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Cross Country

Sedona Red Rock High School’s cross country team competed in its second meet of the season at the Four Corners Invitational at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The Scorpions saw big time drops across the board, which was encouraging for head coach Wyatt Stevenson.
“It was really good seeing huge progress,” Stevenson said. “It shows me what we’re doing works for them and they’re working hard and doing the right things.”

Senior Nathan Hoyer was the team’s top finisher, taking 14th overall in 17:54.19, just over a minute slower than the first-place runner.

Hoyer was 74 seconds faster than at the Payson Multi on Sept. 6.

Senior Eduardo Jimenez [21:12.06], sophomore Forrest Hartley [21:13.98], junior Marino Lezcano [21:30.91] and freshman Cisco Bekele [24:36.10] rounded things out.

Jimenez cut just under two minutes and Bekele nearly five and a half minutes.

Four underclassmen Scorpion girls raced, with freshman Serena Allen [25:31.09] the top runner.

Freshman Zoe Schibler [26:09.04], freshman Cheyenne Javey [32:15.01] and sophomore Krushi Bhakta [33:50.51] also competed.

Allen cut more than two minutes and Schibler more than one, while Javey cut about 13 seconds and Bhakta almost four minutes.

“The big time drops shows a lot of improvement, but it shows there’s a lot more to improve, and a lot more to learn,” said Stevenson in regard to how the runners race each race.

The team races again Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Shane Morris Invitational.
“We’ve been putting in a lot of hard workouts this week,” Stevenson said. “What I’m really looking for from the athletes is to do their best and not worry about their time. Let the race, let the competition push them.”


Red Rock’s volleyball team suffered its first loss in a five-set match at 1A Anthem Preparatory Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The Scorpions were swept 3-0 [14-25, 24-26, 18-25], in what was their eighth match in six days.

They have also been somewhat Arizona-trotters this season, too.

“It’s not only that [fatigue], but we haven’t had a home game since August,” co-head coach Danni Barker said. “We’ve spent so many hours on a school bus and it’s completely drained us. The girls are so tired of being on a bus, they’re behind in school, and they’re stressed.”

Barker calculated approximately 40 hours have been spent on a bus, plus two nights in a hotel, since their one and only home match. That was on Aug. 29, 25 days ago to date.

The next home match is Wednesday, Sept. 27, ending the road stand at 30 days.

Barker said the Eagles were good, but they should not have been swept. The Scorpions led 24-22 in game two.
“They were good but beatable. Blocking was an issue and nobody could put a ball away,” Barker said. “They dug everything we hit at them.”

They played at Chino Valley High School on Thursday, Sept. 21, winning 3-0 [25-14, 25-13, 25-17]. They swept the Cougars in their first matchup on Aug. 29.

Note: This story was updated on Friday, Sept. 22, with the score from the Chino Valley match.


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