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Mingus Union High School’s softball team learned a lesson that perhaps will benefit it later in the season: Big hits do not always translate to big scores, or wins.

The Marauders [6-3, 3-2 Grand Canyon] split a Grand Canyon Region doubleheader with visiting Mohave High School on Saturday, March 25; the Thunderbirds won 5-4 in game one while Mingus took game two, 6-5. Both teams hit two home runs en route to their losses.

When an athlete makes a mistake during a pivotal moment of a game, rarely does the opportunity to make up for it present itself.

Fortunately for Mingus Union High School junior outfielder and pitcher Jordan Huey, he was able to break the tie he had just conceded to give the Marauders a 7-6 walk off-win over visiting Grand Canyon Region rival Coconino High School on March 20.

Mingus Union High School girls tennis coach Andrea Meyer knew heading into her team’s matches against Marcos de Niza High School and Notre Dame Preparatory High School that it would be challenged.

The Marauders [4-2, 0-1] dropped both matches, 5-4 and 9-0, respectively, but Meyer is not disappointed with their performances in the slightest.

The Camp Verde High School track and field team had a number of athletes make qualifying standards for the 2017 Arizona Interscholastic Association Division IV state meet at the Friendship Invitational, its third meet of the season, on March 22.

Many of the Cowboys athletes are underclassmen, which forced them to compete in the frosh/soph division, but a lot of their results would have placed highly in the varsity group of the competition, held at Sedona Red Rock High School.

As it heads into the thick of Central Region play, the Camp Verde High School baseball team rounded out some of the tougher games on its schedule that head coach Will Davis thought would be a good test for his team.

The Cowboys [5-2] fell at Conference 3A Payson High School 12-9 on Saturday, March 25, after having beaten 2A Scottsdale Preparatory Academy 13-1 on Friday, March 24.

Nine errors spoiled the Camp Verde High School softball team’s outing against visiting Bourgade Catholic High School, falling 9-2 on March 14.

The Cowboys [5-4] got out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but mistakes in the middle innings allowed the Golden Eagles to come away with the win.

After suffering its first loss of the season to rival Chino Valley High School, the Camp Verde High School baseball team has bounced back with six straight victories, most recently a 13-1 mercy-rule win at Bourgade Catholic High School on Tuesday, March 14.

The Cowboys [3-1] are undefeated in tournament play this season with 10 wins, although they do not count toward their official record.

Injuries are never a welcome thing for any team at any point in the season, but better earlier than later.

A core group of girls on the Mingus Union High School track and field team are going through just that problem, but both the boys and girls as a whole have made progress.

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