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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.

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.

The No. 8 Marauders watched helplessly as the walls came crashing down on top of them in a devastating 8-7 loss to No. 1- seeded Payson High School in extra innings Saturday, May 5.

shortstop Taylor Brott whirls around to tag out a Prescott High School base runner during a home game  April 24.The loss, which will go down as one of the biggest collapses in Arizona Interscholastic Association softball state tournament history, eliminates the Mingus Union High School softball team and ends its 2012 season.

“It’s hard to pinpoint what went wrong in this game because we did so many things right. For 62 innings we played perfect softball. This is the best game I have ever coached, and I saw these girls really step up and play the game the way it’s supposed to be played,” Mingus Head Coach Heather Wacker said.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 8, 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.

Sophomore starting pitcher Austin Zwart settled in after allowing two runs in the second inning, and his Marauders went on to win the first round of the Division III state playoffs Tuesday, May 1, 14-2.

Mingus Union High School BASEBALL PLAYER Robert Valentine chases down a Badgers baseball player during a home game against Prescott High School on April 24.Monument Valley High School, which came into Tuesday’s game at Coconino High School in Flagstaff with the No. 24 seed, tallied two runs in the top of the second but couldn’t figure Zwart out after that.

“We were confident we could play well against Monument Valley,” longtime Mingus Union High School baseball Head Coach Bob Young said. “We lost our last three games of the year, so it’s been an up-and-down year. We have the talent and if we play like we can, we can make a run.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 2, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

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