For a third successive year thousands of mountain bike aficionados descended upon Sedona and its many trails for the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival.

The festival, held from Friday, March 3, to Sunday, March 5, at Posse Grounds Park, surrounded riders, vendors, live music, food trucks and breweries with the landscape of red rocks under a warm spring sun.

The first full seven-inning game of 2017 saw the Sedona Red Rock High School baseball team hang around with visiting Payson High School for four innings, but gave up 10 runs in the final three to lose 16-2 on Friday, March 3.

In the loss, the Scorpions [0-1], down 1-0, gave up five runs in the fifth and seven more in a long seventh inning.

A potentially influential rule change for Verde Valley high school sports teams was approved by the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s legislative council during its meeting in Phoenix on Friday, March 3.

Winning by a wide margin, 39-5, the measure grants high school coaches to have organized practices with their respective teams year-round. Before, they only could during their particular season or during summer, from the last day of school until the first day of August. The change goes into effect July 1.

The reconstruction of the batting cages at the upper field of Posse Grounds Park was completed on Wednesday, March 1, just in time for the start of the Little League baseball season.

The project cost $7,900, according to Rachel Murdoch, city of Sedona Parks and Recreation manager.

The Sedona Red Rock High School golf team this year hopes to continue its success of the past three seasons. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, we placed sixth, third and second at the Arizona Interscholastic Association State Golf Tournament.

Our respective dual-meet records have been 22-2-1, 22-1 and last year 20-0 [64-3-1 overall]. We are riding a 33-dual match win streak.

All season long, the Sedona Red Rock High School girls basketball team relied on creating significant scoring runs, especially early in the game, to grab sizeable leads.

But in the semifinals of the 2017 Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A State Championship, the Scorpions never mustered one of those signature stretches, falling 63-47 to No. 2 seed Leading Edge Academy.

For the 2017 season the Sedona Red Rock High School track and field team moved from Division III to Division II, but maintains a balanced squad with high hopes for the 2017 Arizona Interscholastic Association State Championships.

Head coach Harry Schneider believes at this stage of the preseason, the girls team is second-best in the state, and the boys are top five.

A new form of exercise, as well as movement, has found a home at Posse Grounds Park.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, the first Parkour class was held at the park, led by Francesco DiGuida and Anthony Porter, with nine young participants completely new to the activity.