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The No. 4-seeded Camp Verde High School softball team picked up a solid 10-2 win over No. 13. Arizona College Preparatory Academy in the first round of the Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A State Championship on Friday, April 28.

Cowboys freshman pitcher Jacy Finley dominated from start to finish, collecting 17 strikeouts and giving up just three hits and one walk for the complete game win.

Camp Verde High School’s runners, throwers and jumpers continued down the path to the 2017 Arizona Interscholastic Association Division IV State meet, many achieving personal bests at the Sedona Invitational, held on April 18 at Sedona Red Rock High School.

Junior Nate Schultz headlined the afternoon by taking the triple jump in a personal best 43-07, besting Arizona’s current No. 2 Joe Glomski of Sedona Red Rock on the day. That distance lifted Schultz to third overall in Division IV.

Camp Verde High School’s softball team knew that wind would have an effect on its Central Region game against visiting Northland Preparatory Academy on Tuesday, April 25, and intended on using it to its advantage.

Cowboys head coach Henry Smith said after the game that the team [16-2, 9-1 Central] changed its game plan on the way to their 8-2 senior day win over the Spartans. Five seniors were honored before the game: Amanda Punkoney, Kayla Hackett, Tiauna Day, Amber Dodge and Madison Johnson.

Facing the toughest stretch of its regular season schedule, Camp Verde High School head softball coach Henry Smith wanted his players to gain the mentality necessary to succeed at the state tournament.

It jumped the first hurdle by beating Sedona Red Rock High School 11-1 on April 18 before taking on 3A Payson High School on Thursday, April 20 and region foe Paradise Honors High School, which handed them their only region loss of the year, on Friday, April 21.

Despite the winning scoreline reading 9-0, Camp Verde High School baseball’s Verde Valley rivalry matchup with Sedona Red Rock High School was a defensive one.

Camp Verde’s [14-3, 6-1 Central] defense did well to hold Red Rock off the board, putting up a zero in the error column alongside the Scorpions’ zero runs.

Camp Verde High School’s golf team dropped an Arizona Interscholastic Association Division III Section V dual match by four strokes to Chino Valley High School on April 10 at Verde Santa Fe Golf Course.

The Cowboys, without regular No. 1 Kolby Hedges, lost the nine-hole round 233 to 237. Junior Nick Daniels filled in and shot a 52, his best round at that course this season and one stroke shy of Chino Valley’s C.J. Knight.

The Camp Verde High School baseball team beat visiting Central Region foe Glendale Preparatory Academy 14-1 in five innings on Thursday, April 13. But it could have put away even more runs.

The Cowboys [12-3, 4-1 Central] did not capitalize on their opportunities with runners in scoring position until the fourth inning, and ultimately left 11 runners on base. Moving forward, Camp Verde head coach Will Davis is looking for his team to improve in its plate discipline in order to be successful during the Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A State Championship, which begins Saturday, April 29.

Camp Verde High School Athletic Director and girls basketball coach Mark Showers was recently honored as the 2A Central Region Coach of the Year. Showers led the Cowboys to an 18-8 overall record and 8-3 in regional play, as well as a berth to the Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A State Championship.

During the entire season three of the starters on the team were underclassmen, but still claimed second place in the region.

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