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Junior forward Torey Braly continued her stellar season Tuesday, Feb. 1, this time on the biggest stage Arizona high school soccer has to offer in the 4A-II conference state playoffs.

Torey Braly sprints downfield with the ball Jan. 4. Braly scored three goals in a 3-0 win for the Mingus Union High School girls soccer team Tuesday, Feb. 1. Mingus beat Liberty High School in the first round of the 4A-II conference state tournament.Braly recorded a hat trick in a -0 win for the Mingus Union High School girls soccer team Tuesday, advancing the Marauders to round two.

“Torey [Braly] is an exceptional athlete,” Mingus Head Coach Buddy Rhodes said. “In my opinion, she is one of the best forwards in the state, regardless of region or conference.”

Braly certainly proved her coach right Tuesday against Liberty High School at the Reach 11 Complex in Phoenix in round one, recording the hat trick and improving on her own school record of goals scored in a season with 39.

The Marauders began the match like they were running in mud, but Braly tried to change that with a goal in the fifth minute to give Mingus a 1-0 lead.

The girls in white continued to struggle in the first half, missing many opportunities to score but in the end, the defense continued to do its job.

“You have to also keep in mind we have a stellar defense. We’ve been keeping other teams out of the goal which allows our offense to open up and go score,” Rhodes said.

In the second half, Mingus did just that, passing and weaving, giving Braly a chance to get her hat trick.

Braly netted her second goal in the 58th minute, and her third in the 64th minute to give the Marauders a 3-0 advantage and eventually the win.

Mingus goalkeeper Courtney Hageman didn’t have much work Tuesday, recording only two saves as the Lions didn’t mount much of an attack.

Junior Taylor Brott took over between the posts with 10 minutes to go and continued to do good work for the Marauders, keeping the shutout intact and helping Mingus advance.

With the 3-0 win, Mingus improves its record to 13-3 [4-0, 4A-II Grand Canyon] overall this season.

Mingus went into the state playoffs with a No. 4 ranking, which matched it up with No. 14 Liberty.

The Marauders will have a few days of rest and practice before they lace up their cleats again against No. 11 Higley High School, which upset No. 6 Williams Field High School, 4-3.

The match against Higley in round two of the state playoffs will take place Saturday, Feb. 5. A place and time is yet to be determined.

After going scoreless in the first half, the Mingus Union High School boys soccer team turned it on offensively, scoring four goals Saturday, Jan. 22, to defeat visiting Page High School, 4-1.

Marauders midfielder Alex Hickey knocks a Sand Devils player aside to get control of the ball during a Mingus Union High School home game against Page High School on Saturday, Jan. 22.“The way we are playing, any team is beatable. We go into matches confident and that’s a good thing,” Mingus Head Coach Cade Densmore said.

The Marauders took an impressive 37 shots against the Sand Devils, while allowing Page to shoot only four times.

Mingus goalkeeper Gilbert Quidera recorded three saves, allowing only the one goal in the second half.

Junior forward Williams Dominguez was the star of the show Saturday, recording a hat trick for the first time this season.

Dominguez completed his masterpiece with a one-on-one breakdown of the Page defense and beat the goalkeeper in the 67th minute for his third goal of the day.

Dominguez’ first goal came in the 48th minute on an assist by junior Charlie Ramirez while junior Austin Strobel had the second assist when Dominguez scored in the 58th minute.

Ramirez scored the third goal for Mingus in the 65th minute Saturday, with Dominguez recording the assist to make it 3-0 Marauders.

After the hat trick goal to make it 4-0, Page found a crease in the Mingus defense with a few backups in the game to bring the score to 4-1 which was the final.

With the victory, the Marauders get themselves over .500 for the first time this season at 7-6-1 overall. Mingus is 2-1 in 4A-II Grand Canyon region action.

Mingus is ranked No. 14 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association power point polls, which were released early Wednesday, Jan. 26.

“Our goal from the beginning was to get into state by power points,” Densmore said.

Even if Mingus finishes 2-0 in its last two matches, they still could wind up in third place in the Grand Canyon. Only the top two teams get an automatic bid to the state tournament in February.

Next up, Mingus is scheduled to travel north to rival Flagstaff High School on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Official start time is set for 3 p.m.

The Mingus Union High School boys soccer team earned its third straight victory Tuesday, Jan. 11, in an impressive 2-1 win at home over Bradshaw Mountain High School.

Mike Rebstein, a senior forward on the Mingus Union High School boys soccer team recoils from a kick from a Bradshaw Mountain High School player during a home match Tuesday, Jan. 11. Mingus won, 2-1.“It was a great match,” Mingus Head Coach Cade Densmore said. “We took good shots and our kids played well.”

Mingus beat Shadow Ridge High School [8-0] on Jan. 4 and 4A-II Grand Canyon rival Coconino High School [2-0] on Saturday, Jan. 8, to start the new year a perfect 3-0.

The victory Tuesday evened Mingus’ record to 5-5-1 [1-0, 4A-II Grand Canyon] overall this season.

The Marauders are currently ranked No. 18 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association power point polls, which were released early Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Against Bradshaw Mountain, an old Grand Canyon region foe, junior forward Williams Dominguez scored in the 10th minute off a Tanner Johnson assist to make it 1-0 Mingus.

In the 23rd minute, Bradshaw Mountain found a way through the Mingus defense and scored to tie it 1-1. The ball was kicked around in the box and eventually bounced over Mingus goalkeeper Gilbert Quidera’s head.

The Bears took only six shots on goal Tuesday compared to Mingus’ 12 while Quidera had four saves.

In the second half, Dominguez got a hold of another loose ball and made his way downfield only to get fouled in the box by a Bradshaw Mountain defender.

“There probably should have been a red card on that play. Even the coach for them said he was surprised there wasn’t,” Densmore said.

Senior Mike Rebstein was awarded the penalty kick by Densmore and he came through, placing the ball in the back corner of the goal to make it 2-1 Mingus with 28 minutes to go.

Both teams played even the rest of the way, but Mingus was able to hold off Bradshaw Mountain for the victory.

“It was a good win for us. They are a tough team,” Densmore said.

The biggest match of the season for the Marauders comes this weekend when they make the four-hour bus ride to Mohave High School to play the No. 4 Thunderbirds.

Mohave is a perfect 7-0 in power point matches this season. The Thunderbirds beat Bradshaw Mountain 4-0 on Dec. 8 and Coconino on Jan. 4, 1-0.

Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Mingus won’t return home until Saturday, Jan. 22, when it plays host to Page High School.

Verde Valley online voters made a local mother Goodwill of Central Arizona Football Mom of the Year by a 20,000-vote margin.

Candi Yatsinko, known as “Momyats” by the players and coaches of the Mingus Union High School football team, garnered 106,539 votes in the contest, an annual award sponsored by Goodwill to recognize moms who “go above and beyond to make every game, cheer for every student and help out whenever necessary,” according to Leslie Woodruff, Cox7 Arizona manager of programming and operations.

Candi Yatsinko stands Monday, Dec. 6, with members of the Mingus Union High School football team, who she calls “her boys.” Yatsinko was voted Goodwill of Central Arizona Football Mom of the Year.That’s a fair description of what Yatsinko has done for the MUHS football program during the last seven years, Head Coach Bob Young said. Young and his fellow coaches nominated Yatsinko for the award.

“She’s been a lifesaver for me,” Young said. “She organizes just about everything — booster club activities, meals for the players. This is a well-deserved award.”

“You can’t run a program without people like her,” John Behlo said. Behlo coached Yatsinko for three weeks before she participated in a punt, pass and kick competition associated with the contest.

Along with the other 19 moms from across central Arizona who competed, Yatsinko started from the 50-yard line, punted a football, then threw the ball from the point where the punt landed and finally kicked a field goal from that point.

After profiling each of the contestants and broadcasting the punt, pass and kick competition, Cox7 television viewers were asked to vote for their favorite mom, Woodruff said.

Yatsinko won with 106,539 votes. Her closest competition, a football mom from Fountain Hills High, received 86,033.

“I want to give a very special thank you to all my crazy voters who went without sleep for two days to make sure I won this title,” Yatsinko said. “It means a lot to me.”

Yatsinko said her supporters watched the votes add up online and noticed the next competitor was getting closer. The Maruaders responded to the challenge, organizing Team Candi, a group of supporters who worked in shifts to register online votes for their nominee.

“I’d surrender every single vote to watch my son and these boys play one more Mingus football game,” Yatsinko said. The Marauders were eliminated from the state champion football tournament Nov. 19.

Yatsinko said winning was a semisweet way to close out the year. Her son, Doug, a 17-year-old senior, is the last of her two boys to go through the MUHS football program. Married 23 years to husband Vinnie, Yatsinko is also mother to Nick, 19, a former Marauder.

“I’ve been team mom for this group of senior boys since 2003 when they were the Cottonwood Colts,” Yatsinko said. “They are like my own kids and are very special to me.”

Junior forward Torey Braly decided it was her time to step into the spotlight Saturday, Jan. 15, as she recorded a hat trick in a 7-0 win over visiting Mohave High School.

More importantly, Braly set the school record for most goals scored in a season with 30.

Junior Torey Braly points to her teammate looking to get her the ball in a match Jan. 4. Braly scored a hat trick Saturday, Jan. 15, in a 7-0 win over Grand Canyon region rival Mohave Valley High School. Braly’s three goals gave her the scoring title for goals in a single season by one player with 30.“Torey [Braly] is one of those special athletes that comes along every once in awhile,” Mingus Union High School girls soccer Head Coach Buddy Rhodes said. “The previous school record was 27 goals in one season and she passed that against Mohave. She’s an exceptional athlete.”

With three matches left on the schedule this season, the first coming Wednesday, Jan. 19, against Sunnyslope High School, Braly is sure to add to her own record tonight to cement her name in Mingus lore.

After losing three in a row dating back to the Las Vegas Invitational championship match on Dec. 4 and the two matches after, the Marauders have pieced together a nice run, claiming their sixth straight win Saturday.

The streak started with a thrilling 1-0 victory over new rival Sedona Red Rock High School on Dec. 14, and continued Saturday against a lowly Mohave team.

Mingus scored five goals in the first half and finished the game with seven on 23 shots on goal.

The Marauders’ defense held strong as well, allowing only three shots on goal by the Thunderbirds, who managed only three corner kicks.

Senior goalkeeper Courtney Hageman recorded three saves against Mohave, keeping the shutout intact Saturday.
It is the second straight shutout for the Mingus defense. The Marauders beat Bradshaw Mountain High School on Jan. 11, 7-0.
Adding to Braly’s three goals, Amanda Randolph, Allyn Backus, Dalis Sealey and Mackenzie Mabery each added a goal in the rout.

With the victory, Mingus improves its record to 10-3 overall this season and 2-0 in the 4A-II Grand Canyon region.
The Marauders are 6-2 overall in Arizona Interscholastic Association power point matches, making them No. 6 overall in the polls.

The Mingus Union High School wrestling team traveled to Reno, Nev., this past weekend to participate in the Reno Tournament of Champions.

The Mingus Union High School wrestling team traveled to Reno, Nev., this past weekend to participate in the Reno Tournament of Champions.It is one of the largest high school wrestling tournaments in the country every year, which is why first-year Mingus Head Coach Klint Mckean said his team makes the trip.

“For a lot of the kids this was the biggest tournament they’ve ever been to,” Mckean said. “The 13-hour drive is tough, but it was a good trip that brought the team together.”

The Marauders finished 26th overall in the team standings Saturday, Dec. 18. With over 80 high school teams in attendance, finishing 26th isn’t half bad, according to Mckean.

The last time Mingus finished 26th or better in Reno was 2009. In 2009, Mingus went on to claim a 4A-II conference state championship.

At 152 pounds, Mingus standout Logan Addis reached All-American status, going 5-1 overall during the two-day tournament, losing only in the championship bout.

In the 215-pound weight class, Matt Chavez finished fifth overall with his 6-2 record.

Other standouts included 125-pound Hank Goettl who finished 3-2 overall while 140-pound Dillon Lightfoot was also 3-2.
Others earning victories over the weekend included 119-pound Cody Heflin, 130-pound Dylan Wilber, 160-pound Justin Zaske and heavyweight Bobby Carrancho.

Next up for the Marauders is the Dave Work Memorial tournament in Cottonwood which is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Dec. 29.

First bout at the Dave Work Memorial tournament is scheduled for 8 a.m.

The Dave Work Memorial is the last wrestling tournament of 2010 for Mingus, which will open 2011 at the Yavapai County Multiple meet at Wickenburg High School on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

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If it wasn’t for an own-goal by the Mingus Union High School girls soccer team Tuesday, Dec. 7, the Marauders might be singing a different tune.

Instead, Mingus lost to rival Notre Dame Preparatory Academy, which is also ranked No. 2 in the state, 2-1.

“Sometimes that happens,” Mingus Head Coach Buddy Rhodes said in a phone interview Wednesday, Dec. 8. “We had some injuries and were shorthanded, and we still competed with one of the best teams in the state.”

At the Las Vegas Invitational this past weekend, Mingus lost senior forward Kayla Dixon to an ankle injury and she was unable to play in Tuesday night’s match against Notre Dame.

In the first half and down 2-0, Mingus lost another star in senior defensive standout Jesse Zaske, who injured her knee.

Mingus Union High School girls varsity soccer midfielder Lashea Taylor moves the ball downfield during a home match against Independence High School played on the Camp Verde High School field Nov. 30 (left). Mingus won the match with a score 5-0. The Marauders played Notre Dame Preparatory Academy on Tuesday, Dec. 7, and lost 2-1.“I don’t think we’re going to get her back for a while; it wasn’t good. We’ll send her to a doctor in the next day or two and see what the prognosis is,” Rhodes said.

With 10 minutes to go and the outcome very much in doubt, Mingus lost another top player in junior forward Torey Braly, who went up for a header and literally smacked heads with another player, causing her to get a nice bump on the head and a seat on the bench next to Dixon and Zaske.

“At the end of the match, we had one starter from last season on the field,” Rhodes said. “That speaks to how talented our young girls are coming up. They played great.”

Notre Dame scored in the 10th and 24th minutes to take the 2-0 lead heading into halftime. The second goal in the 24th minute is the one that Mingus scored on themselves, causing a disappointed look on many Marauders players’ faces.

In the second half, however, senior Lashea Taylor deflected in a direct kick from sophomore Nataly Escamilla to score Mingus’ first goal of the match, making it a 2-1 affair with just under 32 minutes to go.

The rest of the way, both teams were even but in the end, Mingus couldn’t overcome the 2-1 deficit and lost to a bitter rival.
“Notre Dame is a well-respected team. They are very good. It’s a tough loss for us but it happens,” Rhodes said.

Senior goalkeeper Courtney Hageman recorded five saves on the night while junior Taylor Brott filled in for her in the second half and recorded three saves.

With the loss, Mingus drops to 4-2 overall this season and should still be ranked in the top five in the 4A-II conference come next week when the rankings come out.

Next up, Mingus will travel to Thunderbird High School, which is ranked No. 1 in the 4A-II, on Thursday, Dec. 9.
Scheduled start time for the match is set for 6 p.m.

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