The Arizona Interscholastic Association Division III swimming and diving state meet is less than two weeks away, and a handful of Sedona Red Rock High School swimmers are in the picture — for now.

Unlike Divisions I and II, which have certain time standards for qualification, in Division III just the top 24 individuals and top 16 relay teams from each event get the nod.

Sedona Red Rock High School’s No. 13-ranked volleyball team entered the home stretch of its season without much room for error in order to keep its playoff hopes alive.

It did get reinforcement, as sophomore setter Mary Westervelt was cleared to play as of Saturday, Oct. 21. In Westervelt’s first match back in action, the team lost 3-0 [20-25, 12-25, 11-25] at Central Region leader and No. 6-ranked Glendale Preparatory Academy on Monday, Oct. 23.

Sedona Red Rock Junior High School’s volleyball team took a lesson learned from a 2-1 loss to Beaver Creek School on Tuesday, Oct. 17, and turned it into a Verde Valley Athletic Conference tournament championship performance.

The Scorpions, despite hosting the tournament, had to be prepared for the loud crowd supporting the Bobcats, and pulled out a 2-1 comeback win [23-25, 25-18, 15-8] on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Despite the fact that freshman Andrew Tate is in his first season of high school swimming, he is excelling in the two longest distance races.

Tate is ranked in the top 10 in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events in Division III of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Bragging rights until next season for three Northern Arizona high school swimming teams were handed out on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Sedona Community Pool.

Sedona Red Rock High School came out on the wrong end of its two matchups — dropping the Heisley/Estes Cup against Mingus Union High School and the S.S. Elevation Cup against Northland Preparatory Academy.

Footgolf arrived to the Village of Oak Creek just four months ago, and the sport that combines the knowledge of golf and the skill of soccer has taken off.

It is the only course north of Loop 101 in Phoenix, located at Canyon Mesa Country Club. Players from Camp Verde, Cottonwood, and even Flagstaff as well as other far reaches of Northern Arizona come to play the nine-hole course.

Coming this spring, a new sports team will call Sedona home: The Sedona Red Rockers.

The team will be comprised of local special education students and their partners for what is known as a Unified Sports team under the Arizona Interscholastic Association. It is the only program of its kind in the northern part of Yavapai County, according to Dr. Trish Alley, director of special education at Sedona Oak-Creek School District.

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