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, January 27, 2018

XCP earns top soccer seed, faces Mtn. Pointe

Xavier Prep has been named the No. 1 seed in the 6A Conference state tournament that begins on Tuesday (Jan. 30). But just because the defending champion Gators will be facing the No. 16 team, Phoenix Mountain Pointe, that doesn’t mean XCP will have it easy.

“Anybody can upset anybody. I’ve been upset a few times myself. You can’t take anyone lightly,’’ said Xavier coach Barb Chura, who led the team to an 11-3-2 record.

She has watched Mountain Pointe (11-8-3) play and knows the Pride “will be a challenge for us.’’

Xavier has earned a first-round home game at 6 p.m. and with a win will play at Petznick Field again on Feb. 3 at noon against either No. 9 Gilbert Highland or No. 8 Tucson Rincon University, which will meet in Tucson in another first-round game on Tuesday.

Xavier’s top players are goalkeeper Kinsey Ehmann, forward Abby Hubbard, midfielder/forward Mady Chait, midfielder Ololade Adebayo, forward/midfielder Kyla Ferry (leading scorer), and defender Nichole Hook.

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