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The No. 10-seeded Camp Verde High School girls basketball team could not hang on to the ball in the second half of its 45-23 loss to No. 7 Phoenix Country Day School in the first round of the 2017 Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A State Championship on Friday, Feb. 17, at Yavapai College.

The Cowboys [18-8, 7-3 2A Central] were down just 19-18 at halftime, but mustered just five second-half points while committing 15 turnovers.

Camp Verde High School senior wrestler Hayden Uhler completed an impressive prep career on Friday, Feb. 11.

The oldest of five Uhler grapplers, Hayden won his fourth individual Division IV Arizona Interscholastic Association State title, this year in the 138-pound weight class.

Camp Verde High School’s wrestling team once again had a good showing at the Division IV Arizona Interscholastic Association State Championships with a third-place finish at the 2017 edition.

The Cowboys’ success was highlighted by individual state champion performances by junior Skyler Pike, freshman Korben Uhler, sophomore Tristian Stanfield and senior Hayden Uhler.

With its first meet of the 2017 season fast approaching, the Camp Verde High School track and field team is already hard at work.

Practice for spring sports in the Arizona Interscholastic Association began on Monday, Feb. 6, and the Cowboys are going through their paces to pick up from where they left off a year ago.

Camp Verde High School’s girls basketball team beat visiting Glendale Preparatory Academy 33-25 to pick up its most important victory of the season on Friday, Feb. 10, at Camp Verde.

The Camp Verde High School boys basketball team rounded out its season in front of its home crowd on senior night, but could not come away with a victory against Northland Preparatory Academy, falling 59-46 on Friday, Feb. 3.

Cowboys [6-21, 1-7 2A Central] seniors Ryan Cain, Reyes Herrera, Aaron Tracy and Drake Smith were honored before tipping off their final home game in white and blue.

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.

With young players, it is easy to see the strides a team makes throughout a season. The Camp Verde High School girls basketball team is a prime example of that.

The Cowboys [17-7, 7-3 2A Central] ended their regular season with a 54-11 trouncing of visiting Northland Preparatory Academy on Friday, Feb. 3, but playing in a different style than usual.

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