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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Soccer award winners share spotlight



The Xavier Prep soccer team capped a brilliant state 6A Conference championship season with the announcement of the annual team awards.
The Gators won the title with a 2-0 victory over Phoenix Desert Vista. They finished 14-2-3 and were unbeaten in Arizona, were ranked No. 1 in the state and in the 6A Premier Region, which is regarded by many as the toughest soccer region in the state.
As of Tuesday (Feb. 21), Xavier was ranked No. 12 nationally by USA Today and has been as high as eighth. The Gators could climb back up pending results of tournaments in other states.

Here are the award winners, as the result of a vote by the players . . .
Offensive MVP – Quiqui Hita and Kyla Ferry.
Defensive MVP – Nicole Hook.
Most Improved – Mady Chait.
Most Spirited – Elizabeth Warren.
Sportsmanship – Elena Zurek.
Ironwoman Award (coaches award) – Abby Hubbard.




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