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One approved agenda item from the Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board’s first meeting of the 2017-18 year was a positive one for two Mingus Union High School teams.

The board approved a double elimination format for the Conference 4A baseball and softball state tournaments.

Any soccer team that returns 10 of its 11 starters from the prior season can confidently say it is in a good situation.

Javier Pineda and his Camp Verde High School girls soccer team find themselves in that exact position in 2017.

Mingus Union High School’s golf team was the first to begin official competition for the fall season in the Verde Valley when it hosted a four-way region duel.

As it is with any first game or match, which took place on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Verde Santa Fe Golf Course, there were nerves, and they came into play.

But head coach Craig Mai was satisfied with his players’ reactions en route to a second place finish.

Camp Verde High School boys soccer head coach David Miller typically carries a yellow sheet of paper with the current season’s team written on it.

After the 2016 campaign ended in a 2-1 state semifinal loss to four-time defending champion and rival Chino Valley High School, he planned out the coming year’s team on the bus ride home.

What he saw was a 2016 group that was graduating 11 seniors.

But Miller, in his 25th year with the program, believes his team is no less capable of contending for a state title in 2017.

Mingus Union High School head volleyball coach Chelsea Chavez spent her first season working on solidifying the team’s defense.

Now in her second year, the focus has shifted to the offensive end, and the Marauders are looking to put the whole package together in 2017.

Early in the first quarter of the annual Bronze Boot Game, Camp Verde High School’s football team converted a turnover into seven points.

However the Cowboys failed to execute in red zone opportunities down the stretch, falling 21-14 to the visiting Chino Valley High School Cougars on Friday, Aug. 25.

Despite losing two of the top 10 golfers from Division II, Section VII to graduation, the Mingus Union High School golf coach is no less confident in his team’s ability.

Head coach Craig Mai has a number of experienced golfers who make the team less top heavy.

While Mingus Union High School welcomes in a new golf season for the boys, it cuts the ribbon on a brand new program for the Marauders girls.

Seven freshmen make up the first-ever roster of girls golfers for the Marauders, whose program was approved by the school board over the summer.

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