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The Camp Verde High School track and field team had several decent finishes at the Sedona Invitational on Saturday,

April 10, making it another step forward for the Cowboys in their preparation for state.

In the Sedona Invitational, freshmen and sophomores run in the junior varsity meet and the juniors and seniors run in the varsity meet.

This, however, doesn’t tell the whole story for a team like the Cowboys, where many of their best track stars are freshmen and sophomores and don’t get the chance to compete with the varsity teams.

Head Coach Lori Showers was optimistic, however, with several good times from her varsity kids against varsity kids.

“We had several kids do well in Sedona and they ran some good times,” Showers said.

In the girls 4x100-meter relay, Camp Verde finished third overall with a 55.75 time.

Jenny Lawson, Donnie Buss, Bianca Melendez and Libby Roulette made up the team.

The girls 4x800-meter relay team consisting of Melendez, Jessica Reay, Emily Showers and Deborah Truncali finished third as well with a 11:14.89 time.

In the boys 400-meter dash, Damien Watkins finished third overall with a 56.04 time while Reece Watkins finished third in the 800-meter run with a 2:12.56 time.

In the 1,600-meter run, senior Donovan Kilby was fantastic, finishing third overall with a 5:04 time while Nick Simons was seventh in the same event with a 5:31.94 time.

Camp Verde also took third in the boys 4x100-meter relay with a 46.54 time, qualifying for state competition by 0.3 seconds which included Michael Toth, Chris Zellner, Justin Reay and Ben Bassous.

The boys 4x400-meter relay was third as well, made up of Bassous, Damien Watkins, Roman Bux and Noah Bullard, running a 3:47.89 time, good enough for third overall, just missing the state qualifier by five seconds.

Reece and Damien Watkins paired with Zeke O’Callaghan and Daniel Dodge to finish third overall in the 4x800-meter run with a 9:06.58, just missing the state qualifying time by six seconds.

In the boys long jump, Bassous took third with a 19-foot, 3-inch leap while Tucker Rezzonico was fourth in the shot put with a 38-foot, 7-inch throw.

Nathan Geyer was fifth in the shot put behind Rezzonico with a 38-foot, 2-inch toss.

In the discus, Toth took fourth overall with a 107-foot, 4.5-inch throw while Geyer was seventh with a 105-foot toss.

Next on the agenda for Camp Verde is the Wickenburg Invitational which is scheduled to take place Friday, April 16.

Camp Verde will return home Wednesday, April 21, for the Camp Verde Multiple meet in preparation for the big Yavapai County Invitational, which takes place Saturday, April 24.

Brian Bergner Jr. can be reached at 282-7795, ext. 131, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The boys tennis team at Mingus Union High School defeated visiting Sinagua High School 9-0 on Friday, April 9, setting up a big match today for the 4A-II Grand Canyon region championship.

“All the matches were great. We’ve had quite a season and I think they are all excited for what is to come,” Mingus Head Coach Jeff Knight said.

On Wednesday, April 14, the Marauders will attempt to win their first outright region title when rival Flagstaff High School comes to town.

In 2009, the Marauders shared the title with Bradshaw Mountain High School, but in 2010, Mingus is hoping for their first outright title in school history.

The Marauders defeated Bradshaw Mountain in the first match of the season

Feb. 26, but the rivals are no longer region members since Bradshaw Mountain moved to the 4A-I conference at the

beginning of the school year.

Mingus is currently 5-0 in region play, having beaten Page High School twice, Sinagua twice and Flagstaff on April 1.

As of Tuesday, April 13, the Marauders are ranked No. 1 in the state at the 4A-II level.

Today’s match against the rival Eagles is set to begin at 3 p.m. with singles getting action first, then doubles afterwards.

“Come show your support and help us win the title,” Knight said to any fans interested in coming out to cheer on the Marauders.

The Marauders are scheduled to play Shadow Mountain High School on Thursday, April 15, in their last regular season match of the season.

The Grand Canyon regional tournament is scheduled to begin Thursday, April 22, and the 4A-II state tournament is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 27.

 

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The Mingus Union High School track and field team traveled east April 6, competing in the Payson Relays which took place at Payson High School.

“I thought this meet went well. We continue to work hard and improve,” Mingus Head Coach Jared Stone said.

Top performances for the girls included Annie Ngon who took first in the 200-meter dash with a 29.17 time.

Ngon also took fifth in the long jump with a 14-foot,

11-inch leap.

Stephanie Gilboy finished first in the triple jump, bounding 36 feet, 5.75 inches, while teammate Jill Peterson was second in the long jump with a 16-foot, 0.25-inch leap.

Peterson also took third in the triple jump with a 31-foot, 6.25-inch try and was fifth in the discus with a 77-foot,

6-inch throw.

In the 400-meter dash, Taylor Jochim was fourth overall with a 1:11.75 time and Staci Hewitson was fourth overall with a 2:52.09 time in the 800-meter run.

Molly Wescott tied for fourth in the high jump with a 4-foot, 6-inch leap while Courtney Hageman tied for first in the pole vault with a 9-foot try.

Hageman was also fourth in the long jump with a 14-foot, 11.25-inch try.

Of course, we wouldn’t want to forget to mention the 4x100-meter relay team who took first overall with a 55.95 time.

They weren’t alone as the 4x400-meter relay team took second with a 4:51.97 time.

For the boys, Colin Gartmeier won the 1,600-meter run with a 4:57.78 time, defeating the next closest person by more than 12 seconds.

In the long jump, a pair of Mingus leapers took the top two spots as Kevin Dennis-Webb took first overall with a 19-foot leap while do-it-all Juan Gonzalez was second with a 18-foot, 11-inch try.

Gonzalez also took fifth in the triple jump with a 38-foot, 1-inch leap.

Dennis-Webb also took second in the triple jump with a 38-foot, 7.5-inch try.

Chris Ortiz in the 400-meter dash was fifth overall with a 1:00.06 time while teammate C.J. Banks was right behind him in sixth with a 1:00.39 time.

In the 800-meter run, Hunter Rauch took second overall with a 2:21.57 time while Logan Couch tied for second overall in the high jump with a 5-foot, 10-inch try.

In the relay events, Mingus took first overall in the 4x100-meter relay with a 47.82 time while taking fourth in the 4x200-meter relay with a 1:46.70 time.

With Payson out of the way, Mingus will travel south to Phoenix on Wednesday, April 14, to participate in the Greenway Multiple meet.

After the trip, the Marauders will have 10 days to prepare for the Yavapai County Championships which will take place Saturday, April 24, at Bradshaw Mountain High School.

Brian Bergner Jr. can be reached at 282-7795, ext. 131, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The improbable run of the Camp Verde High girls basketball team finally reached its peak this past weekend. Unfortunately, it was one game short of playing for a title, as Wilcox High ended all hopes of a Cowboy championship at Shadow Mountain High on Saturday, Feb. 21, beating them 62-43.

“We had them pretty well scouted out. Again, we made some dumb mistakes and it cost us,” 12th-year Camp Verde head coach Mark Showers said.

Winning 20-plus games and placing the Cowboy name in the championship hat of fate every season seems to be the norm in Camp Verde, and despite being denied a title in the past four years, Showers says any coach would love to contend every year like his group has.

“I wasn’t sure to start the year we could make it this far, because some of the girls weren’t getting along and we were having trouble adjusting, but our young kids performed well for us, the seniors did their part and it all came together in the end,” Showers said.

Having defeated the East No. 4 seed in Tombstone High on Feb. 17, 62-22, and the East No. 2 seed Thatcher High on Friday, Feb. 20, 42-41, Camp Verde was ready for another wild one in the 2A state semifinals.

The girls came out firing on all cylinders on Saturday, hitting a few early baskets to take a 16-4 lead with just under three minutes to go in the first quarter.

Wilcox, however, was not going to lie down in front of another Camp Verde bus and just die; they were here to play basketball and went on a 7-0 run to end the quarter, trailing the Cowboys 16-11 at the end.

Wilcox managed to keep the momentum going in the second quarter after senior captain Cassie Spleiss recorded her third foul of the game and had to sit the bench.

“Once Cassie [Spleiss] had to sit because of fouls it was like a shot of adrenaline for Wilcox,” Showers said.

Wilcox managed to outscore Camp Verde 12-7 in the quarter, and it was all tied up at 23-23 at halftime.

Showers continued to say Spleiss’ third foul changed the course of the game. No longer were many of the girls playing the aggressive style of basketball which got them to this point, and Showers knew it right away.

“I thought if we didn’t get it going, we were going to be in trouble,” Showers said.

Despite Spleiss’s 20-point, five-rebound, three-steal and two-assist effort, the Cowboys were in trouble and found themselves trailing 38-34 heading into the fourth quarter.

In the final period, the wheels fell off the bus for the Camp Verde girls as nothing went their way.

With just over two minutes to go, Camp Verde found itself down by 12, but to its credit still fought to get back in the game.

In the next possession, Camp Verde turned the ball over, then came right back and fouled a Wilcox player who put in two free throws to go up 14.
“At that point I knew it was over,” Showers said.

Emptying his bench, Showers shook the hands and gave hugs to his seniors who led the team this far, making sure each one of them knew it was a job well done.

In the final period, Wilcox outscored the Cowboys 24-9 as they went on to win, 62-43.

Senior Jamie Cupp had nine points while senior Cherreia Reeves had six points, five steals and six assists.

Senior post player Liz Hicks added six points as well, joining her senior teammates in a final game of basketball while wearing a Cowboy uniform.
As sophomores, this senior group played for a state title during the 2006-2007 season and lost to Pusch Ridge High, 46-36.

Last year, Pusch Ridge ended its season early in the second round, and this year, this special group of players made it to the state semifinals.
“We’ve had a heck of a run,” Showers said.

Showers acknowledged next season would be a rebuilding year, which will begin in June during summer basketball, but for now, he and his team will enjoy the success they had this season knowing full well they did all they could.

The Cowboys wrap up the season with a 25-8 [9-3, 2A-Central] overall record.

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