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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 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.

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.

The Camp Verde High School softball team, No. 7 in Conference 2A, suffered an 8-5 Central Region loss at home to No. 11 Paradise Honors High School on Tuesday, April 4.

The Cowboys [9-2, 3-1 Central] bounced back with consecutive wins to round out the week: A 13-0 regional rout against Northland Preparatory Academy on Thursday, April 6 and a 15-6 win at Chino Valley High School on Saturday, April 8.

The Camp Verde baseball team avenged a loss to Chino Valley High School from earlier this season, but not before losing its first Central Region contest to Northland Preparatory Academy.

A Cowboys team that averaged nine runs per game this season was held to two during its 3-2 loss on Friday, April 7, but rebounded with a 7-3 win at Chino Valley on Saturday, April 8.

Once a competitor, always a competitor. That is how Jerry Rhoades found himself accepting the reigns of the Camp Verde High School football team after serving as interim head coach for the majority of the 2016 season.

Rhoades, who had retired from full-time coaching, accepted a teaching position at the school in order to pay bills and volunteered as an assistant coach. He thought he was going to have a pretty relaxed lifestyle.

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