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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Menne, Ferry highlight XCP award winners

Being recognized with an award for all of the hard work you put in as an athlete or a coach never really gets old.

And at Xavier Prep, with every year brings another opportunity and the Gators don’t disappoint.

The third annual azcentral high school sports awards was held Sunday night (June 10), and Xavier was well represented at Arizona State’s Grady Gammage Auditorium in Tempe.

XCP had three repeat winners from 2017 – Golfer of the Year Ashley Menne, Golf Co-Coaches of the Year Sr. Lynn Winsor and Tui Selvaratnam and Soccer Coach of the Year Barb Chura.

The newcomer to the group was Soccer Player of the Year Kyla Ferry.

Recent XCP graduates Lanie Wagner (volleyball) and Kaitlyn McCoy (swimming) were among the three finalists for their respective sports. And sophomore Erica Stutz was in the final eight for tennis.

The best thing about Menne and Ferry is that they will be back at Xavier in 2018-19 for another chance to do it again. Menne will be a junior and Ferry a senior.

Both players and their coaches led their respective teams to state championships. Menne was state tournament medalist for the second straight year as Xavier won its seventh straight state crown and 35th overall. Menne also is one of the top junior golfers in the nation and state and already has committed to study and play at ASU.

The soccer team won its second straight state title. Ferry was the leading scorer with 20 goals and 12 assists. After she graduates in 2019, she will move on to study and play for the University of Colorado.

Xavier also had two other finalists for Soccer Player of the Year – senior goalkeeper Kinsey Ehmann and defender Nicole Hook. Hook scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Gilbert Perry for the state title.

Congratulations to all of these Gators !!

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