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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Gator basketball players lock up honors

Fresh off a strong performance in the Arizona Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game on Saturday (March 19) at Mesa Community College, Xavier Prep senior Vanessa Murphy has been named to the all-Division I Second Team.
Murphy, who will play collegiately at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, scored in double figures in a narrow Division I setback to the Division II All-Stars.
“Inside and out, she looked good and represented Xavier well,’’ said Gators assistant coach Patrick Mangosing.
The Xavier coaches were one of 20 staffs to participate in voting for the honor teams, released by the Arizona Interscholastic Association.
Sophomore forward Alana Kelley was named Division I Honorable Mention.
Murphy and Kelley also were honored by voting for the D-I, Section III teams. Both were named to the section’s Second Team, and freshman point guard Leilani McIntosh was named Honorable Mention for the section.

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