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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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