Lady Miners finish season with best record in eight years

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 (145 Posts)

Andy Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for eight high schools. His stories are published in the Southeast Valley Ledger, Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College. Andy is currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Communication. Andy is scheduled to complete his degree December 2014. He was born and raised in Des Plaines, Ill. In 1992, he relocated to Arizona. After a short return to Des Plaines in 1997, he returned to the Phoenix area two years later. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.

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