As the saying goes, there is some truth in every jest.

On the way to the Prescott Valley Event Center for the Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A State Championship quarterfinals, Sedona Red Rock High School girls basketball head coach Dave Moncibaez teased sophomore forward Mary Westervelt for not having had a big game in a while.

Westervelt responded in a big way, powering the No. 1 seeded Scorpions to a third Final Four trip in as many seasons with 23 points and 19 rebounds en route to a 64-52 win over No. 9 Alchesay High School on Saturday,
Feb. 17.

On Feb. 5, the Maricopa County Community College District announced that after the 2018 season, the football programs at Phoenix College, Mesa Community College, Scottsdale Community College and Glendale Community College will be eliminated.

The decision, which MCCCD said was made for financialreasons surrounding insurance costs for its annual budget, affects football players around the state, including those from the Verde Valley.

Sedona Red Rock High School’s No. 1 seeded girls basketball team pulled away in the second half in a 60-33 win over No. 16 Many Farms High School in the first round of the Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A State Championship.

The Scorpions [18-0], led by senior guard Jo Toscano’s 23 points on seven three-pointers, were up 32-22 at halftime before scoring 20 points in the third quarter to put the game away on Friday, Feb. 16, at Yavapai Community College.

Sedona Red Rock High School welcomes new coaches for the baseball and softball teams, recently announced by Athletic Director Tom Miller.

Taking over the baseball program is a familiar face in Pedro Ortega, Sedona Red Rock Junior High School’s athletic director and father of senior infielder Michael Ortega. Terry Link will be at the helm of the softball team.

The first possession of the No. 7 Sedona Red Rock High School boys basketball team’s game against No. 10 Gilbert Christian School ended in a five-second violation against the Scorpions.

Soon after Knights 6-foot-9 senior center Miles Lightfoot put down an emphatic dunk that ignited the crowd.

In the end, though, it was Red Rock [14-3] who came away with a hard-fought 42-40 win over the defending state champions in the first round of the Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A State Championship on Friday, Feb. 16, at Yavapai College.

The Sedona Red Rock High School boys basketball team has arrived at the part of the season that first year head coach Paul Bain has focused on since the summer: The Arizona Interscholastic Association Conference 2A State Championship.

After a season of harping on playing with intensity at both ends of the floor for the entirety of practices and games, now is the time for the No. 7 seed Scorpions to be at their best. They open the tournament with No. 10 and defending state champion Gilbert Christian High School at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Yavapai College.

Seeded No. 1 overall, on paper the Sedona Red Rock High School girls basketball team technically has the easiest path to the Arizona Interscholastic Association Conference 2A state title game.

But what does not show up on paper is that Red Rock could face multiple opponents that play the same style as them, and that familiarity plays into their hands.

Just a week before the high school state tournament begins, the future generation of girls basketball players in Sedona played in its own state knockout competition.

The Sedona Red Rock Junior High School girls basketball team was runner-up at the Arizona Small Schools State tournament, falling to Dilcon Community School 33-31 on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Clarkdale-Jerome School.