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.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Xavier dominates region hoops awards

Xavier Prep’s outstanding basketball season has been reflected in the announcement of the all-region teams in the 6A Premier.

The region’s coaches made the selections.

Xavier swept its region opponents 8-0 (twice each) and finished 25-6 overall, capping its season last week when it took state runners-up honors.

The big awards went to XCP’s Jennifer Gillom (Coach of the Year), Montana Oltrogge (Player of the Year) and Paris Moore (Defensive Player of the Year).

First-team selections were Katie Hassett and Leilani McIntosh. Addison Putnam was on the second team, and Elysia Fleetwood was honorable mention.

Way to go, Gators! A great season!

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