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.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Gator players dig toes in the sand at tourney

 Several of Xavier Prep’s pairs competed on Saturday (March 26) in the CatBox Classic Beach Invitational in the Tucson community of Oro Valley, at Ironwood Ridge and Canyon del Oro high schools.

The event featured 64 pairs from 13 of the state’s top programs.

Emma Soderstrom and Angela Valentine reached the championship match of the Open Division Club but came up just short in a highly competitive match against Phoenix Desert Vista’s Faith Brown and Reilly Feller, 22-20.

Dina Gorman and Abby Gliss were the XCP duo in the Club Pool G, where they fell to Brown and Feller, 23-21.

In Round 2 of the Club Gold Bracket, Soderstrom and Valentine defeated Austin and Decker from Marana Mountain View 21-13 and polished off Porter and Theisler of Chandler Basha 21-17.

XCP’s Katie Anthony and Mei Tsou were 2-1 in Open Pool AA, while Mei Tsou and Noelle Peterson were 1-2 in Open Pool BB. Tiffany Tellez and Alexa Shiner were 3-0 in Pool CC.

Xavier is back in action at its Cavanaugh Courts home on Monday (March 28) against Chandler Hamilton.

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