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The Mingus Union High School swimming and diving team could not have asked for a better start to the season with a dual meet win against Northland Preparatory Academy, by a combined score of 178-171, on Thursday, Aug. 31.

Some Marauders swimmers collected personal bests, and save a few disqualifications, it was an overall strong outing for the first meet of the season.

Mistakes were numerous and costly as Mingus Union High School’s football team could not get out of its own way in a 21-20 loss to visiting Cactus Shadows High School on Friday, Sept. 1.

Five turnovers and 10 penalty flags for 112 yards kept the Marauders [0-2] from creating any momentum. The extra point try after their third score hit the left upright, and junior quarterback Antoine Zabala fumbled at the one yard line with 12 seconds left.

Mingus Union High School’s golf team was the first to begin official competition for the fall season in the Verde Valley when it hosted a four-way region duel.

As it is with any first game or match, which took place on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Verde Santa Fe Golf Course, there were nerves, and they came into play.

But head coach Craig Mai was satisfied with his players’ reactions en route to a second place finish.

After suffering a 58-7 loss at Higley High School on Friday, Aug. 25, the Mingus Union High School football team saw a number of things to improve upon.

The Marauders [0-1] struggled in a number of facets of the game, and a lot of their problems stemmed from being overmatched in the trenches.

One approved agenda item from the Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board’s first meeting of the 2017-18 year was a positive one for two Mingus Union High School teams.

The board approved a double elimination format for the Conference 4A baseball and softball state tournaments.

Mingus Union High School head volleyball coach Chelsea Chavez spent her first season working on solidifying the team’s defense.

Now in her second year, the focus has shifted to the offensive end, and the Marauders are looking to put the whole package together in 2017.

From Jody Fanning, member of the Red Dot Booster Club:

Mingus football thanks its supporters.

Mingus football was finally able to purchase a new blocking sled to help the linemen work on the their blocking skills and techniques.

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