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.

Monday, October 31, 2022

Volleyball wins, moves on to state tourney

 Xavier Prep’s Gators did what they needed to do and took care of business on Monday (Oct. 31), sweeping Glendale Mountain Ridge 3-0 in a 6A Conference “play-in’’ game at the Activity Center.

Xavier (20-12) was the highest-rated play-in team at No. 9, while Mountain Ridge (10-21) was the lowest at No. 24.

Xavier moves on to the first round of the state tournament that begins on Thursday (Nov. 3), and the opponent is expected to be Queen Creek, which had been the No. 8 team in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s power points rankings. First-round pairings will be announced on Wednesday (Nov. 2).

Queen Creek (21-13-1) and Xavier had been battling down to the wire over the last few weeks to determine which might wind up being the eighth seed and which might be the ninth.

Thursday night’s winner is expected to go on and face top-rated Tempe Corona del Sol (35-5) on Oct. 8 in a quarterfinal contest. Corona del Sol has defeated Queen Creek and Xavier.

Xavier has not played Queen Creek a whole lot over the years, but Gators Coach Lamar-Renee Bryant said most of what matches there have been have been very competitive.

“I’m happy for our seniors with the way they played today, in their final home match with Xavier,’’ she said. “It’s about how you handle these types of matches that keeps you going.’’

This play-in game originally was to have been played on Tuesday (Nov. 1), but festivities on campus for the 60th anniversary of Xavier President and former Principal Joan Fitzgerald at the school caused the schedule to be altered.

“I want to thank Mountain Ridge and the AIA to allow this to happen for us with such a meaningful moment for Sr. Joan,’’ said Bryant.

Xavier was strong at the net against Mountain Ridge.

The setters spread the wealth to the front-liners, giving them many opportunities to put the ball down into the Mountain Lions’ side of the court.

Junior Camilla Cornejo-Farmer and junior Finley Workman had seven kills apiece and sophomore Courtney Snopko had six.

Workman also had nine digs on defense, and sophomore libero Olivia Lenz had 11. Senior setter Ava Larkin had 23 assists.


Gators rule in the pool, state is coming up

 If you were looking for a spot to gear up for the state Division I chamoionship swimming and diving you needn’t have looked any farther than the Brophy Prep Aquatic  Center.

On Saturday (Oct. 29) the annual AMDG Invitational took place and Xavier Prep’s Gators rolled up a 530-point effort to win the event, which consisted of nine teams. Queen Creek Casteel was second with 360 and Phoenix Pinnacle was third with 256.

Now Xavier appears to be primed for a solid showing at the state meet, on Saturday (Nov. 5) at the Skyline Aquatic Center in east Mesa (2:30 p.m. start time). Diving finals will be held on Saturday at the Phoenix Country Day School at10:25 a.m.

Xavier had four event winners – the 200-yard medley relay, senior Lainey Weiland in the 50-yard freestyle, sophomore Carter Cook in the 100-yard butterfly and junior Ava Gill in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Xavier results

200-yard medley relay – Xavier “A’’, 1st, 1:54.29 (Krista Tymkiw, Ava Gill, Carter Cook, Lainey Weiland); Xavier “B’’, 4th, 2:03.58 (Sophia Sweatlock, Sophie Villanueva, Brooke Person, Lola Lysak).

200-yard freestyle – Sophie Dumanski, Fr., 4th, 2:05.95; Audrey McEwen, Fr., 5th, 2:07.95; Kate Bierman, So., 7th, 2:10.36.

200-yard IM – Genevieve George, So., 2nd, 2:16.20; Krista Tymkiw, So., 4th, 2:20.65; Ava Gill, Jr., 5th, 2:23.97; Adriana Lauterborn, Fr., 6th, 2:26.83.

50-yard freestyle – Lainey Weiland, Sr., 1st, 25.45; Dylan Miller, Sr., 3rd, 25.68; Cassie Worth, Sr., 4th, 26:07; Lola Lysak, So., 7th, 26.82.

100-yard butterfly – Carter Cook, So., 1st, 1:00.00; Genevieve George, So., 2nd, 1:00.04; Raleigh Kaul, Fr., 6th, 1:06.23; Brooke Person, Jr., 7th, 1:06.60.

100-yard freestyle – Dylan Miller, Sr., 4th, 56.00; Lainey Weiland, Sr., 5th, 56.02; Corbin Smiley, Fr., 13th, 1:01.41.

500-yard freestyle – Sophie Dumanski, Fr., 4th, 5:37.27; Audrey McEwen, Fr., 5th, 5:39.24; Malena Lebedeff, So., 7th, 5:45.45; Bella Guerra, Jr., 9th, 5:53.92.

200-yard freestyle relay – Xavier “A”, 4th, 1:50.78 (Lola Lysak, Corbin Smiley, Malena Lebedeff, Audrey McEwen); Xavier “B”, 6th, 1:55.54 (Perla Akiki, Waverly Bagley, Maryn Day, Kate Bierman).

100-yard backstroke – Krista Tymkiw, So., 4th, 1:01.56; Cassie Worth, Sr., 5th, 1:03.00; Carter Cook, So., 8th, 1:07.18; Raleigh Kaul, Fr., 9th, 1:07.84.

100-yard breaststroke – Ava Gill, Jr., 1st, 1:09.90; Adriana Lauterborn, Fr., 7th, 1:14.36; Sophie Villanueva, Fr., 8th, 1:15.53; Bella Guerra, Jr., 10th, 1:16.55.

400-yard freestyle relay – Xavier “A”, 2nd, 3:42.62 (Lainey Weiland, Dylan Miller, Cassie Worth, Genevieve George); Xavier “B,” 5th (Brooke Person, Allie Weiland, Lola Lysak, Corbin Smiley).

Team scores

Xavier Prep 530, Queen Creek Casteel 360, Phoenix Pinnacle 256, Chandler Basha 228, Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep 199, Gilbert High 170, Gilbert Williams Field 63, Gilbert Mesquite 62, Flagstaff Northland Prep 7.


Friday, October 28, 2022

After loss to Hamilton, XCP v-ball looks to "play-in"

 The first time that Chandler Hamilton’s volleyball team played Xavier Prep this season (on Oct. 5), Hamilton more or less sleepwalked through the match and the host Gators made the Huskies pay with a 3-0 sweep.

On Thursday (Oct. 27) the teams squared off again at Hamilton in the regular season finale for both, and this time the Huskies were wide awake, having little trouble with the Gators in taking a 3-1 home victory on Senior Night.

Scores were 25-19, 19-25, 25-19 and 25-12.

Hamilton, the two-time defending 6A Conference champion, raised its record to 31-7, while Xavier fell just one win short of the 20-win level at 19-12.

The state tournament begins on Nov. 3, but in order to get there, Xavier must win a “play-in’’ game on Monday (Oct. 31) at Xavier against Glendale Mountain Ridge. The contest begins at 2 p.m.

The top eight teams listed in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s power points rankings are assured a first-round home game. Xavier was the No. 9 team in the final rankings, therefore necessitating a play-in appearance. Mountain Ridge is No. 24.

All of the play-in games are scheduled Tuesday (Nov. 1), but Xavier’s contest had to be moved up one day due to important school events on campus Tuesday.

A trip to the state tournament is not automatic by any means, particularly if the Gators played the way they did against Hamilton on Thursday.

Xavier rebounded from its loss in the opening game to match and even surpass Hamilton stride for stride in Game 2. The Gators got a quick 5-0 jump and managed to maintain control.

Xavier was down 17-13 midway through the second half of Game 3 and even managed to pull even at 18. Hamilton then scored six straight points and headed toward the finish line soon after.

Hamilton went on another six-point run in the fourth game and Xavier did not challenge.

Xavier Coach Lamar-Renee Bryant was candid in her assessment.

“We gave up at the end,’’ she said. “That’s not who we are. It was disheartening. We lost our confidence and our leaders were quieter.’’

Some of the Gators put up decent numbers. Senior setter Ava Larkin had every one of the team’s 39 assists to go along with 3 service aces. Sophomore defensive specialist/libero Olivia Lenz had 28 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Elle McCreery had 12 blocks, junior outside hitter Finley Workman had 12 kills and freshman Vivian Hickman had 11 kills.


Thursday, October 27, 2022

Skills supplement luck for young XCP swimmers

 The things that people use for a good-luck charm are endless. Some use the old-fashioned rabbit’s foot, while others tend to go more current.

One person in the latter category is Xavier Prep freshman swimmer Adriana Lauterborn. She wears one of her favorite pairs of shoes with the Swiss-cheese holes – you know the ones -- crocs. Well, in these parts, it might be better to call them gators, not crocs. She even has gator Jibbitz (small decorations) clipped to the ventilation holes of the shoes with the mint tint.

“I really like them. I wear them to all my meets,’’ she says.

Adriana Lauterborn

For Lauterborn, her swimming skills help to supplement the lucky part of it, when she competes in the 100-yard breaststroke and medley relay events.

She is one of a group of talented underclassmen coming up through the ranks for head coach Glen Coy. Another athlete of note is sophomore Carter Cook, who works in the backstroke and butterfly and some relays.

Lauterborn played soccer in youth leagues along with her sister, Lourdes, who is a junior and will play for Xavier’s defending state champion team this winter.

Adriana drifted toward swimming and found it to be a better fit, often swimming at the club level.

“I’ve liked swimming and it’s always kind of been my thing,’’ she said. “I tried the breaststroke and it clicked for me and I was good at it. It’s been a lot of fun.’’

She has dabbled in other events such as the freestyle in club swimming, but remains a breaststroker.

Lauterborn has qualified for the Division I state meet on Nov. 5 at the Skyline Aquatic Center in east Mesa and will swim in the annual AMDG Invitational on Saturday (Oct. 29) at 10:30 a.m. at Brophy Pool.

“I am excited and nervous (for state). It’s the biggest thing as far as swimming goes,’’ she said.

Carter Cook


Cook also looks forward to the event. She swam in last year’s meet as a freshman.

“The stands are full and it’s noisy and loud. It really gets you going,’’ she said. “I think it also helped me remember what to expect this time.’’

Competing in the AMDG “helps us prepare better (for state).’’

And the relay events help build a family-type atmosphere.

“They are fun and they (teammates) rely on you and you on them,’’ she said.

 

 

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Xavier exits state badminton against champ Perry

 It is perhaps the biggest challenge a team could face in the state tournament, facing the five-time returning state champion on its own floor.

But Xavier Prep’s Gators did the best they could before Gilbert Perry’s strength and versatility took over in a 5-0 second-round victory on Tuesday (Oct. 25).

Xavier finished with a respectable 10-6 record under coach Brian McNerney.

The Gators are losing five senior players to graduation, and McNerney oversaw the development of a handful of promising underclassmen who helped to provide some welcome stability.

McNerney hopes to have at least a dozen of the younger players return in 2023. Two of the brightest prospects will be juniors next season – Maggie Henry and Corinne Ladha.


Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Golfers grab runner-up trophy after Hamilton streak

 There was a crisp, blue sky, the warm sun with a hint of a breeze . . . undoubtedly a day to remember.

It even would be more of a memory, but Xavier Prep’s golf team couldn’t quite put everything together as it had hoped.

After a logjam at the top of the Division I state tournament leaderboard with Chandler Hamilton, Phoenix Pinnacle and Peoria Liberty on Monday (Oct. 24) and into Tuesday (Oct. 25), Hamilton raised the stakes and was brilliant down the stretch.

The Huskies had three birdies over the final three holes and their top two players, senior Jennifer Seo and sophomore Angela Chen, had a 1-hole playoff for the individual title to put icing on the cake for a 4-shot win over the Gators, who were making a bid for the 38th title in school history.

Xavier Prep golfers take a moment to smile with the state Division I runner-up trophy and reflect on another strong season (Photo by Don Ketchum).

For one day, at least, the Catalina Course at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort was theirs.

Due to Xavier’s dominance over the years, few could remember a state tournament that was so close most of the way.

Xavier gave it a good effort, but it wasn’t enough.

“We did not play our best,’’ said Xavier Co-Head Coach Tui Selvaratnam.

The Gators led much of the early part of the final round, but Hamilton kept the pressure on.

The Huskies caught and passed the Gators, with Seo and Chen heading back to the first hole to decide the medalist honors. Seo sent the ball into the cup from the fringe, calling it a putt, and had her second straight individual title.

“Congratulations to Hamilton, particularly on those last three holes. They deserved to win,’’ said Selvaratnam.

Xavier’s top two finishers were junior Kate Hauptman at No. 6 with a two-day total of 153 (par 73) and senior Annie Dawson, who was No. 9 with a 156.

The other Xavier scores were freshman Isabella Piazza and junior Lena Durette at 164 and junior Grace Rubelsky at 165.

Division I state girls’ golf tournament results

Team scores

Chandler Hamilton 631, Xavier Prep 635, Phoenix Pinnacle 636, Anthem Boulder Creek 649, Peoria Liberty 656, Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor 727, Gilbert Perry 729, Glendale Mountain Ridge 762, Mesa Mountain View 770, Phoenix Desert Vista 791, Gilbert Highland 799, Mesa Red Mountain 851.

Individual Top 10

(2-day total)

Jennifer Seo, Sr., Chandler Hamilton, 143; Angela Chen, So., Hamilton, 143 (Seo won 1-hole playoff to take medalist honors); Brooke McGlasson, Sr., Peoria Liberty, 150; Samantha Olson, Jr., Phoenix Pinnacle, 151; Carolyn Fuller, Sr., Pinnacle, 152; Kate Hauptman, Jr., Xavier Prep, 153; Lauren Huddleston, Sr., Anthem Boulder Creek, 154; Allie Sullivan, Sr., Glendale Mountain Ridge, 156; Annie Dawson, Xavier Prep, 156; Nikki Bowen, Jr., Surprise Valley Vista, 158.


Monday, October 24, 2022

Badminton takes Deja Vu by the hand and wins match

 Xavier Prep’s badminton team had been through this before.

The Gators took Mesa Red Mountain down to the wire on Sept. 7 at Xavier, pulling out the match after the third doubles contest went to three sets, 5-4.

Then, in the first round of the Division I state tournament on Monday (Oct. 24), what do you know?

Our old friend Déjà Vu showed up.

Red Mountain, the No. 9 seed, was back at Xavier to face the No. 8 seeded Gators.

The contest went back and forth and went to a third and deciding game in the third doubles match of the day.

Gigi Riviere and Lexi Garman split the first two games against the Mountain Lions’ Olivia Moya and Chelsea Stevens, and the Xavier duo regained its composure and confidence in the closing moments for a victory to clinch the match for the Gators.

Now it is on to Gilbert Perry on Tuesday (Oct. 25) for a second-round match against the five-time defending champion Pumas. Xavier has a 10-5 record and one of those losses was to Perry on Sept. 29, and the Pumas recorded a 9-0 sweep.

Xavier won four singles matches against Red Mountain, setting up the final sequence. They were by Corinne Ladha, Riley Dowdall, Ava Hilsabeck and Garman. Red Mountain won the first two doubles matches.


Fantastic finish awaits Gators, D-I golf teams

 Fasten your seat belts – Tuesday’s (Oct. 25) final round of the Division I state golf tournament is going to have more twists and turns than you can count.

Five teams, including first-round co-leader Xavier Prep, are separated by only 11 strokes, perhaps the closest group of teams in quite some time.

It all happens at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort’s Catalina Course. Tee times begin at approximately 9 a.m.

The top five teams are Xavier and Chandler Hamilton at 27-over-par 319, No. 3 Phoenix Pinnacle at 28-over 320 and 30-over 322 for Anthem Boulder Creek.Defending champion Peoria Liberty led for a portion of the first round, but fell back to a 34-over 334.

Xavier trailed by as many as a dozen shots, leaving many to wonder if the Gators would be able to catch up.

Hamilton had two players atop the leaderboard – sophomore Angela Chen at 2-under 71, and senior Jemnifer Seo, the defending champion, at even-par 73.

Xavier’s top two finishers were at 5-over 78 – senior Annie Dawson ads junior Kate Hauptman. Other Gators on the list were junior Grace Rubelsky at 8-over 81, junior Lena Durette, at 9-over 82, freshman Isabella Piazza at 10-over 83.


Xavier, Brophy riders just get better and better

 

A Red Sea of Brophy Prep mountain bike riders and a Blue Sea of Xavier Prep riders gather after last weekend's race in Fountain Hills. The team won the South Conference title (Xavier photo).

The 2022 Xavier-Brophy mountain biking club team kept the pressure on its opponents and would not allow itself to be overcome on the final team points list on Saturday (Oct.22), holding on for the Arizona Cycling Association’s South Conference title in the fourth race of the season at the McDowell course in Fountain Hills.

XCP-BCP finished third in the race itself, and had several noteworthy riding efforts.

Mary Hill earned a fourth-place finish in the Varsity race.

Xavier had three riders finish 3-4-5 in the JV-2 category. They were Margaret Meaney, Alyssa Isaac and Lizbeth Garcia.

In the Freshman race, the Gators’ Clara Findlay finished fifth.

The final race on the ACA schedule will be Nov. 6, when competitors gather at Wren Arena in Fort Huachuca for the High School State Championships.


Saturday, October 22, 2022

Mt. SAC helps Gators push toward state run

 It always is a challenge for runners from Xavier Prep and other Arizona schools to participate in the annual Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational at Walnut, Calif. It features many of the best runners in the western part of the country.

The 74th version of the event took place on Friday (Oct. 21) and Saturday (Oct. 22), and the Gators came through with a solid effort as they make their push for sectional and state races back home in the coming weeks.

In the Girls Division 1 and 2 Individual Sweepstakes Division over 3 miles, Xavier finished 11th with 233 points. XCP had seven runners, all seniors.

The top Xavier runner in this category was Reese Brown, who finished 18th with a time of 19:18.

Her teammates followed her up with a No. 29 finish from Nora Hinkle (20:05), a No. 58 finish from Kylie Graf (21:18), a No. 64 finish from Cassara Ryan (21:32), a No. 74 finish from Naomi Young (22:04), a No. 80 finish from Emily Manuelito (22:22) and a No. 81 finish from Alma Melendez (22:23).

Xavier had a big finish in the Girls Division 1 and 2 JV Sweepstakes over 3 miles. The Gators were fourth with 114 points.

This group for XCP was juniors and sophomores.

Junior Bella Gomez made it across the line in the No. 6 spot with a time of 20:02. Following her were junior Lily Beaver, No. 10 at 20:09, junior Julia Russo, No. 19 at 20:37, sophomore Maggie Mostoller, No. 25 at 20:59, junior Sophia Corona, No. 77 at 22:50, sophomore Karina Zaveri, 81st at 22:58, and junior Adelaide Luna, No. 98 at 23:41.

Next for the Gators is an appearance in the Division I Southwest Section state qualifying event. That will be held Nov. 3 at Crossroads Park in Gilbert.


Badminton singles, doubles can't escape early rounds

 Xavier Prep players entered in the Division I state badminton individuals tournament gave a spirited effort on Friday (Oct. 23) and Saturday (Oct. 24) at Glendale Independence, but could not advance beyond the early rounds.

Xavier had two singles players, and a doubles team that played.

The two singles players were sophomores, Corinne Ladha and Maggie Henry.

Ladha defeated Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor’s Darshana Sripathi, 21-14 and 21-16 in the opening round. In the second round, Ladha fell to fourth-seeded Maddie Schlesinger of Phoenix Sunnyslope, 21-13 and 21-17.

Henry defeated Mesa Desert Ridge’s Kendall Heredia in the first round 21-9, 21-8. In Round 2, Henry dropped a 21-10, 21-13 decision to second-seeded Samiya Bodhankar of Chandler Hamilton. Bodhankar eventually reached the state title match, where she was defeated by top-seeded Mesa Mountain View’s Mangpor Luanvorawat.

A pair of seniors, Gigi Riviere and Sarah Castlen, made up the XCP doubles team.

Riviere and Castlen were defeated by Tempe Corona del Sol’s Michelle Chen and Allie Pequeno, 24-22 and 21-18 in the first round.

Xavier will now play in the state tournament team format starting on Monday (Oct. 24). The eighth-seeded Gators will play host to No. 9 Mesa Red Mountain in the Activity Center at 4 p.m. The winner advances to the second round on Tuesday (Oct. 25), with top-seeded defending state champion Gilbert Perry looming as the opponent.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Surprises become part of Xavier's volleyball routine

 What once might have been a surprise is not a surprise any more.

Xavier Prep’s volleyball team, which took Gilbert Perry to five sets before falling on Sept. 27, came back to defeat Perry on its home floor on Thursday night (Oct. 20) with a 3-0 sweep. Scores were 25-18, 25-23 and 25-20.

Combine that with a 3-0 sweep of two-time defending 6A champion Chandler Hamilton on Oct. 5 and Xavier is officially a contender for the title trophy that will be presented at the close of the state tournament that runs from Nov. 3-12.

Xavier will have another chance to defeat Hamilton in its final regular-season match on Oct. 27 at Hamilton. A win there would give the Gators 20 victories on the season against 11 losses.

The Gators got prime efforts from a handful of players.

Freshman outside hitter Vivian Hickman had 10 kills and 2 service aces. Junior Camilla Cornejo-Farmer had 9 kills. Junior defensive specialist/libero Mia Accommazzo had 3 aces. Sophomore defensive specialist/libero Olivia Lenz had 18 digs. Freshman defensive specialist/libero Mattea Saunders had 11 digs. And senior setter/outside hitter Ava Larkin had 27 assists.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

The Big Golf Show is just about here for Gators

 The stage has been set for the Division I girls’ state championship golf tournament on Monday (Oct. 24) and Tuesday (Oct. 25) at the Omni Tucson National Resort’s Catalina Course.

A number of D-I contenders, including Xavier Prep, were on hand, along with some of the best from other divisions, this past Monday (Oct. 17) at the Aguila Golf Course in Laveen for the State Preview match.

Xavier earned the victory in the 16-team field, defeating second-place Phoenix Pinnacle by 14 shots. Chandler Hamilton, with a decent shot to take home the title trophy, was third at 309.

Samantha Olson, a junior from Pinnacle, was the medalist with a 6-under-par 66. Xavier junior Kate Hauptman was second with a 3-under 69. Xavier junior Lena Durette was tied for third at 1-under 71, with defending state individual champion Jennifer Seo of Hamilton and freshman Cynthia Lang of Chandler Seton Catholic. And Xavier senior Annie Dawson had a 1-over 73.

Xavier results (par 72):

Kate Hauptman, Jr., 69, 2nd; Lena Durette, Jr., 71, tied for 3rd; Annie Dawson, Sr., 73, 6th; Isabella Piazza, Fr., 76, tied for 11th; Grace Rubelsky, Jr., 79, tie for 20th.

Xavier extras:

Jayden Jevnick, Jr., 76; Madalyn Gubernick, Fr., 79; Kyla Layman, Jr., 81.

Team scores

Xavier Prep 289, Phoenix Pinnacle 303, Chandler Hamilton 309, Cave Creek Cactus Shadows 314, Peoria Liberty 330, Scottsdale Desert Mountain 335, Chandler Seton Catholic 341, Gilbert Perry 354, Glendale Mountain Ridge 355, Phoenix Arcadia 358, Mesa Mountain View 365, Phoenix Desert Vista 371, Gilbert Highland 377, Mesa Red Mountain 395, Gilbert Campo Verde 425, Queen Creek 461.


Volleyball victory puts smiles on seniors' faces

 After sweeping visiting Chandler High 3-0 on Senior Night on Tuesday (Oct. 18) at the Activity Center, Xavier Prep’s volleyball team can turn its attention to what probably will be its toughest two matches to close out the regular season.

The Gators (18-11) will face 6A Premier Region rivals Gilbert Perry and Chandler Hamilton on the road, Perry on Thursday night (Oct. 20) and Hamilton on Oct. 27.

Tuesday’s scores were 25-15, 25-13 and 25-17.

Four senior players and three senior managers were honored before the match. The players were defensive specialist/libero Mei Prieto, setter Kristy Tom, setter/outside hitter Ava Larkin and setter Maddie MacDonald.

The three managers were Katie Carlson, Kate Tax and Riley Ward.

‘I’m happy for the four seniors,’’ said Xavier coach Lamar-Renee Bryant. “They showcased everything they’ve learned here in four years. They all played fantastic.’’

And now comes Perry and Hamilton.

“It will be super tough, but we’re excited to play,’’ Bryant said.

In previous contests at Xavier this season, Xavier was down 0-2 to Perry before winning twice and narrowly missing out on taking the match, and against Hamilton recorded a rare 3-0 sweep.

Service aces were among the Gators’ highlights against Chandler (13-20). Junior Finley Workman had two and sophomore Olivia Lenz had one down the stretch of the first game. MacDonald had three aces in a row to spark XCP in the second game. A couple of blocks help increase the Xavier lead to eight points in the third game, and Chandler could not catch up.

Larkin had 3 aces, 9 digs and 16 assists. MacDonald had 3 aces and 17 assists. And freshman Vivian Hickman had 10 kills.


Sunday, October 16, 2022

Gator runners good, and there are a lot of them

 Xavier Prep’s running strength was on full display on Saturday (Oct. 15) as the Gators won both the Varsity and Junior Varsity girls events in the John Gleeson Lancer Invitational at the Rolling Hills Golf Course in Tucson.

Xavier outdistanced host Tucson Salpointe Catholic in the Varsity 5,000-meter run, 36-60, and the JV girls topped Vail Cienega 15-68, over 5,000 meters.

Senior Reese Brown was the top Xavier finisher in the Varsity race, claiming second place with a time of 20:04.00. Salpointe’s Kylie Wild won the event at 18:48.70.

The Gators also had the Nos. 5, 6 and 8 finishers among the 96 participants: senior Nora Hinkle (20:45.00), senior Kylie Graf (21:04.50) and junior Becca Gomez (21:05.40).

Three other XCP runners finished in the 10-20 group: junior Lily Beaver, 12th at 21:18.40, junior Julia Russo, 14th at 21:26.90, and senior Emily Manuelito, 17th at 21.34.90.

In the JV race, Xavier had 22 of the 85 runners competing. That contributed to the team title.

Sophomore Maggie Mostoller, 1st, 22:06.90; senior Cassara Ryan, 2nd, 22:16.30; junior Jimena Gutierrez, 3rd, 22:30.20; senior Alma Melendez, 4th, 22:39.60; senior Reyna Silva, 5th, 23:08.90; senior Arianna Thompson-Bueno, 6th, 23:21.70; sophomore Caroline Vietor, 7th, 23:24.40; junior Susan Findlay, 8th, 23:24.40; sophomore Karina Zaveri, 23:25.90.

Also, freshman Clara Findlay, 10th, 23:29.50; junior Adelaide Luna, 11th, 23:52.20; sophomore Ellie Hilsabeck, 12th, 23:55.10; senior Naomi Young, 13th, 23:56.50; senior Olivia Charles, 14th, 23:56.50; junior Sophia Corona, 15th, 24:03.40; sophomore Lily Bourque, 18th, 25:15.70.

And junior Maya Nagaraj, 22nd, 25:53.70; junior Blakely Anderson, 23rd, 25:57.80; freshman Sierra Luna, 28th, 26:24.40; freshman Avi Damon-Showalter, 44th, 28:28.00; sophomore Alondra Babonoyaba, 45th, 28:32.50; and junior Riley Meza, 58th, 30:33.30.

Some of the Xavier runners are expected to compete on Oct. 22 at the 74th Annual Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA.

From there, the Gators will run in the Division I Southwest Section state qualifying meet on Nov. 3 at Gilbert Crossroads Park. Start time is 11:30 a.m.

And the Division I state race will be held at its usual location, the Cave Creek Golf Course in north Phoenix, on Nov. 12 at 1:55 p.m.


Saturday, October 15, 2022

Swimmers, divers more confident after big win

 Xavier Prep’s swimmers and divers needed a confidence-building effort with the Division I state meet just around the corner, and the Gators came through on Thursday (Oct. 13) with a 120-52 over Mesa Desert Ridge at the Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa.

 The Gators now have a 3-3 record entering the final meet of the regular season, on Oct. 20 at Brophy Prep against Chandler Basha, Mesa Mountain View, Mesa High and Mesa Red Mountain. The state meet will be held Nov. 4-5 at Skyline.

 Xavier head coach Glen Coy lists the highlights from the meet against Desert Ridge . . .

 One of the top showings of the meet was a 2-3-4 finish by divers Maya Superfon, Claira Chong and Michelle Mierzwa.

 Other noteworthy achievements . . .

 200-yard medley relay – Xavier 1st, with Sophia Sweatlock, Adrianna Lauterborn, Geni George and Dylan Miller.

 200-yard freestyle – Lola Lysak 1st, Bella Guerra 2nd and Kate Bierman 3rd.

 200-yard individual medley – Raleigh Kaul 1st, Brook Pierson 2nd.

 50-yard freestyle – Geni George 1st, Audrey McEwen 2nd.

 100-yard butterfly – Dylan Miller 1st, Krista Tymkiw 2nd.

 100-yard freestyle – Sophie Dumanski and Malena Lebedeff tied for 1st.

 200-yard freestyle relay – Xavier 1st, with Malena Lebedeff, Lola Lysak, Cassie Worth and Geni George; Xavier also 2nd, with Audrey McEwen, Bella Guerra, Lainey Weiland and Dylan Miller.

 100-yard backstroke – Sophia Sweatlock 1st, Raleigh Kaul 2nd.

 100-yard breaststroke – Sophie Dumanski 1st, Meredith Scott 2nd and Lola Lysak 3rd.

 400-yard freestyle relay – Xavier 1st, with Cassie Worth, Adrianna Lauterborn, Bella Guerra and Lainey Weiland; Xavier also 2nd with Ava Gill, Audrey McEwen, Malena Lebedeff and Krista Tymkiw.


Volleyball sweeps past Basha for second time

 On Thursday (Oct. 13), one night after nearly pulling one of the biggest volleyball upsets of the season against Tempe Corona del Sol, Xavier Prep’s Gators were back in the groove and recorded a 3-0 sweep of host Chandler Basha, their second sweep of Basha this season.

Xavier raised its record to 17-11, while Basha slipped to 9-15.

Scores were 25-20, 25-14 and 25-9.

Freshman Vivian Hickman and junior Finley Workman kept the pressure circulating up front for the Gators. Hickman had 10 kills and Workman had 9.

Sophomore Kristy Tom had 3 service aces, sophomore Annemarie O’Gara had 4 blocks, sophomore Olivia Lenz had 16 digs and senior Ava Larkin had 21 assists.

Xavier has three matches left in the regular season --  its home finale on Tuesday (Oct. 18) against Chandler High, followed by very tough matches on Thursday (Oct. 20) at Gilbert Perry and Oct. 27 at Chandler Hamilton.


Friday, October 14, 2022

Gator badminton 9-5 in finale, awaits state

 If all goes according to plan, Xavier Prep will have an opening-round match at home to begin the Division I state team tournament on Oct. 24.

After an 8-1 victory over Chandler High in the regular-season finale on Thursday night (Oct. 13), the Gators had a 9-5 overall record and were listed at No. 8 on Friday (Oct. 14) in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s power points rankings.

If the rankings maintain the status quo for the official bracket, Xavier would play host to No. 9 Mesa Red Mountain on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. Xavier edged Red Mountain 5-4 earlier in the season on Sept. 1. The winner between Xavier and Red Mountain would play a quarterfinal match on Oct. 25 against the winner of Monday’s opening-round match between the No. 16 seed and top-seeded Gilbert Perry, the five-time defending champion.

Individual singles and doubles championship play will be held Oct. 21 and 22 at Glendale Independence. Xavier traditionally has had one or two entrants in each category.

In the finale against Chandler, Xavier had five singles winners and a three-match sweep in doubles.

Regular-season finale

Xavier Prep 8, Chandler High 1

Singles

Maggie Henry, X, def. Adonica Martinez, C, 21-8, 21-11; Gigi Riviere, X, def. Catherine Wambui, C, 21-7, 21-9; Corinne Ladha, X, def. Payton Agnew, C, 21-7, 21-12; Emily Chao, C, def. Ava Hilsabeck, X, 15-21, 26-24, 21-17; Lexi Garman, X, def. Emma Weiss, C, 21-13, 21-14; Sarah Castlen, X, def. Kendall McCollum, C, 21-9, 21-18.

Doubles

Ladha-Henry, X, def., Martinez-Wambui, C, 21-10, 21-10; Riviere-Hilsabeck, X, def. Weiss-Chao, C, 21-11, 21-10; Garman-Castlen, X, def. McCollum-Agnew, C, 19-21, 21-16, 21-10.


XCP golfers "seem to do everything right''

Many of the employees at Paradise Valley’s Camelback Golf Club have covered every inch of the ground at the course and then some.

That means they have seen a lot of golf over the years.

It can be especially interesting when high school teams come over to play.

One gentleman in a cart carrying equipment rolled to a stop on Thursday (Oct. 13) and began a brief conversation.

He mentioned Xavier Prep’s Gators in particular and some of the things they were doing during their rounds.

“They are very good players,’’ he said. “They seem to do everything right. It wouldn’t surprise me if they even beat a few college teams.’’

Defeating all of the other teams in Division I will suffice at the state tournament on Oct. 24-25 at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort.

With more than 30 state titles, actually closer to 40, since 1980, the Gators indeed do most everything right. Co-head coaches Sr. Lynn Winsor and Tui Selvaratnam make sure of that.

On Thursday, Xavier won its 10th non-tournament match without a loss, 140-155 over Glendale Mountain Ridge.

Three of XCP’s four team score contributors were under par, including senior Annie Dawson, who was at 2-under-par 34. For the day, the Gators had six under-par golfers. The three other team contributors were junior Kate Hauptman, junior Lena Durette and freshman Isabella Piazza (all at 1-under 35).

The team also was engaging in a spirited effort to see which of the group would qualify for state. Which names surface will be a topic of conversation for Winsor and Selvaratnam in the coming days.

“We are pleased with our team,’’ Selvaratnam said as darkness began to overtake the course. “I am glad we finished strong in our last (regular-season) match.

“We have good players and that means there is a lot of motivation for them to do well. Now we need to make sure we have the players we need who will perform (under challenging situations).’’

Thursday’s Xavier scores

Xavier Prep 140, Glendale Mountain Ridge 175.

At Camelback Golf Club, Paradise Valley.

Annie Dawson 34, Kate Hauptman 35, Lena Durette 35, Isabella Piazza 35, Grace Rubelsky 39.

Extras: Madelyn Gubernick 34, Kalyn Doss 35, Natalia Lamadrid 35, Lauren Campbell 37, Jayden Jevnick 37, Reimi Bleyl 40, Karter Nannen 40, Kyla Layman 41, Giulianna Bulkley 43, Ellie Von Kolen 43, Sophie Pe Bernard Brooks 43, Alanna Karuru 43, Carrie Doss 45, Sophie Stamatis 45, Aanvi Goel 49.

Wednesday’s Xavier results

Xavier Prep 155, Mesa Red Mountain 208, Tempe Corona del Sol 227.

At Kierland Golf Club, Scottsdale

Annie Dawson 37, Kate Hauptman 39, Kyla Layman 39, Lena Durette 40, Grace Rubelsky 41.

Extras: Isabella Piazza 35, Madelyn Gubernick 36, Jayden Jevnick 40.


Thursday, October 13, 2022

Great comeback by Gator v-ball falls just short

 Xavier Prep volleyball coach Lamar-Renee Bryant would like to have seen her Gators finish their rally from two sets down against host Tempe Corona del Sol on Wednesday night (Oct. 12) and come away with one of the bigger upsets of the season.

It didn’t happen, as Corona del Sol held on for a 3-2 victory (25-21, 28-26, 23-25, 23-25 and 15-6). But Bryant’s voice afterward was filled with optimism rather than disappointment.

Xavier (16-11) entered the contest against the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s top-ranked power points team in 6A. Corona del Sol is now 26-3.

“We battled to the end,’’ Bryant said. “We are getting better. We are starting to turn the corner.

“We were mentally in the match. It was one of the better matches we played this season. We are doing some good things out there.’’

Communication is one way to improve, and playing all season and knowing their teammates’ strengths and weaknesses and being in the right position on the floor also has played a big part.

In Game 1, the score went back and forth as it would most of the night.

The teams stretched it out beyond the normal 25-point barrier in Game 2. Xavier avoided the sweep in Game 3 for the win and made a strong move in Game 4.

Corona del Sol raced to a 7-1 lead in the decisive Game 5, living little doubt in regard to the final outcome of the match. The Aztecs finished it off with a kill that was preceded by a powerful kill that landed just inside the Gators’ back line.

Freshman Vivian Hickman and junior Finley Workman were keys for the Gators at the net. Hickman had 20 kills and Workman 10. Workman was particularly active the whole night.

Xavier is back in action again on Thursday night (Oct. 13) at Chandler Basha. The Gators swept the Bears 3-0 in their first meeting at Xavier on Sept. 21.


Monday, October 10, 2022

Xavier, Brophy bikers enjoy first-place view

 “We have finally done it!!’’

Ten years after starting the mountain biking club team at Xavier Prep and neighboring Brophy Prep, coach Rich Perrott finally got to shout those words from the mountaintop.

On Sunday (Oct. 9), after the third race of the four-race season in the Arizona Cycling League, Perrott was happy to have his team win the third leg of the four-race series in the South Conference at Prescott’s Pioneer Park.

Xavier-Brophy mountain biking coach Rich Perrott, center, holds the first-place trophy with four of his top XCP riders -- from left, Mary Hill, Alyssa Isaac, Megan Wubker and Margaret Meaney (Photo courtesy of Rich Perrott).


The fourth race will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the McDowell race course in Fountain Hills, and a fifth race, for the state championships, will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Wren Arena in the southern Arizona community of Fort Huachuca.

Xavier/Brophy currently has 4,079 points, with Sierra Vista Buena in second with 4,014.

The Girls’ Varsity Blue race went 18.6 miles, with the Girls’ JV-1, Girls’ JV-2 and Freshman Yellow races at 12.4 miles each.

Junior Mary Hill, the girls’ most consistent rider over the season, finished fourth in Saturday’s race and now stands No. 5 overall in the Girls’ Varsity Blue race.

Senior Grace Morgan is sixth overall in the Girls’ JV-1 category.

Xavier loaded up in the JV-2 designation, with three of the top five riders. They are junior Margaret Meaney at No. 3, senior Alyssa Isaac at No. 4 and junior Megan Wubker at No. 5. Junior Ella Schuster is 10th in JV-2 and Lizabeth Sanchez-Garcia is 13th.

And XCP’s Sophia Hiler is making a move in the Freshman Girls’ category at No. 6.

So let’s go, Gators and Broncos, let’s make it a strong finish!!


Thursday, October 6, 2022

V-ball gets stunning sweep of defending champ Huskies

 Are there any questions regarding Xavier Prep’ legitimacy to play in the 6A Conference state championship volleyball tournament?

Didn’t think so.

Certainly not after the Gators’ sublime 3-0 sweep of two-time defending state champion Chandler Hamilton at Xavier’s Activity Center on Wednesday night (Oct. 5).

Scores were 25-23, 25-21 and 25-20.

The victory put Xavier (16-10) in the No. 9 spot of the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s power rankings with five matches remaining in the regular season.  Hamilton (27-7) is No. 4.

The Gators will meet Hamilton again at Hamilton in the regular-season finale on Oct. 26, and you can figure that the Huskies circled their calendars the moment they stepped off the bus back home after this one.

Other remaining matches are Oct. 12 at top-rated Tempe Corona del Sol, Oct. 13 at Chandler Basha, Oct. 18 against Chandler High in XCP’s home finale and Oct. 20 at No. 5 Gilbert Perry.

Xavier was coming off an impressive performance in last weekend’s Nike Tournament of Champions in east Mesa, winning four matches the final day to capture the Silver Bracket title and finish that event at 5-2.

That appears to have given the Gators a new-found confidence.

“It helped us, and we knew we were going to have to be ready to go in the rest of our matches,’’ said Xavier head coach Lamar-Renee-Bryant. “We weathered the storm and we are excited to be where we are.’’

Game 1 went back and forth in the early going and stayed close before Xavier was able to hold on.

A Gator kill put them over the top in Game 2, and then it was time to see if XCP could finish it off. Even though Hamilton trailed, one got the sense that they would not surrender easily, especially with angular outside hitter Neomi Beach, who put on a power display throughout.

Hamilton started the third game as if it would get back into it with a 3-1 lead and appeared ready to widen the gap. But Xavier scored four straight points for a 5-3 lead and the match went back and forth after that. Hamilton did not help itself by serving the ball into the net on four occasions.

Xavier took the lead and won the game and match as freshman defensive specialist/libero Mattea Saunders served, with the ball grazing the top of the net and onto the floor on the Hamilton side for the deciding point.

Bryant said she was pleased with the way her “littles’’ (shorter players) were able to dig the ball out on defense and set up the taller players at the net with accurate passes.

In the “digs’’ department, three of Xavier’s most effective efforts were from sophomore Olivia Lenz (14), junior Mia Accomazzo (11) and Saunders (10). Senior Ava Larkin had 21 assists and freshman Vivian Hickman had 11 kills.


Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Improved doubles could lessen Xavier troubles

 Chandler Basha has a pretty good badminton team. The Bears have reached the upper level of the state’s Division I teams with skill and precision in their singles approach and power and court coverage in their doubles.

This is something to which Xavier Prep’s Gators aspire. They one day hope to get the program back to where it was back in the day.  Their singles work has been successful for the most part this season, but the doubles have been a match-to-match challenge.

Xavier followed that pattern on Tuesday (Oct. 4) when it faced visiting Basha. The two teams split the six singles matches, but Basha took over and dominated in the three doubles matches for a 6-3 victory.

Xavier slipped to 8-5, while Basha moved up to 8-4. Xavier completed its regular season home schedule and its final regular-season match will be against Chandler High on Oct. 13 at Chandler.

The Gators had been struggling in recent matches and had been shut out against defending state champion Gilbert Perry and Phoenix Sunnyslope.

Xavier coach Brian McNerney said after facing Basha, “That today we were more competitive, although doubles have been our Achilles heel. All season, we’ve been trying to find the right combos (combinations).’’

The state tournament begins on Oct. 24 and McNerney is hopeful his team can benefit by “fine-tuning some things’’ to get ready.

Xavier had one narrow three-set setback in singles along with a three-set win by sophomore Corinne Ladha, and the match could have ended differently had singles gone to the Gators by a 5-1 margin.

Singles wins for the Gators went to sophomore Maggie Henry, Ladha and senior Ava Hilsabeck. The closest Xavier got in doubles was by a pair of 21-15 scores.

Tuesday’s result

Chandler Basha 6, Xavier Prep 3

Singles

Jordyn Mee, B, def. Gigi Riviere, X, 21-16, 21-17; Maggie Henry, X, def. Tricia Despain, B, 21-13, 21-18; Corinne Ladha, X, def. Alyssa Navarro, B, 19-21, 21-14, 21-11; Sydney Johnson, B, def. Riley Dowdall, X, 21-15, 21-18; Ava Hilsabeck, X, def. Gracelyn Terrell, B, 21-15, 21-18; Corinne Carpenter, B, def. Lexi Garman, X, 21-16, 11-21, 21-17.

Doubles

Despain-Mee, B, def. Ladha-Henry, X, 21-10, 21-7; Navarro-Carpenter, B, def. Lila Williams-Riviere, X, 21-14, 21-15; Terrell-Johnson, B, def. Dowdall-Castlen, X, 21-12, 21-15.

Monday’s result

Phoenix Sunnyslope 9, Xavier Prep 0

Singles

Maddie Schlesinger, S, def. Gigi Riviere, X, 21-2, 24-26, 21-11; Sabrina Case, S, def. Maggie Henry, X, 21-4, 21-6; Corinne Valente, S, def. Riley Dowdall, X, 21-13, 21-4; Carli Liesener, S, def. Ava Hilsabeck, X, 21-15, 21-6; Maya Morris, S, def. Lexi Garman, X, 21-7, 21-15; Phoebe Roussin, S, def. Sarah Castlen, X, 21-13, 21-11.

Doubles

Valente-Case, S, def. Henry-Riviere, X, 21-15, 21-6; Schlesinger-Roussin, S, def. Dowdall-Castlen, X, 21-12, 21-15; Morris-Liesener, S, def. Hilsabeck-Garman, X, 21-16, 21-14.


Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Weather is the only way to stop Gator golfers

 There appears to be only one way to stop Xavier Prep’s golf team.

And that is with bad weather.

That was the scenario on Monday (Oct. 3), when Xavier’s match against host Phoenix Horizon was stopped about halfway through the 9-hole round at the Kierland Golf Course in Scottsdale.

The contest has been rescheduled for Oct. 12 at the same location. And the day after that, on Oct. 13, Xavier is due to play its final match of the regular season against Glendale Mountain Ridge at the Gators’ “second’’ home – Camelback Golf Course in Scottsdale.

Xavier is 8-0 on the season in dual matches,and has generally played well in bigger tournaments. The Gators also have practiced a handful of times on the Catalina Course at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort. That has been the site of the Division I state tournament for the last several seasons and will be again this year, on Oct. 24 and 25.


Sunday, October 2, 2022

Xavier wins its bracket in Nike TOC volleyball

 Volleyball players from Xavier Prep must have had a good night’s sleep on Friday (Sept. 30).

After finishing 1-2 in pool play in the opening day of the annual Nike Tournament of Champions, the Gators stormed back with plenty of energy and resolve to win all of their four matches on Saturday (Oct. 1) and won the Silver Bracket championship at Bell Bank Park in east Mesa.

Xavier finished the event with a 5-2 record to put its overall record at 15-10. It could become a pivotal point in the season after it rebounded from close 3-2 losses to Gilbert Perry and Phoenix Sunnyslope earlier in the week, just before the Nike.

There were 68 teams in all for the tournament. Some entrants were affected by travel difficulties in the wake of Hurricane Ian in Florida and other southeastern U.S. locations and had to withdraw.

Xavier captured the Silver Bracket against Timpview, Utah, in a classic match.

The Gators won the first game 25-23, fell 28-26 in the second game and won the decisive third game 15-13.

In the National “C” pool on Friday, Xavier fell to a pair of California teams, Mater Dei (21-25, 25-23 and 12-15) and Los Alamitos (19-25 and 23-25) before winning their third pool matchup against Emerald Ridge (WA), 25-8, 25-19.

That brought the calendar to Saturday.

XCP won its first match against The Bishop’s School (CA), 25-15, 25-15. Next was Mead (WA), and the Gators won by the same two 25-15 25-15 scores. The third match was against Ontario Christian (CA), 25-20, 25-20, to set up the showdown with Timpview.

Xavier returns to its normal regular season schedule on Wednesday night (Oct. 4) with a contest at home against Chandler Hamilton the two-time defending 6A Conference champion.


Saturday, October 1, 2022

Gator runners finish second twice in Twilight

 The annual Desert Twilight cross-country meet, which begins at late afternoon/dusk and goes into the evening, usually has the feel of a state championship meet.

The 2022 version was no different on Friday (Sept. 30) at Leisure World’s Coyote Run Golf Course in east Mesa.

The team that many expect to stand atop the Division I championship podium, Gilbert Highland, took first place in a few of the higher-profile divisions at the Twilight, with our own Xavier Prep Gators right behind.

In the Large Schools Open Division, Highland posted 25 points in the 5K race, with Xavier at 49.

In the Large Schools Freshman Division 5K, Highland had 18 points and Xavier 52.

Xavier had nearly 20 runners in the Open, and had three runners finish in the top 10.

The Open:

Julia Russo, Jr., 5th, 21:11.40; Maggie Mostoller, So., 8th, 21:21.00; Lily Beaver, Jr., 9th, 21:22.20; Jimena Gutierrez, Jr., 14th, 21:52.40; Cassara Ryan, Sr., 19th, 22:07.10; Alma Melendez, Sr., 23rd, 22:18.20; Reyna Silva, Sr., 30th, 22:31.70; Olivia Charles, Sr., 36th, 22:52.60; Karina Zaveri, So., 45th, 23:12.60; Sophia Corona, Jr., 46th, 23:13.80; Ellie Hilsabeck, So., 51st, 23:23.60; Susan Findlay,  Jr., 73rd, 23:59.70; Arianna Thompson-Bueno, Sr., 78th, 24:04.60; Adelaide Luna, Jr., 89th, 24:35.60; Lily Bourque, So., 100th, 24;57.10; Maya Nagaraj, Jr., 108th, 25:02.60; Blakely Anderson, Jr., 120th, 25:18.20; Bella Titus, Sr., 211th, 27:56.20; Alondra Babonoyaba, So., 217th, 28:08.00; Riley Meza, Jr., 249th, 29:15.90.

Frosh Large School:

Clara Findlay, 5th, 23:09.90; Sierra Luna, 37th, 27:15.10; Amelia Busch, 39th, 27:23.20; Laney Witman, 57th, 29:07.60; Avi Damon-Showalter, 83rd, 33:03.10.

Large School Sweepstakes:

Xavier had 380 points to finish 15th.

Ella Wadsworth, Fr., 52nd, 19:26.60; Kylie Graf, Sr., 98th, 20;34.30; Nora Hinkle, Sr., 99th, 20:35.70; Bella Gomez, Jr., 104th, 20:39.00; Emily Manuelito, Sr., 121st, 21:10.10; Naomi Young, Sr., 151st, 21:58.40.

**According to the Xavier cross-country calendar, the team will participate on Oct. 8 in the Glendale Showcase Meet at Glendale Hero’s Regional Park, 83rd Ave. and Bethany Home Road.