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Any soccer team that returns 10 of its 11 starters from the prior season can confidently say it is in a good situation.

Javier Pineda and his Camp Verde High School girls soccer team find themselves in that exact position in 2017.

Camp Verde High School boys soccer head coach David Miller typically carries a yellow sheet of paper with the current season’s team written on it.

After the 2016 campaign ended in a 2-1 state semifinal loss to four-time defending champion and rival Chino Valley High School, he planned out the coming year’s team on the bus ride home.

What he saw was a 2016 group that was graduating 11 seniors.

But Miller, in his 25th year with the program, believes his team is no less capable of contending for a state title in 2017.

Early in the first quarter of the annual Bronze Boot Game, Camp Verde High School’s football team converted a turnover into seven points.

However the Cowboys failed to execute in red zone opportunities down the stretch, falling 21-14 to the visiting Chino Valley High School Cougars on Friday, Aug. 25.

Camp Verde High School’s volleyball team is emphasizing something more than just wins or losses for the 2017 season.

After a summer and preseason with a greater turnout than recent years, the Cowboys look for an improved attitude and desire on the court to change their culture.

Hanging from a wall of Camp Verde High School’s Dr. Mark J. Westervelt Gymnasium are two wooden fixtures that, during the season, show the names of the varsity boys and girls basketball teams.

During the summer those names have since disappeared, symbolizing a clean slate that applies to both the Cowboys and Mingus Union High School’s boys basketball teams, which each lost a core of seniors from last season.

Camp Verde High School wrestlers Skyler Pike and Hayden Uhler were recently named to the Arizona Republic’s All-Arizona Wrestling Team for 2017.

Only one wrestler from each weight class in the entire state is selected, making the honor that much more valuable. Additionally, Uhler was a finalist for the Wrestler of the Year award, which was presented at the publication’s second annual Sports Awards on April 30.

The best athletes in high school, college and beyond more often than not got their start at a young age.

Perhaps Camp Verde’s next standout hoopster was amongst the about 70 kids, ranging from second to eighth grade, who participated in the Camp Verde High School Boys and Girls Basketball Clinic from May 30, to Friday, June 2.

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