Lady Miners finish season with best record in eight years

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The 2013-14 Lady Miners Ana Maria Zuniga | San Manuel High School

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The San Manuel girls’ basketball team defeated Tombstone in the 1st-round of the Division IV State Championship to notch their 22nd win of the season, 45 – 42. The 22 wins are the most at the school in the past eight seasons. Unfortunately, their season ended after falling to top-seeded Valley Union in the 2nd-round last Saturday, 64 – 41.

First-year head coach Dave Jungbluth led the Miners to a 13-game turnaround from last season’s 9 – 15 record.

Five Miners’ seniors leave the basketball program knowing they are part of group that made history. Angelica Zuniga, Ana Zuniga, Analisa Robles, Nicole Primero-Predgo, and Felicia Gomez can move on to the next chapters in their lives with pride as they helped give the Miners’ a new direction for future teams to build upon.

Junior Kadi Monfred is 1 of 3 juniors who look to return next season. After having players with substantial varsity experience this year, the Miners will be a young team next year with six freshman listed on current varsity roster.

Andy Luberda (937 Posts)

Andrew Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working 15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for 11 high schools. His stories are published in Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun, in addition to the San Tan Valley Daily PRSS and CopperArea websites. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College before graduating with a BS in Communication from Arizona State University in 2014. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


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