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Boxers got down and dirty in Cottonwood.

Golden Cobra boxer Alex Brewer, 9, right, keeps his hands up while facing Daniel Toribio during their bout at the Down and Dirty 2 boxing event Saturday, June 23. Toribio won the bout.Richard Williams of Cottonwood boxing club Golden Cobra hosted Down and Dirty II on Saturday, June 23.

“It was a good turnout,” Williams said. “We had really good, well-matched fights.”

The event featured 14 boxing matches with fighters ranging from the ages of 9 to 28 years old coming from nine different boxing gyms. Golden Cobra of Cottonwood and Champs Gym of Camp Verde were represented, along with four gyms from Phoenix, and one each from Tucson, Las Vegas and Coachella, Calif.

“Each fight was a close competition,” trainer Juan Munoz said. “Every one of them could have gone either way.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, June 27, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

The Verde Valley Majors All-Stars baseball team [ages 11 to 12] began practice Monday, June 18, with a goal in mind of winning the district championship.

Matthew Bachler scoops up the ball and throws it back to his partner during practice Saturday,  June 16. Bachler and the Verde Valley Majors All-Stars baseball team begin the District 10 Arizona Little League Majors All-Stars Baseball Tournament on Tuesday, July 3.“This is probably the best time I’ve ever had here,” Verde Valley skipper Pete Kelly said. “Our strength is our pitching, and we go 12 deep on our team. There are plenty of guys that can play a lot of positions if need be.”

Kelly, who has coached within the confines of the Verde Valley Little League for 10 years, will take Verde Valley to the District 10 Arizona Little League Majors All-Stars Tournament beginning Monday, July 2. It is Kelly’s sixth all-star team to date.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, June 20, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

When 64-year-old Cottonwood resident Norm Newell sunk his second shot on No. 12 at a local golf course in Cornville from 210 yards out May 7, he didn’t even know it.

Norm Newell shows the very ball with which he scored a double eagle on a par-5 hole at a Cornville golf course. The double eagle Newell hit was on May 7. A lifelong athlete, Newell took a few minutes May 29 to explain the dynamics of his one-in-a-million feat.“From where we were, we actually couldn’t see the cup or the ball once it landed. My buddy said the shot looked pretty good so when we went up to find it, I looked around and couldn’t find it,” Newell said, figuring he had lost his ball.

“My friend George [Meyer] said, well look in the cup,” Newell recalled. “And there it was.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, June 6, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

Members of the Mingus Union High School track and field team traveled south May 16 to participate in the annual Arizona Meet of Champions.

Senior Torey Braly sprints to the finish line during the 100-meter hurdles at state May 16.At Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, the dismal Valley sun was a nonfactor since the meet didn’t begin until shortly after 6 p.m. under the lights.

More than 100 schools registered for the massive event, ranging from the very top in Division I programs like Hamilton, Mountain Pointe and Chandler high schools to Division IV mighty mites like Northwest Christian, Phoenix Christian, Arizona Lutheran and Valley Christian high schools.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 23, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

Having gone undefeated throughout the regular season, the Verde Valley Giants baseball team was served a bit of humble pie Friday, June 8, losing to the Prescott Valley Red Sox, 8-6.

Justin Tanner waits on a pitch Friday, June 8, in the first inning at the Tournament of Champions in Prescott Valley. Tanner and the Verde Valley Giants baseball team lost to the Verde Valley Red Sox, 8-6.Verde Valley came into the Tournament of Champions this past weekend with a near perfect 17-0-1 record but struggled early against the Red Sox at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley on Friday.

“Of course we had to play one of our worst games of the season. We had four errors in the game,” longtime skipper Pete Kelly said.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, June 13, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

Mingus Union High School graduate Torey Braly is moving on to bigger and better things.

Torey Braly smiles for the camera before signing her letter of intent to play soccer for Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Braly scored 74 goals in her final two years for the Mingus Union High School girls soccer team.Braly officially signed her letter of intent back in February to play soccer for the Lumberjacks at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

The Mingus standout will play for Head Coach Andre Luciano, who enters his 12th year as head coach for NAU this fall.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 30, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

The girls track and field team at Mingus Union High School earned the program’s first state championship Saturday, May 12, destroying the competition and winning by nearly 40 points.

Sophomore Heather Calandra prepares herself for the shot put minutes before her first throw Friday, May 11, at the Division III State Championships in Mesa. The two-day event was held at Mesa Community College and ran through Saturday, May 12.“The girls did a great job. They really put out a lot of effort, and everything came together for us at the right time,” first-year Mingus Head Coach Yancey DeVore said.

Mingus scored 106 points to win the Division III state title Saturday, outlasting Show Low High School, which was a distant second with 66.33 points.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 16, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

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