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"He was who we thought he was"
Former Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green, is probably best known for his rant: "They were who we thought they were, and we let them off the hook," Green angrily shouted, hitting the podium at his after game press conference. Green, was angry after his Cardinals blew a 20-0 halftime lead against the Chicago Bears in 2006. Green died from complications of cardiac arrest late Thursday night. He was 67.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Larson's Gym members invited to Thailand after a big Muay Thai kickboxing win in Des Moines, Iowa
Clifford Larson, coach of Larson's Gym of Camp Verde (and member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation) confirmed on June 30 that Camp Verde kicking box team member will travel to Thailand to participate in an international Muay Thai tournament beginning August 22 and ending September 1.  
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Marauders head to Concordia University for annual camp
At Mingus Union High School even during voluntary conditioning, all you have to do is take a look around to feel the intensity of practice. Music blared from speakers Monday to help the team get used to crowd noise. And yes, it is game time at this 4A school. Coach Bob Young has his assistants running a well-organized practice to where the players sprint at the sound of a whistle for their water breaks.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

2016 IKF World Classic
On Saturday, fighters from all over the world will converge on Orlando, Florida for the 2016 IKF World Classic. Hulices Felix, a Camp Verde High School student, will be one Verde Valley fighter competing for a championship belt at the World Classic.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Coytoe Trails Hole in 1
Rick Christensen of Cottonwood recorded his third Hole in One in the last 1 1/2 years.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Verde Valley edges Prescott for District 10 Majors title;advances to state tournament
COTTONWOOD - Verde Valley All-Stars coach Jeff Lynch received a well-deserved Gatorade ice-water bath from a few of his players a short time after his squad edged the Prescott All-Stars, 4-3, to win the Arizona District 10 Little League Majors Tournament here on Saturday, July 9.
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Verde Valley forces title rematch in rout over Prescott
COTTONWOOD - Dante Gabaldon's single in the fifth inning became Verde Valley's first RBI base hit of the District 10 Majors All-Stars Tournament title game as the Prescott All-Stars committed eight errors in a 12-2 loss Friday night.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Verde Valley teams still alive in District 10 tournament
COTTONWOOD - Tyson Potts was 3 for 3 with six RBIs, including a grand slam in the second inning, and the Prescott All-Stars advanced to District 10 Majors All-Stars Tournament title game with a 21-8 win over the Camp Verde All-Stars on Wednesday night.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

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


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