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When talking to Mark Showers, Camp Verde High School’s athletic director and girls’ basketball coach, it quickly becomes obvious he values hard work and dedication.

He also believes in coaching for a nobler reason than money, wins or recognition. And he does know how to take a surprise well.

Camp Verde Middle School’s boys basketball team concluded its season with a fourth-place finish at the Verde Valley League seventh- and eighth-grade Boys Basketball Championship Tournament on Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28.

The fifth-seeded Cowboys defeated Mayer Middle School on Jan. 27 to advance to face off against top-seeded Sedona Red Rock Junior High School.

A greater commitment to defense and improved shooting by the Camp Verde High School boys basketball team was not enough as it fell in the second Verde Valley rivalry game of the season, 60-44, at Sedona Red Rock High School on Friday. Jan. 27.

Cowboys head coach Dan Wall said that his team [5-17, 1-5 2A Central] was conscious of the host Scorpions’ streaky scoring tendencies, but turnovers proved too troublesome for it. On Jan. 10 the Cowboys fell at home, 67-38, giving up 17 points off of turnovers.

Despite an improved performance from their first matchup of the season, the Camp Verde High School girls basketball team fell in the season’s second Verde Valley rivalry game to host Sedona Red Rock High School, 63-28, on Friday, Jan. 27.

When watching the Camp Verde High School wrestlers, the majority united by matching bleach blond hair, it becomes obvious that they are at a level above that of their opponents.

The speed, skill and aggression with which they wrestle would lead spectators to think that the key to their success is hard work, experience and good coaching.

But it’s something else.

Defense was the name of the game as Camp Verde High School’s girls basketball team cruised to a 47-18 home victory against Chino Valley High School on Jan. 19.

The Cowboys [14-5, 4-1 2A Central] gave up just six points in the second half en route to the win.

To the casual observer, a 50-19 loss would seem like a poor performance on the losing team’s part. Such was not the case for the young Camp Verde High School girls basketball team.

The truth is that the Cowboys [13-6, 2-1] were tasked with facing off with an undefeated and more experienced Sedona Red Rock High School team.

The Camp Verde High School boys basketball team threw everything but the kitchen sink at visiting Chino Valley High School in its 66-53 loss on Jan. 19.

At the newly dedicated Dr. Mark J. Westervelt Gymnasium, the Cowboys’ [5-16, 1-4 2A Central] nine-point effort in the first half doomed them.

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