Click here to read the latest Athlete Q&A, this week with Mingus Union High School senior Nicole Spitzke.
The senior class of Mingus Union High School’s boys soccer team could not have ended its tenure at Bright Field on a higher note, winning 2-1 against school rival Flagstaff High School on Tuesday, Jan. 23.
Two goals in two minutes during the first half were good enough, as the Marauders [6-5-1, 4-2 Grand Canyon Region] were forced to defend for most of the second half.
Two goals in the opening and closing seconds of the second 10-minute overtime period saw the Mingus Union High School girls soccer team lose 3-1 to visiting Bradshaw Mountain High School on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
The Marauders [2-8-1, 1-4 Grand Canyon Region], then took on Coconino High School on senior day, Thursday, Jan. 18, falling 2-1.
As the games become fewer, their importance becomes greater.
The No. 15-ranked Mingus Union High School’s boys basketball team has emerged as one of three contenders for the Grand Canyon Region title. It defeated sixth-place Mohave High School 56-47 at home on Thursday, Jan. 25, but losing 50-44 at first place Coconino High School [15-2, 10-1 Grand Canyon] on Friday, Jan. 26, eliminated its chance at winning the region.
Nonetheless, the focus remains unchanged.
The Mingus Union High School boys basketball team’s grasp on the top rung of the Grand Canyon Region ladder slipped to the third when it hosted No. 10 Coconino High School on Saturday, Jan. 20.
For the second time in as many games, the No. 13 Marauders [9-4, 5-2 Grand Canyon] took on an opponent with an equal region record, but struggled offensively in a 66-52 loss.
Sometimes one goal in the entire season can be more meaningful than others.
The latter of two second-half goals that lifted the Mingus Union High School boys soccer team to a 2-1 Grand Canyon Region win over visiting Prescott High School on Saturday, Jan. 13, could be the difference in going to the state playoffs or not.