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Marauders working hard on the field and off
Head Coach Bob Young and the Mingus Marauders broke their State Playoff drought last year with a regular season record of 9-1, before they fell to the Verrado Vipers in the first round. Last year they were led by senior quarterback Jordan Upham, but it seems they may have a new leader coming into the fold after the departure of the elusive quarterback.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Football is on the horizon
Football in the Verde Valley last season brought a number of exciting story lines to Friday nights under the lights at both Camp Verde and Mingus Union High Schools. Although the two teams had different outcomes to their seasons, they both improved throughout the season, and this season should be more of the same for both programs.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Marauders oust Nogales in championship game 58-54 to finish 6-1 in 24-team tournament
It's only summer ball, but for the Mingus Boys Basketball team and Head Coach David Beery, learning to win is important in the summer.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

VV Heat Elite take title at 'Beat The Heat'
Two local softball teams from Yavapai County earned the opportunity to have their hard work on the diamond recognized over the weekend
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Marauders take on Cougars in summer soccer action
Last season both Mingus Union soccer teams finished their seasons with a .500 record, ending the winter season at 6-6
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Magdalena Romanska finishes 70.3-mile Ironman race in 7:13
How would you like to navigate the turquoise waters of Hapuna Beach in Kona, Hawaii? Or run along the coast line and bike through the rolling hills that provide gorgeous views of the scenery?
Saturday, June 18, 2016

2015-2016 Marauders to hold youth skills camp
This summer, the coaching staff and players that put the Mingus Marauders basketball program back on the map will be holding a Youth Skills Basketball Camp on June 28-30.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Verde Valley Giants claim District 10 title
Ryan Lindsay was 3 for 3 with six RBIs, including two home runs during a 12-run rally in the third inning, and the Verde Valley Giants claimed a District 10 title with a 23-2 win over Prescott Valley on Sunday afternoon.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sedona's Lineberry Selected as Southwest Junior Team Coach
On Friday, June 3, United States Professional Association Master Professional Larry Lineberry was selected as the coach of the Southwest Boys & Girls, 16 & under, Zonal team. The team will play in competition in Salt Lake City, Utah the week of July 6 to the 11. This is the fifth consecutive year that Lineberry was been chosen to coach the team.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Robinson tops Casillas for Regional Title, Wesley Loveall gets win for Larson's gym
Saturday night brought 10 Verde Valley fighters to Cortez High School in Phoenix for another installment of the Ultimate Combat Fighting Challenge. Two of those fighters, Manuel Robinson of Dragon's Eye and Ezequiel Casillas of Golden Cobra squared off for a Regional Title in a battle that went all five two-minute rounds.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Aftershock ends season on high note
This past weekend the Aftershock Distance club attended the United States of America Track and Field Junior Olympics, held at Mesa Community College, and for the fourth time this season Allyson Arellano snapped the 3000 meter record for her age group.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Macafee's Monologues: RIP Muhammad Ali, The Greatest of All-Time
Friday evening, as I returned to the office after covering a basketball tournament in Camp Verde, I received truly saddening news as I sat down at my desk, it was the end of another era. Muhammad Ali had passed away.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Yavapai beats Iowa Western 7-3, advances to national title game
For the first time in a decade, Yavapai College's baseball team has qualified for the championship of the JUCO World Series after notching a 7-3 victory over NJCAA No. 4-ranked Iowa Western in an elimination game on Thursday, June 2, at Suplizio Field.

Five-time national champion San Jacinto-North of Texas (3-1 record in the Series) lost to Chattahoochie Valley of Alabama (3-1), 13-3, in the winners' bracket final Thursday night. San Jac and Chattahoochie will play again at 6 p.m. today, June 3, to decide which team faces Yavapai (4-1) in the national title game at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Gus Henley earns Division III 1st team All-Division nod
If you attended any Mingus Baseball games this year, there was probably one reoccurring theme you saw over and over again. Pitchers were rotated and players were moved around the infield and outfield, but it was a rarity not to see catcher Gus Henley behind the plate, relaying pitch signals and keeping his pitchers calm and collected when needed.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Maddie Bejarano voted onto Division II All-Division 2nd Team
Many softball programs go through rebuilding seasons. For the Mingus Marauders 2016 was one of them, they battled through the injury of staff ace Krista Earl and finished with a record of 6-20-1 in a tough Division II.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Dan Razo prepares to break World Record for 4th time in bench press
"One day my dad asked me if I would rather be a singer or a bowler," 42-year-old Dan Razo said after finishing up another rep on the bench press at the Cottonwood Recreation Center. "I told him neither, I want to be a weight-lifter. Cause that's my No. 1 goal, to be a weightlifter."
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Aftershock runners battle windy conditions at AZ State Meet
Back-to-back days of 4 a.m. wake ups didn't stop the Aftershock Distance running club from having yet another successful meet this past weekend at the USA Track & Field Arizona State Championships this past weekend at Mesa Community College.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mingus Union Youth Basketball Camp
This summer, the coaching staff and players that put the Mingus Marauders basketball program back on the map will be holding a Youth Skills Basketball Camp on June 28-30.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mingus athletes earn All-Section nods
The Mingus Marauders baseball team ended their regular season with an 18-2 Division III Section I victory over the Show Low Cougars, sealing themselves a Division III Section I Championship.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Marauders fall to Alhambra, 8-7, to end State Title run
There were two outs in the top of the 7th inning and the No. 5-seeded Mingus Marauders had runners on 1st and 3rd, trailing the top-seeded Alhambra Lions by just one run. The Marauders had closed the gap to 7-5 after a three-run 6th inning after Tristan Clark plated Zack Abrigo and Andrew Kulis with a bases clearing double.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

No. 5-seeded Mingus set to take on No. 1-seeded Alhambra in AIA Division III State Playoff Semi-Finals
Four weeks ago, the No. 5-seeded Mingus Marauders took down the No. 1-seeded Alhambra Lions 3-1 in a Division III power point rankings game that really had no consequences other than one team moving up in the rankings and one moving down.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

NBA D-League coming to Prescott Valley
Some 200 people showed up to watch the new Northern Arizona Suns NBA Developmental League basketball team unveil its logo and uniforms Tuesday night, May 10, at Prescott Valley Event Center.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Macafee's Monologues: Summer is approaching
he school year is coming to an end and the summer is almost upon us. It has been an exciting first year at the helm of the Sports Department of Verde Valley Newspapers.

It was a very exciting first year, covering multiple-trips to the State Playoffs for both Camp Verde and Mingus Union High Schools.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Marauders earn three medals at State Meet
They didn't bring home any State Championships but the Mingus Marauders Track and Field team turned in some pretty great performances Friday and Saturday at Mesa Community College for the AIA Division III State Track Meet. Snowflake took home the title on the boys side with a total of 89.5 points and Fountain Hills earned the top honors on the girls side with 91 points.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mingus moves on to Division III Semi-Finals
At this point in the AIA Division III State Playoffs the No. 5-seeded Mingus Marauders have been delayed or canceled due to rain twice, both times those games resulted in a come-from-behind victory for the Marauders in their final at-bats.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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