The Sedona Swordfish swim team has returned to the competition circuit, most recently competing at the Candy Cane Classic at the Phoenix Country Day School Aquatics Center from Friday, Dec. 8, to Sunday, Dec. 10.

Claiming top finishes in the races themselves was not the main concern, as the team is building toward qualification to the upcoming short course regional and state meets. Many of the swimmers have aged up into an older division, making the time standards harder to achieve.

Both Sedona Red Rock High School basketball teams picked up victories at Payson High School on Monday, Dec. 11, but they did not come easy.

The girls team won 49-38 after being down 10 points at halftime. Meanwhile, the boys won 51-41, but repeatedly allowed the Longhorns to stay close after taking sizeable leads on multiple occasions.

Up 2-1 with less than two minutes remaining in the first half against Wickenburg High School, the Sedona Red Rock High School boys soccer team pressed for a third goal, and got it.

Three more second-half goals solidified a 6-1 home victory in favor of the Scorpions [2-2, 1-0 3A Region 1] on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

But it was that third that meant a lot — it gave them more confidence for the remainder of the game, and it showed they were beginning to figure out the style of play they have been working toward.

Sedona Red Rock High School’s girls soccer team is on a two-game winning streak after beating Scottsdale Christian Academy 3-2 in overtime and Santa Cruz Valley High School 10-1.

A thin and young roster, with few bench players and a starting 11 that features nine underclassmen, the team is finding better cohesion and play than it had at this point last year. The win over the Scottsdale Christian on Thursday, Dec. 7, was the best showing the group has put together.

As temperatures dropped under the lights Friday, Dec. 8, the Sedona Red Rock High School boys soccer team grew closer to breaking the 0-0 tie with American Leadership Academy – Queen Creek.

During the first half, the Scorpions [1-2, 1-0 3A Region 1] had created some chances, the best with 10 seconds left, a strong header by sophomore midfielder Clark Borjon that flew wide. It appeared they would make halftime adjustments and be in position to compete for a nonregion victory.

But it was the Patriots who were strongest in the second half, ultimately winning 4-0.

Four Verde Valley High Performance swimmers competed at the Holiday Swim Festival at Arizona State University’s Mona Plummer Aquatics Complex from Thursday, Nov. 30, to Sunday, Dec. 3.

Top swimmers from across Arizona as well as California, Colorado, Idaho and Utah participated, and Sedona
12-year-old Carlos Lattanzi again turned in top performances in his age group [11- to 12-year-old boys].