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

Xavier wins first two in Calif. soccer tourney

Xavier Prep’s soccer team posted victories in its first two games in the annual Excalibur Tournament of Champions on Thursday (Dec. 27) in Norco, Calif.

The Gators improved to 6-1-1 after defeating two California teams, Yorba Linda and Santa Margarita. That put them atop the Group D and sent them into a game on Friday (Dec. 28) at 3 p.m., Arizona time, against the Group E leader, Beckman High of Irvine, Calif.

Depending on the outcome of that contest, Xavier was expected to have another game later on Friday.

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