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The 2017 track and field season came to a close at the Arizona Interscholastic Association State Championship on Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, at Mesa Community College.

Camp Verde High School sent seven individuals and one relay team to the meet, competing in Division IV. Top performances came from sophomore Chris Holdgrafer, who took second place in the 110-meter hurdles, and junior Nate Schultz, fourth in the triple jump.

Both teams’ pitching and defense dominated, but the No. 9 Mingus Union High School baseball team came up on the short end of a 2-1 decision at No. 8 Thunderbird High School in a hard-fought 4A State Championship first round matchup on May 2.

The Marauders [13-5, 8-4 Grand Canyon] had a few key opportunities to score runs, but every time the Chiefs’ defense was called upon, it made the play.

The No. 4 Camp Verde High School softball team advanced to the semifinals of the Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A State Championship with a 6-2 win over No. 5 Santa Cruz Valley High School on Friday, May 5, played at Phoenix’s Rose Mofford Softball Complex.

A four-run fifth inning lifted the Cowboys [16-1, 9-1 Central] to a 6-0 lead. Freshman Jacy Finley practically did it all for her team, batting three for three with four RBI and tossing nine strikeouts in the pitcher’s circle.

A number of errors shifted the tide of the Mingus Union High School softball team’s 12-0 Arizona Interscholastic Association 4A State Championship first round loss at Salpointe Catholic High School on Saturday, April 29.

The No. 12-seeded Marauders [12-6, 9-3 Grand Canyon] were down 1-0 before giving up five-run fourth and six-run fifth innings to lose 12-0 in run-rule fashion.

More than a decade of playing together came down to one final home game for the Camp Verde High School baseball team’s senior class, on April 25.

And the stakes could not have been higher.

The No. 4-seeded Camp Verde High School softball team picked up a solid 10-2 win over No. 13. Arizona College Preparatory Academy in the first round of the Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A State Championship on Friday, April 28.

Cowboys freshman pitcher Jacy Finley dominated from start to finish, collecting 17 strikeouts and giving up just three hits and one walk for the complete game win.

Camp Verde High School’s softball team knew that wind would have an effect on its Central Region game against visiting Northland Preparatory Academy on Tuesday, April 25, and intended on using it to its advantage.

Cowboys head coach Henry Smith said after the game that the team [16-2, 9-1 Central] changed its game plan on the way to their 8-2 senior day win over the Spartans. Five seniors were honored before the game: Amanda Punkoney, Kayla Hackett, Tiauna Day, Amber Dodge and Madison Johnson.

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