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The Mingus Union High School golf team had one of its best outings of the season Thursday, Oct. 6, finishing first overall out of four teams at the Prescott Country Club.

sophomore Gary Baker finishes a hole well and garners praise from other teams’ coaches during a home golf tournament on Oct. 4. On Thursday, Oct. 6, Baker was the top performer for the Mingus Union High School golf team, recording a 4-over-par 40 at the Prescott Country Club.Playing the front nine, Mingus shot a 165 [+21] to beat out rival Bradshaw Mountain High School, which shot a 172 [+28].

Prescott High School came in third with a 174 [+30] and Mohave High School wrapped up the top four with a 209 [+65] stroke score.

“J.C. [Lawler] and Gary [Baker] were not at their best, but the other three picked it up. The whole team contributed and played well. It’s the best performance we’ve had as a team this season,” Mingus Head Coach Craig Mai said.

Sophomore Gary Baker led the way with a 4-over-par 40 performance, missing the state cut by three strokes. Baker lead the Marauders with two qualifying rounds in 2011. He must earn a qualifying score in three of the final four meets for Mingus if he wants to go to the Division II State Championships.

Sophomore Ryan Sullivan had one of his best performances of the season, matching Baker with a 4-over-par performance on the front nine.

Junior Tanner Wing shot a 42 [+6] while senior J.C. Lawler had a 43 [+7] to total Mingus’ 165 on the day. Lawler must shoot a qualifying score in all four remaining matches for the Marauders if he is to go to state.

Next up, Mingus will play in Munds Park on Thursday, Oct. 13, in an effort to tune up for the Mountain Ridge Invitational in Flagstaff at the Continental Country Club this coming weekend.

The Mountain Ridge Invitational begins Friday, Oct. 14, and goes through Saturday, Oct. 15. Tee times for both days are set for 9 a.m.

The Camp Verde High School girls soccer team seems to have gotten things back on track in the last month of games including a 4-0 win over visiting Payson High School on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Page Kenny leaps in the air to get past a defender Thursday, Oct. 6, against Payson.“We’re starting to look really good,” Camp Verde Head Coach Pat Allen said. “The team is in good shape, and we are prepared to finish the season strong.”

After the Show Low Invitational Tournament on Sept. 9 and 10, the Cowboys were sitting at 1-6 overall and had serious doubts as to whether the team was going to be good or not.

Since then, Camp Verde has gone 6-3 to right the ship to bring its record to 7-9 overall this season. The Cowboys are 4-4 in Arizona Interscholastic Association power point matches, putting them at No. 9 in the polls in Division IV.

In Thursday’s match, senior Maria Diate started things off with a first-half goal to make it 1-0 over Payson.

Senior Emily Showers scored two goals to make it 3-0 and senior Tori Mathews made it 4-0 with a goal of her own in the final minutes of the match.

“We have a good chance to finish the season strong and look good going into the state playoffs,” Allen said.

The Cowboys have three matches remaining on the regular season schedule before the Division IV state playoffs begin Friday, Oct. 28, in Phoenix.

The first of three comes Saturday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m., when Camp Verde travels to River Valley High School. Camp Verde will make its last regular season road trip Thursday, Oct. 20, at Chino Valley High School, with the game starting at 1 p.m.

The girls will wrap things up at home as they play host to Northland Preparatory Academy on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Official start time against Northland Preparatory is set for 4 p.m.

After Coconino High School scored on its first possession Friday, Sept. 30, Marauders fans figured it was no big deal because of past success over the visiting Panthers.

Head Coach Bob Young puts his hand on his head in frustration while giving instructions before a player takes the field during a home game Friday, Sept. 30. The Marauders were defeated by the Panthers, 47-26.From then on, however, the Mingus Union High School football team couldn’t stop the Panthers’ offensive attack, forcing only three punts all night in a lopsided 47-26 loss.

“Coconino controlled the line of scrimmage and we couldn’t stop them. We didn’t come to play tonight, and they took it to us,” an upset Mingus Head Coach Bob Young said.

The loss to Coconino is the biggest upset of the season for Arizona high school football at the Division IV level since Coconino wasn’t even ranked in the top 25 in Division III before Friday night’s win.

Since 2004, Mingus has outscored the Panthers 307-50 and was a perfect 7-0 in that time span before Friday nights debacle. That’s a 43.8 to 7.2 average score over seven seasons including two 50-plus point victories in 2007 and 2008.

After the clock showed zeros across the board, Coconino players rushed the field jumping and screaming as if they had just won a state title.

They realized it was the first time since 2000 a Panther team had beaten Mingus, and it was the first loss at home for the Marauders since 2008.

“We took a huge step back Friday night, and if we don’t improve on defense we can expect more of the same in the coming weeks,” Young said.

The biggest contributor to Coconino’s amazing victory came from senior tailback Luke Daulton, who had 19 carries for 208 yards and two touchdowns. Daulton had one catch on a 41-yard touchdown strike and had four tackles and 1.5 sacks on defense.

Going back to the first quarter, despite Coconino taking an 8-0 lead after the first drive, Mingus struck back with two touchdowns of its own to go up 13-8.

On Mingus’ first play offensively, junior quarterback Luke Simmons found a seam within the option offense and ran 70 yards for the touchdown.

Mingus forced the Panthers to punt on their next possession, and on the ensuing play, senior Carlos Abrigo ran 55 yards for a touchdown.

On both plays, neither Simmons nor Abrigo were touched by a Coconino defensive player, giving fans reason to believe this was soon to be another blowout victory for the boys in red.

Coconino obviously had other plans in mind with the 46-27 victory, dropping Mingus to 3-3 overall this season.

The Marauders started the 2011 campaign 0-2 but had won three straight coming into the Coconino game.

With the loss, the Marauders are ranked No. 16 in the Division IV Arizona Interscholastic Association power point polls. The Panthers are ranked No. 23 in the Division III polls with a 3-3 record.

Next up, Mingus will try to pick of the pieces as it is set to travel to Payson High School on Friday, Oct. 7.

The Longhorns are 3-3 and are ranked just in front of Mingus at No. 15 in Division IV. Payson has victories over Chino Valley [19-12], Miami [48-11] and Sedona Red Rock [42-7] high schools.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The inaugural Camp Verde Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 1, brought only three other high schools to compete with the Cowboys but Head Coach Mike O’Callaghan said they have to start somewhere.

Amber Yocum tears down the last hill at the inaugural Camp Verde Invitational. Yocum placed fifth overall but was the first runner from the Camp Verde girls team to cross the finish line.“Overall, it was a good day. The course was well received, and all the coaches said it was a good race and they’re looking forward to coming back,” O’Callaghan said.

Senior Cave Colton from Apache Junction High School won the race Saturday, finishing first overall with an 18:40 time.

The 18:40 time will be a benchmark for future runners who compete in this race, O’Callaghan said. The Camp Verde High School cross-country team plans to host this meet every season.

The first Camp Verde runner to cross the finish line for the boys was sophomore Joey Benson, who finished 10th overall with a 22:13 time. He was fourth among sophomores competing in the race.

Next up was senior Johnny Hudson, who was 17th overall with a 24:20 time, while freshman Michael Malloy was 20th overall with a 26:30 time.

Freshman Max Evans came in 22nd overall with a 27:38, and sophomore teammate Ryan Mallow was 23rd with a 27:40 time.

In the girls race, sophomore Amber Yocum took fifth overall with a 27:10 time while senior teammate Cassie Alvarez was behind her in sixth with a 27:51 time. Sophomore Shelby Monroe was seventh overall with a 28:18 time.

Apache Junction senior Caitlin Kressler won the inaugural meet Saturday for the girls, finishing first overall with a 23:39 time.

“It was a challenging course having to run through Butler Park but it looked like everyone enjoyed themselves,” O’Callaghan said.

Saturday’s meet signaled the halfway point of the 2011 season for Camp Verde, which will participate in the Arizona Lutheran Invitational on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

The next closest event Camp Verde fans will be able to see their Cowboys in is the Yavapai County Championships at Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The Yavapai County Championships are scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

The Mingus Union High School football team’s defense earned its second straight shutout Friday, Sept. 23, as the Marauders rolled over visiting Cortez High School, 35-0.

Tyler Herndon grabs the ball and starts running for the end zone near the end of the first half of Mingus Union High School’s Homecoming game against Cortez High School on Friday, Sept. 23Offensively, the Marauders have been stellar in their last two games, but the defense is stealing the spotlight, allowing no points and creating several turnovers while scoring when it has the chance.

Longtime Mingus Head Coach Bob Young said he was disappointed with his defense during the first few weeks of the season, but in the last two games, they have started to come together.

“The defense looked good. That’s what we’re looking for out of them. They did a nice job,” Young said.

With the victory, the Marauders finally get over the .500 mark with a 3-2 record. It is the third straight win for the Marauders. Mingus is ranked No. 9 in the Division IV Interscholastic Association power point polls, which were released Monday, Sept. 26.

Cortez is one of the worst football teams in Division IV, and the loss Friday to Mingus only lengthened the Colts’ misery.

Cortez is 0-5 this season, having given up 226 points to its five opponents while scoring only 22 as the Mingus defense handed Cortez its third shutout of the year.

Marauders fans seemed a little worried when Mingus only took a 21-0 lead into the locker room at halftime against one of the worst teams in their division, but two quick scores in the third quarter put them at ease.

“Cortez played better than they have before; they didn’t turn the ball over. We turned it over three times before going in to score, otherwise the score might have been worse,” Young said.

Junior tailback Tyler Herndon carried the load for Mingus on Friday with 13 carries for 225 yards and three touchdowns. Mingus had only 237 yards of total offense.

“Tyler [Herndon] is a nice player to have. He’s similar to Carlos Abrigo; he just doesn’t have the experience,” Young said.

Herndon replaced senior standout Abrigo who injured his ankle in the first quarter of play and did not return.

Cortez had no problems moving the ball up and down the field on Mingus with 341 yards of total offense, but the Colts couldn’t finish when it mattered most.

Junior quarterback Auston Sherrill was 17 of 33 for 219 yards while sophomore running back Alex Smith had 11 carries for 61 yards.

Defensively for Mingus, senior Jordan Westover recorded an interception while senior James Bennett and sophomore Brennan Kitchen each had a sack.

The Marauders have outscored their last two opponents 89-0 and they will look to continue their winning ways Friday, Sept. 30, when Mingus plays host to Coconino High School.

Coconino is an old 4A-II Grand Canyon region rival but now sits in Division III. The Panthers are 2-3 overall this season and are ranked No. 23 in the Division III polls.

The Panthers’ only two wins this season came against Page High School [55-7] on Aug. 25 and Kingman High School [40-21] on Sept. 9.

Coconino could give the Marauders a run for their money Friday and may still wind up in the state playoffs with a light schedule to end the season after the Mingus road trip.

The Panthers play Tuba City, Winslow, Chino Valley and Flagstaff high schools in the last four games of the season, which are all winnable for Coconino.

As for Abrigo, Young said the senior is receiving treatment for his ankle this week, but he expects him to play Friday against the Panthers.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

In the midst of a three-match losing streak, the Cowboys soccer team recorded a forfeit victory Thursday, Sept. 22, when Thunderbird Academy High School decided not to compete.

Marcos Lozanilla gets held back by a Northland Preparatory Academy player during a rough home match on Sept. 20.“Our athletic director told us they couldn’t make it, so we’ll focus on the next match,” longtime Camp Verde High School boys soccer Head Coach Dave Miller said.

A reason was not given by press time as to why Thunderbird forfeited the game, but Miller was less concerned about a forfeit victory and has his sights set on the next match.

After starting 4-2 overall this season with wins over Thunderbird Academy [2-0] and Grand Canyon High School [2-0], the Cowboys have slipped a bit and are 1-3 in their last four matches.

Before the forfeit victory, Camp Verde lost tough matches to Phoenix Country Day School [2-1] on Sept. 15, Chino Valley High School [5-2] on Sept. 17 and at home to Northland Preparatory Academy [2-1] on Sept. 20.

The Cowboys are 5-5 overall this season but are only 2-3 in Arizona Interscholastic Association power point matches. With a 2-3 record, Camp Verde is ranked No. 12 in the Division IV AIA power point polls, which were released Monday, Sept. 26.

Camp Verde’s latest loss to Northland Preparatory on Sept. 20 came against a team that is 5-2 and ranked No. 2 in Division IV.

The Cowboys were in action again Tuesday, Sept. 27, as they played host to Payson High School. The Longhorns are also 2-3 overall this season but are ranked No. 9. Results were unavailable at press time.

Next up, Camp Verde will travel to the Old Pueblo Tournament which runs Friday, Sept. 30, through Saturday, Oct. 1.

The Cowboys won’t be home again until Friday, Oct. 14, when they play host to Grand Canyon with an official start time of 4 p.m.

Having lost their first two games of the 2011 season, the Marauders seem to be back on track, evening their record at 2-2 with a 54-0 whipping of rival Flagstaff High School on Friday, Sept. 16.

Mingus Union High School sophomore Anthony Broyles weaves through the Chino Valley High School defense during a home game Sept. 9. Mingus had no issues with rival Flagstaff High School on Friday, Sept. 16, winning 54-0.In the first two weeks of the season, Mingus Union High School football players looked more like extras in “The Walking Dead” rather than a football team.

It was the first 0-2 start for the Marauders since the mid-1990s when many of this year’s players were still crawling around their living room floors.

Mingus fans can personally thank senior Carlos Abrigo for lifting the Marauders out of the two-game funk.

“That’s two games in a row now where Carlos [Abrigo] stepped up and made some plays. I think after the Bradshaw [Mountain] game he decided to take it upon himself to make plays,” longtime Mingus Head Coach Bob Young said.

Against Flagstaff at the Walkup Skydome on the campus of Northern Arizona University, Abrigo scored five touchdowns, or 30 points out of Mingus’ 54. Abrigo had 12 carries for 104 yards and four touchdowns to go along with his 52-yard touchdown catch to begin the second half.

Abrigo had three scores and 138 yards rushing Sept. 9 in the win over Chino Valley High School, bringing his two-week total to eight total touchdowns.

If that wasn’t enough, he also blocked a punt Friday to help set up a Mingus score from the 1-yard line in the beginning of the second quarter.

Mingus took a 34-0 lead at halftime as Abrigo scored four times to lead the Marauders into the locker room.

Junior quarterback Luke Simmons was 6-9 for 105 yards and two touchdowns. The Marauders offense had 478 yards of total offense against the rival Eagles, 373 of which was on the ground.

Sophomore Anthony Broyles had seven carries for 96 yards and a touchdown and senior Jordan Westover had one carry for seven yards and a touchdown. Westover’s 17-yard score came with 3:05 left in the game to seal the deal for Mingus.

Defensively, the Marauders forced seven turnovers by the Eagles, recording three interceptions and four fumble recoveries. It is the first Mingus shutout recorded over its rival Flagstaff in school history, according to Young.

“This group is the first to do it. Frankly, we’ve been disappointed with our defense and it took them four games, but they finally got it together,” Young said.

Junior Zach Pelletier along with seniors Brandon Morales and Justin Zaske each recorded a sack, helping the Marauders defense record their first shutout of the season.

With the victory over Flagstaff, Mingus improves its record to 2-2 overall this season. The win jumps the Marauders a few spots in the Arizona Interscholastic Association power point polls to No. 13 overall.

Young suggested his Mingus team probably needed to win its remaining games if the Marauders want to receive a top eight seed in the Division IV state playoffs come November. The top eight seed would get Mingus a first-round home game.

Mingus can start making headway on that particular goal Friday, Sept. 23, when it plays host to struggling Cortez High School for homecoming week.

Cortez is 0-4 this season, with opponents outscoring them 191-22 this year in four games. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

With nearly 1,000 yards of total offense between the two teams Friday, Sept. 16, the Cowboys managed to slip past host Chino Valley High School, 55-38.

Kody Rayburn tries to get away from a few Scottsdale Christian High School tacklers Aug. 26. The Camp Verde High School football team traveled to Chino Valley High School on Friday, Sept. 16, and came away with a 55-38 victory. Rayburn had 19 carries for 219 yards and four touchdowns against the Cougars on Friday, one of the best performances of his career.The win improves the Camp Verde High School football team’s record to a perfect 4-0 to begin the 2011 season. The victory moves the Cowboys to the top spot in Division V, according to the Arizona Interscholastic Association power point polls.

“If you are a fan of offense, this was the game for you. There was no defense on either side. They couldn’t stop us, and we couldn’t stop them,” longtime Camp Verde Head Coach Luke Steege said.

Being ranked No. 1 in Division V is nothing to balk at, but Steege said if the Cowboys expect to stay there, they’ll have to play much better defense than they did Friday night.

Camp Verde had 526 total yards of offense against Chino Valley, but allowed the Cougars starting quarterback Joshua Custodio to find open receivers like he was Aaron Rodgers.

“We had several chances for interceptions and just couldn’t catch it,” Steege said. “This kid lit us up.”

Custodio was 15 of 35 for 335 yards and four touchdowns.

“We didn’t prepare for him to throw 35 passes, but it sure was effective,” Steege added.

Camp Verde had its own answer for Custodio wearing No. 20 as Kody Rayburn had 19 carries for 219 yards and four touchdowns. He added two catches for 18 yards as well.

Quarterback Deshon Tripp had a good night, completing seven of 11 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown while throwing only one interception. He had 14 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown.

Camp Verde led 28-19 at halftime, but the Cougars outscored the Cowboys 13-7 in the third quarter to trail only 35-32 heading into the fourth.

The Cowboys put things away for good in the final period by scoring three touchdowns and outscoring Chino Valley, 20-6.

Other top performances for the Cowboys included Chris Zellner, who had 10 carries for 46 yards and a score while adding two tackles and one sack on defense. Gavin Collins had 10 tackles to lead the Cowboys.

Next up, Camp Verde will take its perfect 4-0 start to cross-valley rival Sedona Red Rock High School on Friday, Sept. 23.

Sedona started the 2011 season with an 0-2 record but has since won two games in a row, outscoring its opponents in that time frame 93-28 to bring its record even at 2-2.

The Scorpions haven’t won back-to-back games since the 2005 season, the last year that Head Coach Jim Cromartie walked the sidelines.

With Camp Verde sitting at No. 1 and the Scorpions at No. 12 in the AIA power point polls, it should be a good matchup for both squads, according to Steege.

“Hopefully we can stop their option offense. They’re pretty good at it now,” Steege said.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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