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Fresh off of a silver bracket championship at the Grace Lee Haught Memorial tournament over the weekend and nine wins out of 10 games, the Mingus Union High School softball team is riding high.

But with nine games in the Grand Canyon Region yet to play, head coach John Brown feels like his team has not yet reached its peak.

The Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival, held at Camp Verde’s Community Field, is not known for its athletic events in the slightest. Sure, there is vintage base ball, this time around a doubleheader held between a team from Prescott and the host Excelsiors, but those happen quite often.

At this event, albeit not held directly at the festival’s grounds, was the fifth annual Verde River Runoff, a series of races in the year-round flowing Verde River on Saturday, March 18.

In sports, especially baseball, the mental preparation of a team can be just as important, if not more so than its physical preparation.

Such was the case in Camp Verde High School’s baseball team’s first loss of the season, 11-3, to rival Chino Valley High School.

Coming off of a state championship game appearance a year ago, it is no wonder that Camp Verde High School’s softball team is off to a 3-0 start in official games this season.

After a 7-5 win over visiting Chino Valley High School on March 6, the Cowboys have outscored their opponents 39 to nine, but there is still room to grow, mostly in the finer details of the game.

Surrounded by teammates and family, Mingus Union High School girls soccer senior Auli Hanks signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Salem International University on March 8.

Hanks recently changed her commitment, having originally committed to NCAA Division III Beloit College, when she learned that she was receiving a full-ride athletic scholarship from the NCAA Division II Tigers. Division III teams do not offer athletic scholarships.

After losing a tough match against Lee Williams High School the previous day, the Mingus Union High School boys tennis team suffered a heavier defeat when it hosted Prescott High School on March 8.

The Marauders [1-4] lost 9-0 to Prescott after losing 5-4 to Lee Williams, the latter of the two slipping from their grasp after having the upper hand.

Junior third baseman Nikki Zielinski hit a three-run walk-off home run, her second fence-clearing shot of the day, to total seven RBI and three runs scored on four hits to power the Mingus Union High School softball team to a five-inning, 14-2 win over visiting Prescott High School on Thursday, March 9.

The Marauders [3-1, 2-1 Grand Canyon] avenged their first loss of the season, 10-5, at the hands of the same Badgers team on March 7.

Mingus Union High School girls soccer coach Andrea Strobel announced that she will no longer continue at the helm of the team, per personal reasons.

Strobel was the Marauders’ coach during the last two seasons, amassing a 13-14 overall record and qualifying once for the Arizona Interscholastic Association State Championship.

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