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Members of the Mingus Union High School’s boys and girls tennis teams participated in the 2017 Arizona Interscholastic Association Division II State Championship, which began with the first and second rounds on Friday, April 21.

Despite not having qualified as a team, every school can enter a representative for both the singles and doubles tournament, played at Scottsdale Ranch Park and Tennis Center.

Mingus Union High School baseball’s flat start and season-low one run in power-point games led to a 6-1 home loss to Grand Canyon Region rival Prescott High School on Monday, April 17.

Marauders head coach Bob Young had little to say after the loss, the team’s third on the bounce, except that the team has not played the game “the right way.” The defeat further complicated its chances to claim the region title.

After starting its Grand Canyon Region schedule 6-0, the Mingus Union High School baseball team dropped its two contests in the final frames with Flagstaff High School on April 11 and Thursday, April 13, and no longer controls its own destiny.

The Marauders [11-3, 6-2 Grand Canyon] lost 5-3 on April 11 before a last-inning meltdown saw them lose 14-6 on April 13, and are now tied with Flagstaff for first place in the region with four games to go.

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.

The Mingus Union High School track and field team competed in the Verde Valley for the final time of the 2017 season at the Sedona Invitational on April 18.

Some Marauders who have already qualified for the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division III State meet participated in off events to break up the monotony of the season. Some boys were placed into such events in order to focus on qualifying in the 4x800-meter relay.

Last week, the baseball team rose to No. 2 in the Conference 4A rankings and No. 14 in Arizona, according to Maxpreps.com.

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.

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