Players from all over the world putted for pleasure and for bragging rights in the seventh annual First Piggy ILX Open Mini-Golf Tournament held at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa on Sunday, June 15.

First time champion Matt McCaslin from North Carolina, also the 2008 U.S. Open Mini-Golf champion, shot a 235 on Sunday and was on his way to claim his first mini-golf championship in Sedona.

McCaslin was behind by 13 strokes after four rounds, but stormed back in the last four rounds shooting a 28, 28, 27 and 29 to take home the $2,000 prize money and a seven-day vacation from ILX.

When the Sedona Red Rock High School boys basketball team took the court for the first time at the end of May to begin preparing for the 2008 version of summer basketball, each and every player looked around as if someone or something was missing.

Well, how about 20 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and five assists per game in last year’s first team all-region performer and senior Michael Krajnak?

He’s gone, boys, and it’s time to move on, Sedona head coach Bob Murphy told them diligently.

Offense was the key as the Sedona minors softball team got back to their winning ways on May 20 by scoring 10 runs in the first two innings and going on to defeat the Cottonwood Jayhawks at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood in extraordinary fashion, 14-5.

“We haven’t been hitting as of late but the bats came around against the Jayhawks and that was the difference,” Sedona head coach Kevin Brackin said.

Sedona started the season 3-0 before losing three in a row coming into the game against the Jayhawks.

With temperatures reaching nearly 100 degrees in Sedona this past weekend, kids ages eight to 18 enjoyed a little football as the Sedona Youth Football program put on its first annual mini-camp May 17 and May 18 at Sedona Red Rock High.

Nationally renowned football technician Bill Williams and his coaching staff ran the show teaching kids the very basic fundamentals — blocking and tackling — during the two day mini-camp.

“I thought the camp went extremely well. These kids showed the ability to retain information and apply it to the field, something that does not happen often,” Williams said.

As tough as it is to win one 3A state track and field championship, it’s even more difficult to win two in a row.

The Sedona Red Rock High girls track and field team found that out the hard way Saturday, May 9. They finished second, with 93 points, behind Blue Ridge High, who claimed their second title in three years with 112.5 points.

As for the boys, they had one of the better meets in school history, finishing third overall with 68 points, behind Blue Ridge in second, with 89, and Safford High, who won it all with 104 points scored.

When newly appointed Sedona Red Rock High head football coach Rob Lezcano took the job on March 7, his visions for the program couldn’t help but race through his head like a day at the Daytona 500.

In his short tenure as head coach, which started exactly two months ago today, Lezcano has already identified his current talent at the high school and his future talent at the local grade schools.

He’s made a Sedona football Web site; he’s hired his assistant coaches; and he’s gotten 40 to 50 kids working out in the weight room at 6 a.m. and after school.

If horse racing is the sport of choice to get your juices flowing, then the 134th running of the famous Kentucky Derby is for you.

The only question is where can someone in Sedona go to participate in the festivities without having to pay air fare to Louisville or drudge through hotel reservations or traffic.

Well, the answer is closer than you might think. Stakes & Sticks Sports Bar and Celebrity Grill will be taken over on Saturday, May 3, by horse racing fans galore looking to make a quick buck, get a huge rush or maybe just to take in all the excitement and sit down to have a nice lunch.

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