After two consecutive trips to the Arizona Interscholastic Association Conference 2A postseason semifinals, the Sedona Red Rock High School girls basketball team earned recognition early in the 2017-18 season.

The AIA released its first poll of the season on Dec. 18, with the Scorpions debuting at No. 3, behind No. 1 Leading Edge Academy — Gilbert, last year’s runner-up, and No. 2 Valley Sanders High School, the defending champion.

A slow first half ended up costing the Sedona Red Rock Junior High School boys basketball in its final game before the new year, falling to Clarkdale-Jerome School 40-29 on Thursday, Dec. 21.

Clarkdale’s full-court pressure was a new challenge and proved troublesome for the Scorpions, who scored just nine points in the first half while giving up 23.

Sedona Red Rock High School’s girls soccer team procrastinated in its attacking efforts until nearly the end of its 0-0 tie with visiting River Valley High School on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

After regulation, the Dust Devils twisted into the living, breathing definition of a student-athlete, asking to leave it at a tie to start the four-hour, nearly 250-mile journey back to Mohave Valley to study for this week’s finals.

All in all, the Scorpions [3-0-1] were disappointed to not come away with a win.

’Twas little under a fortnight before Christmas, when all through the hoops theater, not a spectator was stirring, not even a cheerleader.

The Scorpions passed the ball, back and forth round the key, in hopes that someone would hit a wide-open three.

In the last game before the holiday break, fans attending the Sedona Red Rock High School boys basketball game on Friday, Dec. 15, were observing a “Silent Night.”

Sedona Red Rock High School’s girls basketball team cruised to a nonregion victory on Friday, Dec. 15, by a 60-25 scoreline when it hosted Joy Christian School.

The Scorpions [3-0 in power-point games] had the game well in had after the first quarter, holding a 30-0 lead.
Victory aside, Red Rock head coach Dave Moncibaez had other goals in mind.