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The Verde Valley is filled with dangerous, experienced guards.

Clarkdale-Jerome School dodged many bullets en route to its fourth straight Verde Valley Conference boys basketball title — most of them fired by athletic second seed Beaver Creek School.

Forget the metric system — no more Roman numerals.

Jan. 20, 1881, the Prescott Weekly Miner documents how the Fort Verde Excelsiors challenged “any club in the city of Prescott to a game of baseball,” resulting in the Prescott club’s “inglorious defeat,” 66-27.

Just because two teams enter the Verde Valley Conference basketball tournaments undefeated Friday, Jan. 28, doesn’t mean they’re going to sweep through the postseason as well.

Ten teams will represent Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Cottonwood and other local towns in the Yavapai-Apache Nation to wear the coveted T-shirts of the coed volleyball league champions beginning Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the Middle Verde Recreation Center.

Tim Declay returns an incoming ball at a coed volleyball  match at the Middle Verde Gym. Declay plays on the YAPD team, made of members of the Yavapai-Apache Police Department.

Same old Cardinals, even at 13 wins and three losses.

Over 25 budding local cheerleaders from 7 through 18 years old had, until Dec. 12 and 13, confined their talents to practices at Flip City Gym.