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Behind a second half shutout on defense, the Camp Verde High School girls basketball team routed the visiting Mountain Lions from Mingus Mountain Academy, 59-9 on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Dr. M.J. Westervelt Gymnasium.

The Cowboys [9-3] aimed to keep up their level of play and implement some new looks offensively.

Despite creating numerous scoring chances inside and improved defense, the Camp Verde High School boys basketball team fell to visiting Tonopah Valley High School 46-35 on Dec. 16.

The third quarter proved to be detrimental, as the Phoenix forced eight turnovers and went on a 10-0 scoring run.

Efficiency on the inside and a big second quarter propelled the young Camp Verde High School girls basketball team to a 44-30 win over visiting Tonopah Valley High School on Dec. 16.

The Cowboys, who improved to 8-3 on the season, outscored the Phoenix 15-4 in the second quarter behind eight of senior forward Kayla Hackett’s 13 points, the majority of them second-chance points.

A fast-paced and physical tone was too much for Camp Verde High School boys basketball team as it fell to Payson 67-37 Tuesday, Dec. 6, at home.

Down 32-23 at halftime, the Cowboys came out in the third quarter with a more aggressive defense in an attempt to create turnovers and opportunities on the fast break, but the Longhorns were up to the task, breaking it down and scoring 25 points in the frame.

The Camp Verde High School girls basketball team used its size inside and a big second quarter to put away the visiting Payson High School Longhorns, 40-26, on Dec. 5.

While Payson featured tall players of its own, the Cowboys had the size to match, even in the absence of senior Kayla Hackett, who missed the game with strep throat.

When Camp Verde coach Jerry Rhoades answered the phone Sunday and was asked about his team’s game Friday, he let out a combination groan and sigh.Junior quarterback Payton Sarkesian rolls out during Camp Verde High School’s 24-20 home loss to Gilbert Christian Friday, Oct. 21. Sarkesian ran for a touchdown and passed for two others to senior Carson Zale for the Cowboys.

When victories are few, the ones you let get away are especially painful.

The Cowboys, after being down most of the game to visiting Gilbert Christian High School, came back to take the lead late in the third quarter. They held it until there were 34 seconds left in the game, when the Knights’ senior Caleb Young threw a one-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Kyle Patterson to give Gilbert Christian a 24-20 win. The Knights improved to 5-4 on the season.

Jerry Rhoades has coached the Camp Verde High School varsity football team for five games. Which means the “interim” coach has been head man on the sideline more than the man he’s standing in for, Steve Darby, who was suspended Sept. 13 for unspecified reasons. Neither Darby nor Camp Verde Unified School District officials have commented on the situation.Zack Garcia/Larson Newspapers

Rhoades, like most, says he’s not privy to what’s going on. “I heard from a couple of people that [Darby’s] portion of the [school] board meeting was canceled.”

When it was suggested that with just two games remaining, it’s likely he would be coaching through the end of the season, Rhoades said, “That’s kind of what I’m thinking; it’s probably a moot point.”

The expectations are high for Camp Verde’s high school wrestlers.Korben Uhler, top, attempts to break down Hayden Uhler’s defense as he tries an escape at practice for Camp Verde High School. The brothers are two of the  wrestlers assistant coach Mario Chagolla Sr. said could earn state gold this year. The Cowboys first meet is on Saturday, Nov. 26 at Embry Riddle University.

The school has become known for the sport and a much different team will carry on that tradition this year. Though the returning wrestlers have accomplished much, a good roster of freshmen will have to prove they have what it takes after going through the middle school program.

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