Winning five of their last seven games to end the regular season, the Sedona Red Rock High boys basketball team clinched a 3A state playoff berth by taking third place in the 3A-West, something this group wasn’t sure was going to happen just a few weeks ago.

“We were struggling for a while there, but we picked up the pace and the boys deserve to go to state,” second-year Sedona head coach Bob Murphy said.

With the first snow of winter falling and actually sticking in the Sedona area this past week, the true meaning of “winter” finally holds strong, and with the soccer season wrapping up, it’s kind of ironic the white rain comes this late.

Like the snow, the No. 3 Sedona Red Rock High boys soccer team fell, at the Benedict Sports Complex in Tempe, to No. 6 Northwest Christian High in the second round of the 1A-3A state tournament in overtime, 2-0.

When Sedona residents Joe Fuss and Sherry Christoff crossed the finish line last year at the third annual Sedona Marathon, they may have been together at that moment but the pair certainly followed two different trails of bread crumbs to arrive there.

Fuss, a 31-year-old father of two, is a two-time Sedona Marathon winner. He won in 2007 and used a 3:02:45 time to win the race in 2008, nearly three minutes ahead of anyone else.

This year however, Fuss will only run the half marathon.

The Sedona Red Rock High girls basketball team showed just how good they could be when things are clicking Friday, Jan. 9, when they destroyed lowly River Valley High in front of a good home crowd, 69-38.

Sedona was without their head coach, John Cunningham, who was out of town on family business, but the Scorpions didn’t skip a beat and showed no weaknesses on the court on Friday night.

Assistant head coach Don Adams took the top spot on the sideline, leading his Scorpions past a Dust Devil team that has won only one game all year.

Players and coaches from the Sedona Red Rock High girls basketball team found out quickly in the Yvonne Johnson Memorial Shootout on Dec. 29-30 that if a few key players are sitting on the bench with foul trouble, the Scorpions will struggle on the court.

Nobody said winning five games and taking home the eighth annual White Mountain Holiday Classic title would be easy, and the Sedona Red Rock High boys basketball team found that out, failing to defend their championship from last season, finishing 3-2 overall.

Last season, the Scorpions did go 5-0 and did take home the tournament championship trophy but this year, in a seemingly more difficult pool of opponents, Sedona still came out with three wins.

The life of a motocross racer starts at an early age, with an adventurous child receiving their first bike, usually something called a PW-50, at the ripe old age of 5 or 6 years old.

The guardians of the child, parents or not, have officially passed on a love carried by them for years in an effort to relive past dreams of flying high. If not a past love, then a love of those who surround the young racer either on television or friends from the neighborhood.

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