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Click here to read the latest Athlete Q&A, this week with Marauders senior wrestler Lucas Svoboda.

Early-season tournaments give coaches an idea of where their teams stand as well as provide opportunities for players to grow.

With two of three varsity returners who played regular minutes last year getting hurt in the second game of the Phoenix Country Day School Desert Classic, Camp Verde High School’s boys basketball team focused on doing just that.

Mingus Union High School’s wrestling team, with a mix of seasoned veterans, newcomers and an up-and-comer mixed in, is using each meet as a building block for when things count most at season’s end.

The Marauders took another step forward with a fifth-place finish at the Verde Duals, held at Camp Verde High School on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2, their third competition of the year.

Camp Verde High School girls basketball head coach Mark Showers witnessed a hallmark moment of growth from his young team over the weekend.

Defending Conference 3A champion Valley Christian High School took it to the Cowboys in the first quarter of the championship game of the two-day Phoenix Country Day School Desert Classic, going up 20-8.

Instead of folding, the group, made up of one junior, seven sophomores and a freshman, decided to fight back. Despite losing 52-30, Showers could not have been happier.

Mingus Union High School’s girls basketball team went 1-4 in the Seventh Annual Red Rock Hoops Classic on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2, at Sedona Red Rock High School.

Staying within the offense was key to the Marauders’ better performances. Moving forward, head coach Frank Nevarez wants to sew together more consistent efforts.

Despite taking on top competition early on in the season and not at full strength, Camp Verde High School’s wrestling team took second place at the 16-team Verde Duals, which it hosted on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2.

The Cowboys had three champions and three third-place finishes from a group that includes just three seniors and zero juniors.

Mingus Union High School’s boys basketball team has all of the pieces necessary for a successful season. At the moment, head coach Dave Beery has still got to glue them together.

During the two-day Red Rock Hoops Classic, on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2, the Marauders played at its best for spurts en route to a semifinal appearance. Inconsistency on the offensive end of the floor was the biggest takeaway from the final tuneup before Grand Canyon Region play.

Mingus Union High School senior multisport athlete Nikki Zielinski signed to play softball at the College of Southern Idaho.

Zielinski, who has also played volleyball, soccer and basketball for the Marauders, said she signed with the community college because it offered immediate playing time and an opportunity to get a start on her intended field of study.

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