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, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Chura, Gators earn azcentral soccer honors

Xavier Prep’s Barb Chura has been named’s Coach of the Year after the Gators won their second straight 6A Conference state championship, and three of her players are candidates for Player of the Year honors.

The players are senior goalkeeper Kinsey Ehmann, junior forward-mid Kyla Ferry and senior defender Nicole Hook. The awards will be announced and presented on June 10 at the media outlet’s high school sports awards ceremony on June 10 at Arizona State’s Grady Gammage Auditorium.

In addition, senior forward Abby Hubbard was an honorable mention selection.

What a great season, and congratulations to Coach Chura and the players !!

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