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Terminating turmoil takes trust. John Bradshaw can bring what that takes.

John Bradshaw is the new head football coach at Sedona Red Rock High School. A long-time offensive line coach for the Scorpions who revived Sedona Youth Football in 2004, Bradshaw inherits a handful of upperclassmen as well as a "huge" sophomore class.
The long-time Sedona Red Rock High School assistant coach, local business owner and re-creator of Sedona Youth Football is taking on the challenge of being Scorpions head football coach — the school’s third in three years.

“I think all the kids know us, they know how we coach, they know it’s going to be fun,” Bradshaw said. “I’ve got a lot of the young guys I’ve coached that haven’t played for awhile coming back.”

The challenge of youth motivates Bradshaw, who replaced former Youth Football coach Ken Selle after one season.

“Kenny got this great feeling going around for football and it’s carrying forward with us,” Bradshaw said. “I know we’ve got at least eight dynamite freshmen coming in. I’ve got 11 on the [junior varsity] squad and 23 I’m pretty secure with on the varsity.”

Offensively, Bradshaw entrusts long-time assistant Tony Hauserman to develop plays out of a wing formation that won’t involve the tight end.

“We’ll do a lot of the same stuff that Kenny put in there throwing-wise,” Bradshaw said. “We’ll probably wipe out half our offensive playbook. Basically, we just swiped all the good stuff we liked,” he laughed.

Bradshaw inherits a handful of upperclassmen who were veterans of Sedona Youth Football when he brought it back with Hauserman in 2004. They will lead a massive Class of 2017.

“Other than last year, most years I’ve had just sophomores to work with,” he said. “I’d really like to find a big boy for my center, but we’re not going to be light up front: The sophomores this year are huge.”

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, April 1, issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

If you work in any kind of office — or even if you don’t — you probably filled out a National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament bracket.

George Werner
Among friends and in offices around America, predicting which teams would win and lose each game of the NCAA Tournament has exploded into an almost greater madness than the actual tournament.

Online groups have been formed, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes awarded to the winner with the most accurate predictions.

From political forecasters like Nate Silver to those who live by their daily horoscope, millions throw $10 into the office pool to see if their totally random color- or mascot-based picks will come out on top.

Let me know how much March Madness destroyed your bracket by following @sedonanews on Twitter, and I'll tell you which part of this column was an April Fools' joke.

For the full column, please see the Wednesday, April 1, issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

Atop Sedona Red Rock High School’s varsity girls tennis ladder are two m-and-m’ers who, on their fifth try, showed how quickly they can work together — and win.

Sophomore Fernanda Valencia waits for Sedona Red Rock High School girls tennis coach Phil Kovac to feed her a shot during volleying drills at a recent Scorpions practice.

After the Scorpions had won just three games in their first four losses, seniors Keely Miller and Samantha Muellner lost a total of seven games in their three singles and doubles matches to lead the girls team to its first match win Monday, March 30, 7-2 at Bourgade Catholic High School.

“We’re finally getting a little more serious,” head coach Phil Kovac said. “Time will tell — we’ve still got another nine [matches] to go.”

Miller doubled up the top singles player for the Golden Eagles, Mariah Nolan, in straight sets. She would team up with Muellner, who shut out her singles opponent, Anita Magyor, to rout Bourgade in doubles as well, 8-1.

“I think we’ve got a ways to go, but we’re definitely further ahead than I expected, to be honest,” Kovac said. “The girls are getting, in the singles, where they need to be. Keely, Sam and Yvesche are getting stronger every match.”

Senior Yvesche Schlee only lost one set to Kira Silva in her straight-set singles win 6-0, 6-1. The No. 3 singles match win equaled the Scorpions’ individual match victory total for the entire season before sophomore Fernanda Valencia and the Hermosillo twins surpassed it, making a clean sweep of Bourgade in the singles matches.

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, April 1, issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

Anybody not including Sedona Red Rock High School in the conversation over Arizona’s top track and field contenders should see how far Hannah Ringel can throw them.

Hannah Ringel practices her shot put at a recent Sedona Red Rock High School track and field practice. The sophomore thrower finished fifth in the shot put Saturday, March 21, at the Nike Elite Rotary Invitational in Chandler.
“I didn’t expect myself to be throwing what I am now,” she said. “I had it in my mind, ‘I’ll never throw what I threw in State last year. It’s going to take me so long.’

“Then I threw it again in one of my first meets and I was like, ‘Oh, wow. I guess this is attainable.’”

Since a fourth-place finish as a freshman in last spring’s Division III state shot put competition, throwing
36 feet, 11 inches, the Scorpions sophomore has brought home a gold or silver medal in the event, winning her last four meets outright prior to March 21.

That day was the exception that is proving the rule for Ringel, as she threw her personal best in the shot put to finish fifth among the West’s elite throwers at the Nike Rotary Invitational in Chandler.

“Every meet that comes, it’s closer to State, so I get more pumped,” Ringel said. “I’m like, ‘I’m going to make this my best meet.’”

For the full story, please see the Friday, March 27, issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

Cortez High School was an excellent tonic for Sedona Red Rock High School’s woes on the diamond Tuesday,
March 24.

Junior Emma Keider practices turning the double play for the Scorpions. Keider went three for four with a triple and three RBIs during the Scorpions' 15-3 win over Cortez High School.
Junior shortstop Emma Keider had a triple, batting in three runs in four plate appearances as Scorpions softball roughed up Cortez on the road in five innings, 15-3.

Senior first baseman Josh Hafner closed out the Colts baseball team in the bottom of the sixth inning, driving in the 11th SRRHS run in a 10-run win.

Both teams used the win to rebound from losses that ended early because they were run-ruled. Northland Prep beat SRRHS baseball, 14-3, March 21 — four days after Camp Verde High School allowed the softball team just one hit in a 14-0 home shutout.

After returning home Thursday, March 26, from their game at North Pointe Preparatory Academy, head coach Mike Keider’s girls will host Horizon Honors High School in a rare double bill Saturday, March 28, at noon. Before joining them in playing the Panthers, head coach Craig Eagle’s boys have their first loss to avenge Friday,
March 27, at Central High School.

For the full story and more photos, please see the Friday, March 27, issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

Seniors Natalie Cox and Tia Myers and sophomore Hannah Ringel all set new personal bests for Sedona Red Rock High School track and field Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, at the Nike Elite Rotary Invitational at Chandler High School.

Freshman Chenoa Crans works on her technique as she prepares for the Nike Elite Rotary Invitational at Chandler High School on March 20, where she finished ninth in the 110-meter hurdels after a competitive heat, a performance head coach Harry Schneider called "exceptional."
Cox ran the 3,200 meters in under 11 minutes and 45 seconds to finish 20th among all elites at the event, also running a PR for third place among seeded runners in the 1,600 meters at 5:26.

Myers’ PR came in the seeding bracket in the 800 meters, at 2:24.42.

“Natalie had two personal bests, which is tough on one day,” head coach Harry Schneider said. “I’m very happy for her. Tia ran exceptionally well — her best.”

Ringel had the highest finish at Chandler High School of any SRRHS athlete. She threw the shot put 37 feet, 10 inches and the discus 95 feet, 10 inches to make up for senior Marisa Carrara’s disappointing scratches in those events.

“That’s what people need to realize,” Schneider said. “[Ringel]’s only a 10th-grader, and these kids were the best in the country, not just Arizona.”

For the full story with more photos and results, please see the Wednesday, March 25, issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

Defeat remains wonderfully elusive for the Sedona Red Rock High School golf team.

Junior Keagan Webster of Sedona Red Rock High School tees off on the first hole at Verde Santa Fe Golf Course in the Scorpions’ season-opening win at Camp Verde High School. Webster’s rounds have placed him a solid third on the varsity ladder this season.
The Scorpions followed up a tie for first at the Pahrump Valley Invitational in Nevada with their second straight team victory, a St. Patrick’s Day road rout of Chino Valley High School.

“The Pahrump trip bore fruit immediately,” said Dennis Mobley, Sedona Red Rock High School golf coach. “We recorded our best team golf score in 12 years.”

In the process, SRRHS [2-0] also got a nice tune-up for the Division III state golf tournament, as the Scorpions shot a 146 on the host course at Antelope Hills in Prescott.

“On the par-36 South course ... as a team we were only two over even par,” Mobley said. “Gary [Schlee] was two-under-par himself heading into the last hole, when disaster in the form of a lost ball and an out-of-bounds [hit] contributed to a snowman score of eight.”

The Scorpions senior had just tied for second individually at Pahrump, but it was senior Jasper Herrick who had a first-hole eagle on his way to a career-best three-under-par from the No. 5 position on the varsity ladder.

The Scorpions also maintained their Section V lead March 17 with their 44-stroke victory. The sectional winner automatically advances to Antelope Hills Golf Course for State beginning Friday, May 8.

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, March 25, issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

Two pitchers decided the rivalry on the diamond between Camp Verde and Sedona Red Rock high schools Tuesday, March 17.

Senior Sophie Copenhaver, left, hauls in the throw at third base for Sedona Red Rock High School ahead of a sliding Sharli McDonald. The Scorpions, however, could not hold on for the out in a 14-0 home loss to Camp Verde High School.
Senior Scott Moker struck out six and threw a complete game three-hitter to lead baseball to its fifth straight win, 3-1 over the Cowboys.

Softball was a different story in the Scorpions’ Section III opener as opposing pitcher, junior Taya Smith, struck out 10 and allowed one hit in a 14-0 win in five innings for the Cowboys.

While head baseball coach Craig Eagle takes a section-leading 2-0 record into a stretch of four games over the next week, head softball coach Mike Keider is using all possible practice time before the Scorpions get into the heart of their schedule Tuesday, March 24, against sectional rival Cortez High School.

Senior Josh Hafner, right, attempts to catch up with the Camp Verde High School pitch before it reaches the glove of the Cowboys catcher. Hafner had a single for the Scorpions and secured the infield defense to help SRRHS win, 3-1.

For the full story, please see the Friday, March 20, issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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