A potentially influential rule change for Verde Valley high school sports teams was approved by the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s legislative council during its meeting in Phoenix on Friday, March 3.

Winning by a wide margin, 39-5, the measure grants high school coaches to have organized practices with their respective teams year-round. Before, they only could during their particular season or during summer, from the last day of school until the first day of August. The change goes into effect July 1.

The reconstruction of the batting cages at the upper field of Posse Grounds Park was completed on Wednesday, March 1, just in time for the start of the Little League baseball season.

The project cost $7,900, according to Rachel Murdoch, city of Sedona Parks and Recreation manager.

The Sedona Red Rock High School golf team this year hopes to continue its success of the past three seasons. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, we placed sixth, third and second at the Arizona Interscholastic Association State Golf Tournament.

Our respective dual-meet records have been 22-2-1, 22-1 and last year 20-0 [64-3-1 overall]. We are riding a 33-dual match win streak.

All season long, the Sedona Red Rock High School girls basketball team relied on creating significant scoring runs, especially early in the game, to grab sizeable leads.

But in the semifinals of the 2017 Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A State Championship, the Scorpions never mustered one of those signature stretches, falling 63-47 to No. 2 seed Leading Edge Academy.

For the 2017 season the Sedona Red Rock High School track and field team moved from Division III to Division II, but maintains a balanced squad with high hopes for the 2017 Arizona Interscholastic Association State Championships.

Head coach Harry Schneider believes at this stage of the preseason, the girls team is second-best in the state, and the boys are top five.

A new form of exercise, as well as movement, has found a home at Posse Grounds Park.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, the first Parkour class was held at the park, led by Francesco DiGuida and Anthony Porter, with nine young participants completely new to the activity.

With upwards of 10 newcomers, the Sedona Red Rock High School softball team is more or less starting from scratch in 2017.

But at the same time, head coach Ethan Hartz expects better results than 2016, when the team went 6-12.

For the second consecutive season, the Sedona Red Rock High School girls basketball team has reached the Final Four of the Arizona Interscholastic Association State Championship.

The sixth-seeded Scorpions [30-1, 10-0 2A Central] will face off with No. 2 seed Leading Edge Academy — Gilbert, in what is now called the 2A State Championship, at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at the Prescott Valley Event Center.

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