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Briana Young takes over as Head Coach at Mingus

First-year Varsity Head Coach Briana Young looks on as her team takes on Camp Verde during Friday’s scrimmage. (Photo by Greg Macafee)

First-year Varsity Head Coach Briana Young looks on as her team takes on Camp Verde during Friday’s scrimmage. (Photo by Greg Macafee)

COTTONWOOD- Mingus Girls Basketball Head Coach Dave Moncibaez decided to take his talents to Sedona Red Rock for the 2015-2016 basketball season leaving the Mingus girls program without a Head Coach.

Enter, Mingus alumni and former freshman team coach, Briana Young and the Marauders are ready to take on the 2015-2016 season.

Young, who first coached the freshman team back in 2009 while she was still taking classes at Yavapai College, said obtaining the Head Coaching job for the varsity program was "sudden, but a long time coming."

Young has had two stints as the leader of the freshmen program when she took over again last year until the program needed her players to move up to strictly JV and Varsity.

Coming into the program, Young noticed a lot of things in the first week of tryouts that she believes will play as strengths for the Marauders this year.

The first-year head coach will look to seniors Vivian Koeppe, Sharon Rehberg, Lisa Jaimes, Lisseth Duplan, Jordan Bowers, and Merima Krivokapa to lead her squad this year.

Young identified three seniors that she believes will help carry the team's successes this year. Point Guard Vivian Koeppe is one senior she believes will have a big impact on the Marauders efficiency.

"She is a tremendous strength on both sides of the court," Young said. "She has developed some great instincts for seeing the floor and plays with all heart when it comes to defense."

Koeppe will be joined on the perimeter by Lisa Jaimes who Young says is a "natural leader."

"Defensively and playing the left wing, she is yet another weapon on both sides of the floor," Young said.

Manning the paint for the Marauders is yet another senior in the form of Sharon Rehborg who Young says will be the leading scorer under the basket and can be deadly from outside as well. With five seniors starting at any given moment, Young will look to junior Emily Bauers as the Marauders six man.

"She is a threat both in the paint and on the wing," Young said.

Even though Young is in her first-year as a Head Coach she believes that with the help of assistant coach and JV coach Bob Young she will be just fine.

"This may be my first season as a varsity coach, but my assistant and JV coach Bob Young is well seasoned and has never steered me wrong yet," Young said. "With that in mind I expect us to make a big shock in our division. My goals are to make us a tough team to beat anywhere we go."

In the 2015 season the Marauders will be playing teams that they have played in the past. With the realignment of divisions, Mingus will face new teams such as Page, Cactus, Independence, Agua Fria, Barry Goldwater, Deer Valley, Washington, North Canyon, Verrado and others. Some teams remain the same though as the Marauders will still play Bradshaw Mountain and Payson.

"We don't play the same teams we have always played and we will not play these teams again next year after the division changes so every game is a game to look forward to." Young said.

After a preseason tune-up against Camp Verde and Seligman on Friday the Marauders will open their season when they go up against Northland Prep on November 30 at 7 p.m.

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November 30- vs Northland Prep, 7 p.m.

December 1- at Bradshaw Mountain, 7 p.m.

December 8- vs Page, 5:30 p.m.

December 11- at Sunrise Mountain, 7 p.m.

December 15- vs Agua Fria, 7 p.m.

December 16- vs Winslow, 5:30 p.m.

December 18- at Washington, 7 p.m.

December 29/30- Yvonne Johnson Memorial Tournament

January 4- at Payson, 6 p.m.

January 6- vs Barry Goldwater, 7 p.m.

January 8- at North Canyon, 7 p.m.

January 13- vs Deer Valley, 7 p.m.

January 15- at Verrado, 7 p.m.

January 19- vs Cactus, 7 p.m.

January 21- at Glendale, 7 p.m.

January 27- vs Independence, 7 p.m.

January 29- at Fountain Hills, 7 p.m.

February 2- vs Dysart, 7 p.m.

February 4- at Estrella Foothills, 7 p.m.
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