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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 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.”

Second-year Mingus Union High School girls basketball Head Coach Micah Swenson says his girls don’t have a lot of size this season, but that will benefit his style of play over the next four months.

“We want to get up and down. An up-tempo game is the way we want to play. We’re not very big so our guards will have to step up,” Swenson said.

Sophomore post player Seairah Ebert goes strong to the hole. Ebert should be solid for the Mingus Union High School girls basketball team in 2010-2011.The Marauders lost seven players to graduation in 2009-2010. The team finished 6-13 overall after making the 4A-II conference final four in 2008-2009.

Familiar faces won’t be the theme of the year when Mingus opens its season Wednesday, Dec. 1, against Coronado High School.

Mingus returns only two players from last season in seniors Kayla Storie and Shaylene Martinez. Both were elected captains this season and should be starters when the season gets under way tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Storie is a solid point guard and has been for quite some time and could get All-Region votes for the 4A-II Grand Canyon when the season comes to an end in February.

Storie and Martinez are also the only seniors to make the team this season, making for a young squad in Swenson’s second year.

Top newcomers include sophomore post player Seairah Ebert and junior Desi Ortiz while junior Taylor Jochim looks to play some point guard behind Storie.

Juniors Jonie Olson and Lindsey Koeppe have made the squad while sophomore Skyler Storie looks to follow in her older sister’s footsteps.
“We’re pretty guard-heavy so we’ll have to play well against the bigger teams,” Swenson said.

This season’s Grand Canyon region is stacked once again. Both Flagstaff and Page high schools should be atop the standings again, and both could make the final four like they did in 2009-2010.

Page beat Flagstaff in the final four in the 4A-II conference state tournament in February, 49-47, but lost to
No. 1 Seton Catholic High School in the championship, 57-34.

Both teams return their core players in 2010-2011, making everyone else in the Grand Canyon region, including Mingus, fight for third place.

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.

Entering his seventh year as head coach for the boys soccer team at Mingus Union High School, Cade Densmore believes this year’s squad will be one of the strongest he’s coached for the Marauders.

“The core of the team is back,” Densmore said after practice Monday, Nov. 22. “We have several starters back and some new kids that are solid.”

Sweeper Jonathan Witt pops the ball back downfield against North Canyon High School on Nov. 17.Despite Mingus’ 11-8 overall record in 2009-2010, the Marauders finished a perfect 5-0 in 4A-II Grand Canyon region play, claiming a title.

Within the region, Mingus recorded three shut-out victories and gave up only two goals.

The Marauders lost in the first round of the 4A-II conference state playoffs in February to Palo Verde High School, a team that made it to the state finals before losing in penalty kicks to eventual state champion Cortez High School.

With 13 seniors having graduated last season, Densmore said many teams might underestimate the Marauders’ ability.

“I think we will be solid, and probably surprise a lot of teams. If we can stay healthy with the 15 or 16 kids we have on varsity, I think we can win the region again,” Densmore said.

Top returners for the Marauders include seniors Todd Runyan, Mike Rebstein and Austin Richardson along with juniors Jonathon Witt, Austin Strobel and Williams Dominguez.

Runyan and Witt are two of the better defenders in the region while Strobel is a solid midfielder and Rebstein should be one of the best at the forward position.

As for the newcomers, juniors Alex Contreres and Charlie Ramirez are both back after missing their sophomore campaigns for various reasons and sophomore Alan Mendoza has impressed the Mingus coaching staff, according to Densmore.

At the goalkeeper position, 5-foot, 6-inch sophomore Gilbert Quidera should be between the posts when Mingus begins play next week.

According to Densmore, two of the top goalkeepers slated to play for Mingus were ineligible, and are unable to play this year.
“If there’s an aspect of our team I’m a little concerned about it’s the goalkeeper position, but I still think Gilbert [Quidera] is going to do a great job for us,” Densmore said.

Mingus opens its regular season schedule at Independence High School on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Scheduled start time is set for 6 p.m.

The first home match for the Marauders will be Tuesday, Dec. 7, when Notre Dame Preparatory Academy comes to Cottonwood.

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