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Summer nights in Camp Verde can be quiet and uneventful, but not for soccer players.

L.J. Teague, a player on the varsity boys Camp Verde High School soccer team, moves the ball down the field during a pickup game July 18 (above). A group of approximately 30 mixed players get together twice a week for informal games.Camp Verde High School boys soccer coach, David Miller, has open field every Wednesday and Friday evenings during the summer. And it is popular among Camp Verde’s youth.

“It’s open to anybody, but we always have boys and girls from the high school team, alumni and young middle-schoolers,” Miller said. “There are usually around 30 kids each night.”

Some are even there before the 6 p.m. scheduled time.

“I have some really dedicated players,” Miller said.

Once they get to the field, the players initiate practicing their dribbling, shooting and drills while Miller greets and talks with everybody. Then a pickup game begins between the high school boys and the girls, alumni and middle-schoolers that lasts until 7:30 p.m.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, July 25, edition of The Camp Verde Journal.

The place to be on the evening of July 11 was at River Front Park in Cottonwood for the Division 10 Little League All-Stars Majors 11-12 Tournament championship game.

High-fives down the line for Camp Verde and Verde Valley Little League age 11 and 12 All-stars after the final game of the District 10 Little League Regional Championship on July 11. Verde Valley  won, 10-3.With the stands packed elbow-to-elbow, the Camp Verde-Cottonwood rivalry trickled down to the Little Leaguers as Team Camp Verde took on Team Verde Valley for the No. 1 title in the division.

“We haven’t beaten Verde Valley in two years,” Spencer Young, manager of Camp Verde, said before the game. “So this is our shot to beat them.”

Camp Verde already had faced Verde Valley in its first game of the tournament but lost 8 to 1.

Tyler Kelly of Verde Valley started the game pitching a walk and a strike-out. After Patrick Hood of Camp Verde’s single, Rafael Zapata hit a double, leading to the first score of the night.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, July 18, edition of The Camp Verde Journal.

The place to be on the evening of July 11 was at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood for the Division 10 Little League All-Stars Majors 11-12 Tournament championship game.

Verde Valley Little League age 11 and 12 All-stars players and coaches tip their hats to the crowd after their win over Camp Verde in the District 10 Little League Regional Championship. Verde Valley heads to the state championship in Tucson on Wednesday, July 18.With the stands packed elbow-to-elbow, the Cottonwood-Camp Verde rivalry trickled down to the Little Leaguers as Team Verde Valley took on Team Camp Verde for the No. 1 title in the division.

“We are very excited for the championship,” Pete Kelly, manager of Verde Valley, said before the game. “I had high expectations for my team, and I expected to be here.”

Verde Valley already had beaten Camp Verde 8 to 1 in its second game of the tournament.

Tyler Kelly of Verde Valley started the game pitching a walk and a strike-out. After Patrick Hood of Camp Verde’s single, Rafael Zapata hit a double, leading to the first score of the night.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, July 18, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

When Shaun McCarty got a phone call from his Paradise Valley Community College baseball coach in June, his baseball career went to a whole new level.

Shaun McCarty, a 2010 Mingus Union High School graduate, is furthering his college baseball career with a transfer from Paradise Valley Community College to Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. where he’ll play shortstop for the  BCU Wildcats.His coach called to inform McCarty that he had won the National Junior College Athletic Association National Rawlings Gold Glove for the shortstop position.

This award is given annually by Rawlings in conjunction with the American Baseball Coaches Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association. Nine players at the Division II level, one per position, were honored for their outstanding defensive play during the 2012 season.

“Defense is the cornerstone of the Rawlings brand,” said Rawlings President and General Manager Robert Parish when the winners were announced. “The 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipients at the NJCAA level are incredibly talented and are well on their way to earning a place amongst the most famous defensive greats in the game.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, July 18, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

Camp Verde High School summer wrestling team, New Breed, is making a name for itself this summer.

Camp Verde Summer wrestling program athletes Angelo Chagolla, 15, right , and Matt Mejia, 14, second from right, face off during practice July 3. The next Weekend Wars wrestling meet takes place in Camp Verde on Saturday, July 14.The team just returned from the 2012 Arbor View Aggie Summer Duals in Las Vegas defeating some of the top teams in Nevada, California and Arizona.

“I was very impressed with the kids,” CVHS wrestling coach Bob Weir said. “I’ve coached these kids for a long time, and they did an outstanding job at this tournament against tough competition.”

The wrestlers earned a 11-0 dual record, making them one of just two teams to leave the tournament undefeated. The most exciting match for CVHS was when the team defeated the four-time reigning California state champions, Poway.

“That was a great feeling,” Weir said.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, July 11, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

A 2012 Mingus Union High School graduate is heading to college on a full-ride scholarship.

Juan Wells, a top cross-country runner for Mingus Union High School, will see his athletic efforts pay for the first two years of his post-secondary education this fall when he starts at Central Arizona College on a full scholarship.Juan Wells will be attending Central Arizona College in Coolidge this fall on a cross-country scholarship.

“Since Central Arizona College is a junior college, the scholarship will pay for tuition, books, my dorm, food and pretty much everything else for the two years I’m there,” Wells said.

Wells was recruited by Central Arizona College and was offered the scholarship before any other schools had a chance. In two years, if he has a good performance on the cross-country team, Wells will have a chance to go to any university in the country.

“I would like to go to [University of California Los Angeles] or the University of Florida,” Wells said. “But that all depends on how well I do at Central Arizona and if those universities offer me any scholarships.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, July 11, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

A Camp Verde High School trap shooter is heading to National High School Rodeo Finals in his first year of competing.

Chance Weir, a junior at Camp Verde High School, won the state championship for trap shooting in the Arizona High School Rodeo Association shooting competition June 2. He is now heading to the 64th annual National High School Rodeo Finals from Sunday, July 15, to Saturday, July 21.Chance Weir, a junior at CVHS, won the state championship for trap shooting in the Arizona High School Rodeo Association shooting competition June 2 in Gilbert. This is his first year in the AHSRA and his first year shooting competitively.

“It is exciting,” Weir said. “I am excited to compete at Nationals.”

Trap shooting is a form of competitive clay pigeon shooting. Instead of using live pigeons like in the olden days, one house releases the clay targets. Using a shotgun, the shooter moves through five different positions and tries to hit as many as he or she can of the 25 targets. This is the first year the AHSRA held the shooting contest in order to qualify for the national finals competition.

Weir won the title with a lead of eight clay pigeons hit. He also took second place in the .22 long rifle competition.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, July 11, edition of The Camp Verde Journal.

By day, he is a firefighter for the Verde Valley Fire District, but by night and on game days, Spencer Young, 34, is on the field coaching Little League in Camp Verde.  

Spencer Young, the head coach of Camp Verde Majors All-Stars baseball team [ages 11 to 12] said he is looking forward to a fun and competitive District 10 Arizona Little League Majors All-Stars Tournament.“I’ve coached Little League now for two years here in Camp Verde,” Young said. “I love it.”

This summer, he is coaching the All-Stars in the Majors division which consists of 11- and 12-year-olds.

“I grew up around baseball my whole life, so being able to coach these kids is great for me,” he said.

Young played Little League in Camp Verde when he was younger until he moved to Cottonwood in the fifth grade.

“My dad was a high school varsity baseball coach, so baseball has always been a part of my life,” Young said.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, June 27, edition of The Camp Verde Journal.

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