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.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

XCP's Wagner is Player of Year nominee in volleyball

The volleyball season might be done, but the newly minted 6A Conference champion Xavier Prep Gators are not.

Senior outside hitter Lanie Wagner, who helped the Gators defeat Tempe Corona del Sol for the state title, is one of eight nominees for’s Volleyball Player of the Year. The elite eight were announced on Thursday (Nov. 30).

Wagner had 537 kills on the season, most for 6A players, and averaged 4.5 kills per set. She has signed a letter of intent to attend school and play for the University of Georgia.

The other nominees are Kamaile Haipo of Mesa Skyline, Alexis Keith of Gilbert Perry, Gabby Leo of Phoenix Mountain Pointe, Peyton Lewis of Tucson Salpointe Catholic, Brooke Nuneviller of Corona del Sol, Mary Shroll of Tempe Prep and McKenzie Wise of Peoria Sunrise Mountain.

Winner of the award will be announced in June at a ceremony honoring athletes from all sports.

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