For the first time in Northern Arizona history, a 16-year-old tennis player has qualified for what is the largest and most prestigious junior tennis tournament in the United States

Parents send their kids off to summer camps for many reasons we don’t even need to mention. But when the parents of two 13-year-old friends, Katie Furlong and Brenna Barker, put them on a plane destined for Colorado Springs, their lives were about to change.

OK, maybe not their lives because they are only 13, but certainly their volleyball playing careers, since the pair went off to Colorado Springs to attend the USA Higher Performance Volleyball Camp on July 12 through July 16.

“I had so much fun and I can’t wait to go back next year,” Barker said with a big smile on her face.

Unlike the last meet on June 28 where the Sedona Swim Team dominated the competition because of sheer numbers, only 18 swimmers made the trip to Kingman.

With all the crazy sports, sporting events or contests out there in this world, Crazy Cosmic Golf on Friday nights at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa can definitely be placed within the “weird” category.

The dark spin on mini-golf ranks up there in the “weird” category with the Polar Bear Club; professional hot dog eating contests; hog calling; milk chugging; caber tosses; and, of course, running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

On Monday, July 7, Sedona Red Rock High Athletic Director John Parks and Pinnacle One Project Manager Dave Young announced the re-opening of the newly completed football field and track project to the public.

“We are excited to inform the public that our refurbished football field and track project is now complete and open for use,” Parks said.

The finished $1.6 million product at SRRHS is only one part of a three-phase project using the $73.4 million bond fund approved last year by voters within the Sedona Oakcreek School District.

Kyle Kirsch, a 2005 graduate of Sedona Red Rock High, continued to live the dream as his University of Arizona club baseball team fought their way to the National Club Baseball World Series in Fort Myers, Fla., from May 23 through May 29.

Kirsch, a third baseman on the team, was one of the founding players on the Wildcats inaugural club baseball team.

“For us to get to the World Series in our first season was incredible,” Kirsch said.

The more often they swim, the better and better they get.

That’s what Sedona Swim team head coach Erin Estes said about her team after they dominated another meet, this time a dual competition against Kingman on Saturday, June 28.

“This meet worked in favor of our kids because we had many in the pool besides just our top swimmers. Having everyone puts us way over the top,” Estes said.

Sedona took the victory by scoring 2,916 points compared to Kingman’s 1,728 points.

It’s not exactly the big leagues, but don’t tell that to anyone involved in the Sedona Summer Recreational Softball League, since the level of play and the games they play in are just as serious as any other sport out there.

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