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The Mingus Union High School football team got all it could  handle and more from No. 11 Greenway High School in the first round of the 4A-II conference state playoffs Friday, Nov. 12.

Senior Eric Quesada comes down with a catch Friday, Nov. 12 (above). Senior Logan Couch goes for a tackle in the first round of the 4A-II conference state playoffs against Greenway High School (right). The Mingus Union High School football team won, 28-21. Mingus is scheduled to play Notre Dame Preparatory in round two Friday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.Although the Demons almost pulled the upset card on Marauders fans in Cottonwood, No. 6 Mingus was able to keep its composure and come away with a close 28-21 victory, advancing to the second round.

The victory improves Mingus’ record to 9-2 overall this season. The Marauders will face an old rival in No. 3 Notre Dame Preparatory Academy in the quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 19.

Notre Dame easily defeated No. 14 Douglas in its first round game Friday, 51-6.

Longtime Mingus Head Coach Bob Young was pleased with the victory and how well his boys played.

“The guys fought their tails off tonight,” Young said after taking a picture with all his seniors at midfield after the game Friday. “Greenway is a great team and we knew they were going to be tough so I’m glad we were able to put some things together.”

With the game tied 21-21 with 22 seconds to go and Mingus on Greenway’s 2-yard line, Young called a timeout and a special play for senior Kevin Webb.

Quarterback Ronald Morones optioned to the outside and pitched the ball into the waiting hands of Webb, who carried it the remaining two yards for a touchdown.

When asked if he thought about sneaking it across the goal line, Young nodded his head.

“We thought about setting that play up with Kevin [Webb’s] sweep to the outside. We thought it would give us two good chances to score. If he didn’t get it, we were probably going to sneak it in ... or at least try to,” Young said.

Greenway stacked every big player they had on the nose of the football on the play, however, causing Young to call the outside sweep for his playmaker Webb.

The play worked, of course, and the rest is history.

Standouts offensively included Morones, who completed 10 of 15 passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns, hooking up with fellow senior teammate Carson Sandoval both times.

Webb had 12 carries for 38 yards and the last-second touchdown while recording five catches for 28 yards.

Mingus had only 110 yards on the ground Friday, and less than 200 yards all together, but according to Young, he couldn’t care less.

“Sometimes you have to win a game like this. Even though it was 28-21, both teams played decent defense and good special teams,” Young said.

Mingus punter Logan Couch was just as important as the defense or offense Friday with five punts averaging 42 yards and he placed three inside the 20-yard line. The accurate punting forced Greenway to go the length of the field more than they wanted to, making the Mingus defense that much easier.

With Greenway out of the way, Mingus turns its attention to rival Notre Dame. Usually the two rivals have met up in the state finals in the past, but this year, the two teams meet just a little earlier.

“Notre Dame is going to be very good; we’ll have to play well,” Young said.

Notre Dame will host the second-round game Friday night with a kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Junior Kody Rayburn looks to find an opening in a game Oct. 22 against Valley Christian High School. Rayburn had seven carries for 25 yards and a touchdown Friday, Nov. 5, against Pusch Ridge Christian Academy in a 35-7 win.The No. 13 Camp Verde High School football team played the upset card Friday, Nov. 5, defeating No. 4 Pusch Ridge High School in the first round of the 2A conference state playoffs, 35-7.

“They just weren’t very good,” Camp Verde Head Coach Luke Steege said. “They were 8-1 this season and we beat them up pretty good. It just shows you how tough our Central region was this year.”

Five of the six 2A Central region teams won Friday night, with No. 10 Valley Christian High School being the only one to lose. Valley Christian lost to No. 7 Scottsdale Christian High School, a Central region foe, 21-17.

The Cowboys totaled over 300 yards of offense Friday against the Lions, putting them to bed early with a 21-0 lead at the half.

Junior quarterback Deshon Tripp completed three of five passes for 20 yards but ran 14 times for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Senior Tanner Rezzonico had a game to remember against Pusch Ridge, carrying the ball 20 times for 193 yards and two touchdowns.

Rezzonico also had a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown, single-handedly putting the Lions away.

“That was some game Tanner [Rezzonico] had,” Steege said. “He’s had a great year for us and he came up big in Friday night’s playoff game.”

Defensively for the Cowboys, which allowed only a third-quarter touchdown by the Lions, junior Jake Spleiss and Paul Davis tied for the team lead in tackles with 10. Gavin Collins had eight and Rezzonico had seven.

Davis also recovered two of the four fumbles made by Pusch Ridge, while Tripp and Collins each had one fumble recovery.

Junior Jake Spleiss goes for a tackle Oct. 22. Spleiss had 10 tackles in the first round of the 2A conference state playoffs Friday“They kept turning it over and we kept scoring. They had some athletes but I didn’t expect them to play this bad. The south must be pretty weak this season,” Steege said.

With the victory, the Cowboys are 6-5 [2-3, 2A Central] overall this season.

Camp Verde will prepare for football powerhouse St. John’s High School, which earned a No. 5 seed in the state tournament and beat Bisbee High School [28-0] in its first-round game.

St. John’s won the 2A state championship in 2007 and 2008 and will be a tough test for the Cowboys come Friday, Nov. 12, especially since Camp Verde has to travel to St. John’s. The Redskins are 8-2 this season.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Mingus Union High School football team wrapped up its regular season schedule Friday, Nov. 5, with an impressive
40-17 victory over Mohave High School.

Kevin Webb tries to keep his balance and avoid a tackler Oct. 29. The Mingus Union High School football team wrapped up its regular season with a 40-17 win over Mohave High School on Friday, Nov. 5.Friday’s big win cemented Mingus’ fifth straight 4A-II Grand Canyon region title. The Marauders have won 26 straight Grand Canyon region games dating back to the 2005 season.

A four-hour bus trip didn’t halt the Marauders from gaining momentum early, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter to take a 14-0 lead.

Mingus led 28-6 at the half and added two more scores in the second half to improve its record to 8-2 overall this season and a perfect 4-0 in Grand Canyon region play.

The Marauders defense stole the show with three interceptions including a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown by Tyler Christensen. Senior Eric Quesada had the other two interceptions.

Offensively, Mingus put up 320 yards of total offense. Senior quarterback Ronald Morones completed seven of 12 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown while Kevin Webb had 12 carries for 121 yards.

Also getting in on the fun was running back Josh Longfellow who had 10 carries for 47 yards and two touchdowns.

With the regular season now complete, Mingus turns its attention to the 4A-II conference state playoffs which are scheduled to get under way Friday, Nov. 12.

Mingus earned a No. 6 seed in the Arizona Interscholastic Association power point standings with its 8-2 record, and will play No. 11 Greenway High School in Cottonwood in the first round of the state playoffs.

The Demons finished the regular season with a 6-4 overall record but have lost three straight including a tough 26-23 loss at Washington High School this past Friday.

Mingus will host the first round playoff game Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Down 21-14 heading into the fourth quarter, the Camp Verde High School football team took No. 2 Tempe Preparatory Academy down to the wire Friday, Oct. 29, but came up just short, losing 27-17.

Junior Kody Rayburn runs around a defender Oct. 22. Rayburn had only eight carries for 10 yards Friday, Oct. 29, against Tempe Preparatory Academy but did catch a touchdown pass in a 27-17 loss.Colin Clawson’s 25-yard field goal to begin the fourth quarter brought his Cowboys within four at 21-17.

“I thought right then, ‘We’re in the position we want to be in, we’ve played pretty good defense tonight and we can hold them, then get the ball back,’” Camp Verde Head Coach Luke Steege said.

Somebody forgot to tell the Tempe Preparatory sideline the master plan, however, and on its first play, Knights running back Rocky Brittain rattled off a 72-yard run for a touchdown to put his team up for good, 27-17.

“It was a back breaker,” Steege said. “We stopped that play all night. We stopped them from going outside the whole time, then the one time we break down defensively, that kid breaks one for 70 yards and a touchdown.”

The disappointment in Steege’s voice was enough for anyone to understand how hard it must have been to watch that moment in the game, knowing full well his team might not recover from the previous play.

The Knights managed nearly 300 yards on the ground Friday and had over 350 yards of total offense.

As for Camp Verde, junior quarterback Deshon Tripp was outstanding once again, completing eight of 13 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown while running 14 times for 46 yards and another touchdown.

Junior Deshon Tripp throws to a receiver Oct. 22 in a game against Valley Christian High School. Tripp completed eight passes for 137 yards and a touchdown against Tempe Preparatory Academy on Friday, Oct. 29. The Cowboys lost, 27-17.Tripp’s touchdown toss went to wide receiver Kody Rayburn, who had two catches for 51 yards and the score.

Defensively, Tanner Rezzonico was outstanding Friday, recording 18 tackles against Tempe Preparatory while Jake Spleiss and Gavin Collins each had 14.

With the loss, the Cowboys finish the regular season with a 5-5 [2-3, 2A Central] overall record and are No. 13 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association power point polls.

On Monday, Nov. 1, the AIA released the 2A conference state playoff bracket to the public.

At No. 13, Camp Verde will make the four-hour bus trip south to No. 4 Pusch Ridge Christian Academy in the first round of the state playoffs Friday, Nov. 5, in Tucson.

“I got the film Sunday so we’re going to break them down and prepare like we always do. I hope our guys come out hard and play well,” Steege said.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Amanda Randolph slips one past a Coconino High School blocker to score a point during Mingus Union High School volleyball team’s last home game of the 2010 regular season Thursday, Oct. 28. The Marauders took the match in three quick but close games.The Mingus Union High School volleyball team ended the regular season schedule on a three-match win streak but none of that mattered Tuesday,Nov. 2, when the 4A-II conference state playoffs began.

At No. 2 Amphitheater High School, the No. 15 Marauders struggled with one of the best teams in the state, and lost a tough one to end their season, 3-0.

“They served and hit really well. It’s one of the best teams we’ve seen this season. They did a really nice job,” Mingus assistant coach Brian Herman said.

Marauders Head Coach Audrey Islas was set to come back from her leave of absence this week, but Mingus had to get out of the first round of the state tournament if she was to coach again this season.

Senior Kayla Dixon led all Marauders with nine kills while fellow senior teammate Amanda Randolph had three kills, two blocks and two ace serves.

Senior LaShea Taylor lays a kill on the lagging Coconino High School Panthers during the third and final game of the last home match of the 2010 volleyball regular season Thursday, Oct. 28. Mingus lost to Amphitheater High School Panthers as well in the first round of the 4A-II conference state playoffs Tuesday, Nov. 2, 3-0. Mingus finished 9-9 overall this year.Senior team captain Lashea Taylor chipped in as well, recording three digs to lead Mingus.

“Our girls got better each game, we improved on some things, but they were strong,” Herman said.

Mingus lost games one [25-16] and two [25-18] before finally giving the Panthers, who are 28-10 this season, a run for their money.

In game three, Mingus trailed 22-21 looking to finally win a game and maybe get back into things, but senior star Taylor Lane was too much for the Marauders as she recorded three straight kills for her team to take the game 25-22 and win the match.

With the loss, the Marauders wrap up the 2010 campaign with a 9-9 [5-3, 4A-II Grand Canyon] overall record.

Mingus will lose Randolph, Taylor, Kayla Dixon and Jessica Zaske to graduation but a strong junior core, which includes Cortlin Sandoval, Sheila Brown, Vanessa Vera and Taylor Brott, should lead the way in 2011.

Mingus Union High School Swimmers get ready to launch in an earlier meet this season. The Marauders finished second and third overall at the Buckeye Invitational on Thursday, Oct. 14.In one of the final tune-ups of the season, the Mingus Union High School swim team took second and third overall Thursday,
Oct. 14, at the Buckeye Invitational.

In the girls meet, Verrado High School took first with 111 points while Mingus took second with 102 points and Buckeye High School wound up in third with 82 points.

For the boys, Mingus took third with 82 points while Verrado claimed first with 126. Buckeye wrapped up the top three with 106 points.

Kayla Furey helped her Mingus Union High School team take second overall Thursday, Oct. 14, with 102 points.“We’re just about ready for the state meet coming up. The kids are excited,” first-year Mingus Head Coach Erin Estes said.

Top performances for the girls include Danielle Castillo who took second overall in the 100-yard butterfly event with a personal best 1:16.87 time.

Castillo was also third in the 500-yard freestyle event with a personal best 6:33.67 time.

Mikiel Block finished third overall in the 200-yard freestyle event with a 2:12.46 time.Freshman Katheryn Knowles took first overall in the 100-yard breaststroke event with a 1:17.67 time and Jaime Adams took third overall in the 100-yard freestyle event with a 1:08 time.

For the boys, senior Adam Sandoval took second overall in the 100-yard breaststroke event with a personal best 1:13.90 time, earning him a provisional state qualifying time.

Also in the mix was senior Cody Heflin who took third overall in the 50-yard freestyle event with a 25.43 and Mikiel Block who was third overall in the 200-yard freestyle event with a 2:12.46 time.

Next up, the Marauders will travel south to Surprise to participate in a regional meet Friday, Oct. 22, and Saturday, Oct. 23.
After regionals, Mingus will prepare for the Division II State Championships which are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 5, and Saturday, Nov. 6.

Location of the state championship meet was unavailable at press time.

Like a broken record, the Mingus Union High School football team proved once again they are the team to beat in the 4A-II Grand Canyon region, taking rival Flagstaff High School behind the woodshed, 41-7.

Quarterback Ronald Morones completed all six passes he threw Friday, Oct. 15, helping his Mingus Union High School football team defeat rival Flagstaff High School, 41-7.“I thought our boys played well. We did the things that needed to be done which is why we won,” Mingus Head Coach Bob Young said.

The 15,000-seat stadium at Walkup Skydome on the campus of Northern Arizona University was mostly empty, but the scoreboard for Mingus filled up quickly as the Marauders tallied all 41 points in the first half.

“With the luck we’ve been having lately with injuries, after the first half, I took most of our starters out,” Young laughed. “I didn’t want to risk any more injuries.”

The 41-7 victory over the Eagles on Friday, Oct. 15, improves Mingus’ record to a perfect 2-0 in the Grand Canyon region and 6-1 overall this season.

The Marauders are currently ranked No. 5 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association power point polls, which were released Monday, Oct. 18.

Mingus may have to go on without another star player in senior Juan Gonzalez after a knee injury in the second quarter sidelined him for the remainder of the contest Friday.

X-rays were negative and Gonzalez received an MRI on Monday, Oct. 18. Results of the MRI were unavailable at press time.
“Right now, the most recent update we have is Juan [Gonzalez] has a sprained knee,” Young said Tuesday, Oct. 19.

It would be the second major blow the Marauders have suffered after losing senior quarterback Nick Alred to a serious leg injury in the beginning of the season.

logan couch led the Marauders with eight carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the 41-7 win.Chances are good Gonzalez will be unavailable to play this week, according to Young.

In Friday’s game against Flagstaff, Mingus running backs had over 300 yards rushing including senior Logan Couch who had eight carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns.

Senior quarterback Ronald Morones had five carries for 12 yards but completed all six passes he threw for 91 yards and a touchdown.

Other standouts included Josh Longfellow who had 11 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown, while Gonzalez had five carries for 42 yards and a touchdown before exiting with the injury.

Senior receiver Eric Quesada chipped in with four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown in the victory over Flagstaff.

Next up, Mingus will take its 6-1 record south to Peoria on Thursday, Oct. 21, when it plays Liberty High School.

Liberty is currently a perfect 7-0 on the season and is ranked No. 1 in the 4A-II conference.

If Mingus can beat Liberty on its home turf, the win would go a long way in determining if the Marauders will get a No. 1 seed heading into the state playoffs.

“We’re a pretty good team and so are they. It should be quite a battle,” Young said.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Camp Verde High School volleyball team is getting hot at the right time of year, claiming another victory Thursday, Oct. 14, this time over Westwind Preparatory Academy, 3-0.

Senior Shayna Sterrett, No. 1, was outstanding against Westwind Preparatory Academy on Thursday, Oct. 14, in a 3-0 victory for Camp Verde High School. Sterrett had nine kills, 10 digs and two solo blocks in the win.It is the sixth victory in the last eight matches for the Cowboys, improving their record to 14-12 overall this season.

“I think the team has pulled together, and we’re really playing some good volleyball,” second-year Camp Verde Head Coach Darcy Evans said.

The Cowboys are 8-6 in Arizona Interscholastic Association power point matches, putting them at No. 13 in the standings, which were released Monday, Oct. 18.

With three matches to go and a 14-win season already under their belts, Evans and her Cowboys turned things around ahead of schedule.

In 2009, Camp Verde posted a 5-16 overall record and didn’t qualify for the 2A conference state playoffs. In her second year with mostly sophomores starting, things have gone better than expected.

“The kids are learning quickly and I’m happy with how things are going,” Evans said.

Against Westwind Preparatory on Thursday, Camp Verde had no trouble beating the Warriors in three straight games, 25-15, 25-14 and 25-13.

Senior Shayna Sterrett was outstanding Thursday, leading the team in kills with nine while recording 10 digs and two solo blocks.

Sophomore Donnie Buss had eight kills and 10 digs while sophomore Jenny Lawson had four kills.

The sophomore trend continued with Katie Wilson leading all players with 20 digs and Amanda Showers, who recorded four ace serves.

Camp Verde was in action again Tuesday, Oct. 19, when it played host to old 3A West rival Wickenburg High School. Results were unavailable at press time.

The Cowboys have a road trip to Chino Valley High School on Thursday, Oct. 21, and will return home to face Grand Canyon High School on Saturday, Oct. 23, in the season finale.

Camp Verde’s match against Grand Canyon is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start time.

The 2A state playoffs are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Nov. 2.

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