Seeded No. 1 overall, on paper the Sedona Red Rock High School girls basketball team technically has the easiest path to the Arizona Interscholastic Association Conference 2A state title game.

But what does not show up on paper is that Red Rock could face multiple opponents that play the same style as them, and that familiarity plays into their hands.

Just a week before the high school state tournament begins, the future generation of girls basketball players in Sedona played in its own state knockout competition.

The Sedona Red Rock Junior High School girls basketball team was runner-up at the Arizona Small Schools State tournament, falling to Dilcon Community School 33-31 on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Clarkdale-Jerome School.

On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10 and 11, the Sedona Swordfish club swimming team did something it had never done before: Host a USA Swimming sanctioned meet.

A total of 148 swimmers from six teams participated in the Ice on the Rocks meet, held at the Sedona Community Pool. For the seven Swordfish swimmers who competed, it was more of a training exercise leading up to the conclusion of the short course yards season.

For the second consecutive year, the Sedona Red Rock High School girls basketball team claimed the Central Region championship after beating Camp Verde High School 51-31 on Friday, Feb. 9.

It is the team’s third straight region championship after winning the Divison IV, Section I title, in the 2015-16 season.

Red Rock [17-0, 10-0 Central Region] swept the season series from the Cowboys [16-3, 8-1] for a second straight year as well. According to Scorpions third-year head coach Dave Moncibaez, the final scoreline of the region tournament championship game was a bit deceiving.

The Verde Valley High Performance swimmers returned from a winter holiday hiatus with a strong showing at the 14th annual Phil Levine Invitational, held at Moon Valley Country Club across four days and two weekends, ending on Jan. 28.

Twelve-year-old Carlos Lattanzi, who at the end of 2017 held six No. 1 times in Arizona in his age group, added two more to that list, on top of taking first in all 10 events he swam at the
meet. Meanwhile, 12-yearold Renae Porteous and 11-year-old Sarina McCullough turned in top three swims, and some new members of the team made their debut.

Sedona Red Rock High School’s boys basketball team extended its winning streak to seven games with a 70-49 win against Camp Verde High School in the Central Region tournament semifinals on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

After having a strong defensive effort in a 77-51 win over Page High School on Saturday, Feb. 3, the Scorpions [13-3, 6-2] were a little slower out the gate, but held the Cowboys [8-10, 3-5] to under 20 points in the first half. They now move on to the region tournament championship game at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at No. 2 Paradise Honors High School.

Nearly 200 people finished a full marathon in Sedona on Saturday, Feb. 3, but they were not the only ones to complete a long journey that day.

Across the street from the Sedona Marathon Event, the Sedona Red Rock High School’s girls basketball team finished a stretch of seven games in nine days with its biggest challenge of the regular season: Page High School, last year’s 3A state runner-up.

The Scorpions crossed the finish line in strong fashion, beating the Sand Devils 55-53 to punctuate the run of games undefeated.

Starting at 9 a.m. and every 10 minutes subsequently after, 2,543 participants from across 46 states and five countries set off on their participation at the 13th Sedona Marathon Event on Saturday, Feb. 3.

With the sun shining and temperatures at a reported 20 degrees higher than the 2017 edition, racers took off from behind the Verde Valley Medical Center’s Sedona campus.

Adam Owens, of Flagstaff, won the men’s full marathon in 2:55:56.

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