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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.

After playing a talented Scottsdale Christian Academy at home Oct. 8, the game against Greyhills Academy High School on Friday, Oct. 15, was tough to get up for according to Head Coach Luke Steege.

“When you see, prepare and then play against the type of talent we did last week, it’s tough to get up for a game against a much weaker opponent, but we got our act together and did what we needed to do,” Steege said.

Junior Kody Rayburn had a rushing touchdown Friday, Oct. 15, against Greyhills Academy High School. Rayburn is one of the top running backs for the Camp Verde High School football team this season. Camp Verde won, 52-0, and is 4-4 overall this season.The first quarter showed little as to how much better the Cowboys were against a visiting Greyhills team that had 13 players suited up on the sideline.

Three turnovers in the quarter and a desperate fourth down and 18-to-go heave into the end zone by quarterback Deshon Tripp gave the Cowboys an ugly 6-0 lead.

After the bad start, Camp Verde figured things out in the second quarter and took a 32-0 lead into halftime, eventually beating the Fighting Knights, 52-0.

It could have been much worse according to Steege, who began having his players run out of bounds after a certain number of yards gained, and even kicked two 30-plus yard field goals.

“We never kick field goals and Collin Clawson made two 37-yard field goals late in the game,” Steege said laughing.

In the end, Tripp passed for over 150 yards and two touchdowns while running in one of his own. Wideout Gavin Collins caught two of those touchdowns while tailback Kody Rayburn had a touchdown as well.

With the victory, Camp Verde improves to 4-4 [1-2, 2A Central] overall this season.

The Cowboys are ranked No. 13 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association power point polls, which were released Monday, Oct. 18.

Camp Verde will play host to No. 6 Valley Christian High School on Friday, Oct. 22.

Valley Christian is the 2A conference defending state champion and at 5-2, will be looking to add another notch to its belt.
“We’re going to have to play really well if we’re going to stand a chance,” Steege said.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

After Valley Christian, the Cowboys will wrap up the regular season with a trip to Tempe Preparatory Academy on Friday, Oct. 29.

The 2A state playoffs are scheduled to get under way Friday, Nov. 5.

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 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 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.

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