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, December 13, 2018

All-Academic volleyball team is filled with Gators

Academics and athletics can be a delicate balancing act, and the recipe for success is particularly evident at Xavier Prep.

The Gators had six players named to the Arizona All-Academic Girls Volleyball Team for the Sport360 Arizona Web site as presented by Arrow Awards on Wednesday (Dec. 12). Seven players were listed as honorable mention.

Nominations for the honor were turned in by coaches, athletic directors, parents and even some players themselves.

Named to the 6A-5A Conference team were (weighted GPA in parentheses) were senior Ashley Yeung (4.58), junior Abby Converse (4.48), senior Jennelle Yarwood (4.46), sophomore Serena Turner(4.31), senior Hayley Nash (4.18) and sophomore Zaira Reyes (4.06).

Honorable mention choices were junior Jasmine Knight, junior Juli Westfall, sophomore Kaori Robertson, senior Kate Spellman, junior Tori Burton, junior Quinn Voorhees and senior Shannon Shields.

Congratulations to these honorees!

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