The Sedona Red Rock High School football team continued its summer of preparation for the 2017 season with more 7-on-7 play at Mingus Union High School on Wednesday, June 28.

Last time out head coach Tom Miller had begun to install a new defense with new terminology and concepts. Miller acknowledged progress was made and continues to be made every time out on the field.

There is a new recreation and aquatics supervisor in town, and her name is Dawn Norman.

But Norman is no foreigner to the Verde Valley; she came to Sedona’s Parks and Recreation department after 11 years at the town of Clarkdale.

Week 4 of the 2017 Sedona Adult Summer Softball League, on Thursday, June 22, marked the halfway point of the regular season, and the top half of the league has begun to separate itself from the rest of the pack.

L’Auberge Mighty Ducks forfeited both of their games — against top-ranked A Day in the West and fourth place Red Rocks Rotary.

Under the blazing hot sun and temperatures that hovered around and above the 100-degree mark, a number of kids participated in a British Soccer Camp at Posse Grounds Park from June 12 to June 16.

Coaches Glen Strachan, of Dundee, Scotland, and Alex Day, of Ipswich, England, led the camp that featured half-day and full-day participants.

Spectators got an early glimpse of the Sedona Red Rock High School boys basketball team when it went 4-1 at the 2017 Cowboy Summer Shootout, hosted at Camp Verde High School on Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17.

In some of first-year head coach Paul Bain’s first action at the helm, it began working on laying the foundation for the 2017-18 season when it played five games in two days.

The Sedona Swim Team hosted the 29th annual Sedona Splash swim meet, its only home meet of the summer, on Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18, at the Community Pool at Posse Grounds Park.

There were a disparate number of athletes between the top and bottom teams in the team standings; Sedona took fourth place overall with 568 points and about 25 athletes.

Week three of the Sedona Adult Summer Softball League, played on Thursday, June 15, saw the two remaining undefeated teams left in the league face off with first place up for grabs.

A Day in the West [4-0] maintained its undefeated record after it doubled up on Red Rocks Rotary [3-1] 16-8. Other results forced Rotary out of second place, and changes came in the standings all the way down to sixth place.

With temperatures surpassing triple digits around the Verde Valley, walking outside at times feels nothing short of walking into an oven.

There is no better way to give a break to air conditioners, not to mention to wallets by saving a bit on the energy bill, than by going to one of the most popular swimming holes at Oak Creek Canyon: Midgley Bridge.

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