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, June 19, 2020

Menne, Knight chosen their sport's Athlete of Year

Ashley Menne

Jasmine Knight
Xavier Prep’s 2019-20 sports season came to a successful conclusion on Thursday (June 18) with two Gator senior graduates being selected as their sport’s Athlete of the Year by the media outlet in its fifth annual azcentral Sports Awards presentation.

Congratulations to golfer Ashley Menne and indoor volleyball player Jasmine Knight!! Menne also was one of three finalists for the overall Athlete of the Year honor that went to Tempe Corona del Sol wrestler Sierra Thrun.

Unlike past years, this year’s awards were not handed out at an in-person ceremony, due to the invasion of the COVID-19 virus, which continues to be a menace to all walks of life. This year’s awards were announced as part of a streaming video program that included participation of many well-known sports stars from across the country.

The golf award was announced by pro golfer Gary Woodland, and the volleyball award was announced by Misty May-Treanor, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in beach volleyball.

Menne, a three-time Arizona state individual champion who finished as state runner-up as a senior, will go on to study and play at Arizona State University. And Knight is looking forward to a big career at Virginia Commonwealth.  As a middle blocker, she led the 6A Conference with a .405 hitting percentage and used her powerful jumping ability to post 447 kills.

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