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With graduation just around the corner, spring athletics at Sedona Red Rock High School has come to a close but there were a few individuals nominated for All-State and All-Region awards that need recognition.

sophomore whitney cooper hit .649 with 14 home runs and 70 RBIs this season, making her the obvious choice for the 3A West MVP this season and an All-State selection.In softball, sophomore Whitney Cooper was a consensus 3A West region MVP this season, compiling a .649 batting average while hitting 14 home runs and recording 70 RBIs in the process.

Cooper nearly doubled her school records from 2009 said second-year Head Coach John Brown, and there’s sure to be more where that came from.

Cooper also added 13 doubles and seven triples to her stats while scoring 42 runs. On the mound, Cooper struck out 91 batters while recording a sub-2.00 earned run average.

With everything put together, Cooper received the first-team All-State award for 2010.

Sticking with softball, Ashley Haas and Maria Micheli were named first-team All-Region performers while Jenna Diaz was a second-team All-Region nominee and freshman Shelby Cordova was honorable mention.

Moving across the way to baseball, junior Troy Loparco played well enough this season to be nominated to the All-Region second team in the 3A West.

Posting a .400 batting average, Loparco had four home runs and 19 RBIs to lead his team in both categories while recording five doubles and two triples.

“Troy [Loparco] missed the first-team nomination by one vote; he played very well for us this season,” first-year Head Coach Rob Henry said.

On the mound, Loparco was 6-4 with a 4.86 ERA in 44 innings pitched.

Sophomore catcher J.R. Henry and senior Josh Dibiasi were given honorable mention awards.

Dibiasi hit .383 this season with two home runs and 11 RBIs, the most memorable home run coming against Camp Verde High School to help beat the rival Cowboys on their home field.

As for track and field, the Scorpions had several All-State finishes this season which helped the boys take a 3A conference state title and the girls finish second overall.

Senior Kevin Cox won three gold medals at Arizona State University a couple of weekends ago making him an All-State performer while Jesus Rivera was in the same class as a first-team All-State award winner.

Rivera also helped Garrett Debs, Alan Meyers and Brandon Snickers get second-team All-State awards with their second-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay and was a part of the 4x400-meter relay team that finished second as well.

Receiving second-team All-State awards for the 4x400 were Chris Oestmann, Cox and Tristan Whittaker.

A.J. Garnello received an honorable mention award for his third-place finish in the discus.

As for the girls, Mykala Seresun received a second-team All-State award for her performance in the 3200-meter run while Nyomi Mosley [triple jump], Hope Goimarac and Seresun, Lydia Mosley, Rachel Lillie and Sophia Zeno [4x800-meter relay] all got honorable mention.


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