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The Cottonwood Outdoor Pool will be defended by the hometown Clippers when four other teams converge for the Verde Valley Invitational at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 23.

While the Verde Valley swelters, Mingus Union High School football players are on a beach in Irvine, Calif.

Like many Camp Verde wrestling siblings, Rowen and Caiden Wolfe always compete to win.

Winning by 16 points at a California seaside high school isn’t a bad end to any basketball team’s summer.

When the heat was on the Verde Valley Little League All-Stars, head coach Jeff Lynch had two words for pitcher Josh Schlegel.

Two Northern Arizona women will participate in the inaugural Rebelle, a map-and-compass navigation competition in October that traverses back roads from Lake Tahoe, Nev., to San Diego, Calif.

In the Cottonwood men’s summer softball championship, Mike’s 12 Pack scored early and often. And late and often. And in between and often.

The New Breed Wrestling Weekend Wars, which are held throughout the summer in Camp Verde don’t just benefit the athletes, but also the town’s economy, according to the event’s director.Korbin Uhler, of Camp Verde’s New Breed wrestling team, puts a hold on Austin Blomquist of Yuma during a match at Weekend Wars [above]. The ongoing competition, held in the Camp Verde Wrestling Complex every other weekend through the summer. Wrestlers from across the Southwest come to hone their skills for the regular season.

“Many volunteers from all over Arizona, as well as from out of state, representing different schools and wrestling clubs, are coming together bimonthly for kids. They all demonstrate how team spirit, a top-notch wrestling facility and innovative marketing can translate into sport tourism dollars, bringing spectators, athletes and their families to local hotels, restaurants and shops,” said Mario Chagolla Sr., who is also Camp Verde High School assistant coach.

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