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While many of the swimming holes around the Verde Valley require some amount of hiking, others are a simple parking payment and short walk away.

One of those places is at Red Rock Crossing, where visitors will find three places to relax, swim or even slide.

A new sport has worked its way into the Verde Valley, specifically the Village of Oak Creek. In fact it is the only place north of Loop 101 in Phoenix to have the new hybrid sport: Footgolf.

Unlike pickleball, its name does not leave too much to the imagination; it is a combination of golf and soccer.

Some of the Verde Valley’s swimming holes are more popular than others, but Fossil Creek might take the cake.

If the number of cars and visitors was not any indication, then the difficulty in getting a permit for a one-day visit surely is.

Among the many faces buried in the water, chasing the black lines that stripe the bottom of the pool at the Cottonwood Aquatics Center is a swimmer with a story that many are not aware of.

Emma Warner is a Cottonwood Clippers and Mingus Union High School swimmer who started swimming at 5 years old. But on Jan. 15, 2015, she was given news that is always unexpected, especially for someone so young.

She was diagnosed with non life-threatening papillary thyroid cancer.

NFL fans are excited since players from all 32 teams recently reported to their respective training camps, an annual mark that the season is right around the corner.

Camp Verde Coyotes Youth Football players, cheerleaders, coaches and parents are excited, too, since the team began its practices on July 24.

Before diving into its own preseason camp, many Mingus Union High School football players helped Cottonwood’s future generation of Marauders get going with their own seasons.

The city’s elder statesmen of the gridiron coached their younger counterparts during a youth camp held at the campus’ Bright Field from Tuesday to Thursday, July 18 to 20.

The Cottonwood Clippers swim team hosted its annual meet of the summer, the Verde Valley Invitational, on Saturday, July 22, at the Cottonwood Aquatics Center.

Eleven Clippers finished in the top three of their respective age group, and 20 were in the top five. Head coach Gretchen Wesbrock was happy about more than just the time drops the swimmers had, which she said were seen in every age group.

Just days before Yancey DeVore’s first day as a world studies teacher at Mingus Union High School in 2004, he learned that he had to teach a class to freshmen called “decisions.”

He was not too sure what that class would entail and what he would have to teach. During the last 13 years DeVore has made a few decisions on the Marauders campus, the most recent being to apply for the athletic director position after Allen Mitchell stepped down for a more administrative role. He was approved for the position by the school board at its June 28 meeting.

And this time around DeVore has a better idea of what he is getting into, and what he wants to accomplish.

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