A trio of Sedona Swordfish swimmers competed at the Arizona Swimming 2017 Junior Olympics Long Course Championships from Friday through Sunday, July 7 to 9, at Phoenix Swim Club’s facility, the Dady Aquatic Center at Phoenix Country Day School.

Jaxon Oles and Dezra Dana, in the 13 to 14 year old girls division, and Zach Dana, a 15 to 18 boys participant, competed against swimmers from around the state.

During the hot, dry summer in the Verde Valley green, tropical foliage surrounding waterfalls and a healthy creek would seem like an oasis.

But that place really does exist, along Oak Creek in Cornville: It is a swimming hole called Mormon’s Crossing.

Sedona Red Rock High School golfers Neil Smith and Seth Farmer were recognized for their performances during the 2017 season in which the team ended with a 20-5 record and a third place finish at the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division III State Championship.

Smith, a 2017 graduate, received First Team All-Section V as did Farmer, a senior-to-be who also received Second Team All-Division III.

However, neither were satisfied with their respective seasons.

The Oak Creek Watershed Council held one of its creekside cleanup days Thursday, June 29, with 10 volunteers who picked up over 6 pounds of trash and recyclables.

Operations Coordinator Dalton Zanetti said picking up trash and leftover food does more than just keep campgrounds and the surrounding areas clean.

The Sedona Red Rock High School football team continued its summer of preparation for the 2017 season with more 7-on-7 play at Mingus Union High School on Wednesday, June 28.

Last time out head coach Tom Miller had begun to install a new defense with new terminology and concepts. Miller acknowledged progress was made and continues to be made every time out on the field.

There is a new recreation and aquatics supervisor in town, and her name is Dawn Norman.

But Norman is no foreigner to the Verde Valley; she came to Sedona’s Parks and Recreation department after 11 years at the town of Clarkdale.

Week 4 of the 2017 Sedona Adult Summer Softball League, on Thursday, June 22, marked the halfway point of the regular season, and the top half of the league has begun to separate itself from the rest of the pack.

L’Auberge Mighty Ducks forfeited both of their games — against top-ranked A Day in the West and fourth place Red Rocks Rotary.

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