One season ends another begins

Senior fullback Alec Phyfer runs through multiple tackles earlier this year against Coconino on his way to a touchdown. Phyfer has been a key to the Mingus running game this year with his hard-nosed style of run. (Photo by Greg Macafee)

Senior fullback Alec Phyfer runs through multiple tackles earlier this year against Coconino on his way to a touchdown. Phyfer has been a key to the Mingus running game this year with his hard-nosed style of run. (Photo by Greg Macafee)

One season ends and another begins, well not yet I guess as three Mingus teams still have their eyes set on state playoffs and meets.

The Mingus Marauders football team will see if they can continue their season any longer after they defeated the Prescott Badgers last Friday to win the Division III Section VIII Championships.

This is the first time that the Marauders have made the playoffs in the past two years after back-to-back 5-5 seasons. The Marauders have won seven in a row and will play the Verrado Vipers in the first round of the Division III State Playoffs after earning the No. 10 seed.

Both of the Mingus Cross Country teams will take a stab at a title this weekend when they head to Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix for the State Meet.

This past weekend the girls were able to qualify sixth at the regional championship with Megan Goettl finishing in 12th place.

For the boys they were able to nabbed the last qualifying spot finishing 9th.

Senior Joseph Sandoval led the way with a 7th place finish earning first-team all-conference.

The Mingus Swim team will take their qualifiers to the Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa on Friday and Saturday to compete in the State Meet.

While the Fall Sports are finishing up their playoff runs, the Winter sports teams are starting to gather for tryouts and their first practices.

Most teams in the Verde Valley started practices or tryouts on Monday.

Some of the main story lines of the winter include the Camp Verde Cowboys Wrestling team chasing a fourth state championship.

At Mingus, the girls' soccer team will be without Coach Buddy Rhodes who retired after 11 years in the program and 10 as the Varsity coach.

Rhodes took his teams to the playoffs 9 out of 10 years as the varsity coach including a run to the State Championship game in 2009.

The Mingus boys' soccer team will look to return to the playoffs again after suffering a loss in the state quarterfinals last season to Coronado High School.

The Marauders lost ten seniors at the end of last season. Most games will start the week of November 23.

Camp Verde Wrestling will host a seven-way home meet on November 24 with Morecni, Window Rock, Antelope, Mingus, Northland Prep and Mayer.

Camp Verde basketball will start their season the same day when both the boys and the girls travel to Mayer.

At Mingus the Boys Basketball season will start on November 24 when they take on the Flagstaff Eagles. The Varsity team is set to take the court at 7 p.m. The girls' basketball team will begin their season on November 30 when they take on Northland Prep at home. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Both Mingus soccer teams will start their runs back to the playoffs in December. The girls will play in the Desert Cup Classic Tournament from November 30 to December 5. The boys will start their run on the first night of December when they take on the Bradshaw Mountain Bears at home at 5 p.m.

The fall sports season has almost come to an end and the winter is just beginning, good luck to all the teams in the Verde Valley.

-- Follow Greg Macafee on Twitter @greg_macafee and Instagram @VerdeValleyNews

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