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.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Golfers Menne, Matthews Player of Year candidates

Xavier Prep’s M&M players led the golf team to another sweet finish in the Division I state tournament and gave the Gators their 36th title in school history.

Now juniors Ashley Menne and Breyana Matthews are among the candidates for the Player of the Year honor at the media outlet’s annual Sports Awards program at Arizona State in June.

After winning the state individual title for the third straight season, Menne is in line to take her third straight POY trophy home. She has committed to ASU. Menne won the 2018 state crown by two shots and Matthews was close behind, tying for the No. 3 spot.

Also, Ivy Song had a big season for the Gators as a freshman, tying for 10th at the state tournament and is listed as an Honorable Mention selection by

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