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Mingus Union High School girls tennis coach Andrea Meyer knew heading into her team’s matches against Marcos de Niza High School and Notre Dame Preparatory High School that it would be challenged.

The Marauders [4-2, 0-1] dropped both matches, 5-4 and 9-0, respectively, but Meyer is not disappointed with their performances in the slightest.

As it heads into the thick of Central Region play, the Camp Verde High School baseball team rounded out some of the tougher games on its schedule that head coach Will Davis thought would be a good test for his team.

The Cowboys [5-2] fell at Conference 3A Payson High School 12-9 on Saturday, March 25, after having beaten 2A Scottsdale Preparatory Academy 13-1 on Friday, March 24.

Nine errors spoiled the Camp Verde High School softball team’s outing against visiting Bourgade Catholic High School, falling 9-2 on March 14.

The Cowboys [5-4] got out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but mistakes in the middle innings allowed the Golden Eagles to come away with the win.

After suffering its first loss of the season to rival Chino Valley High School, the Camp Verde High School baseball team has bounced back with six straight victories, most recently a 13-1 mercy-rule win at Bourgade Catholic High School on Tuesday, March 14.

The Cowboys [3-1] are undefeated in tournament play this season with 10 wins, although they do not count toward their official record.

Injuries are never a welcome thing for any team at any point in the season, but better earlier than later.

A core group of girls on the Mingus Union High School track and field team are going through just that problem, but both the boys and girls as a whole have made progress.

Fresh off of a silver bracket championship at the Grace Lee Haught Memorial tournament over the weekend and nine wins out of 10 games, the Mingus Union High School softball team is riding high.

But with nine games in the Grand Canyon Region yet to play, head coach John Brown feels like his team has not yet reached its peak.

The Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival, held at Camp Verde’s Community Field, is not known for its athletic events in the slightest. Sure, there is vintage base ball, this time around a doubleheader held between a team from Prescott and the host Excelsiors, but those happen quite often.

At this event, albeit not held directly at the festival’s grounds, was the fifth annual Verde River Runoff, a series of races in the year-round flowing Verde River on Saturday, March 18.

In sports, especially baseball, the mental preparation of a team can be just as important, if not more so than its physical preparation.

Such was the case in Camp Verde High School’s baseball team’s first loss of the season, 11-3, to rival Chino Valley High School.

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