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Nine errors spoiled the Camp Verde High School softball team’s outing against visiting Bourgade Catholic High School, falling 9-2 on March 14.

The Cowboys [5-4] got out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but mistakes in the middle innings allowed the Golden Eagles to come away with the win.

After suffering its first loss of the season to rival Chino Valley High School, the Camp Verde High School baseball team has bounced back with six straight victories, most recently a 13-1 mercy-rule win at Bourgade Catholic High School on Tuesday, March 14.

The Cowboys [3-1] are undefeated in tournament play this season with 10 wins, although they do not count toward their official record.

Injuries are never a welcome thing for any team at any point in the season, but better earlier than later.

A core group of girls on the Mingus Union High School track and field team are going through just that problem, but both the boys and girls as a whole have made progress.

Fresh off of a silver bracket championship at the Grace Lee Haught Memorial tournament over the weekend and nine wins out of 10 games, the Mingus Union High School softball team is riding high.

But with nine games in the Grand Canyon Region yet to play, head coach John Brown feels like his team has not yet reached its peak.

The Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival, held at Camp Verde’s Community Field, is not known for its athletic events in the slightest. Sure, there is vintage base ball, this time around a doubleheader held between a team from Prescott and the host Excelsiors, but those happen quite often.

At this event, albeit not held directly at the festival’s grounds, was the fifth annual Verde River Runoff, a series of races in the year-round flowing Verde River on Saturday, March 18.

In sports, especially baseball, the mental preparation of a team can be just as important, if not more so than its physical preparation.

Such was the case in Camp Verde High School’s baseball team’s first loss of the season, 11-3, to rival Chino Valley High School.

Coming off of a state championship game appearance a year ago, it is no wonder that Camp Verde High School’s softball team is off to a 3-0 start in official games this season.

After a 7-5 win over visiting Chino Valley High School on March 6, the Cowboys have outscored their opponents 39 to nine, but there is still room to grow, mostly in the finer details of the game.

Surrounded by teammates and family, Mingus Union High School girls soccer senior Auli Hanks signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Salem International University on March 8.

Hanks recently changed her commitment, having originally committed to NCAA Division III Beloit College, when she learned that she was receiving a full-ride athletic scholarship from the NCAA Division II Tigers. Division III teams do not offer athletic scholarships.

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