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Tommy McCarty throws a pitch against the Williams All-Stars batter during a game July 13. McCarty was 4-5 with four runs scored in the championship against the Chino Valley All-Stars on Friday, July 15. The Camp Verde All-Stars went 6-1 overall in the District 10 Arizona Little League All-Stars Tournament at Camp Verde High School to win the title.There’s nothing more disappointing in baseball than a balked-in run to end a game, especially when it’s for a championship.

Standing at third base as the winning run in the District 10 Arizona Little League All-Stars Tournament, Camp Verde Juniors All-Stars player Orlando Machado faked a steal to home plate, causing the Chino Valley All-Stars pitcher to flinch, leading to the balk call.

The flinch cost Chino Valley the game and the tournament title in what was one of the more disappointing endings to a game one could see.

Nevertheless, it made Camp Verde’s comeback complete as the boys in blue celebrated a District 10 title.

Needing every minute of time before curfew, Machado crossed home plate at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16.

The two teams began play at 5 p.m. Friday, July 15, in game one of the championship. Coming from the losers bracket, Camp Verde needed to defeat Chino Valley twice to earn the title.

Camp Verde won game one, 14-12, forcing game two which Camp Verde eventually won, 12-11.

In the beginning of the District 10 tournament, Camp Verde lost to Chino Valley in round one, 3-2. The loss sent Camp Verde to the losers bracket, making them have to win four games just to get back to the championship.

“It was a difficult process,” Camp Verde coach Tom McCarty said.

In game two of the championship, starting pitcher Coy Dugan toed the mound and went 5? innings pitched while giving up seven runs on nine hits while striking out six.

“I was so impressed with Coy [Dugan]. He doesn’t pitch much at all for us. But because of having to play all those games in the losers bracket, we didn’t have any pitching left. So for him to go that long, and for us to win, that was impressive,” McCarty said.

In the fifth, Chino Valley tied it 7-7 after Dugan was removed. McCarty brought in relief pitcher Zach Collins who held serve — barely.

Tied 7-7, Camp Verde scored four runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning to take an 11-7 lead, but Chino Valley came right back against Collins to score four runs in the seventh, tieing it once again at 11-11.

Machado, who was 4-5 with three runs scored, recorded a base hit and made it to third base before scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh, making it 12-11, which was the final.

“He really put pressure on their pitcher and he faked him out big time. Orlando [Machado] did a great job in this series,” McCarty said.

Another standout at the plate offensively for Camp Verde was shortstop Tommy McCarty who was 4-5 with four runs scored, hitting an inside the park home run during the four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth. McCarty added a triple as well to his stellar night at the dish.

In the end, Camp Verde was able to raise the banner after an impressive 6-1 record in the District 10 tournament at Camp Verde High School.

Camp Verde was scheduled to begin the Arizona Little League State Tournament on Monday, July 18, at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale. Results were unavailable at press time.

Ezekial Casillas looks to throw a Sedona All-Stars runner out at first base Saturday, July 9, in Prescott Valley. Casillas and the Camp Verde All-Stars are 3-1 in the District 10 Arizona Little League All-Stars Tournament.After losing its first game July 6 in the District 10 Arizona Little League All-Stars Tournament, the Camp Verde Majors All-Stars baseball team [ages 11 to 12] has won three straight to inch closer to its hopes of a title.

Camp Verde struggled against the Prescott Valley All-Stars on July 6 in round one of the district tournament, losing 17-4.

Since then, however, Camp Verde made quick work of the Dewey-Humboldt All-Stars on Thursday, July 7, defeating them 10-0.

Camp Verde beat rival Sedona All-Stars in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday, July 10, 10-0, then turned around and beat the Prescott North All-Stars in game two, 8-5.

The boys in blue had to wait a few days for the weather to cooperate at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley, which is why they played two Sunday.

“There’s no doubt we played well,” Camp Verde Head Coach Craig Reddell said Sunday after the doubleheader when asked how his team played. “In today’s last game, we had one bad inning, but we did fine after that.”

Against Prescott North, Camp Verde starting pitcher Ezekial Casillas toed the mound, going four innings while allowing five runs.

Casillas struck out six and walked a pair in his four innings, throwing 84 pitches before being removed by Reddell.

Camp Verde scored two runs in each of the first and second innings to lead it 4-0 but the five-run bottom of the fourth for Prescott North chased Casillas from the game.

Beau Bullard took over and threw 19 pitches as the Camp Verde coaching staff looked to save him for their next game, going 1? innings, allowing one hit and striking out two.

Down 5-4, Camp Verde tallied one run in the top of the sixth to tie it 5-5, and the teams needed extra innings to decide things Sunday.

According to Reddell, relief pitcher Patrick Hood could receive player of the game honors, going the final 3? innings on the mound while allowing four hits and no walks while throwing only 26 pitches.

“Patrick [Hood] put a stop to it all and kept us in it. He did a great job,” Reddell said.

Hood’s efforts on the mound allowed Camp Verde to scored three runs in the top of the ninth to take an 8-5 lead, which would be the final.

With the win, Camp Verde improves to 3-1 in the District 10 tournament. Camp Verde continued tournament play Monday, July 11, but results were unavailable at press time.

Taya Smith demonstrates the power of her fastball during a Camp Verde-Verde Valley game at Riverfront Park on June 28. The two teams would meet in the championship, with Camp Verde winning the title.The Camp Verde Majors All-Stars softball team [ages 11 and 12] needed only four innings Thursday, June 30, to prove it was the better team, defeating the Verde Valley All-Stars in the District 10 Arizona Little League All-Stars Tournament championship, 22-2.

Camp Verde beat Verde Valley in the tournament semifinals June 28, 13-1, but made sure to hold the banner Thursday in a one-sided affair.

Kayla Hackett, left, tangles with Verde Valley All-stars pitcher Krista Earl at home plate during a game at Riverfront Park on June 28. The rest of the Camp Verde Majors All-Stars went on to win the District 10 title against Verde Valley, 22-2, on Thursday, June 30. “These girls played like they should. It’s a championship game and they played like it was the championship,” Camp Verde Head Coach Henry Smith said in the dugout Thursday after the game. Smith has coached this group since T-Ball, making it his sixth year coaching in Little League.

With the victory, Camp Verde finished the District 10 tournament with a perfect 4-0 record, having beaten the Prescott Valley All-Stars in round one [2-1], and the Williams All-Stars in the quarterfinals, 13-0.

In the four tournament games, Camp Verde outscored its opponents 50-4.

On Thursday, 12-year-old Dusty Dowdle toed the mound looking to shut down Verde Valley’s high-powered attack.

Verde Valley came into Thursday’s championship with a 2-1 record, having beaten Prescott Valley on June 29, 19-12.

Dowdle showed no fear against the Verde Valley lineup, pitching two strong innings while not allowing a run on no hits while striking out three batters.

In the top of the first, Camp Verde tallied four runs to take a 4-0 lead, then scored nine in the top of the second to give itself a commanding 13-0 advantage.

After her two innings, Dowdle gave way to 12-year-old relief pitcher Taya Smith, who went the remaining two innings.

The first two batters Smith faced recorded base hits in the bottom of the third inning, and both scored, but Smith settled down to allow only two runs on three hits while striking out three on the night.

Leading 14-2, Camp Verde scored eight more runs in the top half of the fourth, making it a 22-2 blowout.

In the fourth, Dowdle singled to left field to bring in two runs, which made it 17-2 at the time to put things out of reach for Verde Valley. Dowdle was 3-4 with a double, a triple, three runs scored and three RBIs in the winning effort.

Smith wasn’t half bad herself, going 2-4 with a double and three runs scored.

“If we play at this level, we can be good,” Henry Smith said.

Next up for Camp Verde is the Arizona Little League State Championships, scheduled to take place in Peoria. A date, time and location for Camp Verde’s first-round game in the state tournament was not released by press time.

The Camp Verde High School football team traveled to cross-valley rival Sedona Red Rock High School on Saturday, June 25, for a seven-on-seven tournament under the midsummer sun.

Quarterback Deshon Tripp looks for an open man downfield Saturday, June 25, during a seven-on-seven tournament in Sedona. Tripp is expected to be the starting quarterback come fall for the Cowboys.Unfortunately for the Cowboys, their day ended early after a scuffle with Valley Christian High School that wound up looking more like a wrestling match than a touch football game.

Camp Verde Head Coach Luke Steege decided it was best for everyone if he called it a day, sending his boys home and forfeiting against Valley Christian.

“If our boys are going to act like that, they don’t deserve to play. I decided to take the high road. It’s not as big a deal as some other people thought,” Steege said.

In any scuffle there’s always two sides to a story, but to defend senior tailback Cody Rayburn, he was punched first by a Valley Christian player according to Steege, sending the two teams to midfield in an attempt to either break things up or start something completely different.

After things calmed down and the teams separated, Steege and Valley Christian Head Coach Kevin Allen got together and after a short discussion, Steege decided to forfeit and send his boys home.

“Hey, if that makes me a sissy, then so be it. I’m the head coach and I’m the one that makes the decisions. Yeah, the boys were mad, but too bad. It was the right thing to do,” Steege said.

The game, which was a quarterfinals match, ended in a 20-20 tie. Valley Christian would go on to play Prescott High School in the semifinals.

Camp Verde began its day Saturday with a 32-18 loss to Prescott. The Cowboys then played Mingus Union High School, losing 31-21, before finally getting a 20-7 win over Williams High School.

Against Chino Valley High School, Camp Verde won 26-20 to finish pool play Saturday morning at 2-2.

In the first round of the tournament later that day, Camp Verde beat Chino Valley again, this time by the score of 21-20.

Down 20-7, Rayburn recorded two interceptions in the last six minutes, leading to two Cowboy touchdowns and a two-point conversion to give Camp Verde the victory, 21-20.

“Before all this stuff happened with Valley Christian, our boys were playing OK, and Cody [Rayburn] was having a good day,” Steege said.

Others to perform well for the Cowboys were seniors Gavin Collins and Chris Zellner, who were outstanding on the football field.

“Zellner is going to be a beast. He’s scary good at linebacker. There were a few plays where if everyone was wearing pads, he would have lit some guys up,” Steege said.

At quarterback, senior Deshon Tripp was average Saturday according to Steege, but junior Kyle Lobaugh did an excellent job bringing the Cowboys back from behind at times.

At 6-feet, 1-inch tall and 210 pounds, Lobaugh is going to give Tripp a run for his money for the starting job at quarterback in the fall.

The Cowboys have a little over four weeks to prepare for the upcoming season start date of Monday, Aug. 1, and Steege believes his kids will be ready.

“We’ve got a few more things to do this summer yet with seven-on-seven and hitting the weights, but our boys can’t wait to get things going in August,” Steege said.

Camp Verde Little League All-Stars from the 10- and 11year-old players team, from left, Jordan Huey, Zack Wester and Ryan Loza practice catching grounders during practice at Butler Park on June 15.The 2011 Camp Verde Little League All-Stars rosters were officially released June 15, making nearly 60 youngsters happy as can be, at least for the next few weeks.

June 15 is the first official day Little League presidents can make rosters official, according to current Camp Verde Little League President Coco Minner.

Right fielder Kayla Hackett throws it in during practice for the Camp Verde Majors All-Stars team on Thursday, June 16.The Camp Verde Minors All-Stars baseball and softball teams [ages 9 to 10] along with the Camp Verde Majors All-Stars softball team [ages 11 to 12] are scheduled to begin their respective tournaments Friday, June 24.

Camp Verde also has a team for ages 10 to 11, which begins its tournament Monday, June 27, with the remaining age levels beginning after Monday, July 4.

The Camp Verde Junior All-Stars baseball team [ages 13 to 14] tournament begins Tuesday, July 5, at Camp Verde High School, while the Camp Verde Junior softball team begins Tuesday at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood.

According to Minner, the Juniors baseball team has yet to release a roster.

The Camp Verde Majors All-Stars [ages 11 to 12] start Tuesday as well, but in Prescott Valley at Mountain Valley Park.

Speaking of the Majors, longtime Head Coach Craig Reddell was excited to get All-Stars season under way.

“I think we have the strongest team we’ve had in years,” Reddell said Sunday, June 19. “It’s going to be a tough bracket, as always, but I think we’ll be just fine.

Reddell has plenty of talent to choose from, including players such as 12-year-olds Beau Bullard,Carson Zale,Wyatt Howe and Easton Braden.

At the Minors level, Camp Verde has just as much talent. For baseball, 10-year-olds Cody Jackson, Noah Church and Chase Decker look to lead the way while 9-year-olds Kolby Hedges, Mason Hood and Brady McClaskey are top up-and-coming prospects.

As for softball, the Minors are led by 10-year-olds Elizabeth Johnson, Kaycee Williams, Trina Honwytewa and Hannah Arwine while 9-year-olds Bridgett Bullard, Destiny Dowdle and Tyra Smith made the team as well.

For the Majors softball team, Camp Verde is coached by Henry Smith, who will look to take his team far come this weekend.

Players selected for the Majors softball team include 12-year-olds Marisol Barreda, Kylee Chavez, Dusty Dowdle and Paige Lacy while two 11-year-olds made the team, Kayla Hackett and Nieja Garner.

It’s hard enough to play one sport in high school with all the extra time spent at practice, on the road, and in the classroom to make up assignments.

How about three sports?

Katie Wilson, left, and Amanda Showers will enter the  upperclassman stage of their high school careers in the fall when they become juniors, which is bad news for anyone playing against them in volleyball, basketball or in track and field. The girls have already earned multiple All-Region and All-State awards and the sky is the limit for them in the next two years.There are usually a few athletes in any high school setting who can play three sports, but there are next to none who can play three sports at a higher level and be great at them all.

At Camp Verde High School, the Cowboys have two young ladies who fit the bill, and dominate their chosen sports each season throughout the school year.

Sophomores Amanda Showers and Katie Wilson, who will be juniors come August, burst onto the scene their freshman year and won’t be giving up the spotlight anytime soon.

“It’s hard to play three sports,” Wilson said May 25 in an interview, with school out and summer in full swing. “You get used to it.”

Wilson went on to share she almost didn’t participate in the track and field program her freshman year, but made it only a week without having anything to do after basketball and she couldn’t stand it.

“I spend my time doing sports. Yes, it’s hard with the homework and all, but I have to play. It’s who I am,” Wilson said.

Wilson finished eighth in the discus at Mesa Community College on May 13 and 14 in the Division III State Championships this spring.

In basketball, Wilson was an All-Region first-team selection, and was honorable mention on the All-State team. In the fall, Wilson was a letter winner in volleyball for the second straight season, and earned second-team All-Region honors.

Head Girls Basketball Coach Mark Showers once said, “Katie [Wilson] is a beast on the boards; she gets everything.” Wilson seems to be a “beast” in anything she does, and her best years are still in front of her in high school.

Wilson said a benefit of playing three sports is the possible scholarships she could earn in college, which is a personal goal of hers.

As for Amanda Showers, her story is similar to Wilson’s, which is why the two are good friends off the court.

Showers is a two-year varsity letter winner in volleyball, basketball, and track and field.

The 16-year-old Showers earned high point awards in track and field her last two seasons and was a first-team All-Region performer in basketball. Showers was on the honorable mention All-State team as well for hoops.

In volleyball this past school year, Showers earned honorable mention All-Region. In track and field this past spring, Showers took fifth in the 100-meter hurdles and was third in the 300-meter hurdles.

In talking with Showers, she said out of the three sports, basketball would be her favorite. Wilson agreed. Showers is in agreement with Wilson in the scholarship department, but also had this to say about playing three sports in high school:

“It really looks good on applications for jobs and colleges. The character qualities you get while playing sports is helpful too; my dad is big on character qualities,” Showers said.

The two girls plan to continue their triple sports involvement in their junior and senior year before graduating in May 2013.

“I like playing three sports; it keeps me busy. I don’t know what I’d do with myself if I didn’t have a practice or a game to go to,” Showers said.

Trent Fogelson finished fourth in the 400-meter dash in the Division III State Championships, earning an All-State nomination.The Camp Verde High School coaches and their programs officially released their All-Region and All-State selections for the spring sports season Monday, May 23.

In baseball, second-year Cowboys Head Coach Steve Hicks announced three players received All-Region awards for their stellar performances on the field this season.

Tanner Rezzonico, Austin Bower and Jesse Fullbright were all nominated first-team All-Metro I region players by coaches in the 2A Metro.

Katie Wilson finished eighth at state in the discus this  spring, making her an All-State honorable mention nomineeRezzonico hit .365 this season with 23 RBIs and 17 stolen bases while recording a 4.35 earned run average on the mound.

Bower hit .360 this spring with 11 doubles and 23 RBIs and was outstanding on the bump, sporting a 2.31 ERA.

As for Fullbright, he was tops on the team with a .639 slugging percentage and hit for a .433 average with 11 stolen bases.

In the track and field program for Camp Verde, longtime Head Coach Lori Showers said she was proud of her kids for their accomplishments this season.

Trent Fogelson received All-State honors for his performance in the 400-meter dash, finishing fourth overall with a 50.94 time at the Division III State Championships in Mesa on May 14.

Austin Bower was selected by 2A Metro coaches this spring as a first-team All-Metro I performer after his solid spring season for the Cowboys.Sophomore Amanda Showers was named to the All-State team with her 300-meter hurdles time of 49.53, which gave her a sixth-place finish in Mesa.

Also included in the All-State selections for the Cowboys was sophomore Katie Wilson who finished eighth overall in the discus with a 93-foot, 6-inch throw.

Camp Verde softball had a few All-Region selections of their own, Head Coach Debbie Miller announced Monday, with senior pitcher Roque Parker leading the way.

Parker received a first-team All-Metro I selection for her work in the circle this season while Cowboys teammates Amy Allen and Jesse Fulbright were honored with first-team All-Metro I selections as well.

Page Kenney received All-Metro I honorable mention.

In golf for Camp Verde, junior Wilfred Tewawina finished 69th overall at the Division III State Championships in Prescott on May 13 and 14.

Jasmine Fullbright slides into home plate in a game earlier this season. Fullbright was named a first team All-Metro I region performer for her work on the softball field this spring. The Camp Verde High School spring sports teams announced awards Monday, May 23.Although Tewawina didn’t meet the top 15 finish requirements to earn a first-, second- or honorable-mention All-State award, he did qualify to make the state tournament which is an outstanding accomplishment.

Tewawina was one of 81 players to qualify in Division III this spring, and with over 50 schools and nearly 500 golfers eligible to qualify, he deserves recognition

Entering the 2011-2012 season, Head Coach Mark Showers may start the same four players he has the last two seasons, a luxury in high school basketball these days.

Donnie Buss, foreground, tries to get around the guarding skills of Amanda Showers on June 1 during practice for the Camp Verde High School summer basketball program.This summer, the Camp Verde High School girls basketball team began its schedule Monday, June 6, at home playing host to cross-valley rivals Mingus Union and Sedona Red Rock high schools. Results were unavailable at press time.

At practice last week, the same old group, including juniors Amanda Showers, Donnie Buss and Katie Wilson, were in the gymnasium along with senior center Lila Hickey.

The four Cowboy standouts have had quite a run the last few years, most recently finishing 25-4 overall in 2010-2011.

Camp Verde qualified for the 2A conference state playoffs in February and defeated Benson High School in round one, 50-36.

In round two, the Cowboys had a tough time stopping Pima High School, which ended Camp Verde’s season, 41-40.

“We had a good year last season. I’m excited to get the kids back in the gymnasium,” Showers said. “The kids had a few practices last week, and now it’s time to play some games.”

The Cowboys return almost everyone this summer from last year except two seniors, Taylor Phillips and Viv Lucero, who graduated in May.

The senior class for this coming season includes Hickey, guard Mayra Perez and guard Tori Mathews. As for the juniors, Amanda Showers, Buss, Wilson and guard Shelby Mulcaire lead the way.

After making the varsity squad her freshman year, Marissa Flores is back this summer to get things going for her sophomore campaign.

Sophomore Maddy Showers also joins the Cowboys this June looking to improve her skills on the court.

The Cowboys have four Monday night leagues, which began Monday, June 6, in Camp Verde. The Cowboys will travel to Flagstaff and play at Coconino High School on Monday, June 13, and will be at Sedona on Monday, June 20. Monday, June 27, the Cowboys will play at Mingus.

“The Monday night league is subject to change. But it sounds like it’s a go,” Mark Showers said.

Friday, June 10, the Cowboys will play two games at Prescott High School against Kingman and Bradshaw Mountain high schools.

To end the summer, Showers and his bunch will travel to San Diego to participate in the Point Loma Invitational at Point Loma Nazarene University. The tournament runs Friday through Sunday, June 24 to 26.

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