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Mingus Union High School’s softball team learned a lesson that perhaps will benefit it later in the season: Big hits do not always translate to big scores, or wins.

The Marauders [6-3, 3-2 Grand Canyon] split a Grand Canyon Region doubleheader with visiting Mohave High School on Saturday, March 25; the Thunderbirds won 5-4 in game one while Mingus took game two, 6-5. Both teams hit two home runs en route to their losses.

When an athlete makes a mistake during a pivotal moment of a game, rarely does the opportunity to make up for it present itself.

Fortunately for Mingus Union High School junior outfielder and pitcher Jordan Huey, he was able to break the tie he had just conceded to give the Marauders a 7-6 walk off-win over visiting Grand Canyon Region rival Coconino High School on March 20.

Injuries are never a welcome thing for any team at any point in the season, but better earlier than later.

A core group of girls on the Mingus Union High School track and field team are going through just that problem, but both the boys and girls as a whole have made progress.

Surrounded by teammates and family, Mingus Union High School girls soccer senior Auli Hanks signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Salem International University on March 8.

Hanks recently changed her commitment, having originally committed to NCAA Division III Beloit College, when she learned that she was receiving a full-ride athletic scholarship from the NCAA Division II Tigers. Division III teams do not offer athletic scholarships.

Mingus Union High School girls tennis coach Andrea Meyer knew heading into her team’s matches against Marcos de Niza High School and Notre Dame Preparatory High School that it would be challenged.

The Marauders [4-2, 0-1] dropped both matches, 5-4 and 9-0, respectively, but Meyer is not disappointed with their performances in the slightest.

Fresh off of a silver bracket championship at the Grace Lee Haught Memorial tournament over the weekend and nine wins out of 10 games, the Mingus Union High School softball team is riding high.

But with nine games in the Grand Canyon Region yet to play, head coach John Brown feels like his team has not yet reached its peak.

After losing a tough match against Lee Williams High School the previous day, the Mingus Union High School boys tennis team suffered a heavier defeat when it hosted Prescott High School on March 8.

The Marauders [1-4] lost 9-0 to Prescott after losing 5-4 to Lee Williams, the latter of the two slipping from their grasp after having the upper hand.

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