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.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

XCP's Menne, Wright finalists for media award

Senior golfer Ashley Menne and senior swimmer Maddie Wright are the latest Xavier Prep athletes to be recognized by the media outlet.

Menne, a three-time state champion and Golf Player of the Year, finished as state runner-up in 2019 while Xavier finished second as a team. She is among eight finalists for the 2019 POY.

Wright came on strong late in the season to win the 100-yard freestyle and finish third in the 200-yard freestyle at the state meet.

Menne and Wright join two Xavier volleyball players who are Player of the Year finalists and members of the All-Arizona Team – Briana McKnight and Jasmine Knight.

Athletes and coaches from around the state will be honored at the annual accentral Sports Awards celebration at Arizona State’s Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium on May 17, 2020.

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