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As an athlete, there are few feelings worse than getting blown out in a game or a race.

I played water polo at the NCAA Division III level, and since there are few men’s water polo teams in the NCAA, I played against Division I teams like UCLA and USC on multiple occasions. We lost by more than 10 goals every time, the result decided before halftime.

I cannot recall a single time in high school that a team I was on lost a game by more than 10 goals. Covering Verde Valley sports for nearly a year now, I have paid witness to blowouts on a handful of occasions.

The No. 15-seeded Mingus Union High School football team saw its season end in a 45-13 loss in the first round of the Conference 4A playoffs at the hands of No. 2 and four-time defending state champion Saguaro High School.

The Marauders [5-6, 5-1 Grand Canyon] trailed just 7-0 after the first quarter, but a 31-point second quarter sentenced the game by halftime at 38-0. However that scoreline was somewhat deceiving, as the defense played well but the offense could not hold possession.

For Camp Verde High School head wrestling coach Tracy Tudor, this season is not just about getting pins and wins.

Tudor said he has seven “studs” who can win a state title and up to nine who can place at this year’s Arizona Interscholastic Association Division IV state championships, but above all he is concerned about one thing for his wrestlers: Discipline.

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

Camp Verde High School football ended the 2017 season on a high note, beating Verde Valley rival Sedona Red Rock High School on the road 30-14 on Friday, Oct. 27.

The Cowboys [3-6, 2-3 Central Region] defeated the Scorpions [0-9, 0-5] for the second year in a row, converting two takeaways into 13 points en route to the victory.

Click here to read about season's end for Mingus Union High School swimming, cross country and volleyball.

Camp Verde High School’s No.3-seeded boys soccer team suffered a 1-1 loss to No. 6 Show Low High School after penalty kicks [5-4] in the first round of the Arizona Interscholastic Association Conference 2A tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Cowboys head coach David Miller always carries a yellow sheet of paper that has all of his players on it. Heading into the game, he was without four key starters, including two defenders and senior goalkeeper Preston Maynard.

Nontheless the Cowboys and Cougars battled end-to-end for 100 minutes before going to the decisive spot kicks.

The No. 15 Mingus Union High School football team hung around with No. 1 Sunrise Mountain High School during the first half of the Marauders’ senior night, eventually falling 61-34 on Friday, Oct. 27.

The Marauders [5-5, 5-1] led 18-16 during the second quarter but trailed at halftime, and the Mustangs took over with three consecutive scores in the third.

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