Unlike its game against Paradise Honors High School 10 days prior, the Sedona Red Rock High School baseball team got off to a slow start against Verde Valley rival Camp Verde High School, losing 7-4 on Friday, March 31.

The Scorpions [2-5, 1-1 Central] did not score until the last two innings when it was already too little too late. They had runners in scoring position in three of the first five innings, but never came up with the big hit.

Those who drive into Sedona from Cottonwood on any given Sunday morning may notice that there is always a group of people playing soccer at Sedona Red Rock High School’s John Ordean Memorial Stadium.

The players: Men, women and children alike, have congregated and played in a competitive yet non-aggressive way every Sunday since 2010.

Starting eighth-grade pitcher Nate Ross gave up just one hit and two walks while striking out seven in four innings of work to lead the Sedona Red Rock Junior High School baseball team to a 13-3 run-rule win over visiting Mayer Elementary School in five innings.

Despite not having begun its official Arizona Interscholastic Association Division III Section VI schedule, the Sedona Red Rock High School’s boys and girls tennis teams competed against one of their section rivals in Anthem Preparatory Academy on Tuesday, March 28.

The girls [2-4] won their match 5-4, but under unusual circumstances. The visiting Eagles had just three players, giving the Scorpions five default victories. Of the four matches that were played, each of the top three Red Rock singles players and its doubles team lost.

Sedona Red Rock High School track and field coach Harry Schneider was hoping Mother Nature would be on his side on March 22 when the Scorpions held the first of three home meets for the 2017 season.

Clouds loomed, but no sign of rain came until the last event of the evening, the 4x400-meter relay, allowing for a smooth competition between the Scorpions and nine other schools.

The first ever Sedona Stumble 5-mile Trail Run, held on Saturday, March 25, went much smoother than the terrain that the 89 runners traversed.

The course was filled with dirt, gravel, uphill and downhill sections, even parts where runners could only run in a single file in one direction.

In its Central Region opener and the return of junior pitcher Natalie Monge, Sedona Red Rock High School’s softball team hung tough with visiting Paradise Honors High School for four innings.

But the Panthers scored 13 runs across the final two frames, aided by 11 Scorpions errors, to win 13-3 in six innings.

Sedona Red Rock High School girls basketball junior point guard Liza Westervelt was recently honored with being named First Team All-2A Conference by The Arizona Republic.

Westervelt helped the Scorpions to a 29-2 record in the 2016-17 season and 10-0 in the Conference 2A Central Region. The team also secured a second consecutive Final Four berth in the Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A State Championship. She scored a career-high 31 points against Phoenix Christian Preparatory School on Feb. 1.

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