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.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Mountain bike season ends, team made strides

 The Xavier Prep/Brophy Prep club mountain biking team finished up its 2022 season on Sunday (Nov. 6) with the Arizona Cycling Association’s high school state championship, the fifth race of the season, at the Wren Arena in the southern Arizona community of Fort Huachuca.

Xavier had perhaps its strongest overall season, but slipped a bit in this contest.

The Xavier/Brophy group finished fifth in the race.

“We were a bit disappointed in our showing, but we are still very proud of our season,’’ said team coach Rich Perrott.

And he certainly was proud of his group of senior girls, who raced in their final event together.

They were Grace Morgan, 19th place in the JV-1 category, Alyssa Isaac, 6th place in JV-2, Lizbeth Garcia, 17th place in JV-2, Morgan Wubker, 18th place in JV-2, and Lily Foster, 23rd place in JV-2.

Other Xavier athletes and their finishes:

Junior Mary Hill, 9th place in the Varsity category and Clara Findlay, 17th in JV-2.

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