Brian M. Bergner Jr., news/sports editor for The Daily Courier in Prescott, Arizona, has covered high school, college and professional sports for more than a decade. He graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations, getting his professional start as a sports information director and in media relations before joining the newspaper business. He is an award-winning sports journalist, father of two and husband to a beautiful wife. He joined The Daily Courier in August 2015. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @TheEditorDesk.
College Women's Soccer
PRESCOTT — Krista Lee, Madalyn Markham and Adri Jackson each scored a goal and the No. 8-ranked Embry-Riddle women’s soccer team won its eighth straight contest with a 3-1 victory over La Sierra on Thursday afternoon.
PRESCOTT VALLEY — After a 44-27 victory in Week 9, the Prescott football team grabbed the top spot in the Grand Canyon Media Football Poll for the second straight week, according to a release Wednesday night.
Prep Girls Soccer
CHINO VALLEY — Julz Elsea and Ashley McGuffey each scored a goal in the second half to power the Chino Valley girls’ soccer team to their 12th straight win with a 2-0 win over rival Blue Ridge during a rain-soaked Tuesday afternoon.
NBA G League
PRESCOTT VALLEY — After reportedly signing the 38-year-old Jamal Crawford to a 1-year, $2.5 million deal earlier in the day, the Phoenix Suns were forced to make a decision Monday. Releasing Shaquille Harrison.
BAGDAD — Riley Young caught three touchdowns passes, Brady Finnerty had two sacks and a forced fumble, and the No. 7-ranked Bagdad football team scored 50 points in the first half to beat Mayer 64-14 in their regular season finale Friday night.
Our gameday preview featuring the No. 11-ranked Prescott football team as they travel to Mohave tonight. Kickoff is 7 p.m. in Bullhead City.
PRESCOTT — After walking off the field victorious against cross-town rival Bradshaw Mountain a week ago, the Prescott football team once again mustered enough effort defensively to dominate a game in the second half.
On The Ball
The NBA world came to a standstill Monday when Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver surprisingly fired General Manager Ryan McDonough, replacing him with James Jones, who was working under the title of vice president of basketball operations.
NBA G League
PRESCOTT VALLEY — Hours after Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver fired General Manager Ryan McDonough, the fallout reached the parent club's minor league affiliate in Prescott Valley as the Northern Arizona Suns relieved Louis Lehman of his GM duties, according to team sources Monday night.
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