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WILLCOX — Luke Kauffman captured the first singles high school tennis trophy in decades for the Willcox Cowboys, but will have to settle for an asterisk next to the title.

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Willcox athletes can kiss goodbye an annual home golf tournament, an important home tennis match, and key baseball and softball home field advantages against Thatcher, Pima and Bisbee thanks to the suspension of athletic contests by the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

A sloppy performance ahead of an impending spring break gave the Willcox Cowgirls the impression they need some time off coming up.

SAFFORD — There may be something in the water as four different head football coaches have stepped down from area programs.

WILLCOX — “This could be as good as my second year when 70-percent qualified for state,” fifth-year head track Craig Hamilton said. “We have the talent for it and bigger numbers.”

WILLCOX — “I believe that this team has a shot at going to state,” is a statement not uttered very often by a Willcox Cowboy tennis coach, but John Chapman said it here in the preseason and for good reason.

WILLCOX — A mixture of youth and experience could give the Willcox softball varsity reason to rise this Spring.

WILLCOX — Losing a generational talent to graduation, as well as a couple more starters, has left the Willcox golf program to scramble for starters behind returning junior Lyndon Smyers.

WILLCOX — A tradition of going to the postseason — nine of past 10 years — is facing a hiccup unless the 2020 Willcox baseball varsity picks up the pace on their rebuild.

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Day two of the state wrestling finals was fulfilled with a few victories for the locals, and a few tears and heartbreaks.

PIMA — The No. 10 Lady Roughriders ruffed up the Cowgirls in a one-way game that led to a Roughriders blowout victory.

PIMA — The No. 6 Roughriders wasted no time when it came to blowing past the Cowboys in a one-sided game Wednesday night.

WILLCOX — The Cowboys are off to a strong start in the 2019-20 wrestling season and get an early look at the 2020 part of their campaign this weekend in Benson.

WILLCOX — Caiden Hall, a senior wrestler at Willcox high school, took some time after practice to answer Range News’ questions about his wrestling career and more.

THATCHER — The defending Eastern Arizona College Boys Holiday Tournament champion Thatcher Eagles came into the tournament as the No. 4 seed, and shocked the No. 1 and No. 2 seed to retain their crown.

WILLCOX — A fast start in an early season tournament has been countered by a slow start where it counts, in conference play last week for the Willcox Cowgirls basketball varsity.

WILLCOX — The Cowboys are off to a 4-0 start and looking for more in the early stages of the 2019-20 wrestling season.

WILLCOX — A trio of returning stars could help the Willcox wrestling program climb even higher than last year’s fifth-place finish in the Division IV state tournament by Feb. 14.

A really tough decade of girls varsity basketball for Willcox could at least end as it optimistically started, with a state playoff berth in 2020.

WILLCOX — Willcox lost only one starter from its boys basketball varsity during a tough year last year, but the loss of the talented Tanner Debaun is a void that head coach Corey Downs feels his young group can overcome.

WILLCOX — The No. 8 Willcox soccer varsity hung with eventual state champion Blue Ridge for about 20 minutes of the first-round state tournament match in near-freezing conditions at Pinetop-Lakeside last Wednesday afternoon.

BENSON — A humbling loss to a rival and a narrow miss of the playoff cutoff line put a rank ending to the Willcox Cowboys varsity football season last weekend.

WILLCOX — Dani Pando, a senior volleyball player at Willcox high school, recently took some time to answer Range News’ questions about her volleyball career and more.

WILLCOX — A three-game winning streak that includes Friday’s 26-16 win over Tombstone may not quite be enough to position the Willcox football varsity for a postseason berth as it prepares to finish the regular season at powerful Benson this Friday night.

WILLCOX — The Willcox soccer varsity qualified last week for its 14th playoff berth in the past 15 years but will draw the toughest assignment of the first round when the eighth-ranked Cowboys visit No. 1 Blue Ridge (12-0) in Lakeside on Wednesday.

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WILLCOX — The Thatcher Eagles took down the Willcox Cowgirls for the second straight time this season in a game that went back and forth early.

WILLCOX — Endurance, patience and speed were all these runners needed on a warm Tuesday afternoon.

WILLCOX — Caiden Hall and Ote Allsup each scored a touchdown, Hall delivered several big hits on defense, and Ote added a game-clinching interception to lead the Willcox Cowboys past the Santa Rita Eagles, 14-6, in varsity football Friday night in Tucson.

The light isn’t totally out, but senior tailback Caiden Hall’s last-ditch effort to score at the Bisbee goal line Friday night may have been a last gasp for the Willcox Cowboy playoff hopes.

WILLCOX — The sixth-ranked Willcox Cowboys soccer varsity can reach a crucial point of their regular season if they get past Desert Christian (DC) in a region showdown Thursday at Cowboy soccer field.

WILLCOX — Grand Canyon Professional Rodeo Association made its presence felt again this year with the Rex Allen Days Rodeo.

PHOENIX — A winning performance from the Willcox football varsity on the road Friday at a favored opponent turned into a tough loss on two big plays for which the Cowboys couldn’t account.

WILLCOX — Senior quarterback Caiden Hall and junior tailback Ote Allsup combined for five touchdowns to lead Willcox past San Manuel, 35-0, in high school football Friday night.

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