Old habits die hard, and trying something new can be a difficult thing for anyone, including a sports team.

Sedona Red Rock High School’s volleyball team did not begin to experiment with its new plays until the third game of its sweep [25-12, 25-14, 25-21] of Chino Valley High School on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

A Day in the West was forced to make two come-from-behind efforts in a row, but remained at the top of the Adult Summer Softball League, taking the 2017 title.

The team, who has now won the league 16 times, beat Red Rocks Rotary 8-5 in the championship game.

Rotary, the No. 3 seed, almost pulled off a run of three wins in three straight contests.

Youth, inexperience and a low number of bodies showed in Sedona Red Rock High School football’s season opening 46-0 loss at St. Johns High School.

The Scorpions were outnumbered against a Redskins team that first-year head coach Tom Miller believes will be in the state playoffs come November.

Sedona Red Rock High School’s volleyball team struggled in its scrimmages on Saturday, Aug. 19, although it did not alarm co-coach Danni Barker very much.

That is because she knows what this year’s Scorpions are capable of. They are athletically gifted and experienced, and it is only a matter of putting it all together.

And as she put it, better to peak in November than before the season even starts.

No sports season would be complete without an upset, even Sedona’s Adult Summer Softball League.

The No. 7 seed L’Auberge Mighty Ducks beat No. 2 Reddell Construction 8-2 in their quarterfinal. The Mighty Ducks have been one of the most upstart teams in recent weeks, winning their last four going into the penultimate day of the season on Thursday, Aug. 17.

Heading into the 2017 swimming and diving season, the Sedona Red Rock High School team was going to be thin on the boys side, graduating almost all of last year’s state qualifiers.

The girls were always going to have depth and talent with the addition of club swimmers.

Out of the blue a new group of mostly senior boys joined, in addition to a couple experienced newcomers, making for what can become a promising season.

Following the 10th week of Adult Summer Softball League play, seeding for the final tournament became much clearer, but it will not be crystal clear until after the first game of Week 11.

What is known is that Reddell Construction leads the “A” Division with a three-win record after it picked up a 2-0 win over Red Rocks Rotary.

Throughout Andrea Bagnell’s career as an athletic trainer she has been in the company of, and treated, many of the nation’s and world’s best athletes.

While Sedona Red Rock High School’s athletes are not collegiate All-Americans or Olympians, Bagnell sees a greater value in her new role as the Scorpions’ athletic trainer than those in her storied past.

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