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Despite losing two of the top 10 golfers from Division II, Section VII to graduation, the Mingus Union High School golf coach is no less confident in his team’s ability.

Head coach Craig Mai has a number of experienced golfers who make the team less top heavy.

While Mingus Union High School welcomes in a new golf season for the boys, it cuts the ribbon on a brand new program for the Marauders girls.

Seven freshmen make up the first-ever roster of girls golfers for the Marauders, whose program was approved by the school board over the summer.

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.

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.

Under the direction of first-year head coach Justine Sparks is a Mingus Union High School cross country team filled with faces new and old.

Sparks leads a returning core of girls and a set of mostly new boys that include four freshmen.

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.

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