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Early in the first quarter of the annual Bronze Boot Game, Camp Verde High School’s football team converted a turnover into seven points.

However the Cowboys failed to execute in red zone opportunities down the stretch, falling 21-14 to the visiting Chino Valley High School Cougars on Friday, Aug. 25.

Camp Verde High School’s volleyball team is emphasizing something more than just wins or losses for the 2017 season.

After a summer and preseason with a greater turnout than recent years, the Cowboys look for an improved attitude and desire on the court to change their culture.

Hanging from a wall of Camp Verde High School’s Dr. Mark J. Westervelt Gymnasium are two wooden fixtures that, during the season, show the names of the varsity boys and girls basketball teams.

During the summer those names have since disappeared, symbolizing a clean slate that applies to both the Cowboys and Mingus Union High School’s boys basketball teams, which each lost a core of seniors from last season.

The best athletes in high school, college and beyond more often than not got their start at a young age.

Perhaps Camp Verde’s next standout hoopster was amongst the about 70 kids, ranging from second to eighth grade, who participated in the Camp Verde High School Boys and Girls Basketball Clinic from May 30, to Friday, June 2.

Camp Verde High School baseball senior Easton Braden recently signed to continue playing at Presentation College.

Braden, a First Team All-Central Region selection this season and Second Team pick as a junior, helped anchor a Cowboys defense from the catcher’s position with a fielding percentage of .988.

No. 4 Camp Verde High School’s softball team saw its 11-game winning streak and bid for a second consecutive berth to a state championship game end at the hands of No. 1 Bourgade Catholic High School, 8-2, Saturday, May 6.

The Cowboys [16-2, 9-1 Central] matched up with an undefeated Golden Eagles team that was more than clinical defensively. On the other hand, Camp Verde errors led to a five-run deficit after five innings.

Camp Verde High School wrestlers Skyler Pike and Hayden Uhler were recently named to the Arizona Republic’s All-Arizona Wrestling Team for 2017.

Only one wrestler from each weight class in the entire state is selected, making the honor that much more valuable. Additionally, Uhler was a finalist for the Wrestler of the Year award, which was presented at the publication’s second annual Sports Awards on April 30.

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