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The Cottonwood Clippers swim team hosted its annual meet of the summer, the Verde Valley Invitational, on Saturday, July 22, at the Cottonwood Aquatics Center.

Eleven Clippers finished in the top three of their respective age group, and 20 were in the top five. Head coach Gretchen Wesbrock was happy about more than just the time drops the swimmers had, which she said were seen in every age group.

Just days before Yancey DeVore’s first day as a world studies teacher at Mingus Union High School in 2004, he learned that he had to teach a class to freshmen called “decisions.”

He was not too sure what that class would entail and what he would have to teach. During the last 13 years DeVore has made a few decisions on the Marauders campus, the most recent being to apply for the athletic director position after Allen Mitchell stepped down for a more administrative role. He was approved for the position by the school board at its June 28 meeting.

And this time around DeVore has a better idea of what he is getting into, and what he wants to accomplish.

The Mingus Union High School boys basketball team won a four-team tournament hosted at Sedona Red Rock High School on Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16.

The majority of summer high school hoops takes place during June and the Marauders’ gym is shut down throughout July for resurfacing. It was the first time the team had played in weeks.

Dark clouds covered the Verde Valley and Mingus Union High School’s Bright Field as the Marauders’ football team began preparations for the 2017 season.

The Marauders hosted a final day of 7-on-7 passing league football on Thursday, July 13. They saw some higher-level competition come to the Verde Valley in 6A Cesar Chavez High School, as well as the return of 2A Sedona Red Rock High School.

With temperatures surpassing triple digits around the Verde Valley, walking outside at times feels like nothing short of walking into an oven.

There is no better way to give a break to air conditioners, not to mention to wallets by saving a bit on the energy bill, than by going to one of the most popular swimming holes at Oak Creek Canyon: Midgley Bridge.

Baseball players from little league to high school age had the chance to learn from some of the best at a clinic held by four ex-MLB players at Mingus Union High School on Thursday, June 29.

Although likely names more recognizable to their parents than the players themselves, Ron Davis, Lou Klimchock, Dave Hilton and Ken Phelps were all on hand teaching lessons in baseball, and then some.

It has long been known to Mingus Union High School head football coach Bob Young that his first string players will be competitive this year, and are at the same level as in years past.

They went to the consolation championship, finishing 4-4 against high-level competition from California and Arizona, at a 7-on-7 passing league tournament at San Diego State University over Father’s Day weekend.

During the hot, dry summer in the Verde Valley green, tropical foliage surrounding waterfalls and a healthy creek would seem like an oasis.

But that place really does exist, along Oak Creek in Cornville: It is a swimming hole called Mormon’s Crossing.

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