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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.

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.

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.

Click here to read the latest Athlete Q&A, this week with Camp Verde High School sophomore Tanna Decker.

After seeing initial changes to the Conference 2A Central Region, in which Sedona Red Rock High School and Camp Verde High School compete, there was a drastic remodeling following the appeals process.

Balancing the equity in travel demands from schools within the metro Phoenix area and the rural schools was the main reason for the makeover.

For this year’s Camp Verde High School girls basketball team, there are no surprises.

Largely made up of sophomores, they know what to expect now with a year of varsity experience under their belt.

The Camp Verde High School girls basketball team outran the Mayer High School Bobcats early and often en route to a 46-17 season debut victory on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The Cowboys [1-0], sporting new uniforms, sentenced the game early, going up 19-3 after the first quarter and 32-6 at halftime. Despite the heavy margin of victory, there is much to be worked on.

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