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After graduating just three seniors from last season and returning an experienced lineup, including some new additions, the Mingus Union High School girls basketball team is ready for a successful 2017-18 season.

Shooting and defense were tabbed as the team’s strengths, which returns Second Team All-Region forward Darien Loring, a junior, and senior forward Nikki Zielinski, an Honorable Mention pick.

Turnovers were a thorn in the side of the Mingus Union High School boys basketball team in a 69-51 loss to Dysart High School in the season opener on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Stretches of turnovers proved key at multiple times in the game, and the relatively inexperienced Marauders [0-1] struggled to find a go-to player down the stretch.

Mingus Union High School’s boys basketball team will have a bit of a different look than in the past few years.


Heading into the season it was set to have just four seniors. The sudden addition of five more to the cast of Marauders has in a way flipped the script for head coach Dave Beery; he now has depth, length and athleticism to count on that he had not had before.

Mingus Union High School’s basketball programs hosted the Veteran’s Weekend Skills camp, a one-day, six-hour camp for 52 kids in third through eighth grade on Friday, Nov. 10.

Mingus Union High School senior Tyler Kelly took the next step to accomplishing his dreams when he signed his National Letter of Intent to play at the University of New Mexico on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Kelly said he will be used as a utility player for the Lobos, an NCAA Division I program, and will likely study business.

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