Bio

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 AIA365.com, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Monday, April 4, 2022

Recognition for Xavier soccer, hoops athletes

 The Arizona Republic newspaper has announced its honor teams/athletes for the 2021-22 winter sports season, and Xavier Prep received its share of noteworthy attention.

After Xavier Prep won its second straight 6A Conference state championship 3-2 (penalty kicks) over Gilbert Perry, two Xavier players were named Honorable Mention. They were sophomore defender Talia Coury and junior forward/midfielder Bella Leonard.

Xavier’s basketball team reached the 6A semifinals before falling to Perry, but the Gators had two standouts who were recognized by The Republic.

They were sophomore guard-forward Sarah Miller, who was named to the All-Arizona Team and is a candidate for Player of the Year, and sophomore point guard Dominique Nesland, who was an Honorable Mention selection.

Congratulations to these four fine athletes for their excellent seasons!


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