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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

Arellano snaps two records at latest meet for Aftershock Distance
The Aftershock Distance Running Club continued their season this past Saturday and Aftershock runner Allyson Arellano continued to break and shatter records in the process.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

No. 5 Marauders take on No. 4 Kofa Kings
No. 5-seeded Mingus Union escaped the second round of the AIA Division III playoffs with some late inning heroics from senior center-fielder Tristan Clark, leading to a 5-4 win over the No. 12-seeded Washington Rams. That victory has led them to a quarterfinals matchup with the No. 4-seeded Kofa Kings.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Marauders on to Division III Quarterfinals
Friday night was just the start of the fun for the No. 5-seeded Mingus Marauders as they trounced their cross-county rival No. 28-seeded Chino Valley, 10-0, in six-innings of play to move on to the second round of the AIA Division III State Playoffs at the Surprise Sports Complex.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Marauders qualify 12 for Division III State Meet
The AIA Division III State Track Meet begins on Friday, May 6, at Mesa Community College and the Mingus Marauders will be taking a total of 12 athletes to compete in 17 different events. Many Marauders cracked the top 10 rankings of their individual events this season
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Alhambra Last Chance
It was the last chance for any athletes to qualify for the State Meet next Friday and Saturday as a select few from both the Camp Verde Cowboys and Mingus Union Marauders took to the track & field Wednesday afternoon at Alhambra High School.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Marauders compete at State Tournament
This past weekend the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division II Boys and Girls Tennis State Playoffs began. Each team is allowed to send one singles player and a doubles team to compete in the Singles and Doubles State Playoff brackets.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Prescott and Sedona Red Rock take home team titles at YCC, Marauders finish fourth in both Divisions
Mingus Union senior Chance Gribauskas pole vaulted is way into the Mingus Union record books Friday afternoon at the Yavapai County Championships, held at Bradshaw Mountain High School.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

New Arizona record in high jump, 7-feet, 2.5 inches
His name is Gabriel Beecham. For 26 years, the former Casa Grande High School standout owned the Arizona state high school record in the high jump.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

No. 5-ranked Marauders finish season on 6-game win streak with 18-2 win over Show Low
Tyler Kelly went 2-for-2, walked once, and hit a Grand Slam in the bottom of the 3rd inning as the No.5-ranked Mingus Marauders ended their regular season play, winning nine-straight power point games.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mingus Union falls just short at Coconino, 17-16
No. 23-ranked Coconino came roaring back Friday afternoon, scoring five-runs in the bottom of the 7th inning, to complete on the comeback on the No. 45-ranked Mingus Marauders in the Division II Section II matchup.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Upham honored as "Top 22 Scholar Athlete in Arizona"
In the term, "Student-Athlete" student always comes first and Jordan Upham, a senior at Mingus Union High School, was honored as a "Top 22 Scholar Athlete in Arizona."
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Marauders and Cowboys prepare for final stretch of the 2016 season at Sedona Invitational
With just a couple chances left to qualify for State Meets, 17 teams took to the track at Sedona Red Rock High School Tuesday afternoon to attempt to turn in their best performances of the season.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

BRIEF: Marauders take down top-ranked Alhambra, beat Page 21-0 in final week of regular season play
A 21-0 victory over the Page Sand Devils Tuesday night made it eight-straight regular season wins for the Mingus Marauders Baseball team as they have climbed the Division III ranks to the No. 5 spot.
Thursday, April 21, 2016


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