Bio

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 AIA365.com, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Soccer team gets 2nd seed at state



Xavier Prep’s soccer team will be the No. 2 seed in the 6A Conference state tournament that begins on Wednesday (Feb. 1). The Arizona Interscholastic Association announced the brackets on Friday (Jan. 27).
The Gators (10-2-3) will host a first-round match at 6 p.m. against Mesa Mountain View (11-6-1), the No. 15 seed.
Should Xavier defeat Mountain View, it would host a quarterfinal match on Feb. 4 against No. 10 Tucson or No. 7 Phoenix Pinnacle. That would be an afternoon match, likely at 2 p.m. Xavier battled Pinnacle to a 2-2 tie at Pinnacle on Jan. 13.
Xavier’s leaders are sophomore Kyla Ferry, junior Abby Hubbard, senior Quiqui Hita and junior goalkeeper Kinsey Ehmann. The latter helped produce a 2-0 shutout win over Chandler Basha in the regular-season finale on Jan. 24.
Here is the first-round schedule for the 6A Conference . . .
No. 16 Mesa Desert Ridge at No. 1 Chandler Hamilton, No. 9 Tempe Corona del Sol at No. 8 Gilbert Highland, No. 12 Tucson Rincon/University at No. 5 Phoenix Desert Vista, No. 13 Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor at No. 4 Scottsdale Desert Mountain, No. 14 Chandler at No. 3 Goodyear Millennium, No. 11 Gilbert at No. 6 Gilbert Perry, No. 10 Tucson at No. 7 Phoenix Pinnacle, No. 15 Mesa Mountain View at No. 2 Xavier Prep

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