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Among the many faces buried in the water, chasing the black lines that stripe the bottom of the pool at the Cottonwood Aquatics Center is a swimmer with a story that many are not aware of.

Emma Warner is a Cottonwood Clippers and Mingus Union High School swimmer who started swimming at 5 years old. But on Jan. 15, 2015, she was given news that is always unexpected, especially for someone so young.

She was diagnosed with non life-threatening papillary thyroid cancer.

Before diving into its own preseason camp, many Mingus Union High School football players helped Cottonwood’s future generation of Marauders get going with their own seasons.

The city’s elder statesmen of the gridiron coached their younger counterparts during a youth camp held at the campus’ Bright Field from Tuesday to Thursday, July 18 to 20.

The Mingus Union High School boys basketball team won a four-team tournament hosted at Sedona Red Rock High School on Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16.

The majority of summer high school hoops takes place during June and the Marauders’ gym is shut down throughout July for resurfacing. It was the first time the team had played in weeks.

The Mingus Union High School football team hosted an afternoon of 7-on-7 football games on June 14, winning all four of their matchups.

Aside from provide a competitive outing for the starters, it gave the Marauders’ second string skill players an opportunity to get more playing time, and prove that they deserve more, against opponents from their own division as well as smaller ones.

Just days before Yancey DeVore’s first day as a world studies teacher at Mingus Union High School in 2004, he learned that he had to teach a class to freshmen called “decisions.”

He was not too sure what that class would entail and what he would have to teach. During the last 13 years DeVore has made a few decisions on the Marauders campus, the most recent being to apply for the athletic director position after Allen Mitchell stepped down for a more administrative role. He was approved for the position by the school board at its June 28 meeting.

And this time around DeVore has a better idea of what he is getting into, and what he wants to accomplish.

It has long been known to Mingus Union High School head football coach Bob Young that his first string players will be competitive this year, and are at the same level as in years past.

They went to the consolation championship, finishing 4-4 against high-level competition from California and Arizona, at a 7-on-7 passing league tournament at San Diego State University over Father’s Day weekend.

For their efforts during the 2017 season, a handful of Verde Valley baseball and softball players were recognized by the staff at the Arizona Republic.

Camp Verde High School baseball seniors Wyatt Howe, a Bethany College commit, and Ryan Cain were selected to its All-Conference 2A Honorable Mention list. From the Cowboys softball team, senior infielder Kayla Hackett and freshman pitcher Jacy Finley were picked for the same honor.

Mingus Union High School sophomore Maddie Bejarano was an All-Conference 4A Honorable Mention selection as well.

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