Staff photo by Eric Lusk
CAMP VERDE senior Sam Miller garnered all-region and all-state status after giving up just 12 goals during the fall season.
This year was no different as both the boys and girls teams won region titles and advanced to the Final Four in the state playoffs.
The Cowboys’ stellar play throughout the fall campaign paid off in the form of numerous post-season awards.
Twelve Cowboys earned all-region recognition. Two were named region MVPs. Three were named all-state. Four were named to the state playoff all-tournament team. And one was named region coach of the year.
Seniors Seth Scott and Hannah Stanfield were voted the best players in their respective regions. The Camp Verde boys played in the Metro Region, while the girls played in the West.
Scott scored 16 goals and had nine assists as the Cowboys finished 20-2-1 and tied for the Metro title with Precision. The scrappy player could line up anywhere and contribute, and sometimes rotated from striker back to defense to fill holes left by injury or to preserve leads.
Scott also was named a first-team all-state player and a state playoff all-tournament team member. He shared region player of the year honors with Precision’s Raul Franco.
“He will play at the next level. He will have that opportunity,” Scott’s coach, Dave Miller, said. “He’s looking at a couple of JUCOs in state right now.”
Stanfield may be the region’s most improved player as well as the most valuable. Affectionately nicknamed “Helga” by teammates, Stanfield proved a force in the middle of the field for the Cowboys, whether it be on offense or at defensive positions like stopper and sweeper.
She helped Camp Verde rally from a 4-4 start to a 7-2 finish – and another league title for coach Loretta Grondin’s team.
Sam Miller, Seth McCabe and Matt Strickland earned first-team all-region in the Metro.
Miller was the team’s keeper and also received first-team all-state status for giving up just 12 goals in 23 games. He had 63 saves – not a ton, but not too many were needed considering the strength of the Cowboy defense.
Miller has drawn interest from schools like Chandler-Gilbert, coach Miller said, but plans to serve a two-year LDS mission after high school. His older brother, Ben, also was an all-state goalie.
McCabe booted 19 goals and had 17 assists as the Cowboys’ center midfielder. He, too, earned all-state status, making the second team, and was all-tournament in the state playoffs. The junior should be the centerpiece of next year’s offensive attack.
Strickland earned all-region status despite missing five games with a broken arm. He finished with three goals and five assists, but made most of his contributions on the defensive side.
Trevor Hammond and Ernesto Sierras, two more defensive anchors, made second-team all-region. Zack Davis, a defensive back, was named honorable mention all-region.
Dave Miller, varsity coach for the past three years, earned coach of the year honors for the second time. He is 55-13-1 over the past three seasons.
“It’s always nice to be recognized by your peers and especially for two years in a row,” coach Miller said. “A lot of my success can be attributed to my assistant coach, Javier Pineda. He’s been with me the whole time.”
On the girls side Megan Reddell, Angel Allen and Rochelle Williams earned first-team all-region.
Reddell, a senior, was a key midfielder and one of the most aggressive Cowboys. Allen, a junior, quarterbacked the team from her center midfield spot. Williams, a freshman, was the scorer, netting more than 25 shots in her high school debut.
Kim Van Hook and Kim Reddell earned second-team all-region for Camp Verde. The girls all-state list was unavailable at press time. Stanfield and Megan Reddell did earn spots on the previously announced state playoff all-tournament team.
Sedona Red Rock’s Mike Sanders also landed on the first-team all-state list. Teammate Destan Dulaku was second-team all-state, and Ryan Windham was honorable mention.
Lady Scorpions Rachel Surber, Keely Badger and Lily Schmidt earned state playoff all-tournament recognition. The Sedona girls advanced to the state title game for the first time in school history before falling the Blue Ridge.