Phoenix Pinnacle at the Stark Tennis Center.

Senior Ryan Kershner led the way with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout in the No. 1 singles match, and teamed with sophomore Danielle Dyer for an 8-0 win in doubles.

Xavier will participate in the Tiger Quad tournament on Saturday (April 2) at Goodyear Millennium.

Wednesday’s results

Xavier Prep 9, Phoenix Pinnacle 0

@ Xavier Prep


Ryan Kershner, X, def. Liv Lubenow, P, 6-0, 6-0; Sophia Kleingartner, X, def. Alexa Agins, P, 6-1, 6-0; Julia Chrostowski, X, def. Emma Kesic, P, 7-5, 6-1; Megan Wheeling, X, def. Lauren Weiler, P, 6-1, 6-1; Belani Soto, X, def. Arden Blackstone, P, 6-0, 6-0; Lily Gabler, X, def. Avery Furnish, P, 6-0, 6-0.


Kershner-Danielle Dyer, X, def. Kesic-Lubenow, 8-0; Soto-Victoria Chrostowski, X, def. Weiler-Blackstone, P, 8-0; Wheeling-Kristina Stender, X, def. Furnish-Agins, P, 8-2.

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