To win a 40-run shootout, it would be hard to imagine that defense was what did it for the victorious team. In Sedona Red Rock High School’s 26-14 win over visiting Anthem Preparatory Academy, strong defense in two innings made the difference.

The Scorpions [1-2] sealed their first win of the season on Tuesday, March 7, in six innings thanks to defensive stands in the fifth and sixth.

The Sedona Red Rock High School baseball team scored early, and at least four runs in every inning, en route to a 17-7 mercy-rule win over visiting Anthem Preparatory Academy on Tuesday, March 7.

The Scorpions saw an 8-1 lead cut to 8-7 in third inning, but tightened up their defense while pouring in nine more runs to seal the win.

There were no hiccups in the Sedona Red Rock High School golf team’s 2017 debut as it won a four-way dual match against Verde Valley rival Camp Verde High School, Northland Preparatory Academy and Wickenburg High School.

The Scorpions [1-0] scored 167 during the nine-hole round, played at Verde Santa Fe Golf Course on Thursday, March 3. The top four scores from each team are used to determine its final score for the match.

With the majority of their teams comprised of inexperienced players, the Sedona Red Rock High School boys and girls tennis squads’ best showings will not come until later in the season.

The teams faced off with Northland Preparatory Academy on Tuesday, March 7. The boys [2-1] lost 8-1 while the girls [0-2] lost 6-3.

For a third successive year thousands of mountain bike aficionados descended upon Sedona and its many trails for the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival.

The festival, held from Friday, March 3, to Sunday, March 5, at Posse Grounds Park, surrounded riders, vendors, live music, food trucks and breweries with the landscape of red rocks under a warm spring sun.

The first full seven-inning game of 2017 saw the Sedona Red Rock High School baseball team hang around with visiting Payson High School for four innings, but gave up 10 runs in the final three to lose 16-2 on Friday, March 3.

In the loss, the Scorpions [0-1], down 1-0, gave up five runs in the fifth and seven more in a long seventh inning.

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.

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