From start to finish, the Sedona Red Rock High School boys basketball team controlled the first Verde Valley rivalry game of the season, taking home a 69-51 win over Camp Verde High School on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

The Scorpions [5-2, 1-1 Central Region] secured their fifth straight win over the Cowboys [4-6, 0-2] behind senior forward Wyatt Gregson’s team-high 28 points and a defense that had the visitors out of sorts.

The Sedona Red Rock High School girls soccer team continued its undefeated streak to open its power-point game schedule with a 6-0 win at Santa Cruz Valley High School on Thursday, Jan. 4.

Four different goal scorers propelled the Scorpions over the Dust Devils. Red Rock had beaten a shorthanded Santa Cruz Valley 10-1 on Dec. 11.

The road trip continued for Sedona Red Rock High School’s basketball teams.

After traveling south to Paradise Honors High School on Jan. 2, the Scorpions hoopsters headed west to 3A Chino Valley High School. Both teams came away with victories by more than 10 points: The girls won 60-36 and the boys 53-37.

Some people have dealt with holiday lethargy this week, including the No. 3 Sedona Red Rock High School girls basketball team.

Not for long though as the defending Central Region champion secured a 55-25 road win over No. 12 Paradise Honors High School in the first game of its title defense on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

After the first quarter, the No. 11 Sedona Red Rock High School boys basketball team was treading water with No. 2 Paradise Honors High School, trailing 10-7.

In the second, though, Panthers imposed suffocating defensive pressure to open a 46-14 halftime lead, ultimately sinking the Scorpions 74-40 in the teams’ Central Region debut on Tuesday, Jan. 2, in Surprise.

Before sports coverage in Sedona begins for 2018, let’s take a look back at the top five stories of 2017. The list highlights some of the best performances on the field and court, while one emphasizes a story that carries more significance outside the lines.

During this holiday season, stockings and leftovers have not been restricted to living room mantles or overflowing refrigerators.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department continues to stock local fishing areas with winter trout, and updated its 2018 spring first-come, first-served leftover permit listing.