I have seen NW, St. Johns, Camp Verde, Tempe Prep all play this year and although all good teams that will make a run this season to #1 Camp Verde has impressed me the most. I agree that CV wins over Chino, Williams and SC are all games they clearly should have won the Payson win at Payson shows the talent they have. I'm taking nothing away from the other teams I mentioned or the top teams I haven't seen but I Believe this is CV year to make it to the championship game.
Maybe so for Camp Verde. I know they returned a lot, but so did northwest, so did Thatcher, so did YC, and so did SJ. I know SJ beat them pretty easily in the playoffs last year with essentially the same teams, so I have a hard time just bumping them ahead all those other teams. That said, the game against Payson is certainly impressive, and they look to be playing very well. The most wide open race this division has seen in a long, long time. I wish them well in their efforts to secure the golden ball.