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“Incredible,” was Tristan Clark’s feeling Saturday, April 30, after the center fielder’s walk-off double capped a three-run, two-out rally in the seventh inning to advance Mingus Union High School to the state quarterfinals.

Cowboys never reached the top without winning a shootout or two.

Head baseball coach Bob Young’s latest section title-winning team at Mingus Union High School grew up fast in the past couple of weeks.

Led by two-run home runs from senior pitcher Taya Smith and sophomore Jade Oium, Camp Verde High School won its third straight Section I softball title going away Friday, April 22.

Combined with a subsequent close call in a 3-2 baseball victory, CVHS has won its last four on the diamond over Sedona Red Rock High School. With a win Wednesday, April 27, at Tuba City High School, both Cowboys teams can clinch a bye through the first round of their Division IV state tournaments.

Clarkdale-Jerome School jumped on Camp Verde Middle School for five first-inning runs, scoring three more in the third to seal its second straight Verde Valley Athletic Association Small Schools Softball title Saturday, April 23.

Each of the three Camp Verde Little League teams in the Majors division share the same field for evening games at Butler Park.

While Clarkdale-Jerome School head baseball coach Jeremy Peters overcame ineligibility and other challenges to his roster to finish 6-2 in conference play, only a forfeit at Oak Creek School prevented head softball coach Joel Rosenberg’s team from going into the Verde Valley Conference tournament undefeated.

At the fifth annual Loven Family Run 10K, Cornville 42-year-old Brenda Williams was the fastest local in a field of 250 runners — a field expected to double Saturday, April 16, for the eighth annual Brian Mickelsen Memorial Run and Walk.