The Sedona Red Rock Junior High School is off to a good start on the season with both the A and B boys basketball teams defeating Beaver Creek School on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

In the A team’s 32-23 victory, shooting guard and small forward Micha Johnson led with 15 points, followed by Joseph Johnson with 8 and Carlos Landaverde with 4.

The team had “pretty good defense,” said head coach Pedro Ortega Sr., and is going through the motions to build a solid team.

Fourteen Sedona Red Rock High School swimmers raced in the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division III swimming championships on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Mesa Aquatics Club.

Overall, the Sedona girls team tied Saguaro High for 14th place out of 34 teams while the boys took 18th out of 32. The girls relay team took fifth in the 400-yard freestyle and seventh in the 200-yard freestyle relay, setting two new school records. The boys placed ninth in the 200-yard freestyle relay, 10th in the 400-yard freestyle and there were numerous individual top swimmers who placed as well.

Camp Verde High School got the win, the Cowboys’ coach got the girl and the Scorpions got a controversial end to a dismal season.

In the finale for each team, Camp Verde came away with a 12-8 win Friday, Oct. 28.

Both teams entered the rivalry game with losing records, although each had shown improvement in recent weeks.

The Scorpions were riding a two-game winning streak, their only two victories of the season. They finished 2-8.

In a season largely devoid of big moments, the Sedona Red Rock High School football team proved its mettle when the opportunity arrived.

Leading 7-6 in the waning minutes of their homecoming game against Tonopah Valley High School on Friday, Oct. 21, the Scorpions’ gritty defense shut down the visitors’ potential game-winning drive and clinched their second win of the season, their second in a row, which boosted their record to 2-7.

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.

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