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 1, 2016

Xavier's Patterson is Under Armour All-American

Xavier Prep senior middle blocker Makena Patterson has been named to the Under Armour All-American First team as one of the top 24 players in the nation.
Patterson, who will play collegiately at Texas A&M, will compete in an All-Star match in Columbus, Ohio, in December.
“This is a huge honor,’’ said Xavier coach Lamar-Renee Bryant.
Patterson and her Xavier teammates will open play in the 6A Conference state tournament on Wednesday (Nov. 2) at 6:30 p.m. in the Activity Center. Second-seeded Xavier will face No. 15 Anthem Boulder Creek.
If Xavier wins, it will host a quarterfinal game on Saturday (Nov. 5) at 3 p.m.

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