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Brian M. Bergner Jr.

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Badgers can’t answer second-half spurt by Desert Edge in 40-17 loss

Prep Football

PRESCOTT — Milton Rodgers had 30 carries for 186 yards and a touchdown, quarterback Adryan Lara threw for two more scores and Desert Edge outscored Prescott 14-0 in the second half in a 40-17 win Friday night.

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Gameday Glance: Desert Edge at Prescott — Week 1

Prep Football

PRESCOTT — The journey toward qualifying for a 4A state playoff spot for the first time in six years begins tonight for the Prescott football team as the Badgers host Desert Edge.

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Eagles ranked No. 14 in preseason NAIA women’s soccer poll

College Soccer

PRESCOTT — A few days before kicking off the 2018 season, the Embry-Riddle women’s soccer team received word Wednesday afternoon that NAIA voters across the nation consider them a Top 15 team in the country.

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Embry-Riddle volleyball receives Top 25 votes in NAIA national poll

College Volleyball

PRESCOTT — After finishing with a 30-5 overall record and qualifying for the NAIA Volleyball National Tournament for the first time in program history a year ago, the Embry-Riddle volleyball team received votes in the NAIA preseason national poll Wednesday morning.

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Preview: All-American Jalin Yoder returns for senior season at Embry-Riddle

College Volleyball

PRESCOTT — Coming off the best season in program history in 2017, Embry-Riddle volleyball is hoping for more than just a repeat this fall. They want more.

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Preview: Badgers aim to break 6-year playoff drought in 2018

Prep Football

PRESCOTT — Prescott head coach Michael Gilpin summed it up best when he said, “We seem to have this conversation every year,” when asked Thursday during practice if the Badgers can finally get over the hump this season and make the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

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Loveall, Duryea, Bradley among those named All-Courier Player of the Year for spring 2018 season

Prep Sports

What follows is the Courier sports department’s selections for the 2018 Spring All-Courier Team.

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Bears picked to win region title in inaugural Grand Canyon Media Football Poll

Prep Football

PRESCOTT VALLEY — After starting last season 0-5 under a new coach, the Bradshaw Mountain football team finished strong, going 4-1 in the last five weeks of the season, including four straight wins.

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Bergner: LeBron James goes above and beyond with ‘I Promise School’

Raising Prescott

The first day of school has come and gone for most local kids in the Prescott, Prescott Valley and surrounding areas.

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Domestic violence call ends in Prescott Valley man getting shot, air-lifted to Flagstaff

A domestic violence call in Prescott Valley ended with a gunshot wound victim being airlifted to the Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment Friday night.

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NAZ Suns announce two open tryouts in September

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — For the third consecutive season, the Northern Arizona Suns will host two open tryouts prior to the upcoming campaign in Prescott Valley, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

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Former NAZ Suns coach Ty Ellis tapped to lead Stockton Kings in 2018-19

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The coaching carousel between the NBA and its minor league NBA Gatorade League counterpart continued Wednesday when former Northern Arizona Suns head coach Tyrone Ellis confirmed he will become the next head coach of the Stockton Kings.

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Prescott Athletic Hall of Fame announces 2018 inductees

Prep Athletics

PRESCOTT — The Prescott athletic department and its Hall of Fame committee officially announced that Nathan Howard, John Middlemore, Eric Fogler and the 1990-91 girls basketball team will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in September.

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Bergner: Neighborhood speedway cause for concern in Prescott Valley

Raising Prescott

Instead of enjoying peaceful crickets chattering, the summer wind blowing through local trees or a distant monsoon storm lighting up the sky only to hear thunder seconds later, residents in my Prescott Valley neighborhood are often treated to the soothing sounds of a racetrack.

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Bergner: Bret Burchard ready for next step with NAZ Suns

On The Ball

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Surrounded by basketball campers wearing white Suns T-shirts boasting about newly-learned moves on the court to nearby friends, Bret Burchard was all smiles Friday afternoon.

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NAZ Suns name Bret Burchard as club’s next head coach

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The Northern Arizona Suns didn’t have to look far to replace Cody Toppert as their next head coach. The top candidate was right under their noses all along.

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Prescott’s Riley Lewis wins junior masters invite in Tempe

Prep Golf

TEMPE — Riley Lewis’ 7-under par 64 on day one of the 2018 Arizona Junior Masters Invitational set him up for a tournament victory after turning in an even-par 71 on day two of the tournament in Tempe on Wednesday afternoon.

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Arizona prep football’s Sollenberger Classic cancelled due to scheduling

Prep Football

PHOENIX — The annual Sollenberger Classic on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff has been cancelled due to scheduling issues, the Arizona Interscholastic Association announced Thursday morning.

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Badgers kickoff 2018 season a week early, host Desert Edge Aug. 17

Prep Football

SHOW LOW — With training camp underway this week, Prescott’s athletic department officially released its 2018 football schedule Tuesday morning.

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Bergner: Our children won’t think twice when subscribing to news

Raising Prescott

Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” For The Daily Courier, today marks that “single step” toward bringing our readers a subscription-based website at dCourier.com featuring the most relevant, accurate and timely local news, sports and beyond.

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Embry-Riddle names Michael Trujillo next women’s basketball coach

College Basketball

PRESCOTT — After an extensive national search, Embry-Riddle named Michael Trujillo as its next head women’s basketball coach, the university announced Tuesday afternoon.

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Arizona Downs to begin simulcasting July 13

Horse Racing

PRESCOTT VALLEY — As construction crews continue to work on giving Arizona Downs a $2 million face lift, horse racing fans will get a sneak peek at the newly upgraded facility as the track will begin live simulcasting July 13, general manager Ann McGovern announced Friday morning.

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NAZ Suns’ coach Cody Toppert joins Phoenix staff as assistant under Kokoskov

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The Northern Arizona Suns will be in the market for another head coach this offseason as Cody Toppert was promoted to the Phoenix Suns as an assistant coach under Igor Kokoskov on Thursday afternoon.

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Yavapai Downs to reopen as 'Arizona Downs' in PV — $2 million facelift continues

Horse Racing

PRESCOTT VALLEY — After nearly a decade of silence, Yavapai Downs is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar facelift.

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Yavapai softball player Jaydee Boursaw named NJCAA National Player of the Year

Junior College Softball

PRESCOTT — Yavapai College standout softball player Jaydee Boursaw will have one more award to make room for on an already crowded shelf of offseason recognition as the NJCAA named her the 2018 National Player of the Year on Thursday morning.

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Bergner: A ‘zero tolerance’ policy worth avoiding as a father

Raising Prescott

While celebrating Father’s Day with my children Sunday, my thoughts weren’t far from the thousands of young sons and daughters living in cages, wrapped in spacecraft-like blankets, and positioned in several organized rows of green floor mats, the kind that might be used for morning yoga.

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Travis Stedman named next head basketball coach at Prescott

Prep Boys Basketball

PRESCOTT — Returning the Badgers after a year as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball program at Embry-Riddle, Travis Stedman was officially named the next head boys’ basketball coach for Prescott on Thursday morning.

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Avondale man catches possible record-setting 23-inch Gila trout at Goldwater Lake

Outdoor Sports

PRESCOTT — David Worsham of Avondale traveled north to Prescott in search of a big catch June 2, and a big catch he got.

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Adam Neely steps down as head coach of Prescott basketball

Prep Boys Basketball

PRESCOTT — After nine seasons at the helm of the Prescott boys’ basketball program, head coach Adam Neely officially tendered his resignation last week.

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Embry-Riddle’s Jaime Long named Cal Pac AD of the Year

College Athletics

PRESCOTT — Wearing several hats in any one job seems to be the norm these days, but for Embry-Riddle Athletic Director Jaime Long, she takes it to the extreme.

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Prescott Valley claims TOC title with 5-3 win over Verde Valley

Little League

WILLIAMS — Mason Hunt was 2 for 2 with a home run, Kishan Patel surrendered only one unearned run on the mound and Prescott Valley claimed a 5-3 win in the Tournament of Champions title game over Verde Valley on Sunday afternoon.

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Andrews named Embry-Riddle’s first men’s golf All-American

College Golf

PRESCOTT — The NAIA officially announced its All-American team for the 2017-18 season and Embry-Riddle senior Matt Andrews was awarded third-team honors Thursday morning.

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Yavapai’s Ryan Cougill selected to USA Junior College National Baseball Team

Junior College Baseball

PRESCOTT — Yavapai College baseball head coach Ryan Cougill has been selected to be a part of the coaching staff for the USA Junior College National Baseball Team, the school officially announced Friday afternoon.

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AIA to add girls wrestling to sports lineup for 2018-19

Prep Sports

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The Arizona Interscholastic Association announced earlier this week it would add girls wrestling to the winter sports season for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.

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Embry-Riddle women’s golf takes 9th at nationals

College Golf

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — After finishing second overall at the NAIA Golf National Championships a year ago, Embry-Riddle took ninth overall this year with a 91-over par 955 during the four-day event in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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Farmers Insurance claims Prescott City Championship in extras

Little League

PRESCOTT — Entering Thursday night’s Prescott City Championship Tournament title contest, Farmers Insurance faced an opponent it had run-ruled twice before during the regular season.

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Bergner: Mother’s Day 2018 a success!

Column: Raising Prescott

My not-so-secret plans for Mother’s Day 2018 went off without a hitch Sunday, spending much of the morning celebrating the woman in our lives who makes the world go round.

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The Morning After: Human-caused Viewpoint Fire 100 percent contained, investigation continues

Viewpoint residents share gratitude for first-responder efforts

While more than 140 firefighters continue to make progress on containing a Viewpoint Fire that forced the evacuation of two communities in Prescott Valley, some residents returned Saturday morning only to find heartbreak.

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Bergner: Unplugging for a week isn’t as easy as it looks

Column: Raising Prescott

In my line of work, it’s hard to get away from everything for a few days, much less a week.

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Saguaro stuns Badgers with late-inning rally, advances to state

Prep Baseball: State Play-In Round

PRESCOTT – Up two runs in the seventh inning of a ballgame they never trailed at any point, with arguably their best pitcher taking the ball for a save, Prescott players and their fans were likely ready to celebrate a state playoff berth for the first time in two years.

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Cougars claim 2nd straight 3A West title, await state playoffs

Prep Baseball

WICKENBURG — For the second straight season, the Chino Valley baseball team can call themselves 3A West region champions.

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Bergner: With the state and teachers trading haymakers, who will fall first?

Column: Raising Prescott

When a spokesperson for Arizona Educators United stood at the podium last week and announced to the world that 78 percent of Arizona’s teachers voted for a walkout, the first thought that came to my mind was: “This just got serious.”

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John Scearce named Yavapai College’s Student-Athlete of the Year

Junior College Soccer

PRESCOTT — After becoming the first men’s soccer player in the 30-year history of the program to move on to an Ivy League school, John Scearce was named the Yavapai College Athletics Student-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday morning.

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Jones brilliant again, but Badgers fall to No. 9 Mingus 1-0

Prep Baseball

PRESCOTT — Kody Jones followed up his one-hit shutout victory from a week ago with another gem, pitching a complete game and allowing only one run in a tough 1-0 loss to first-place Mingus on Monday afternoon.

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Bergner: Teachers working a second job is common, unfortunately

Column: Raising Prescott

On Page 3A in today’s Courier, we published a story about teachers struggling with second jobs due to their financial circumstances.

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Becky Burke steps down at Embry-Riddle, takes NCAA D-II job in West Virginia

College Women's Basketball

PRESCOTT — Becky Burke has stepped down as head coach of the Embry-Riddle women’s basketball program and taken the same position at the University of Charleston in West Virginia, the athletic department confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

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Jessica Williams leads Embry-Riddle to Cal-Pac title, claims individual crown

College Golf: Cal-Pac Championships

MESA — Entering day two of the 2018 Cal-Pac Golf Championships trailing the clubhouse leader by four strokes, Jessica Williams turned in a 3-over par 75 card to win her first individual conference championship Tuesday afternoon.

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Embry-Riddle women sit atop Cal-Pac leaderboard after day one in Mesa

College Golf

MESA — With four players wearing Embry-Riddle blue and gold atop the 2018 Cal-Pac Golf Championship leaderboard, it would take a miracle for another club to overcome the 70-stroke lead the Eagles possess after day-one action wrapped up Monday afternoon.

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Bergner: Roughriders remain inconsistent, but still in playoff hunt

Column: On The Ball

PRESCOTT — Like any baseball season, the 2018 campaign for the Yavapai College baseball team has seen its fair share of ups and downs.

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Embry-Riddle softball sweeps Hawks, earn program-best 18th win

College Softball

PRESCOTT – Twelve. 15. 15. 17. That’s the win total for each of the Embry-Riddle softball program’s first four seasons in existence, respectively. But on Wednesday afternoon, that all changed.

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