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, November 12, 2021

Xavier lacrosse player drawing attention

 Is Keilani Hong the next great lacrosse player for Xavier Prep?

She could very well be, following in the footsteps of former Gator star Areta Buness, who went on to earn star status at Stanford University.

Hong, a junior this school year, has earned impressive recognition recently in the form of being named to the 2023 All-American Player Watch List by the Adrenaline sports event promotion and gear company.

Adrenaline is out of the San Diego area and became a force in the lacrosse world by recognizing up and coming players primarily in the western U.S.

As a sophomore last season, Hong was named the Arizona Girls Lacrosse Association Division 2 Attacker of the Year as the Gators were runner-up in the D2 state title match.

Congratulations, Keilani !!  Xavier fans are fortunate to be able to watch you play and improve over the next two seasons.

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