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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.

?Powerlifting is becoming more and more popular in the Verde Valley.

Tim McKeever, the founder of Cottonwood’s Rec-N-Cru, competes in the standing curl event, lifting 132 pounds, at the American Challenge Powerlifting Meet at the Cottonwood Recreation Center on Saturday,  June 23.On Saturday, June 23, Rec-N-Cru, a Cottonwood-based lifting club, hosted the 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation’s American Challenge Powerlifting Meet for the Southwest Region, the first-ever national powerlifting competition of its kind in the Verde Valley.

“Since it is very hard to get all the best lifters under one roof on the same day, this solved the problem,” said Tim McKeever, leader of Rec-N-Cru and co-founder of the event.

Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three events: the squat, the bench press and the dead lift. Powerlifters compete at meets based on weight class and combine the number of pounds they maxed at for the three different lifts for their total score. Lifters participating in the meet could compete in the powerlifting event or compete in each lift individually. Along with the squat, bench press and dead lift, the meet also had standing curl as another competition.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, June 27, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

Boxers got down and dirty in Cottonwood.

Golden Cobra boxer Alex Brewer, 9, right, keeps his hands up while facing Daniel Toribio during their bout at the Down and Dirty 2 boxing event Saturday, June 23. Toribio won the bout.Richard Williams of Cottonwood boxing club Golden Cobra hosted Down and Dirty II on Saturday, June 23.

“It was a good turnout,” Williams said. “We had really good, well-matched fights.”

The event featured 14 boxing matches with fighters ranging from the ages of 9 to 28 years old coming from nine different boxing gyms. Golden Cobra of Cottonwood and Champs Gym of Camp Verde were represented, along with four gyms from Phoenix, and one each from Tucson, Las Vegas and Coachella, Calif.

“Each fight was a close competition,” trainer Juan Munoz said. “Every one of them could have gone either way.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, June 27, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

The Camp Verde Minors All-Stars softball team [ages 9 to 10] took advantage of its first-round bye with a convincing 22-8 victory over the Bagdad All-Stars this past weekend.

Jordyn Cowsert concentrates on her throws to a Bagdad All-Stars batter during the District 10 Arizona Little League Minors Softball Tournament game Saturday, June 23.“The girls played a great game. We are a very strong hitting team, and it showed,” Camp Verde Head Coach Carrie Durnez said.

Even though receiving a first-round bye, Camp Verde didn’t look sluggish at all Saturday, June 23. The District 10 Arizona Little League Minors All-Stars Softball Tournament began under the lights Friday, June 22, at Butler Park.

On Saturday against Bagdad, Jordyn Cowsert, 9, toed the mound for Camp Verde looking to shut down Bagdad’s high-powered offensive attack and did so, pitching a complete game, going five innings while striking out eight.

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

The Verde Valley Majors All-Stars baseball team [ages 11 to 12] began practice Monday, June 18, with a goal in mind of winning the district championship.

Matthew Bachler scoops up the ball and throws it back to his partner during practice Saturday,  June 16. Bachler and the Verde Valley Majors All-Stars baseball team begin the District 10 Arizona Little League Majors All-Stars Baseball Tournament on Tuesday, July 3.“This is probably the best time I’ve ever had here,” Verde Valley skipper Pete Kelly said. “Our strength is our pitching, and we go 12 deep on our team. There are plenty of guys that can play a lot of positions if need be.”

Kelly, who has coached within the confines of the Verde Valley Little League for 10 years, will take Verde Valley to the District 10 Arizona Little League Majors All-Stars Tournament beginning Monday, July 2. It is Kelly’s sixth all-star team to date.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, June 20, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

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