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With spring sports a few weeks into their schedules already, these last few days of weather reminds us winter isn’t over just yet.

The winter sports awards were officially announced by all four coaches at Sedona Red Rock High School earlier this week, and we here at the Sedona Red Rock News sports desk would like to congratulate them.

In girls soccer, the Scorpions surprised everyone with a late winter streak that catapulted them to the 1A-3A conference final four, only to lose to eventual state champion Estrella Foothills High School, 2-0.

Senior defender Ashleigh Baxter received the highest honors of any Scorpion student athlete, receiving a first-team All-Region vote and was nominated as the 1A-3A North most valuable player.

Baxter was also awarded the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Co-MVP award and was selected by the Arizona Republic as an All-State performer.

srrhsgirlssocJunior Rachel Cook and Emma Kukulski also received 1A-3A North honorable mention awards.

Sedona Head Coach Tom Cadigan was pleased to see his 13-7 [8-0, 1A-3A North] Scorpions recognized for a great season, but was flattered to find out his coaching peers had selected him their coach of the year in the region.

“I’m happy our girls got these awards. They all deserve it. We had a great year,” Cadigan said.

Sticking with soccer, the boys had a few 1A-3A North nominees as well. Despite missing the state playoffs, four Scorpions were honored.

Senior Ryan Cadigan received a first-team All-Region vote and was third on the ballet with 46 points for player-of-the-year honors. Cadigan led the Scorpions this season with 32 goals scored.

James DeVore also received first-team All-Region honors for his play on the field this season.

Receiving second-team All-Region awards were junior Tyler Hollmann and senior Trevor Shreve.

On the hardwood, Sedona had two quality basketball teams to cheer for this season, thanks to the efforts of these fine individuals.

In boys basketball, senior Kevin Cox led the Scorpions to an 18-10 overall record and a 3A conference state appearance in 2009-10 while averaging 16.5 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game on the season.

Cox was nominated by 3A-West coaches as a first-team All-Region performer, the second in as many seasons for Cox.

Junior point guard Martin Galvez was awarded a second-team All-Region award nomination for his efforts on the court, which included a 9.8 points-per-game average to go along with his 70-percent free throw shooting, the best on the Scorpions team and top 10 in the league.

Galvez averaged only 1.8 assists per game, 1.3 steals per game and 2.7 rebounds per game, but was valuable to Head Coach Bob Murphy for his court sense, dribbling ability and overall knowledge of the game.

Also receiving an award was senior Thomas Wisbey who was handed a 3A West honorable mention award at the team’s banquet last week.

Wisbey averaged just over seven points a game this season, but was more known for his defensive ability.

As for those girls, Sedona had a disappointing end to their season when they lost their last two games of the year at home to Wickenburg High School in the 3A West region championship and to Fountain Hills High School in the first round of the 3A state playoffs.

The 13-13 Scorpions couldn’t have been happier to be where they were, however, having won a few games when it mattered late in the season to earn themselves home games in the end.

Senior Katie Adams was a unanimous choice by 3A West coaches to be named the most valuable player in 2009-10 and received first-team All-Region honors.

Adams’ 15.9 points per game, 11.6 rebounds per game and two blocks per game on the season would stand out in any league, but her numbers went up against 3A West opponents to over 17 points per game and almost 13 rebounds per game.

This is the second first team All-Region award for Adams in as many seasons who finished a close second behind Sedona teammate Breanne Cunningham for most valuable player in 2008-09.

Also receiving a first-team All-Region award was senior point guard Rita Clancy who averaged 14.3 points per game, 4.2 steals per game and 3.1 assists per game.

As a role player for the Scorpions in the last three seasons, Clancy stepped up to be one of the better players in the region this season.

Junior Chelsea Strong was also nominated for the Scorpions and received an honorable mention award.

Congratulations to all those who received awards this season.

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