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.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Light shines bright for Xavier v-ball setter

Pride, effort and encouragement have sprouted again at Xavier Prep to give Gator Nation an emotional boost during a trying time.

It comes from the news that sophomore Alexa Shiner has been selected to the High Honorable Mention list of top sophs across the nation by

The 5-foot-8 Shiner was the Gators’ top setter in 2019 and put up some noteworthy numbers: 1,253 assists, 260 digs and 51 aces. She also was named the team’s Most Improved Player.

Xavier coach Lamar-Renee Bryant was happy when she learned of Shiner’s honor.

“As a freshman, she was the JV setter and came in the gym her sophomore season with a different focus and commitment to the game,’’ Bryant said, adding that “Alexa stayed composed and rose to the occasion all season.’’

Shiner began this spring as a member of Xavier’s outstanding beach volleyball team and is expected to help lead the Gators’ indoor team this fall.

Congratulations, Alexa!!

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