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Under the direction of first-year head coach Justine Sparks is a Mingus Union High School cross country team filled with faces new and old.

Sparks leads a returning core of girls and a set of mostly new boys that include four freshmen.

Camp Verde High School’s volleyball team is emphasizing something more than just wins or losses for the 2017 season.

After a summer and preseason with a greater turnout than recent years, the Cowboys look for an improved attitude and desire on the court to change their culture.

While many of the swimming holes around the Verde Valley require some amount of hiking, others are a simple parking payment and short walk away.

One of those places is at Red Rock Crossing, where visitors will find three places to relax, swim or even slide.

A new sport has worked its way into the Verde Valley, specifically the Village of Oak Creek. In fact it is the only place north of Loop 101 in Phoenix to have the new hybrid sport: Footgolf.

Unlike pickleball, its name does not leave too much to the imagination; it is a combination of golf and soccer.

Some of the Verde Valley’s swimming holes are more popular than others, but Fossil Creek might take the cake.

If the number of cars and visitors was not any indication, then the difficulty in getting a permit for a one-day visit surely is.

Among the many faces buried in the water, chasing the black lines that stripe the bottom of the pool at the Cottonwood Aquatics Center is a swimmer with a story that many are not aware of.

Emma Warner is a Cottonwood Clippers and Mingus Union High School swimmer who started swimming at 5 years old. But on Jan. 15, 2015, she was given news that is always unexpected, especially for someone so young.

She was diagnosed with non life-threatening papillary thyroid cancer.

NFL fans are excited since players from all 32 teams recently reported to their respective training camps, an annual mark that the season is right around the corner.

Camp Verde Coyotes Youth Football players, cheerleaders, coaches and parents are excited, too, since the team began its practices on July 24.

Before diving into its own preseason camp, many Mingus Union High School football players helped Cottonwood’s future generation of Marauders get going with their own seasons.

The city’s elder statesmen of the gridiron coached their younger counterparts during a youth camp held at the campus’ Bright Field from Tuesday to Thursday, July 18 to 20.

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