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Mingus Union High School’s boys basketball team will have a bit of a different look than in the past few years.


Heading into the season it was set to have just four seniors. The sudden addition of five more to the cast of Marauders has in a way flipped the script for head coach Dave Beery; he now has depth, length and athleticism to count on that he had not had before.

Mingus Union High School’s basketball programs hosted the Veteran’s Weekend Skills camp, a one-day, six-hour camp for 52 kids in third through eighth grade on Friday, Nov. 10.

Marauders swimmers came away with some hardware from the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division III state meet on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Phoenix Country Day School’s Dady Aquatic Center.

The boys 200-yard freestyle relay was Mingus Union High School’s lone state champion, with senior Gunner Tillemans taking second in the 50-yard freestyle in school record-breaking time, 22.05 seconds. Tillemans was also third in the 100-yard freestyle, blazing another school record in the preliminaries on Friday, Nov. 3, in 48.05 seconds to take the top qualifying spot.

Mingus Union High School senior Tyler Kelly took the next step to accomplishing his dreams when he signed his National Letter of Intent to play at the University of New Mexico on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Kelly said he will be used as a utility player for the Lobos, an NCAA Division I program, and will likely study business.

The No. 15-seeded Mingus Union High School football team saw its season end in a 45-13 loss in the first round of the Conference 4A playoffs at the hands of No. 2 and four-time defending state champion Saguaro High School.

The Marauders [5-6, 5-1 Grand Canyon] trailed just 7-0 after the first quarter, but a 31-point second quarter sentenced the game by halftime at 38-0. However that scoreline was somewhat deceiving, as the defense played well but the offense could not hold possession.

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