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.

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.