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.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Gators' Ferry is Gatorade's Arizona Soccer POY

Another Gator earns another Gatorade award.

Senior-to-be Kyla Ferry joins an impressive list of Xavier athletes from across all sports over the years to earn the prestigious Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year award for Arizona.

The award is presented to the candidate judged best for her athletic accomplishments, her work in the classroom and her character and community involvement.

Ferry now is under consideration for the Gatorade National Player of the Year, which will be announced soon.

Ferry, a forward and midfielder, helped Xavier capture its second straight 6A state championship as a junior by leading the team with 20 goals and 12 assists. She has 46 goals and 20 assists for her career and figures to build on those numbers in her senior season.

She also has a 4.14 weighted grade-point average. And she works in the community as a tutor and youth soccer coach. And she is a volunteer for an organization that helps victims of domestic violence.

Both the player and the school will receive a trophy signifying the accomplishment and the school will receive a large banner to put on display. Gatorade also will donate $1,000 in Ferry’s name to a sport-based youth community organization of her choice.

Ferry also was the azcentral Player of the Year and has committed to study and play in college at the University of Colorado.

The Xavier community is proud of Kyla and looks forward to watching her play in 2018-19.

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