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.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Athletes sign on dotted line, then celebrate

The latest Xavier athletes to sign national letters of intent are, top row, from left, Lindsay Hubbard, Leilani McIntosh, Emily Cons and Sadie Wintergalen. Bottom row, from left, Kyla Ferry, Jada Sims, Trinity Cavanaugh, Emily Chiao and Shannon Shields (Xavier photo).
NLI (National Letter of Intent) Signing Day has always been a big deal for Xavier Prep’s graduating seniors who are moving on to the next level.

On Wednesday (Nov. 14), the school raised the bar with a big signing ceremony at Founders Hall.

Approximately 200 people were in attendance – including family members, coaches, teammates and other students.

The nine Gator standouts wore sweatshirts of their college as well as big smiles. And school officials unveiled a new backdrop for pictures that signifies the occasion.

It was another great day for Xavier, and we look forward to many more!

Xavier Prep 2018 fall NLI signees

Trinity Cavanaugh, beach volleyball, Texas Christian University, business major.

Emily Chiao, soccer, Stanford University, computer science.

Emily Cons, golf, University of Arizona, criminal justice.

Kyla Ferry, soccer, University of Colorado, business.

Lindsay Hubbard, soccer, Seattle University, business.

Leilani McIntosh, basketball, Pepperdine University, sports medicine.

Shannon Shields, indoor volleyball, University of Louisville, biology.

Jada Sims, track and field, Vanderbilt University, biology, health & society.

Sadie Wintergalen, soccer, Southern Methodist University, biology or psychology.

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