Bio

DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for more than three 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.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Senior Night win brings sigh of relief to XCP fans

Fans of Xavier Prep’s basketball team could all breathe a big sigh of relief on Tuesday night (Jan. 30).

First of all, senior inside player Katie Hassett returned to the lineup after twisting her right knee on Friday night (Jan. 26).

Second, and most important, was the fact that the Gators withstood a big third-quarter challenge by Chandler Hamilton and held on to defeat the Hukies 61-58 at the Activity Center, on Senior Night, Xavier’s final home game of the regular season.

Xavier is 21-4 overall entering its final two games of the regular season, road contests against Phoenix Pinnacle on Friday night (Feb. 2) and against Catholic rival Phoenix St. Mary’s on Feb. 6.

By finishing off Hamilton (17-8), Xavier was able to finish the 6A Conference Premier Region season with an eight-game sweep, two wins each against its four region opponents.

This game against Hamilton was much different than the one at Hamilton on Jan. 9. Xavier cruised in that one, 66-30, but this time, Hamilton was ready to challenge every step of the way.

Xavier led 39-25 at halftime, but the score seemed closer than indicated. Hassett started and scored 11 points in the first half. She did not score in the second half, but played a key role on defense and with her rebounding.

The Gators scored just four points in the third quarter and led by just one going into the fourth.

Junior wing Addison Putnam hit three 3-pointers and added two more in the fourth quarter to help keep Xavier afloat. Sophomore Elysia Fleetwood drilled a key 3  with about five minutes left in the game to make it 51-46.

Xavier led 59-52 on a pair of free throws by Leilani McIntosh with 1:10 to go, but Hamilton wasn’t through yet.

The Huskies scored a basket, hit a 3-pointer and then a free throw to make it 60-58 with 14 seconds left. Time was running out and Hamilton was forced to foul. McIntosh converted one of two free throws with 12 seconds left, and the game ended with players from both sides flying into a big pile trying to control a loose ball.

It was then that the Xavier fans could breathe a little easier.

McIntosh led Xavier with 19 points, Putnam had 15 and Hassett 11.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

XCP earns top soccer seed, faces Mtn. Pointe

Xavier Prep has been named the No. 1 seed in the 6A Conference state tournament that begins on Tuesday (Jan. 30). But just because the defending champion Gators will be facing the No. 16 team, Phoenix Mountain Pointe, that doesn’t mean XCP will have it easy.

“Anybody can upset anybody. I’ve been upset a few times myself. You can’t take anyone lightly,’’ said Xavier coach Barb Chura, who led the team to an 11-3-2 record.

She has watched Mountain Pointe (11-8-3) play and knows the Pride “will be a challenge for us.’’

Xavier has earned a first-round home game at 6 p.m. and with a win will play at Petznick Field again on Feb. 3 at noon against either No. 9 Gilbert Highland or No. 8 Tucson Rincon University, which will meet in Tucson in another first-round game on Tuesday.

Xavier’s top players are goalkeeper Kinsey Ehmann, forward Abby Hubbard, midfielder/forward Mady Chait, midfielder Ololade Adebayo, forward/midfielder Kyla Ferry (leading scorer), and defender Nichole Hook.

Gators win 20th game, key player injured

Xavier Prep’s basketball team won its 20th game of the season on Friday night (Jan. 26), but in some ways felt like its 20th loss.

One big way, actually.

Katie Hassett, a 6-foot-2 senior, had to be helped off the court due to an injury to her right knee with about 2 ½ minutes remaining in Xavier’s 45-35 victory over visiting Chandler High at the Activity Center.

The seriousness of the injury is not known, or whether Hassett will be sidelined for a number of games. Xavier athletic trainers were due to further evaluate Hassett on Saturday (Jan. 27).

Hassett was injured when she attempted to block a shot along the baseline near the basket but appeared to lose her balance as she tried to adjust to the opponent’s change in direction. Hassett fell hard to the floor and into padding along the wall beyond the baseline.

The situation compounded one that already existed involving 6-1 senior Montana Oltrogge, who missed her third game in a row while allowing pain from a case of shin splints to subside.

“I’m down two post players,’’ said Xavier coach Jennifer Gillom, pausing at the suggestion that the former WNBA and Olympic player might have to suit up herself.

At least for now, everything on offense will run through junior point guard Leilani McIntosh, junior guard Paris Moore and junior wing Addison Putnam, even more than before. Defensively, Xavier will rely more on the play of sophomore Elysia Fleetwood and junior Truly Helton.

The score sheet for the Gators (20-4) showed a bit of that against Chandler (11-10), with Moore scoring 13 and McIntosh 11. Putnam, the team’s top 3-point shooter, had just one against the Wolves but hopes to find her touch again when Xavier plays its final home game of the regular season on Tuesday night (Jan. 30) against Chandler Hamilton.

Chandler battled the Gators the entire game, and might have been closer had not talented sophomore guard Victoria Mason been sitting on the bench with foul trouble.

Xavier increased its lead to 14 early in the fourth quarter as Moore sandwiched two baskets around one by Hassett.

Hassett followed her own miss to get the lead back up to 14, but free throws by Victoria Perez, Mason and a drive through the lane by Veronica Perez kept it close. Time was running out, however.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Gator seniors have fun with "golden' goals

Seniors rule! Yes they do!

Particularly Xavier Prep seniors.
Led by the play of seniors Nicole Hook, Mady Chait and Kinsey Ehmann, the Gators’ soccer team used a big burst of energy in the final 7 ½ minutes against visiting Chandler Basha on Tuesday night (Jan. 23) for a 3-1 Senior Night victory in the final home game of the regular season.

Defending state champion XCP finished the regular season at 11-3-2, and should have plenty of momentum entering the 6A Conference state tournament that begins on Jan. 30.

Xavier’s win, combined with a loss by Gilbert Perry to Chandler Hamilton on Tuesday night, gives the Gators the title in the highly competitive Premier Region, and could earn Xavier the No. 1 overall seed.

After a night of “play-in games’’ on Thursday (Jan. 25), the final eight seeds in the 16-team tournament field will be determined and the Arizona Interscholastic Association will announce the bracketing at 2 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 26).

Xavier will have a home game on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. and a win would give the Gators a second home game on Feb. 3 at noon. Semifinals are Feb. 6 at 5 and 7 p.m. at Gilbert Campo Verde. The title match will be played at the same site on Feb. 10 at 11 a.m.

Shortly after the Xavier junior varsity defeated Perry to finish a strong season at 10-1-1, the varsity match began. Perry was the aggressor for much of the first half and Xavier seemed a step slow in getting to the ball at times.

Things began to change when sophomore Taylor Brown scored to give Xavier a 1-0 lead with 9:05 left in the first half. The Gators had hoped to keep that lead going into the break, but it didn’t happen.  A Basha player centered the ball from the right side to Kallie White, nearly point-blank range in front of the center of the goal, and White scored to tie it at 1 with 2:04 showing.

Seven seniors were honored at halftime (Katie Hessel, Ehmann, Abby Hubbard, Chait, Jessie Simmons, Abby Castlen and Hook).

Xavier and Basha battled back and forth in the second half and both had a goal taken away. The clock was starting to run down and it appeared that Xavier might be headed for its second overtime in as many nights (the Gators tied Desert Vista 0-0 on Monday night).

Ehmann was steady in goal against Basha as she had been against Desert Vista.

It appeared that Xavier might get the lead, but junior Kyla Ferry’s header just missed with about 8 minutes left.

It wasn’t long before the Gators got what they were looking for. Another corner kick, this one from the opposite corner, sailed in front of the goal. Hook, perhaps the tallest player on the field, jumped up and headed the ball into the net for a 2-1 lead with 7:26 left.

But the Gators saved the best for last.

Chait was controlling the ball and had just crossed midfield when two Basha defenders charged her and tried to get the ball. They bumped her and one grabbed her arm. But she managed to squeeze between them.

Whaattt? She looked around and realized that she now was in the clear with only the goalkeeper to beat. Chait did not waste this rare opportunity and powered the ball home to ice the contest with 3:32.

It was one of the best goals one could witness at any level of play.

Hopefully somebody got this one on video.

Xavier coach Barb Chura watched the sequence unfold right in front of her.

“The sheer determination, the look on her face, was something I will never forget,’’ Chura said.

Hubbard, who provided the assist on Hook’s earlier goal, said Chait had been telling her teammates throughout the game that she was going to score.

“It was unbelievable,’’ Hubbard said.

Chura is looking forward to see where the road takes the Gators from here.

“There’s something about an emotional lift that a game like this can give you,’’ she said. “This was one of the most exciting games I’ve ever been a part of.’’

Balanced offense, defense fuel XCP hoops

Xavier Prep basketball coach Jennifer Gillom has been looking for more balance on both sides of the ball for her team and on Tuesday night (Jan. 23), she got with an 82-30 road victory over Chandler Basha.

Xavier raised its overall record to 19-4 and goes for victory No. 20 on Friday night (Jan. 26) when it plays host to Chandler High at the Activity Center. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

With senior forward Montana Oltrogge still out with leg soreness, sophomore Elysia Fleetwood stepped up her game with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Junior point guard Leilani McIntosh scored 14 (including two 3-pointers) and had 7 steals. And senior inside player Katie Hassett had 10 points and was a factor on defense with 4 blocked shots.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Xavier spirit lines shine in state competition

It’s been a big weekend for Xavier Prep's spirit lines.

The Gators' show cheer squad earned the state championship and Xavier finished as runner-up in the all-girl Pom category on Saturday (Jan. 20) at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.

Both teams will advance to national competition Feb. 23-25 in Anaheim, Calif.

Way to go, coach Monica Gaspar and your Gators !!

Leg discomfort halts Oltrogge but Gators still roll

How painful are shin splints?

Montana Oltrogge knows.

Xavier Prep’s star senior forward has dealt with them for most of the basketball season. She has been brought to tears on occasion after games. But it was becoming more evident that she was going to need more rest than just a day or two here and there could provide.

So the decision was made to shut down the Gators’ leading scorer.

Oltrogge said she wasn’t sure for how long, perhaps a week. Xavier coach Jennifer Gillom said “it will be a game by game basis. We want to get this taken care of now rather than wait until later, when we are in the playoffs.’’

Oltrogge wasn’t in uniform on Friday night (Jan. 19), when Xavier faced Anthem Boulder Creek at the Activity Center.

Her teammates picked up the slack and dashed to a 59-18 win over the Jaguars. A running clock was used in the fourth quarter, signifying a 30-point lead at the start of the final eight minutes.

Xavier (18-4) next plays on Tuesday (Jan. 23) with a 6A Conference Premier Region game against Chandler Basha.

“We knew it was going to be a big adjustment,’’ Gillom said. “We are going to need a lot more different players scoring on a consistent basis.’’

The Gators have put more focus on senior inside player Katie Hassett, even before the most recent revelation. Junior point guard Leilani McIntosh and junior guard Paris Moore will see their roles increase on offense, as will junior 3-point specialist Addison Putnam.

From a defensive standpoint, sophomore Elysia Fleetwood will add more quickness and athleticism to the mix.

Ten players scored for the Gators against Boulder Creek (8-11). Three players were in double figures – Moore with 14, McIntosh with 13, Putnam with 10 and Hassett was close with 8.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Perry hands Gators rare soccer defeat

Even good soccer teams have what some might consider an off night.

Xavier Prep’s soccer team stumbled to a rare loss on Thursday night (Jan. 18), falling to host Gilbert Perry 3-0. Perry scored once in the first half and twice in the second.

The Gators (10-3-1) have two more regular-season matches remaining – on Monday (Jan. 22) at Phoenix Desert Vista in Ahwatukee and Tuesday (Jan. 23) at home on Tuesday (Jan. 23) against Chandler Basha.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hassett comes up big as XCP powers past Perry

One of the marks of a good basketball team comes when one of its top players struggles or gets into foul trouble and another player steps in to fill the gap.

That occurred on Tuesday night (Jan. 16), when Xavier Prep faced visiting Gilbert Perry at the Activity Center.

Top scorer Montana Oltrogge was saddled with foul trouble. She had three in the first half and picked up her fourth about halfway through the third quarter. She finished with 11 points.

Fellow senior inside player Katie Hassett had a big first half and continued to raise her level of play in the second half. She scored 12 of her team-high 28 points after the break as the Gators rebounded from a tough loss at Gilbert Mesquite on Jan. 12 for a 79-52 win over Perry.

Xavier raised its overall record to 17-4 and 6A Conference Premier Region mark to 5-0. Perry, which fell to the Gators in an earlier game this season, saw its overall record dip to 8-11.

The Gators had a 26-8 lead after the first quarter and continued to build on that.

After the 65-62 loss at Mesquite, Xavier coach Jennifer Gillom said she wanted to see more balance on offense because only four players scored, and one of those scored a single point.

The balance returned, with eight players putting points on the board. Four were in double figures. Hassett had 28, guard Paris Moore had 12, Oltrogge had 11 and point guard Leilani McIntosh had 10.

Because of a Xavier lead of 30 points, officials went to a running clock in the final five minutes of the game.

The Gators return to action on Friday (Jan. 19) with a non-region home game against Anthem Boulder Creek. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

Soccer Gators put the chill on Chandler offense

Junior Kyla Ferry continued her prolific scoring and senior goalkeeper Kinsey Ehmann came up with her sixth shutout of the season with a 3-0 victory over Chandler High on Tuesday night (Jan. 16) at Petznick Field.

The contest originally was to be at Chandler, but work was being done on its field and the game was moved to Xavier.

Ferry had two goals and an assist, giving her 17 and 10 for the season, respectively. Senior Abby Hubbard scored her 11th goal of the season and added an assist. And senior Mady Chait also had an assist.

Another big reason for the shutout was the play on defense of freshman Ololade Adebayo. She stayed with her opponents all night and helped to cut off the passing lanes.

Xavier (10-2-1) will hit the road again on Thursday night (Jan. 18) for a match at Gilbert Perry.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Valiant hoops effort falls just short

Keep playing. Don’t stop. Whatever happens, do not stop. You never know what is going to happen.

It was a valiant effort by Xavier Prep’s basketball team on Friday night (Jan. 12). The Gators trailed host Gilbert Mesquite by 14 points in the third quarter and by 10 when the fourth quarter began.

Xavier battled back to take the lead with 1:53 left in regulation, but Mesquite recovered and posted a heart-pumping 65-62 victory.

Mesquite, the defending 5A Conference state champion, raised its overall record to 16-3. It was the second victory by the Wildcats over Xavier this season. The first came in the (Gilbert) Highland Thanksgiving tournament.

Xavier, meanwhile, had a 14-game winning streak snapped and fell to 16-4.

There were times when Xavier only slightly resembled the team that built that outstanding record. Not much seemed to go right. The Gators were their own worst enemy at times, and combined with Mesquite’s cut-and-pass offense, chances for a recovery seemed remote.

The Gators’ comeback hinged on their 3-point shooting. They connected on seven of their nine  long-range shots after intermission.

The last one came with 1:53 left in regulation, by Addison Putnam, who had four in all, that gave the Gators a 61-59 lead.

Then fate interceded.

After a Mesquite timeout with 1:15 left, Hailey Walker stepped to the free-throw line for a one-and-one situation with 1:08 remaining. She missed and after a teammate grabbed the rebound, Walker circled back outside and drained a 3-pointer. Miss the free throw but not the 3. Go figure.

Walker did manage to convert two free throws with 22.3 seconds left to make it 64-61. Xavier forward Montana Oltrogge hit two free throws with 6.1 seconds left, but the first one was waved off when it was ruled that she stepped over the line.

Shaylee Gonzales finished it off for Mesquite by hitting one of two free throws with 5 seconds left.

After a sluggish start, Oltrogge came back to finish with 28 points, including three 3s in the second half. Point guard Leilani McIntosh had 21 with a pair of 3s.

Lindsey VanAllen led Mesquite with 27 points and joined Gonzales in the career 2,000-point club, a well-earned rarity.

Xavier coach Jennifer Gillom and her teammates were disappointed by the outcome, but she could not fault her team’s effort.
“I’m still proud of them,’’ Gillom said. “They played the best team in the state right down to the end. We showed a lot of heart. We never gave up.

“Mesquite is a very experienced team. They have played together for a long time and that was the difference.’’

Xavier attempted to pressure the Wildcats as they have with most of their other opponents this season, but Mesquite’s ability to neutralize that approach was above that level most of the time.

“We pressured them a lot but they kept their poise,’’ Gillom said.

Only four of the Gators scored, and she would like to see a better balance.

So it is time to get back on the bike and start pedaling again.

“We showed we can play with anybody tonight,’’ Gillom said.

On Tuesday (Jan. 16), Xavier will begin its second trip through the 6A Conference Premier Region with a home contest against Gilbert Perry. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

Soccer tie better than the alternative

What’s the best way for a soccer team to diminish an opponent’s momentum after it scores first?

Return the favor.

Xavier Prep’s Gators gave up a goal to visiting Phoenix Pinnacle on a penalty kick about nine minutes into their match on Friday afternoon (Jan. 12), but got the equalizer about a minute later.

Neither team scored after that, including two brief overtime periods, and had to settle for a 1-1 tie.

Xavier’s overall record is 9-2-1. The Gators now face three straight road games, at Chandler High (Jan. 16), Gilbert Perry (Jan. 18) and Phoenix Desert Vista (Jan. 22).

Senior Abby Hubbard scored Xavier’s goal against Pinnacle, with an assist from sophomore Jocelyn Rupp.

Both teams had their chances after that, but could not connect. A few even hit the crossbar and bounced back over.

Hubbard was wide right on a shot early in the second half and was stopped short after making a steal a few minutes later.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Gators warm up for win, now challenge Mesquite

For the first few minutes of their game against visiting Mesa Desert Ridge on Thursday night (Jan. 11), Xavier Prep’s Gators could have worn hoodie sweatshirts.

They were a bit cold in the shooting department. Very few of their attempts wanted to go in the basket, often clanking off the rim.

It stood to reason that things eventually would heat up, and that reasoning was correct.

The Gators’ radar began to work as it has most of the season to date, and they rolled to a 53-27 victory at the Activity Center.

The win was Xavier’s 14th in a row and raised its overall record to 16-3. Desert Ridge fell to 6-14.

Now comes one of the Gators’ biggest challenges of the season.

On Friday night (Jan. 12), they travel to face Gilbert Mesquite, the defending 5A Conference champion that has won all of its games (15-3) except for a three-game struggle in the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions in Chandler just before Christmas.

Mesquite handed Xavier one of its losses this season, 60-52 in the (Gilbert) Highland Thanksgiving tournament. The Wildcats feature one of the state’s top players in guard Shaylee Gonzales, who has committed to BYU.

The contest figures to be a battle between Gonzales and her backcourt mates against the strong Xavier inside tandem of Montana Oltrogge and Katie Hassett.

Expect Xavier guards Leilani McIntosh and Paris Moore to have their hands full. Oltrogge and Hassett have been putting a lot of points on the board and Hassett in particular also has become a rebounding and defensive force underneath.

Against Desert Ridge, Xavier coach Jennifer Gillom wanted to try to build as big of a lead as possible to allow Oltrogge and others to conserve some of their energy for the Mesquite contest. Oltrogge scored 17 points against the Jaguars in the first half and did not play in the second.

Addison Putnam finished with 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Hassett scored eight.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Xavier golfer Menne makes commitment to ASU

Arizona State’s golf team snared a big catch with the announcement that Xavier Prep sophomore Ashley Menne, a two-time state champion, has committed to play for the Sun Devils once she graduates from XCP. The agreement was first reported by azcentral.com.

An attractive element to the move is the fact that ASU coach Missy Farr Kaye formerly played at Xavier.

Menne also continues to play well in junior golf events around the state and is an outstanding student.

The Sun Devils are getting a great one !!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

XCP slips past Hamilton in tourney-like match

The soccer match had a state tournament feel. Every kick, every pass, every save, everything.

And in a battle of closely matched teams, Xavier Prep emerged triumphant with a 1-0 victory over visiting Chandler Hamilton at Petznick Field on Tuesday night (Jan. 9).

Xavier, playing its first home match of the new year, raised its overall record to 9-2, while Hamilton dropped to 10-5-1.

Xavier coach Barb Chura and assistant Rafael Rios knew Hamilton would be a formidable opponent. The Huskies appear to be similar to Xavier in some ways.

Hamilton was the aggressor early in the match, often beating the Gators to the ball and sending it out of trouble.

The Gators got the break they would need with 15:51 left in the first half when they scored a goal by sophomore Brynn Lebel after junior Kyla Ferry redirected the trajectory of the ball near the front of the goal for the assist.

Xavier’s defensive pace picked up after that, particularly in the second half, and made the goal stand up.

“They (Hamilton) had some chances to tie it, but we were able to keep them from scoring,’’ Chura said. “In the second half, we were able to put more pressure on them higher up the field.’’

The coach said senior goalkeeper Kinsey Ehmann had a fantastic game, making several key saves.

Another effort of note was by freshman midfielder Ololade Adebayo, who spent most of the match shadowing Olivia Knab, one of Hamilton’s top players. Adebayo is a fine all-around athlete who uses quickness and strength to her advantage.

Xavier next plays on Friday (Jan. 12) with a 4 p.m. match against Phoenix Pinnacle at Petznick Field. Pinnacle features one of the state’s top goalkeepers in Jalen Tompkins. Pinnacle is 10-2.

Oltrogge, Hassett spark Gators again

Xavier Prep’s inside tandem of Montana Oltrogge and Katie Hassett were working well together again on Tuesday night (Jan. 9) as the Gators rolled past host Chandler Hamilton 66-30 in a 6A Conference Premier Region game.

Oltrogge scored 18 points and Hassett had 14 to help Xavier win its 13th straight game (15-3) and put its region record at 4-0.

Starting Thursday (Jan. 11), Xavier will have two games in a row. The Gators face Mesa Desert Ridge on Thursday night and on Friday (Jan. 12) will travel to face Gilbert Mesquite.

Mesquite is the defending 5A Conference state champion and handed Xavier one of its defeats earlier this season in the (Gilbert) Highland Thanksgiving tournament. Mesquite features one of the state’s top players in guard Shaylee Gonzales.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Gator basketball enjoys party time

A big effort calls for a big-time birthday bash.

And Xavier Prep’s Gators celebrated accordingly.

Friday night (Jan. 5) was the birthday of 6-foot-2 Katie Hassett, and she and 6-1 Montana Oltrogge, a fellow senior inside player, combined for 54 of the team’s points in an 82-50 victory over host Chandler High in a 6A Conference Premier Region game.

Oltrogge scored 33 points and Hassett added 21 as Xavier raised its overall record to 14-3 and region mark to 3-0. Chandler slipped to 7-7 and 1-1.

Xavier coach Jennifer Gillom couldn’t stop smiling afterward.

“This was a really good game for us,’’ she said. “I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Chandler, except that I know they always have good speed.

“We came out with poise and intensity and when we do that at both ends of the floor, we are hard to beat.’’

It was apparent during pre-game warm-ups that Xavier would have a size advantage with Hassett and Oltrogge, “and we had to take advantage of it,’’ Gillom said.

Of Hassett’s birthday, Gillom said, “The team all played for her. That’s what I like about it. We do everything together.’’

Oltrogge scored 24 of her points in the first half as the Gators built a 49-30 lead at intermission. She added nine more, including a 3-pointer, in the second half, and finished with 19 rebounds. Hassett scored 14 of her points in the second half.

Though Chandler was overmatched, you had to give the Wolves credit for hanging in there most of the way. Their shorter players connected on some 3-pointers and fearlessly drove to the basket, often putting the ball in or drawing a foul.

The region schedule continues for the Gators on Tuesday (Jan. 9), when they travel to face Chandler Hamilton at 7 p.m.

Xavier soccer takes a trip to remember

The long ride to Yuma was worth the trip for Xavier Prep’s soccer team on Friday (Jan. 5) as the Gators produced a 4-1 victory over host Yuma Kofa.

Kyla Ferry came through with a hat trick and an assist. Abby Hubbard scored the Gators’ other goal and Jocelyn Rupp had a pair of assists.

Xavier returns home to Petznick Field for a contest against Chandler Hamilton on Tuesday (Jan. 9). Start time is 6 p.m.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Gators don't worry about zero on scoreboard


It was maybe Xavier Prep’s most dominant basketball game of the season.

How dominant?

The Gators put a big goose egg on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter (running clock), yet still defeated visiting Chandler Basha by 35 points, 62-27 on Wednesday night (Jan. 3) at the Activity Center.

Xavier’s second 6A Conference Premier Region win was its 11th in a row overall and gave the team a 13-3 overall record.

XCP will resume region play on Friday night (Jan. 5) at Chandler High. The Wolves have a 7-6 record, and this will be their first game since Dec. 22, when they fell to Chaparral (Parker, Colo.) in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Chandler.

The closest that Basha would get against Xavier was a 2-2 tie. From there, the contest resembled a track meet.

Xavier had three players score in double figures – senior forward Montana Oltrogge (21 points) and junior guards Paris Moore (11) and Leilani McIntosh (10).

The Gators had five 3-point baskets – two each by Oltrogge and junior Addison Putnam and one by Moore.

Soccer team hits trail for game at Yuma Kofa

Xavier Prep’s soccer team returns to action on Friday (Jan. 5) with a long road trip to play Yuma Kofa. The contest begins at 5 p.m.

The Gators have a 7-2 overall record after a solid performance (2-2) in the recent Excalibur Invitational in California. Kofa is 5-5.

Xavier is led by junior forward Kyla Ferry, who has 12 goals and 7 assists.

Senior Abby Hubbard have 8 and 3 goals, respectively. Sophomore Elizabeth Warren and senior Mady Chait have 5 and 4 assists, respectively.

The Gators return home for the first time in the New Year on Tuesday (Jan. 9), facing Chandler Hamilton.