If horse racing is the sport of choice to get your juices flowing, then the 134th running of the famous Kentucky Derby is for you.

The only question is where can someone in Sedona go to participate in the festivities without having to pay air fare to Louisville or drudge through hotel reservations or traffic.

Well, the answer is closer than you might think. Stakes & Sticks Sports Bar and Celebrity Grill will be taken over on Saturday, May 3, by horse racing fans galore looking to make a quick buck, get a huge rush or maybe just to take in all the excitement and sit down to have a nice lunch.

The Sedona Red Rock High School softball team saw something it hasn’t seen a lot of this season — the seventh inning.

On Thursday, April 17, the Scorpions were tied with Parker going into the seventh inning and lost by one, 8-7.

With a 2-19 overall record, the young team isn’t used to making it all seven innings nor is it used to being tied in the bottom of the fifth.

The Broncs, who beat Sedona 9-2 on March 24 on its home field, wasn’t expecting to have to put up such a fight, but the Scorpions came out ready to play, Sedona’s first-year coach  Brian Bergner Jr. said.

In the bottom of the first, with the Scorpions down 3-0, senior Kim “Sosa” Desmond stepped to the plate and hit a double, bringing home freshman Angelica Mlynarczyk, making it a 3-1 affair.

For the first time in Sedona Red Rock High history a track and field athlete has made it to the show, or college that is, as senior thrower Kali Gajewski signed a National Letter of Intent on Thursday, April 3, and committed to the University of Colorado, a Big 12 Conference affiliate.

West Sedona School baseball head coach Pedro Ortega Sr. and his team knew from the get-go that the match-up between themselves and Cottonwood Middle School on Tuesday, March 25, was not a conference game but they still went out to compete and lost to the high-powered, offensive-minded Lobos, 10-2.

One is never so happy to see the light of day and welcome the warmth of the sun like the Sedona Red Rock High track and field team was when they participated in a 24-hour relay event which began at noon on Wednesday, March 19, and ended at noon on Thursday, March 20.

“This event is definitely a challenge and that’s why we’re doing it,” sophomore Kevin Cox said.

Sedona Principal David Lykins fired the starting gun as junior Chris Lloyd got the event started with a bang, finishing his half mile in just under 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

In the last 10 years of Sedona Red Rock High track and field teams, the Scorpions have always put out a competitive product whether it was in regional competition or even state competition but there was always something missing like a long-lost dog.

Well this year, that long-lost dog was found as a big 18-wheel truck pulled up in the beginning of February to the football field and laid out all the components the Scorpions would need to compete in the pole vault event, something these Sedona athletes have never experienced or even tried before.

“It’s a frustrating event but I’m glad we finally have the opportunity to do it at this school,” sophomore pole vaulter Stephanie McIlroy said.

For the first time in the football program’s 13-year history, Sedona Red Rock High School has produced an NCAA Division 1 prospect in senior kicker Jordan Burke who signed a national letter of intent on Feb. 6 to play for Pacific-10 Conference school Washington State University.

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