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Mingus Union High School’s boys basketball team recorded an important milestone on Friday, Jan 5.

It was not the fact that it picked up its third Grand Canyon Region win in four games, more than it had to this point last season.

A 71-56 win at Flagstaff High School gave the Marauders [6-3, 3-1 Grand Canyon] their first win over the rival Eagles since Dec. 15, 2009. 

The No. 6-ranked Camp Verde High School girls basketball team pulled out a 44-40 victory over No. 8 Glendale Preparatory Academy in what was its first tough region contest of the season, Friday, Jan. 5.

The Cowboys [9-1, 2-0 Central] were up by six with a couple minutes remaining, but almost let the victory slip away. They dealt with the Griffins’ [6-3, 1-1] pressure defense throughout the game, but suddenly the added-on pressure of seeing out victory began to cause havoc. Sophomore guard Amanda Lozanilla sealed the win, hitting all three free throws after being fouled beyond the arc.

Without a handful of starters, the Mingus Union High School boys soccer team came out on the right end of a 2-1 decision against visiting Lee Williams High School on Friday, Jan. 5.

The Marauders [3-3-1, 1-1 Grand Canyon] scored twice in the first half despite creating less chances and controlling less of the play against the Volunteers [2-6, 0-2].

Another second-half comeback attempt by the Camp Verde High School boys basketball team came up short in the final minute of a 65-59 Central Region loss to Glendale Preparatory Academy on Friday, Jan. 5.

Another slow start at both ends of the floor saw the Cowboys [4-5, 0-1 Central] go down by as many as 16 in the first half, but picked up momentum to before the break to trail 35-25.

Positive results do not always come in the form of wins and losses.

Such was the case for the No. 6-ranked Camp Verde High School girls basketball team’s third place performance at the Yvonne Johnson Memorial tournament Saturday, Dec. 30. The team that has one more year of experience finished one place lower than in 2016.

Nonetheless it was a good final tune-up for the Cowboys [8-1. 1-0 Central Region] as they resume Central Region play on Friday, Jan. 5.

Consistency continues to be the missing key to unlocking the Camp Verde High School boys basketball team’s best side brand of play.

Hosting the Yvonne Johnson Memorial tournament on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 29 and 30, the Cowboys [4-4 power-point games] went 2-2 en route to a third place finish.

Click here to read the latest Athlete Q&A, this week with Mingus Union High School senior Alex Figy.

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