The weird hot, then cold, then hot, then cold again weather the Verde Valley has experienced lately isn’t going to stop the Sedona Parks and Recreation Department from opening the Sedona Community Pool in West Sedona to the public Saturday, May 29.

With school coming to a close, it’s a perfect time for a little fun in the sun. Make sure to bring the sunscreen.

The good news for swim fans out there is the Sedona Community Pool, which is near Posse Grounds Park, will be open until Sunday, Aug. 8.

That gives everyone 10 weeks to come out and splash some water during free swim, take in a few laps, or join a water aerobics class.

Tom Hood/Larson  Newspapers The Sedona Community Pool is scheduled to open Saturday, May  29, to the public. The Sedona Community Pool is located behind West  Sedona School near Posse Grounds Park. Summer pool hours begin Saturday  and run until Sunday, Aug. 8.Either way, there’s something for everyone at the Sedona Community Pool.


First, we should immediately get out of the way what it actually costs to come swim this summer.

Admission for children ages up to 2 is free, while children up to age 3 to 17 cost just $2 a visit. For adults, it’s $3 a visit and for seniors 55 and over, it’s $2.

For a 30-visit children’s pass [ages 3 to 17] it’s $45, and for an adult 30-visit pass, it’s only $75.

Buying passes in bulk saves nearly 20 percent in the long run, making it easier on mom’ and dad’s wallets.

For aerobics classes, it’s $5 a visit or $40 for a 10-visit pass or $80 for a 20-visit pass.

Masters swim is $5 daily. Group swim lessons are $35, which includes eight classes over a two-week period. Each private swim lesson is $15.

Available Swim Times

Now that everyone knows what it costs, it’s time to address what’s available this summer at the Sedona Community Pool.

On Monday through Thursday, from 9 to 10 a.m. swimmers can enjoy aerobics classes and lap swimming. From 10 to

11:30 a.m., those interested in taking a swimming lesson can join a 30-minute session.

Swimmers must be registered to take an instruction class such as swimming lessons.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., individuals can swim laps during lunch while recreational swimming takes place from 1 to 4 p.m.

No lap lanes are present and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Finally, swim lessons take place from 5 to 6 p.m. in two, 30-minute sessions.

On Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. there is a masters swim which includes organized instruction on stroke techniques and for Tuesday through Thursday in the same time slot, aerobics and lap swim take place again.

On Saturdays and Sundays during the summer, aerobics and lap swimming takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. and recreational swimming is from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On Fridays, the pool is closed to the public.

More Information

The Sedona Community Pool is located at 570 Posse Ground Road behind West Sedona School.

For more information on the Sedona Community Pool and its summer hours, contact the Sedona Parks and Recreation Department at 282-0112 or visit the website, and click on the community tab marked “pool.”

With graduation just around the corner, spring athletics at Sedona Red Rock High School has come to a close but there were a few individuals nominated for All-State and All-Region awards that need recognition.

sophomore whitney cooper hit .649 with 14 home runs and 70 RBIs this season, making her the obvious choice for the 3A West MVP this season and an All-State selection.In softball, sophomore Whitney Cooper was a consensus 3A West region MVP this season, compiling a .649 batting average while hitting 14 home runs and recording 70 RBIs in the process.

Cooper nearly doubled her school records from 2009 said second-year Head Coach John Brown, and there’s sure to be more where that came from.

Cooper also added 13 doubles and seven triples to her stats while scoring 42 runs. On the mound, Cooper struck out 91 batters while recording a sub-2.00 earned run average.

With everything put together, Cooper received the first-team All-State award for 2010.

Sticking with softball, Ashley Haas and Maria Micheli were named first-team All-Region performers while Jenna Diaz was a second-team All-Region nominee and freshman Shelby Cordova was honorable mention.

Moving across the way to baseball, junior Troy Loparco played well enough this season to be nominated to the All-Region second team in the 3A West.

Posting a .400 batting average, Loparco had four home runs and 19 RBIs to lead his team in both categories while recording five doubles and two triples.

“Troy [Loparco] missed the first-team nomination by one vote; he played very well for us this season,” first-year Head Coach Rob Henry said.

On the mound, Loparco was 6-4 with a 4.86 ERA in 44 innings pitched.

Sophomore catcher J.R. Henry and senior Josh Dibiasi were given honorable mention awards.

Dibiasi hit .383 this season with two home runs and 11 RBIs, the most memorable home run coming against Camp Verde High School to help beat the rival Cowboys on their home field.

As for track and field, the Scorpions had several All-State finishes this season which helped the boys take a 3A conference state title and the girls finish second overall.

Senior Kevin Cox won three gold medals at Arizona State University a couple of weekends ago making him an All-State performer while Jesus Rivera was in the same class as a first-team All-State award winner.

Rivera also helped Garrett Debs, Alan Meyers and Brandon Snickers get second-team All-State awards with their second-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay and was a part of the 4x400-meter relay team that finished second as well.

Receiving second-team All-State awards for the 4x400 were Chris Oestmann, Cox and Tristan Whittaker.

A.J. Garnello received an honorable mention award for his third-place finish in the discus.

As for the girls, Mykala Seresun received a second-team All-State award for her performance in the 3200-meter run while Nyomi Mosley [triple jump], Hope Goimarac and Seresun, Lydia Mosley, Rachel Lillie and Sophia Zeno [4x800-meter relay] all got honorable mention.

There are plenty of things to do this summer for those who want to remain active outside in the Sedona area that include hiking, camping, fishing and sight-seeing.

But what about for those sports fanatics out there? Those who love to compete and quite possibly, learn a new game? Or, maybe, polish a game they already know?

The Sedona Parks and Recreation Department is aiming to help those sports fanatics out there, starting with a new gig that may get some attention, and hopefully more attention as the summer goes on.


Yes, that’s right ... tennis.

tennis_feature_5-21_2Forty-four-year-old Rimrock resident Eric Meyers teams with 32-year-old Sedona resident Laura Cooper to bring tennis lessons back to the Posse Grounds in West Sedona.

Teaching at the tennis courts near West Sedona School, the dynamic duo is here to help those young and old in finding a love for tennis, or for those who have played before, rekindling an old fire that burned brightly the last time they held a tennis racquet.

Meyers, a U.S. Professional Tennis Association instructor [Professional One], received his tennis education through the Tennis Technical Program in Tyler, Texas.

Upon graduating with an associate’s degree, Meyers furthered his tennis interests through the USPTA certification program and became a level one instructor.

“I started tennis when I was 15 years old. I’ve been certified as a tennis pro since I was 29. I’ve always wanted to be a tennis pro, even when in high school and college. I like working with kids and adults. I like sharing; tennis is a lifetime sport,” Meyers said.

Meyers has taught players of all levels including private, semiprivate and wheelchair tennis.

“I’ve worked with wheelchair students before. I get in the chair and show them how to play wheelchair tennis,” Meyers said.

Before moving to the Verde Valley, Meyers was the director of tennis at Shangri-La Resort and Country Club in Afton, Okla.

Besides working for the city of Sedona, Meyers is the tennis pro at Enchantment Resort and at Los Abrigados Resort.

Meyers has completed the 10-year requirement as a level one instructor which qualifies him for the master professional program, which he is currently undertaking.

As for Cooper, she is just beginning the adventure of teaching tennis to others having started her tennis teaching career just over a year ago.

Cooper started playing when she was 11 years old and before she knew it, was walking on at the University of South Florida.

Cooper moved to Sedona just over a year ago from Los Angeles, where she lived since 2000.

She hopes to get lots of kids and adults out for tennis this summer and make it fun for them.

“Tennis teaches athleticism, hand-eye coordination, which they can use for other sports, not just tennis. We would love to get lots of younger kids out and teach them the game of tennis,” Cooper said.

As a child, coaches were some of Cooper’s strongest role models and made a huge impact on who she is in life.

Cooper hopes to pass on that feeling to others here in Sedona interested in joining the tennis lessons program.

“They were more than just coaches; they were role models,” Cooper said.

Tennis lessons at the Posse Grounds have gone on the last few weeks but Meyers and Cooper say they want to expand, and keep spreading the good word about tennis and all that it can do for the individual.

Different Levels

There are several different levels that Meyers and Cooper will take on this summer, and here are just a few of them.

In the quick start pee wee class,  pre-schoolers ages 4-5 are welcomed to enjoy tennis. The class is designed to introduce them to tennis in a fun and simple way.

Hand-eye coordination drills and introduction to forehand, backhand, volleys and serve.

For adult level one classes, Meyers and Cooper will us it as an innovative instructional program designed for entry level players. It is a introductory class for players with little or no experience.

For those adults out there that are good tennis players, try the adult level three drills class where singles and doubles will be drilled emphasizing ground strokes, serves, volleys, specialty shots, footwork and strategy.

In 2007, the Sedona Red Rock High School girls track and field team won the 3A state championship.

Well, when it came time for the boys to hold the trophy Saturday, May 15, in front of a good crowd at Arizona State University at the conclusion of the 3A conference track and field state championships, the cycle was complete.

srrhs_track_champsWith the boys claiming their first 3A championship in school history, the Scorpions have cemented themselves as one of the more dominant track and field programs, at any level, in the state of Arizona.

“We are recognized. Everyone knows now if Sedona is there, we’re going to give them a battle,” longtime Sedona Head Coach Harry Schneider said.

The Scorpion boys team took first overall with 95 points, outscoring their rival Snowflake High School, who finished second with 77 points.

Snowflake was in the lead 18 out of the 20 hours the track meet was held between the two days at ASU, with Sedona making a late run.

“We were almost the entire meet down 20 to 25 points until the last hour, hour and a half. Our strong events came at the end,” Schneider said.

The 800-meter run, the 1,600-meter run, the 200-meter dash, the 4x400-meter relay team and the shot put is what put Sedona in the lead for good Saturday.

Senior Jesus Rivera took second in the 1,600 with a 4:20.05 time, then turned around and finished first overall in the 800 with a 1:57.15 time, which was huge for Sedona.

Senior Kevin Cox did his thing in the 200, taking first overall with a 22.55 time and A.J. Garnello finished third in the discus with a 144-foot, 5-inch throw.

All four events seemed to give Sedona the momentum and the lead in the end to claim a state championship.

Of course, the 4x400 event helped too, with Cox, Rivera, Christ Oestmann and Tristan Whitaker taking second, beating out Snowflake with a 3:28.20 time.

“It was fun. We were all out there doing our best; everyone did really well. We were battling Snowflake for a while. One big turning point was A.J. [Garnello] who took third in the discus; that sealed the deal,” Cox said.

Girls Take Second

The Scorpion girls track and field team was no slouch either Saturday, finishing second overall in the 3A state championships with 71 points, giving way to eventual state champion Estrella Foothills High School.

Although no Sedona girl took first at state this past weekend, there were plenty of good performances like freshman Mykala Seresun, who took second overall in the 3,200-meter run with an 11:47.35 time.

Nyomi Mosley was third in the triple jump with a 32-foot, 2.75-inch try while Hope Goimarac was third in the 300-meter hurdles with a 47.08 time.

“Our girls were fantastic. For not taking one first place the entire meet and still finishing second shows you how good our girls are, and will be in the future,” Schneider said.

With only two Sedona Red Rock High School golfers qualifying for state this past week, the Scorpions were unable to finish with an official team score at the 36-hole 3A conference state golf championships in Snowflake.

“It’s great we got to send two guys to the state meet. Obviously our goal is to be represented as a whole, but we have some young guys that are just learning the game,” first-year Sedona Head Coach Steve Livingstone said.

Junior Scotty Thompson finished 44th overall in the 68-player field with a 206 [+62] at the Snowflake Community Golf Course on Monday, May 10, and Tuesday, May 11.

Thompson finished 28 over par on Monday with a 100, then was 34 over with a 106 on Tuesday to put him in 44th place.

danny_bunkerSophomore Danny Bunker wasn’t half bad Monday, shooting a 94 [+22] but then suffered a case of the shanks Tuesday to shoot a 132 [+50] for a 226 [+72] total stroke score, putting him in 53rd place overall.

Just taking a look at the top three teams in the state tournament this week, it’s easy to see why they finished as high as they did since the course used for state is their home course.

Snowflake High School eventually claimed the team state championship with a 656 while Payson High School came in second with a 706 and Show Low High School was third with a 753.

Safford High School took fourth overall, the first school not located in the White Mountains to place, shooting a 773 while Estrella Foothills High School wrapped up the top five with a 784.

Kyle Jones of Snowflake was the individual state champion, shooting 2-under par on day one [70] to help him win the state championship by 14 strokes [149].

Snowflake teammate Parker McDonald took second overall with a 163 [+19] while Tyler Apps of Payson was third with a 164 [+20].

Dillon Washburn of Blue Ridge High School took fourth overall with a 167 [+23] and Hayes Dupree of River Valley High School wrapped up the top five, tieing for fourth overall with a 167 [+23].

The Scorpions will take a few weeks off for summer break before teeing it up again in the fall in order to get ready for spring.

With the young squad Sedona sported this year including Bunker, Zac Johnson and Gabe Greenfield, the Scorpions have a very bright future and may be ready to win in 2011.

The locomotive train that is the Sedona Red Rock High School track and field team continued to steamroll through the 2010 season as the boys and girls claimed gold in the 3A West Regional Championships on Saturday, May 8.

“This was a great day for our team. We had plenty of outstanding times and for the most part our kids performed well,” said Sedona Head Coach Harry Schneider, who received the 3A West Coach of the Year award.

The Scorpions boys team took first overall, scoring 229 points, almost 100 more than second place Estrella Foothills High School who finished with 132.

For the girls, Sedona took first overall with 206 points, while Estrella Foothills came in second with 175.

This is the fourth West region title in a row for the Scorpions girls and for the boys, it’s redemption after claiming second the last three years.

kevin_coxTwenty-two region championships were set in stone Saturday with plenty of great individual performances to boot.

Perhaps senior Kevin Cox had the most outstanding performance of them all, claiming four gold medals and setting a few school records along the way to add to Sedona’s total of 11 on the season.

Cox won the 100-meter dash with an 11.16 time, took first in the 200-meter dash with a 22.59 time, took first in the 400-meter run with a 50.22 time and set a new school record in the long jump with a 22-foot, 5.25-inch leap.

The 400 time was a school record as well.

“It was a good day for me today,” Cox said on the field while putting his sweat suit back on after he was done competing.

Senior Jesus Rivera wasn’t bad himself, claiming four gold medals as well, three of which were individual and one of which he won with the 4x800-meter relay team who took first overall for Sedona with an 8:36.96 time.

Garrett Debs, Alan Meyers and Brandon Snickers helped Rivera win his fourth gold.

jesus_rivera_and_garrett_debsRivera took first overall in the 1,600-meter run with a 4:49.23 time, was first in the 3,200-meter run with a 10:52.56 time and was first in the 800-meter run with a 2:05.09 time.

Freshman Mykala Seresun was outstanding in the 3,200-meter run with a 12:50.04 time, taking first overall while taking second in the 1,600-meter run with a 5:46.17.

In the 4x800-meter relay, Lydia Mosley, Taylor Gage, Rachel Lillie and Seresun took first overall with a 10:46.06 time and in the high jump, Hope Goimarac took first overall with a 4-foot, 10-inch try.

Goimarac also took first in the pole vault with an 8-foot, 3-inch try.

Freshman standout Tiana Hatler-Stefick took first overall in the shot put, claiming her first region title with a 34-foot, 9-inch try and was second in the discus with a 101-foot, 10-inch throw.

The Scorpions will now look to the 3A conference state meet which is scheduled to take place Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15, at Arizona State University.

Both days are scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.

Giving everyone in attendance a coronary, the Verde Valley School girls tennis team was able to win two close matches to claim the school’s first 1A conference team state championship this past weekend.

In the 1A team semifinals, the Coyotes were able to just get past St. David High School, 5-4, to earn themselves a slot in the championship match against Duncan High School, who they defeated 5-4 to claim the title.

“These girls played so awesome, it was great to see them accomplish this feat,” Verde Valley Athletic Director Matt Moran said.

verde_valley_school_state_tennis_championsIn both matches, teammates and fans had to sit through a doubles match tied 4-4, hoping and praying sophomores Danielle Kovac-Ortiz and Morgan Binder would pull off a victory.

Against St. David on April 30, Kovac-Ortiz and Binder teamed to defeat their opponent after a long tiebreaker, 11-10 [7-4].

The pair were actually down 9-6 in double match point, but were able to come all the way back to get the victory.

In the championship match Saturday, May 1, almost the same exact thing happened, with Verde Valley tieing Duncan 4-4 heading into the final match of the day for a state championship.

Kovac-Ortiz and Binder came through once again, defeating their Duncan opponent 10-8.

The pair was actually up 4-1 and well on their way to a title but struggled in the middle of the match and found themselves trailing 7-4. However, they were able to rebound quickly to get the victory.

In singles play, two-time defending individual state champion Cassi Kovac was able to defeat both her opponents against St. David [6-2, 6-1] and Duncan [6-2, 6-1].

Additionally, senior Sarah Jane Slater was lights out in both singles matches she played over the weekend, winning both, 6-0, 6-0.

The two paired in doubles play and were able to defeat St. David [10-1] and Duncan, 10-4.

“Those two girls put on a clinic out there. I think Duncan was a bit surprised on how well they played, and dominated,” Moran said.

Duncan won the doubles individual championship just a week earlier.

The Tri-Valley Track and Field Championships held at Sedona Red Rock High School on April 28 hosted numerous Verde Valley schools.

In the end, the Big Park Community School track and field team dominated with the girls winning both the fifth- and sixth-grade [65 points] and seventh- and eighth-grade [62 points] divisions while the boys took second in the seventh- and eighth-grade [23 points] division.

“This was a great meet for us. All our kids did well, and it was really cool that our girls won both divisions,” Big Park Head Coach Diane Schumacher said.

Finishing first in the seventh- and eighth-grade boys division was the West Sedona School track and field team, taking the top prize with 25 points scored.

The Wildcats also took first in the fifth- and sixth-grade division with 27 points scored, barely beating out cross-valley rival Camp Verde Middle School, which scored 25 points.

“Our team looked pretty good. It was a good day, and a good meet. It was nice to see all those teams competing well,” West Sedona Head Coach David Hoover said.

Individually for the boys, West Sedona’s Mason Aronson finished second overall in the seventh- and eighth-grade discus event, earning eight points with a 91-foot, 2-inch throw.

In the high jump, Wyatt Stevenson of West Sedona took first overall with a 4-foot, 4-inch leap in the fifth- and sixth-grade division while teammate Richard Convert was second overall in the same event in the seventh- and eighth-grade division with a 5-foot, 4-inch try.

richard_convertConvert took third in the 100-meter hurdles as well with a 16.48 time.

In the fifth- and sixth-grade 100-meter hurdles, West Sedona’s Francisco Hernandez was second overall with a 19.94 time.

For Big Park, Hunter Wagley was the only boy to take first overall in an event as he took gold in the seventh- and eighth-grade division 400-meter dash with a 58.04 time.

Individually for the girls, Big Park’s Mason Feldtkeller took first overall in the fifth- and sixth-grade division 1,600-meter run with a 6:19.00 time.

Christiana Benites of Big Park won the same event at the seventh- and eighth-grade level, finishing first overall with a 6:24.77 time.

Benites also won the seventh- and eighth-grade division 800-meter run with a 2:55.73 time.

Big Park’s Jessica Kirkham took second overall in the fifth- and sixth-grade division 800-meter run with a 2:54.60 time while Chelsea Heineck took second in the seventh- and eighth-grade division event with a 2:55.97 time.

Kirkham was also second in the long jump with a 11-foot, 7-inch leap while Anna Watson took third overall in the seventh- and eighth-grade division long jump with a 12-foot, 2-inch try.

Kirkham was second in the high jump as well with a 4-foot, 6-inch try.

The Coyotes took first in the fifth- and sixth-grade division 4x400-meter relay event with a 5:12.20 time and the seventh- and eighth-grade grade group took second with a 4:49.60 time.

In the fifth- and sixth-grade division shot put event, Michelle Galvez was third overall with a 22-foot, 1-inch throw while Big Park teammate Emily Bailey was right behind her in fourth with a 20-foot, 10-inch try.

In the discus, the same two were paired again; this time, Bailey took third with a 46-foot, 5-inch throw while Galvez was fourth with a 45-foot, 4-inch throw.

Alicia Craig of Big Park was fifth in the 100-meter dash in the fifth- and sixth-grade grade division with a 15.26 time while Josie Kohlan was sixth overall in the seventh- and eighth-grade division with a 14.70 time.

Craig was also fifth in the 400-meter dash with a 1:14.14 time.

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