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Mingus Union High School’s softball team displayed characteristics typical of a team capable of contending for a championship on Tuesday, April 3.

The Marauders [9-6, 6-3 Grand Canyon] bounced back from a division loss the day prior and got key contributions from players who do not usually stand out in a 3-1 win over second-place Coconino High School.

Two of Mingus Union High School’s softball seniors are moving on to play at the next level; catcher Morgan Mabery signed with South Mountain Community College and pitcher Krista Earl put pen to paper to commit to Cairn University.

Next spring will be the first time the duo will not have played together since they were 8 years old, first teaming up for the Verde Valley All Stars.

During the preseason, Mingus Union High School head softball coach John Brown said that Bradshaw Mountain High School would be one of the team’s toughest opponents in the Grand Canyon Region.

The teams’ first matchup of the season on March 28 proved to be a back-and-forth contest in which both teams traded punches, with the Marauders [7-3, 4-2 Grand Canyon] coming back from down 6-2 to win 8-6.

Mingus Union High School’s top track and field athletes turned in noteworthy performances when the team hosted the Mingus Invitational on Friday, April 7.

With the state championship meet less than one month away, the Marauders showed that they are still continuing to make progress. Overall, the girls were third with 94 points while the boys finished sixth with 65.33 in the nine-team field.

Mingus Union High School’s baseball team picked up two key Grand Canyon Region victories over Bradshaw Mountain High School, winning 11-4 away and 8-3 at home on March 28 and 30, respectively.

The Marauders [10-1, 5-0 Grand Canyon] are now riding a seven-game winning streak, and have risen to No. 4 in the Conference 4A poll.

As a student at Mingus Union High School, Jasmine Roland began studying sports medicine under Mike Boysen, and during that time she set her sights on becoming the head athletic trainer at her alma mater.

Nearly seven full years after graduating, Roland achieved that goal, donning the khaki pants typical of an athletic trainer and a black polo shirt adorned with the Marauders logo since January.

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