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The 2017 track and field season came to a close at the Arizona Interscholastic Association State Championship on Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, at Mesa Community College.

Camp Verde High School sent seven individuals and one relay team to the meet, competing in Division IV. Top performances came from sophomore Chris Holdgrafer, who took second place in the 110-meter hurdles, and junior Nate Schultz, fourth in the triple jump.

The No. 4 Camp Verde High School softball team advanced to the semifinals of the Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A State Championship with a 6-2 win over No. 5 Santa Cruz Valley High School on Friday, May 5, played at Phoenix’s Rose Mofford Softball Complex.

A four-run fifth inning lifted the Cowboys [16-1, 9-1 Central] to a 6-0 lead. Freshman Jacy Finley practically did it all for her team, batting three for three with four RBI and tossing nine strikeouts in the pitcher’s circle.

More than a decade of playing together came down to one final home game for the Camp Verde High School baseball team’s senior class, on April 25.

And the stakes could not have been higher.

The No. 4-seeded Camp Verde High School softball team picked up a solid 10-2 win over No. 13. Arizona College Preparatory Academy in the first round of the Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A State Championship on Friday, April 28.

Cowboys freshman pitcher Jacy Finley dominated from start to finish, collecting 17 strikeouts and giving up just three hits and one walk for the complete game win.

Camp Verde High School’s runners, throwers and jumpers continued down the path to the 2017 Arizona Interscholastic Association Division IV State meet, many achieving personal bests at the Sedona Invitational, held on April 18 at Sedona Red Rock High School.

Junior Nate Schultz headlined the afternoon by taking the triple jump in a personal best 43-07, besting Arizona’s current No. 2 Joe Glomski of Sedona Red Rock on the day. That distance lifted Schultz to third overall in Division IV.

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’s softball team knew that wind would have an effect on its Central Region game against visiting Northland Preparatory Academy on Tuesday, April 25, and intended on using it to its advantage.

Cowboys head coach Henry Smith said after the game that the team [16-2, 9-1 Central] changed its game plan on the way to their 8-2 senior day win over the Spartans. Five seniors were honored before the game: Amanda Punkoney, Kayla Hackett, Tiauna Day, Amber Dodge and Madison Johnson.

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