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.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Xavier falls to Valley Vista in hoops semis

 The basketball season for Xavier Prep came to a close on Wednesday night (March 17) with a 54-48 setback to host Surprise Valley Vista in a 6A Conference semifinal game.

Valley Vista, seeded No. 2, will go on to face top-seeded Chandler Hamilton for the championship on Saturday (March 20) at Mesquite High in Gilbert.

Xavier, the No. 3 seed, finished at 13-4 under Coach Jennifer Gillom and assistants Patrick Mangosing  and Rikki Malloy-Trombley.

Congratulations to the Gators on another strong season.

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