Village of Oak Creek residents Jean and Richard Donnelly crossed the finish line with time to spare on Sunday, Oct. 16, at the IronMan 70.3 Arizona in Tempe.

Jean crossed in 8:10 while her husband finished in 7:47.

The two were recently featured ahead of the race [“VOC couple set for Tempe’s half Iron Man” Sedona Red Rock News, Oct. 14, Page 13A]. Jean had hip resurfacing done to half her hip one year to the day before the race, and has also overcome several other challenges, such as fighting breast cancer. She is now cancer free for 22 years.

Senior Night was a mixed bag for Sedona Red Rock High School swimmers, as the boys placed first and the girls second in the three-team meet held Oct. 13 at the Sedona community pool.

In the combined team scores, the Scorpions fell just short of Scottsdale Christian High School, 210-205. Tempe Preparatory Academy finished a distant third in each of the boys, girls and combined contests.

Key to the boys’ 97-94 victory was the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Scorpions took first and second place, earning 24 points compared to the eight points scored by Scottsdale Christian in its third-place finish.

As the regular season draws to a close, two of the three fall varsity sports at Sedona Red Rock High School are under a full head of steam toward post-season competition, with only the Scorpions football team, with a 1-7 record, left to play for pride in its final two games.


As of Wednesday, Oct. 19, the girls were ranked fifth out of 51 Conference 2A schools in the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

They won their first 11 matches of the season — not including a couple of invitational tournaments, which the AIA doesn’t factor in for its rankings — before falling Oct. 11 at Glendale Preparatory Academy. The loss came at the end of an 12-day span where the Scorpions played three matches and a tournament — all on the road.

The Scorpions won their first game of the season, 55-0, at Mohave Accelerated on Friday, Oct. 14, improving their record to 1-7, according to Head coach John Bradshaw did not return a phone message left late Monday seeking details on the game. Sedona hosts Tonopah Valley High School Friday, Oct. 21.

Taking on even a half Iron Man event is more than most people even in their prime consider, but not Jean Donnelly.

Even after having half her hip resurfaced with metal. And overcoming breast cancer. And losing 80 pounds. And traveling from her New York home to considerably hotter Tempe.

Donnelly will race the IronMan Arizona 70.3 on Sunday, Oct. 16, in Tempe. The 70.3 refers to the half Iron Man distance, split between swimming, biking and running.

In a heretofore dismal season marked by injuries and apathy, Sedona Red Rock High School varsity coach John Bradshaw remains hopeful.

“We have been improving. Our last three games should be better,” he said. [The players] know what they have to do.”

Bradshaw was reflecting on his team in the wake of the Scorpions’ latest defeat, 56-14, to visiting Paradise Honors High School on Friday, Oct. 7, dropping their record to 0-7.

The Sedona Red Rock Junior High School football team improved to 2-1 in its inaugural season with a 41-0 victory Sept. 29, over visiting Joseph City Middle School.

In a game that was effectively decided in the first half by the Scorpions big playmakers, Clay Christensen got the scoring started early in the first quarter with a touchdown run, followed soon afterward by Micah Johnson, who scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 42-yard run with 2:26 left in the opening period.

A few minutes later, following a Joseph City punt to the Sedona 45-yard line, Johnson would take the handoff, break some attempted tackles and sprint to the end zone to put the Scorpions ahead 18-0. Christensen ran in the two-point conversion to make the score 20-0.

Sedona Red Rock High School football lost its fifth game of the season, 44-13, at Kingman Academy on Friday, Sept. 23.

The team will be seeking its first win Friday, Sept. 30, at Phoenix Christian.

Decimated by injuries, the Scorpions were unable to contain Kingman’s senior running back Jordan McDowell-Seybert who ran for 163 yards on seven carries, with his longest being 75 yards. He scored half the Tigers’ points on three touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions.

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