The boys basketball team at Sedona Red Rock High School traveled to Pinetop this past week to participate in the ninth annual White Mountain Holiday Classic.

“We love going up to Pinetop. It’s a good time to get away, spend some time with the team away from Sedona for a three-day period,” third-year Sedona Head Coach Bob Murphy said.

SRRHS-boys-b-ball-1-1It is the fifth year in a row Sedona has participated in the White Mountain Holiday Classic, winning it during the 2007-2008 season, Murphy’s first as head coach for Sedona.

After a tough 61-41 loss to Show Low High School to begin the tournament Tuesday, Dec. 29, the Scorpions rebounded to defeat lowly Seligman High School, 85-18.

Yes, that’s right, 85-18.

Seligman looked like an unorganized middle school team for most of the 32 minutes played Tuesday, not scoring their 10th point of the night until 30 seconds to go in the first half.

At the same time, Sedona was up 47-10 which was the lead the Scorpions took into the locker room.

Senior Kevin Cox led all scores with 19 points on 9-12 shooting while pulling four rebounds, adding three steals and recording two blocked shots.

Every player that played for Sedona against Seligman scored with junior Troy Loparco next in the pecking order with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Sophomore Bradley Cox was next with 15 points, nine rebounds and four steals while seniors Thomas Wisbey, Pedro Ortega Jr., and sophomore Chris Oestmann and J.R. Henry each had eight points.

The Scorpions were 41-76 from the field, shooting 54 percent on the game, easily their best performance of the season.

Sedona also recorded 22 steals while committing only eight turnovers.

“We played well which is better than I can say for the first game earlier today,” Murphy said.

In game one Tuesday morning, Sedona struggled out of the gates against Show Low and found themselves trailing 17-5 after the first quarter.

Show Low continued to put the pressure on and outscored the Scorpions 24-9 in the second quarter to take a 41-14 lead at halftime.

Sedona managed to right the ship in the second half, outscoring Show Low 27-20 but the damage had been done as they went on to lose, 61-41.

Cox led all scores again with 13 points on 6-16 shooting with six rebounds and four blocked shots.

The Scorpions’ shooting percentage topped off at a dismal 26 percent, or 16 of 61 from the field — a far cry from the later game against Seligman.

Sedona had 18 turnovers against Show Low, one of the big reasons why the Scorpions only managed 41 points.

Bradley Cox had eight points and four rebounds while Loparco had six points and six rebounds and Henry posted two points and seven rebounds.

The White Mountain Holiday Classic continued Wednesday, Dec. 30, and Thursday, Dec. 31, but results were unavailable at press time.

Sedona’s record currently stands at 6-5 overall on the season and Sedona is still ranked No. 11 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association power point standings, which aren’t affected by tournament play.

The Scorpions will return home after the two-week Christmas break to play host to Chino Valley High School on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Tip-off is scheduled for

7 p.m.

After a good effort against a much stronger Desert Edge High School team in a 48-38 loss, the Sedona Red Rock High School girls basketball rebounded to win against Parker High School, 61-30.

The Yvonne Johnson Memorial Shootout in Camp Verde began Monday, Dec. 28, for the Scorpions with hopes of going 4-0 and winning the tournament championship.

SRRHS-girls-b-ball-12-23Unlike the Winslow Winter Classic just 10 days ago, the field in Camp Verde isn’t nearly as strong.

“We had a chance to win this tournament if we came to play, and played well, but it took us a bit to get going against Desert Edge and it cost us,” first-year Sedona Head Coach C.J. Sells said.

Sedona struggled from the field against Desert Edge, who is one of the only other schools with a mascot called the “Scorpions” in Arizona, shooting 31 percent.

Senior Katie Adams scored 23 points and pulled 15 rebounds but no other Scorpion scored more than four points in the loss.

The Scorpions trailed 19-17 at halftime but Desert Edge used a 29-21 second half to go on to victory.

In game two Monday, Sedona faced off against a 3A-West region foe in Parker, someone they might see come region tournament time in February.

The starters for Sedona struggled out of the gate, and trailed 4-2, before Sells made his way down the bench to pick five new players to go in and get the job done.

A message was clearly being sent by the coach and Sedona’s backups came in and did a nice job, outscoring Parker 7-2 to give Sedona a 9-6 lead at the end of one.

Message received.

In the second quarter, the starters returned from the doghouse at the end of the bench at Camp Verde Middle School to outscore the Broncs 23-6 and take a 32-12 lead at halftime.

The rout was on from there as Sedona outscored Parker 17-11 in the third quarter and 12-7 in the fourth to win, 61-30.

Adams again was spectacular, scoring 20 points while grabbing 15 rebounds and adding six blocked shots and four steals.

Senior point guard Rita Clancy had 18 points on 7-16 shooting while recording seven steals and four assists.

Freshman center Tiana Hatler-Stefick also played well, scoring nine points and recording 10 rebounds.

With the victory, Sedona improved to 5-5 overall on the season and was in action on day two of the tournament Tuesday, Dec. 29. Results were unavailable at press time.


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The Sedona Red Rock High School boys basketball team rebounded from a 16-7 first quarter deficit to claim a big 60-57 victory at home Monday, Dec. 14, over Wickenburg High School.

“I saw some good things out there. We have to continue to work and get better because they only get tougher from here,” third-year Sedona Head Coach Bob Murphy said.

With the victory, Sedona improves to 5-3 overall on the season and is now 3-1 in power point games. The Scorpions are ranked No. 10 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association power-point polls, which were released Thursday, Dec. 17.

Junior point guard Martin Galvez led the Scorpions with 20 points on 7-14 shooting against Wickenburg including

6-8 from the free-throw line down the stretch to help earn his team the victory.

“I’m glad we were able to pull this one out. I knew we could beat this team but at times, we didn’t play that well,” Galvez said on the court after the game Monday.

Galvez has returned to form in the last two weeks after severely spraining his ankle just before Thanksgiving last month.

The junior point guard also added six rebounds and two assists in the victory.

Next in line in the scoring department was senior swing man Milton Galvez, Martin’s cousin, who scored 12 points on 6-10 shooting while adding five rebounds.

The Galvez family was a big reason the Scorpions went on a 25-7 run in the second quarter against Wickenburg on Monday, taking a 32-23 lead at halftime in front of a decent home crowd.

Wickenburg outscored the Scorpions 18-16 in the third quarter but still trailed 48-39 heading into the fourth.

The Wranglers made a run at a victory late in the fourth quarter and the Scorpions almost gave it away as senior guard Pedro Ortega Jr. was 1-8 from the free-throw line in the last 1 minute and 30 seconds of the game.

Ortega certainly wasn’t the only one as several Sedona players couldn’t figure out what to do defensively and when they had the ball on offense, played catch with the out-of-bounds line at times.

Ortega had four points, three rebounds, three steals, four assists and eight turnovers on the game.

The Scorpions were 13-27 from the line as a team in the game against Wickenburg while recording 23 turnovers, a recipe for disaster, most would say.

“I had to exhale after the game because we almost gave them an early Christmas present. We need to learn to put games away when we have the chance,” Murphy said.

The “a-win’s-a-win” attitude may only go so far, Murphy said after the contest, but for now, the Scorpions will be forced to enjoy it.

Other standouts include senior Kevin Cox, who scored eight points on 4-6 shooting while pulling down seven rebounds and collecting three blocks.

Senior Thomas Wisbey scored six points and had one steal.

The Scorpions will have to come to play Friday, Dec. 18, if they expect to compete with two-time defending 3A state champion Estrella Foothills High, who will definitely be coming to town looking for an easy victory against Sedona.

“We will practice hard and get ready for them. They are really good and we’ll have to play well,” Murphy said on Monday.

The Wolves are ranked No. 1 in the state by the AIA polls and The Arizona Republic.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Despite 25 missed layups Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Sedona Red Rock High School girls basketball team came away victorious in their home opener, defeating lowly Northwest Christian Academy, 46-14.

“Besides all the missed layups we had against Northwest Christian, I thought we played pretty well,” first-year Head Coach C.J. Sells said Tuesday after the game.

With the victory, Sedona improves its record to 1-1 overall on the season.

SRRHS-girls-b-ball-12-11In the first six weeks of the season, Sedona has seen some of the top 4A conference teams in the state, losing to Mingus Union High School to start its schedule before Thanksgiving, and playing Prescott High School [4A-I] and Flagstaff High School [4A-II] in a scrimmage three weeks ago today.

Focusing on the present, the Scorpions went out and took care of business Tuesday, jumping all over the Crusaders from the beginning.

Senior forward Katie Adams from the tip was stellar, leading the game with 22 points on 10-20 shooting from the floor while pulling down 14 rebounds. Adams added six steals as well in the winning effort.

“I didn’t perform as well as I’d like to, but I think I played OK. We’ll keep practicing and getting better,” Adams said.

Adams added she missed a few layups in the game against Northwest Christian and wasn’t too happy about it, but in the end, her numbers were solid and she was happy with what she and her team had accomplished.

To begin the game, Adams won the tip and immediately ran to a block for an easy layup after a pass from a teammate to put Sedona up 2-0.

At the end of the quarter, Sedona led 16-1.

The constant full-court pressure defense by the Scorpions was too much for the Crusaders to handle as they folded quickly, giving Sedona easy layup after easy layup.

In the second quarter, Sedona continued to play good man-to-man defense and outscored Northwest Christian 18-3 to take a 34-4 lead at the break.

From then on Sells cleared the bench, playing everyone on the roster to get some varsity experience.

The scoring slowed down a bit for Sedona in the second half, outscoring Northwest Christian by only two at 12-10 to go on and win, 46-14.

Standouts included senior point guard Rita Clancy who scored nine points on 3-16 shooting and was 3-9 from the free-throw line.

Clancy also added nine steals, six assists and four rebounds in an outstanding effort from the senior guard.

Freshman center Tiana Hatler-Stefick scored seven points, hitting two buckets and going 3-4 from the free-throw line while adding one rebound and one steal.

Twin sister Sierra Hatler-Stefick scored four points and pulled down six rebounds with three steals, while sophomore guard Ashley Haas was the only other Scorpion to score with four points.

Also, junior Lila Rodriguez added five rebounds.

Next up, the Scorpions will take their 1-1 record north to Williams High School where they’re scheduled to play their next game Friday, Dec. 11.

The last time these two squads hooked up was in the beginning of December last year when Williams came from 16 points down with six minutes to go, claiming a 71-62 win. Sedona led 48-43 heading into the final period but were outscored 28-14 in the final eight minutes.

Tip-off is scheduled for

5:30 p.m.

 

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The Sedona Red Rock High School girls soccer team began the season with a victory Monday, Nov. 30, defeating Tempe Preparatory Academy, 3-1.

“I was pleased with how we played Monday. The girls did a nice job passing and finding the open lanes, then the girls up front did a nice job attacking the net,” third-year Sedona Head Coach Tom Cadigan said.

Freshman midfielder Meredith Woodford was stellar against Tempe Preparatory, scoring two goals on the night to lead her team.

“I thought Meredith [Woodford] did a great job out there. She really worked well with her teammates and was the one to score the goals for us tonight,” Cadigan said.

With plenty of talent from top to bottom on the Sedona roster this season, Cadigan believes it could be any player at any point this season to score for the Scorpions.

Sedona took a 1-0 lead in the first half as Woodford scored in the 25th minute which was assisted by senior Sarah Schlener.

Cadigan talked about Schlener’s effort on the field Monday, stating she played an excellent match and gave a nice pass to Woodford for the goal.

In the second half, Woodford scored again to make it 2-0 in the 50th minute without an assist.

Near the 61st minute mark, junior midfielder Emma Kukulski found an opening in the defense and snuck through for a header into the goal.

Kukulski ran past three different defenders to catch a rebound and netted the ball, giving the Scorpions a commanding 3-0 lead.

Defensively, Sedona was on top of its game and the two-headed monster at goalkeeper in sophomores Jonica Wildes and Kaylor Tiffany did a nice job between the posts against Tempe Preparatory.

“I like what I saw out of Jonica [Wildes] and was impressed with the work Kaylor [Tiffany] did as well,” Cadigan said.

It was Tiffany’s first match as goalie for the Scorpions in her first year playing soccer for the high school.

Wildes recorded three saves on the match while Tiffany had four saves. Tempe Preparatory managed only 10 shots Monday.

One of those shots did manage to find its way into the back of the net while Tiffany was in the goal, giving the Knights their first of the season and making it 3-1 with just under two minutes to play.

Overall, Sedona didn’t look half bad on the field Monday and should continue to play well throughout the season with the depth of talent on the roster.

With the victory over the Knights, Sedona improves to 1-0 [1-0, 1A-3A North] overall on the season.

The Scorpions will come home Thursday, Dec. 3, and play host to Phoenix Country Day School.

It is the home opener for Sedona and Cadigan believes his team has a good chance at a victory.

“Phoenix Country Day is a tough team but I think we’ll be OK and it should be a good match to watch,” Cadigan said.

The match is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start time.


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The younger and more talented a player is, the better, right? So why wouldn’t the same thought process apply to the head coach as well?

These days, the “young coach” is hip in the sports world, i.e., Josh McDaniels, the new head coach of the Denver Broncos of the NFL, who at 32 years old led the franchise to a 6-0 start this season, the youngest to do so in NFL history.

Certainly, coaching soccer at the high school level doesn’t have the same pressures and is not the same, but the Sedona Red Rock High School boys soccer team has a new man at the helm this season and he’s about as young as it gets for a head coach.

boys-soccer-coach-11-25Ryan Moore, a 22-year-old Flagstaff resident, was announced the new head coach of the Scorpion boys soccer program just three weeks ago by Sedona Athletic Director John Parks.

“I’m happy to be here and excited to see how things go here in my first season,” Moore said with a smile.

This certainly isn’t the first go-round for Moore who just finished the fall soccer season, leading Northland Preparatory to its best season ever, qualifying for the 1A-3A state playoffs.

Northland Preparatory beat Show Low High School in the first round of the state tournament in overtime, 3-2, the first victory in school history at the state tournament.

Raised in San Antonio, Texas, Moore attended three different high schools in four years starting in northern Virginia near the Washington, D.C. area.

Moore was some player at a younger age, and was a part of the first youth academy program for Major League Soccer and D.C., United.

He also played for a U-14 team in the Wylie Youth Soccer Organization, a highly respected and elite league in Texas, before moving to Virginia.

“I played for some good teams during my youth,” Moore said.

Moore and his family moved back to Texas for his sophomore year and was a part of a 5A state championship for Church Hills High School, one of 96 schools that made the field.

During his junior season, Moore unfortunately got hurt playing soccer, tearing all the ligaments in his ankle, almost ending his playing career.

The Moore family decided to move one more time, finding a nice home in Phoenix where Moore would attend Ironwood High School in Glendale.

Moore again was a part of a winning tradition, helping his Eagles claim a 4A Desert West championship and qualifying for the state playoffs before walking with his diploma in May 2005.

“By that time I was ready to get out of high school and move on with my life,” Moore said.

Attending Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Moore graduated earlier this year in May with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Earning a degree was of course only one project for Moore who is now the director of Boys Coaches for a few club teams in the Flagstaff area.

Moore coaches three club teams himself at the high school level and, of course, is now the new head coach for Sedona.

If that wasn’t enough, Moore is also a part of the Olympic Development Program in soccer at the U-12 level.

Moore helps put together the USA national team of 25 players at the U-12 level, helping first pick the best 25 players here in Arizona before identifying those who could make the

team nationwide.

When asked what he does for fun in his spare time, Moore was quick to answer.

“I keep myself busy. What I do for fun is exactly this, coaching and being a part of soccer. I coach games, and watch games ... it’s what I do,” Moore said.

Moore is thinking about playing again one day, but for now he’s enjoying life as a coach, scout and during the tax season, using his degree to help people do their taxes.

“Soccer is my full-time job. I do the tax thing during tax season but I focus all my energy on soccer. It is what I love,” Moore said.

 

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The Sedona Red Rock High School girls basketball team hit the hardwood just over two weeks ago looking to make it another solid season, and newly appointed Head Coach C.J. Sells believes the girls are progressing nicely.

“Anytime there’s a new system to learn, new offense, defense and drills, it’s going to take time and that’s what the girls are going through right now,” Sells said.

SRRHS-girls-b-ball-11-18In his first season, Sells has reworked the program, making it his own. Each of the girls are getting to know their coach, and their coach is getting to know them.

Taking over for John Cunningham, the previous head coach for the Scorpions during the last two seasons, Sells inherits a program that went 19-8 overall during the 2008-2009 campaign.

Along the way, Sedona claimed the school’s first outright regular season region championship, finishing 11-1 in the 3A-West region.

The Scorpions also made it to the 3A state playoffs for the fourth straight season, losing to Window Rock High School in the first round back in February, 54-42.

Sedona has made it to the state playoffs five of the last eight seasons going back to the 2001-2002 campaign and have never made it out of the first round, sporting an 0-5 record during that time span.

This year, many players on the team hope it will be different.

“I think this year we can be good, really good. I think we have some talent here and this is going to be a fun year. I want to win a game at state; that’s our goal,” senior Katie Adams said.

Top Returners

Sedona graduated only one player from last season’s region championship team in senior point guard Breanne Cunningham.

Cunningham just happened to be the MVP of the 3A-West region, however, giving Sells a tough challenge in figuring out how to replace her.

Junior Ashley Lo Duca, who would have been a senior this season, was another player on the title team, but her family moved during the summer to Phoenix.

Adams, however, is a good start. Adams probably should have earned co-MVP honors with Cunningham based solely on her numbers, averaging 19.1 points per game, 1.4 blocks per game and 10-plus rebounds per game during the season.

Along with Adams, Sedona returns another senior in Rita Clancy.

Clancy should start again this season and could provide quite a bit of scoring this season for the Scorpions.

Besides Adams and Clancy, there are no other seniors on the team for Sedona.

“We actually have a bunch of young players, although I think they are somewhat experienced players,” Sells said.

In the junior class, Chelsea Strong leads the way with teammates Miki Jovanovic, Lila Rodriguez and Darlise Dogan.

All received playing time last season and should be contributors on the court this year.

Strong will provide intensity and hustle while Jovanovic will have to handle the ball quite a bit. Rodriguez should see most of her time in the middle while Dogan plays on the wing.

Sophomore Ashley Haas is the other returner for the Scorpions and should provide solid minutes for Sells.

Top Newcomers

Sedona has several young players that will make varsity this season and could see time on the floor in a hurry.

Sophomore Cheyann Walker, a transfer from Colorado, could be a decent player for the Scorpions in the future while sophomore Taylor Nolte comes up from junior varsity last season looking to prove herself.

There were three freshmen to also make the squad in Mary Kate Hafner and twin sisters Sierra and Tiana Hatler-Stefick.

The Hatler-Stefick sisters could see significant time on the floor as freshmen this season.

“I’m happy to see that we have young talent. Some of these girls may get plenty of playing time,” Sells said.

Season Outlook

With the new combined 2A-3A scheduling, Sedona will have plenty of opponents this season that will give them a game.

Look for the Scorpions to be competitive this season and make it to the 3A state tournament for the fifth consecutive year.


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Anthony Lo Duca, Brian Batty, John Parks and Larry Stephenson: What do all four of these men have in common?

Well, they all were at one time or another the head baseball coach for Sedona Red Rock High School in the last four years and are currently no longer involved in the program.

The last four seasons has been a roller-coaster ride for the Scorpion baseball program to say the least.

SRRHS-baseball-coachFour years, four coaches, a 25-66 record and more importantly, zero 3A state playoff appearances.

Not exactly the best way to feed a thriving program, a program that if it only had stability, would take off under the right coach. Sedona may now have its guy.

Rob Henry, a 53-year-old Sedona resident and avid baseball man, was officially announced as the new head coach for the Scorpions baseball program late last week.

“I feel privileged to be the head coach for the Sedona baseball program. This was a dream of mine but I never got the chance to follow it for one reason or another. Now I’ll get my chance and I’m excited,” Henry said with a big smile on his face.

Parks, Sedona’s athletic director, made the announcement with an excited tone in his voice.

“I think Rob [Henry] will do a good job for us. He has coached these kids before and knows baseball,” Parks said.

Henry made his way through the Sedona Little League coaching ranks, following his son, J.R. Henry, who is currently a sophomore at Sedona.

Henry baseball credentials speak for themselves, most recently leading the Sedona Little League Juniors team [ages 13-14] to the city’s first District 10 championship in 2007, qualifying for the state tournament.

During his childhood, baseball was the focus of his family. Henry is the son of Ann Henry, one of the many famous players who played for the Rockford Peaches in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s.

You might have heard of it; a movie starring Tom Hanks was made about the league in 1992, called “A League of Their Own.”

Henry’s dad, Bob Henry, also played Class B baseball for the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations.

A 1974 graduate of Bisbee High School, Henry played his college baseball for Cochise Junior College as a pitcher for two years while receiving his degree in electronics.

Henry took a year to work before realizing work in electronics wasn’t exactly what he wanted to do.

“Work was no fun so I quit and went back to playing ball,” Henry said laughing.

Henry enrolled at Northern Arizona University and played baseball for Alan Flitcraft and the Lumberjacks, a program that exists no longer.

Henry majored in technical-electrical engineering, but never finished his degree at NAU. He moved to Sedona in 1977.

Taking a job with the Arizona Water Company in 1980, Henry enjoyed the work a bit more and has been with the company ever since and is currently a senior serviceman.

During his time in Sedona and before getting involved with Little League, Henry played softball and weekend hardball tournaments while umpiring high school baseball and softball with the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Henry worked in the operations department with the Sedona Little League at one time, but returned to umpiring for the AIA shortly after.

“I was enjoying being single, playing ball and umpiring, traveling and doing many things,” Henry said.

Eventually, Henry settled down and married his wife Betsy and the two celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary this past August.

The couple have two children, J.R. and Leanne.

Henry talked about the one thing everyone wonders about for Sedona: program stability.

“I have three goals I want to begin taking roots here in my first year and the first one is convincing everyone that I’m going to be here awhile,” Henry said.

Henry went on to say he would like to be the head coach for a long time for the Scorpions, adding a “steady” feel to the program as he called it.

Secondly, Henry wants to make baseball the predominant sport in Sedona.

“I’m very interested in working with any age level. I’m already a part of the Little League board here and I want this town to bleed baseball,” Henry said.

Thirdly, Henry said this program may have its ups and downs every season, but the overall goal is to consistently be in the state playoffs every year.

“We are going to work every day as if we are going to state every season. I want to change the boys’ thinking, make them believe we can compete and gain the trust of the players by doing so,” Henry said.

Only time will tell how things go for Henry and the Sedona baseball program, but that may be the most important factor of all.

Henry has time and is willing to give it and if the powers that be allow him, it could be a long, long, long time.


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