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Mingus Union High School senior multisport athlete Nikki Zielinski signed to play softball at the College of Southern Idaho.

Zielinski, who has also played volleyball, soccer and basketball for the Marauders, said she signed with the community college because it offered immediate playing time and an opportunity to get a start on her intended field of study.

Click here to read the latest Athlete Q&A, this week with Camp Verde High School sophomore Tanna Decker.

After graduating just three seniors from last season and returning an experienced lineup, including some new additions, the Mingus Union High School girls basketball team is ready for a successful 2017-18 season.

Shooting and defense were tabbed as the team’s strengths, which returns Second Team All-Region forward Darien Loring, a junior, and senior forward Nikki Zielinski, an Honorable Mention pick.

After seeing initial changes to the Conference 2A Central Region, in which Sedona Red Rock High School and Camp Verde High School compete, there was a drastic remodeling following the appeals process.

Balancing the equity in travel demands from schools within the metro Phoenix area and the rural schools was the main reason for the makeover.

Turnovers were a thorn in the side of the Mingus Union High School boys basketball team in a 69-51 loss to Dysart High School in the season opener on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Stretches of turnovers proved key at multiple times in the game, and the relatively inexperienced Marauders [0-1] struggled to find a go-to player down the stretch.

The Camp Verde High School girls basketball team outran the Mayer High School Bobcats early and often en route to a 46-17 season debut victory on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The Cowboys [1-0], sporting new uniforms, sentenced the game early, going up 19-3 after the first quarter and 32-6 at halftime. Despite the heavy margin of victory, there is much to be worked on.

Click here to read the latest Athlete Q&A, this week with Mingus Union High School senior Michael Bryan.

For this year’s Camp Verde High School girls basketball team, there are no surprises.

Largely made up of sophomores, they know what to expect now with a year of varsity experience under their belt.

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