Tom Miller, Sedona Red Rock High School athletic director, committed to an additional role with Scorpions athletics, that of being head football coach. Commitment is key, the operative word when talking with him about taking the team upward.

With more than 40 years of experience coaching from the high school to NCAA Division I levels under his belt, Miller brings a wealth of knowledge to the team.

Traveling on SR 89A through Oak Creek Canyon provides nice scenery and even a lesser-known spot or two to grab a bite to eat.

But amongst the trees and winding pavement are some swimming holes that attract day-trippers and long-distance visitors alike.

A pair of Sedona Red Rock High School track and field athletes competed at the 64th annual Arizona Interscholastic Association Meet of Champions on May 11 at Brophy College Preparatory’s Sports Complex.

Seniors Joe Glomski and Hannah Ringel were the Scorpions representatives; both won Division IV state titles at the AIA State Championships on May 5 and 6. Glomski won both the triple jump and long jump, while Ringel won the shot put for a third consecutive season. Ringel was also runner up in the discus at the state meet.

A pair of Sedona Red Rock High School track and field athletes made final commitments to continue with athletics at the collegiate level on Tuesday, May 16.

Justin Aleman and Jake Christensen signed a National Letter of Intent to compete at Ottawa University, joining the Spirit’s first-ever class at its new campus in Surprise.

With the passing of the days, temperatures in the Verde Valley will continue to rise as spring turns to summer.

Perhaps they will not be as blisteringly high as the Phoenix area, but nonetheless the desire for a place to stay cool will remain the same.

Luckily there are the Verde River and Oak Creek, and along with them, a number of swimming holes that provide a wet and cool getaway in this landlocked desert.

After coming on as an assistant coach for the 2016-17 season, Paul Bain is now stepping into the head coaching role for the Sedona Red Rock High School boys basketball team.

Before moving to Sedona two-and-a-half years ago, Bain was an assistant at Summit Country Day High School in Cincinnati. In the first year, the team reached the Elite Eight of the state tournament and won the state title in the second.

Bain, who played at the University of Oregon from 1979 to 1983, has big plans for the team.