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The Marauders football team got back to their winning ways Friday, Oct. 1, defeating visiting Paradise Valley High School handily, 42-0.

Running back Juan Gonzalez receives congratulations from his Marauders teammates after running for a 68-yard touchdown in the first half of a home game against Paradise Valley High School on Friday, Oct. 1. Mingus shut out the Trojans, 42-0.October has been good to the Mingus Union High School football team in recent years.

Since 2004, the Marauders are 24-4 during October and are currently on a 22-game winning streak after the 42-0 win over Paradise Valley on Friday.

Mingus is 19-0 since the 2006 season and was 3-1 in October 2005 with its only loss coming to rival Flagstaff High School in the first game of the month, 18-6.

On Friday, senior safety Juan Gonzalez got the ball rolling in the first quarter, returning an interception for a touchdown to give Mingus a big boost of confidence.

“It was a big play. We gained so much confidence after he scored. After a tough loss the week before, our boys needed something and Juan [Gonzalez] gave it to us,” Mingus Head Coach Bob Young said.

Like Young said, the Marauders needed it badly after having their lunch handed to them against Apache Junction High School the week before, 34-7.

After a Logan Couch punt, which pinned the Trojans down inside their own 15-yard line, Gonzalez tipped a pass to himself on Paradise Valley’s first play from scrimmage and ran it 15 yards into the end zone for a touchdown, putting the Marauders up 6-0.

The quick score deflated any hope of victory by the Trojans who struggled offensively the rest of the way.

Offensively, Mingus got back to what it does best — run the ball. Against the Trojans, Marauders runners carried the ball 44 times for 303 yards and four touchdowns.

Kevin Webb led all running backs with 16 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown. Gonzalez was next in line with 10 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, the Marauders held the Paradise Valley offense to 256 total yards, but more importantly, shut them out on the scoreboard.

“I think our defensive players were a little upset. Giving up as many points as they did the week before isn’t like them, and they couldn’t wait to get back on the field and make it right,” Young said.

With the victory, Mingus improves to 4-1 [0-0, 4A-II Grand Canyon] overall this season and is ranked No. 7 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association power point polls, which were released Monday, Oct. 4.

Next up, Mingus is set to host Page High School in the 4A-II Grand Canyon region opener Friday, Oct. 8.

Friday night’s game could be a region championship preview with Page holding a 4-1 overall record this season and a No. 15 ranking in the power point standings.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Camp Verde High School volleyball team is on quite a roll lately, winning its third straight contest Thursday, Sept. 30, defeating visiting Mayer High School, 3-0.

Camp Verde High School volleyball player Jenny Lawler, No. 7, second from left, nails a hit past a Mayer High School player during a home game Thursday, Sept. 30. The Cowboys took the match in three quick games.“Right now, we’re playing well. I think the girls are excited to win some matches and if we continue to work hard, good things will keep happening,” second-year Head Coach Darcy Evans said.

The victory over Mayer brings the Cowboys record to 5-5 [6-5, tournament play] overall this season. Not bad for a team that won only four matches all last year.

In the last six years, the Cowboys have qualified for the state tournament every other season, making it in 2004, 2006, 2008 and now hopefully, 2010.

Each victory over the next four weeks will determine if the Cowboys make the 2A conference state playoffs or not this season. Currently, Camp Verde is ranked No. 20 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association power point polls, which were released Monday, Oct. 4.

In the victory Sept. 30, Camp Verde looked to overpower the visiting Wildcats and they did just that, winning 25-12, 25-10 and 25-13, to take the match, three games to none.

Sophomore Katie Wilson led all players with 12 kills Thursday, while also recording nine digs.

Senior Shayna Sterrett came in second with eight kills and six digs while junior Myra Perez had seven kills and six digs.

Sophomore Jenny Lawson chipped in with six kills while sophomore Donnie Buss had nine digs.

“We didn’t have any blocks on the day because there wasn’t much hitting going on by the other team, but our girls were still there and looked sharp at times,” Evans said.

Chino Valley Tournament

At the Chino Valley Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 2, the Cowboys finished second overall, losing to Chino Valley High School in the championship game, 2-0.

Camp Verde defeated Seligman High School twice and Williams High School once during the tournament, but lost to Chino Valley in both meetings, once in pool play and once in the title match.

“We played awesome at the tournament,” Evans said with a big smile. “I think we even surprised some people.”

Camp Verde was in action Tuesday, Oct. 5, when they traveled to Williams. Results were unavailable at press time.

Next up, Camp Verde will travel to Tonopah Valley High School on Thursday, Oct. 7, with an official start time of 6 p.m.

The next home match for the Cowboys will be Tuesday, Oct. 12, when they face Chino Valley at 6 p.m.

The Mingus Union High School volleyball team won its fourth straight match Tuesday, Sept. 28, sweeping visiting Dysart High School, 3-0.

Amanda Randolph, No. 2, goes for a kill against Dysart.“I think our passing was good and our offense was a bit more consistent tonight,” Mingus Head Coach Audrey Islas said after the match Tuesday. “Dysart plays a little unconventional so we needed to make a few adjustments.”

The Marauders as a team collected 34 assists against Dysart on Tuesday night, a season high.

Mingus made things look easy in game one, winning 25-13, and made things even easier in games two and three, winning 25-11 and 25-16 to take the match, 3-0.

With their fourth straight victory in the books, the Marauders improve their record to 6-5 [2-0, 4A-II Grand Canyon] overall this season.

Leading Mingus on the court Tuesday was senior outside hitter Amanda Randolph who recorded 10 kills and one block assist.

Senior team captain Kayla Dixon wasn’t bad herself, recording nine kills, six digs, two ace serves and one assist while varsity newcomer Angel Chavez had seven kills, two ace serves and a block assist.

Chavez was called up a week ago by Islas after two seniors quit the team. Islas did not disclose the two members who were no longer with the team, or why they decided to leave.

Senior team captain Lashea Taylor also had a good night, recording four kills, one ace, one assist and one dig.

According to Islas, the current four match win streak is a great stepping stone to bigger and better things for this Marauders team.

Venessa Vera, front, and Cortlin Sandoval get ready to receive a serve from Dysart High School on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The Mingus Union High School volleyball team made quick work of the visiting Demons, sweeping  them 3-0.“We’re beginning to gel and play well. It comes at a great time too with our rival coming to town this week,” Islas said.

Flagstaff High School will be in Cottonwood on Thursday, Sept. 30, to face the Marauders, who are 2-0 in region play.

The Eagles are currently 7-2 overall this season and are ranked No. 7 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association power point polls, which were released Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Mingus is ranked No. 13.

Scheduled start time for the Flagstaff-Mingus match is set for 6 p.m. It will be the last home match until the regular season finale against Coconino High School on Thursday, Oct. 28.

Mingus has a four-match road trip starting Thursday, Oct. 7, against Coconino.

One of the biggest questions entering the 2010 season for the Mingus Union High School football team was how effective its offensive line would be.

Kevin Webb had nine carries for 37 yards to lead the Marauders in rushing against Apache Junction High School on Friday, Sept. 24. The Mingus Union High School football team lost to the Prospectors, 34-7.Looking at the ground game statistics over the last two weeks where Mingus opponents have held the Marauders to under 100 yards rushing in each game, one might think the answer has been provided.

Held to only 78 yards in the previous week in a 12-7 victory over Bradshaw Mountain High School, the Marauders managed only 51 total yards on the ground Friday, Sept. 24, in a 34-7 loss to Apache Junction High School.

The offensive line, however, cannot be the only scapegoat.

Without dynamic starting quarterback Nick Alred, who was lost for the season two weeks ago due to a serious leg injury, teams can now focus solely on the run game of Mingus and so far, the strategy has worked.

Mingus’ defense did not perform well Friday night either, giving up the most points [34] since September 2008 in a 42-35 loss to Washington High School.

Either way, it’s just one loss and there’s no need for Marauders fans or the team to worry, according to Mingus Head Coach Bob Young.

“We’ll continue to improve and get better. Apache Junction is a good football team and they played well.

We’ve got to make some adjustments and get ready for our next game this Friday night,” Young said.

Offensively, the Marauders ran 22 times, while passing the ball 21 times, a balance not frequently attained since the Mingus football team has primarily been a run-first, run-second and run-third type of program.

Quarterback Ronald Morones completed 14 of 21 passes for 196 yards Friday in the loss to Apache Junction.

Senior Kevin Webb led the Marauders with nine carries for 37 yards.

Apache Junction’s offense looked more like the Marauders of the past, running 47 times for 357 yards and four touchdowns against Mingus.

The Prospectors, who are 4-1 overall this season, are currently ranked No. 4 in the 4A-I conference according to the Arizona Interscholastic Association power point polls, which were released Monday, Sept. 27.

With the loss, Mingus drops to 3-1 [0-0, 4A-II Grand Canyon] overall on the season. The Marauders are ranked No. 7 in the AIA power point polls in the 4A-II.

Mingus will return home to Cottonwood and welcome Paradise Valley High School on Friday, Oct. 1.

Paradise Valley comes to town with a 1-3 overall record. The Trojans started the season 0-3 before getting a 34-30 victory Friday over Cactus Shadows High School.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Camp Verde High School Cowboys rush onto the field for the school’s homecoming football game Friday, Sept. 24. The Cowboys lost to Northwest Christian Academy, 28-0.With its head coach sitting in the stands, the Camp Verde High School football team stood up quite well to top ranked Northwest Christian Academy on Friday, Sept. 24, but lost 28-0.

The Cowboys managed to get the ball inside the 10-yard line three times Friday night in front of a solid homecoming crowd, but didn’t score one point.

“I think the kids worked their butts off against Northwest Christian. We had a few chances to score but just couldn’t, especially those three times we had first and goal situations,” Steege said.

Steege, who was suspended one game due to his conduct in the Arizona Lutheran Academy game Sept. 17 that got him ejected and escorted off the field by a Phoenix police officer, sat in the stands with his wife among the fans during the game Friday night.

Quarterback Deshon Tripp looks for an open receiver downfield.“It was interesting. There’s a lot of things you see up in the stands that you usually don’t see on the field,” Steege said. “I can’t say I would want to do it again, though.”

Northwest Christian scored on its first two possessions, making it a 14-0 before Camp Verde alumni could blink.

With it looking like the Crusaders were going to blow out Camp Verde, the defense stiffened up and didn’t allow Northwest Christian to score again until late in the third quarter.

The problem was the Cowboys couldn’t get it together offensively, and without much of a passing game to speak of, Camp Verde managed only 247 yards of total offense, the majority of which came on the ground.

Junior backup quarterback Deshon Tripp took the snaps under center Friday, with junior starting quarterback Jake Spleiss out with a bruised thigh.

Tripp completed only three of nine passes for 41 yards and ran nine times for 13 yards.

Casey Jahn ran 26 times for 158 yards and two touchdowns behind that big offensive line against Camp Verde.

Northwest Christian, on the other hand, put together 334 yards of total offense including the four touchdowns.

Running back Kody Rayburn makes one of several attempts on the end zone during Camp Verde High School’s homecoming game against the 2A conference’s No. 1 ranked team Northwest Christian Academy on Friday, Sept. 24.“I think they outweighed us by 50 pounds each, so in the second half, they just lined up and pounded us,” Steege said.

With the loss, the Cowboys drop their record to 2-3 overall on the season and 0-1 in 2A Central region play.

Next up, Camp Verde will hit the road and play North Pointe Preparatory at Moon Valley High School on Friday, Oct. 1.

Camp Verde will then return home for three straight contests, the first coming against No. 2 Scottsdale Christian Academy on Friday, Oct. 8.

Kickoff for both games is set for 7 p.m.

Utter dominance is probably the only phrase needed to describe the Cottonwood Middle School cross country team’s efforts at the Lobos Invitational meet at Riverfront Park on Sept. 15.

The seventh- and eighth-grade girls team for the Lobos took first overall, scoring six points to beat out Rim Country Middle School, who scored 31 points in a distant second.

Penny Fenn set a new course record Sept. 15 in the Lobos Invitational meet at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood (above). Fenn finished first overall with an 11:47 time and her seventh- and eighth-grade team took first overall with six points.Cottonwood runners took the first six places in last Wednesday’s race, with Penny Fenn setting a new course record with an 11:47 time, good enough for first overall.

Jasmine Banks took second with a 12:22 time while Karen Arellano was third with a 12:57 time. Megan Goettl took fourth with a 13:05 time and Anissa Urueta wrapped up the top five with a 13:11 time.

In sixth place was Mary Earl who finished only two seconds behind Urueta with a 13:13.

“I’m shocked this race turned out like it did,” Mingus Head Coach Micah Swenson said laughing. “I mean, I’ve been around a long time, and have coached cross country for a lot of years, and I’ve never seen a team take the first six places in a race.”

Heritage Middle School took third with 33 points while Prescott Middle School was fourth with 65 and West Sedona School wrapped up the top five with 96.

In the boys seventh- and eighth-grade race, the Lobos finished second overall with 22 points, only seven behind eventual champion Rim Country’s 15 points.

Jordan Bramblett took third overall for Cottonwood with an 11:28 time while Keenan DeVore was seventh with a 11:57 time.

Other notables for Cottonwood included Jordan Prouty, who took 12th overall with a 12:27 time, while Traygon Ullery took 21st with a 13:51 time.

“Overall, I think our team did quite well. We will continue to improve but this race was a good marker for us as to how well we can do,” Swenson said.

Next up, the Lobos will participate in the Prescott Invitational at Pioneer Park on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

The scheduled start time for today’s race is set for 4 p.m.

The Camp Verde Middle School cross country team turned in a solid performance Sept. 15 at the Lobos Invitational Meet, recording a top five finish in the younger races.

the seventh- and eighth-grade boys race begins Sept. 15 at the Lobos Invitational Meet at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood.In the fifth- through sixth-grade girls race, Camp Verde took third overall at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood, scoring 89 points.

Rim Country Middle School took first overall with 70 points while Big Park Community School took second with 84 points.

The top performer for the Cowboys in the fifth- through sixth-grade race was Kayla Hockett who finished fourth overall with a 9:24 time.

“Kayla [Hockett] has been a solid runner for us all season. She holds the school record from 2009 and was just seconds away from setting it again in this race,” Camp Verde Head Coach John Bohan said.

Zoe Herring finished ninth overall with a 10:47 time while Irlanda Lopez took 15th overall with a 10:56 time.

Karalee Weiland was 28th overall with a 11:59 time and Jayla Jariard finished 33rd overall to wrap up the top five for the Cowboys with a 12:44 time.

In the fifth- through sixth-grade boys race, Camp Verde took fifth overall with 161 points scored. Heritage Middle School claimed the title with81 points.

Top finishes for the Cowboys in the fifth- through sixth-grade boys race included Ryan Cain who was ninth overall with a 9:27 time, setting a new school record with his performance.

Nick Westervelt finished 16th overall with a 9:51 time while Chase Decker was 44th overall with a 11:58 time.

“Team-wise, I usually don’t push for high team results. We focus on the kids having fun and doing their best, and developing a love for running,” Bohan said.

In the boys and girls seventh- through eighth-grad runs, eighth-grader Michael Malloy finished 31st overall with a 14:27 time.

Next up, Camp Verde will travel to the Pioneer Park Invitational on Wednesday, Sept. 22, with an official start time of 4 p.m.

The Cowboys will wrap up their season at the Cornville Invitational Meet on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Despite allowing a first-quarter touchdown, the Marauders defense held strong Friday, Sept. 17, defeating visiting Bradshaw Mountain High School, 12-7.

junior carlos abrigo looks to find a seam against Bradshaw Mountain High School on Friday, Sept. 17. The Marauders played good defense and had just enough offense to get a 12-7 victory.“We were concerned if it turned into a shoot-out we might be in trouble, but our defense stepped up and did a good job,” Mingus Union High School Head Coach Bob Young said.

Bradshaw Mountain, rated No. 4 in the state in the 4A-I conference, took an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter but two field goals by Mingus kicker Andrew Hickey brought the Marauders within one going into halftime, 7-6.

“I’m not a field goal kind of’ guy but they helped us out in this game,” Young said laughing.

Hickey missed two others in the game but the 30-yard field goal in the first quarter to make it 7-3, and later 7-6, was better than getting no points at all according to Young.

The defensive struggle continued into the second half until newly anointed Mingus starting quarterback Ronald Morones found senior wide receiver Eric Quessada streaking down the middle of the field for a 48-yard touchdown pass.

The touchdown throw gave Mingus a slim 12-7 lead which stayed the same after extra-point specialist Bri Nevitt missed the try.

Knowing full well Bradshaw Mountain quarterback Tyler Audsley could strike at any time, Mingus held Bradshaw Mountain to 179 yards of total offense in the game, including a final stand with less than a minute to go to seal the game.

With senior quarterback Nick Alred lost for the season due to a serious leg injury, Morones did an admirable job completing 12 of 14 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown.

The inexperience showed during a few plays Friday night with a few players running one direction, and Morones running another, causing him to have five carries for negative-25 yards on the night and one sack.

Senior Eric Quesada, left, celebrates with teammate Logan Couch in the end zone Friday, Sept. 17, after Quesada caught a touchdown pass in the third quarter. The Mingus Union High School football team went on to defeat visiting Bradshaw Mountain High School, 12-7.“I thought Ronald [Morones] handled the game well. Nick [Alred] gave us that balance with the run and the pass and with Ronald being the new guy, Bradshaw Mountain could key in on a few players,” Young said.

Bradshaw Mountain did exactly that, doing an especially good job stopping the run by allowing Mingus to get only 78 yards of offense out of the run game.

Generally, the Marauders are in the 200-plus range with yards gained by the run but not against the Bears.

In the end, the Marauders earned the victory and improved to 3-0 [0-0, 4A-II Grand Canyon] overall on the season.

With the win, Mingus is currently ranked No. 3 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association power point polls, which were released Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Next up, the Marauders will hit the road Friday, Sept. 24, and face Apache Junction High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The next Mingus home game is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 1, against Paradise Valley High School with a start time of 7 p.m.

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