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.

The Sedona Red Rock High School girls basketball team handled the Northland Preparatory Academy Spartans 63-14 on Tuesday, Jan. 30. After the game, five seniors were recognized for their contributions to the program: Guard Chenoa Crans, guard Liza Westervelt, guard Jo Toscano, forward Brittany Medel and forward Katia Rodriguez.

It is the largest group that third-year head coach Dave Moncibaez is departing with.

As the Arizona Interscholastic Association Conference 2A state tournament grows nearer, the No. 7-ranked Sedona Red Rock High School’s boys basketball team continues to find its stride.

It beat visiting Northland Preparatory Academy 64-35 on senior night, Tuesday, Jan. 30, in front of a large crowd. Nonetheless there is more to be done if the team wants to advance far into the state tournament.