A pair of Sedona Red Rock High School track and field athletes made final commitments to continue with athletics at the collegiate level on Tuesday, May 16.

Justin Aleman and Jake Christensen signed a National Letter of Intent to compete at Ottawa University, joining the Spirit’s first-ever class at its new campus in Surprise.

With the passing of the days, temperatures in the Verde Valley will continue to rise as spring turns to summer.

Perhaps they will not be as blisteringly high as the Phoenix area, but nonetheless the desire for a place to stay cool will remain the same.

Luckily there are the Verde River and Oak Creek, and along with them, a number of swimming holes that provide a wet and cool getaway in this landlocked desert.

After coming on as an assistant coach for the 2016-17 season, Paul Bain is now stepping into the head coaching role for the Sedona Red Rock High School boys basketball team.

Before moving to Sedona two-and-a-half years ago, Bain was an assistant at Summit Country Day High School in Cincinnati. In the first year, the team reached the Elite Eight of the state tournament and won the state title in the second.

Bain, who played at the University of Oregon from 1979 to 1983, has big plans for the team.

Since her freshman year, Hannah Ringel knew that she would be a pretty good thrower for the Sedona Red Rock High School track and field team. It was her first year as a thrower, but she was already reaching further than the average ninth-grader.

Four seasons and three state championships later, Ringel dawned the black and purple for the Scorpions for a final time at the Arizona Interscholastic Association State Championship on Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, at Mesa Community College.

Click here to read which Sedona Red Rock High School baseball and softball players were selected to All-Central Region teams, as well as which two girls basketball players were honored by the Arizona Interscholastic Association for their performances in the 2A State Championship tournament in February.

More than a handful of Scorpions runners, throwers and jumpers took home medals from the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division IV State Championships, held on Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, at Mesa Community College.

Nine individuals and one relay team took home medals by the end of the competition, which featured temperatures of 105 degrees or more on Friday and strong, gusting winds on Saturday.

The Sedona Red Rock High School golf team, No. 9 in Division III of the Arizona Interscholastic Association, finished its regular season with another win at a four-way match, played at Elephant Rocks Golf Course in Williams on Tuesday, May 2.

Against Northland Preparatory Academy, Kingman Academy High School and Williams High School, the Scorpions came out on top with a 21-over 165 total in the nine-hole round.

Kirk Westervelt is stepping down as head coach of the Sedona Red Rock High School boys basketball team after one season in charge.

Westervelt helped guide the Scorpions to a 20-10 overall record and 5-3 in the Central Region, tying for first place and earning a berth to the Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A State Championship.

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