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Brian M. Bergner Jr.

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Column: Yavapai trying to get past early-season pitching struggles

'On The Ball'

Two years ago when Yavapai College claimed the program’s fourth national title, its pitching staff hung in there with the best arms in the country. This season, however, the Roughriders have struggled in the early going.

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Column: Kindergarten, or another year of preschool?

'Raising Prescott'

Making educational decisions for your children is one of the hardest jobs a parent has.

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Roughriders sweep Glendale, run winning streak to 9

Junior College Softball

The Yavapai College softball team hit seven total home runs and scored 18 of their 20 runs on the day after the fifth inning in a doubleheader sweep over Glendale Community College on Tuesday afternoon.

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No. 15 Tempe uses big 4th quarter to eliminate Badgers, advance to state

Prep Boys Basketball: Conference Play-In Game

Cameron Parsons scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half, but the Prescott boys’ basketball team couldn’t slow down No. 15-ranked Tempe in the fourth quarter as the Buffaloes used a 29-16 run to close out a 66-52 win Friday night.

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Roughriders suffer another road sweep, drop to 3-6 this season

JuCo Baseball

The Yavapai College baseball team hasn’t exactly gotten off to the start it was hoping for, suffering another doubleheader sweep, this time at the hands of Southern Idaho (7-6) and Southern Nevada (13-3) on Friday afternoon.

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Preview: Badgers face No. 15 Tempe with state playoff bid on the line

Prep Boys Basketball: Conference Play-In Round

With a 4A state playoff berth on the line, Prescott boys’ basketball head coach Adam Neely and the Badgers have one more hurdle to overcome: No. 15-ranked Tempe.

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Badgers suffer 2nd straight Final Four loss, season comes to a close

Prep Girls Soccer: State Semifinals

Kalista Kakou had two goals, Paloma Teran and Isabella Almazan each scored and the defending state champion Salpointe Catholic girls’ soccer team will defend their crown after a 5-0 rout over Prescott on Tuesday night.

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Bears rout Prescott in season finale

Prep Girls Basketball

Mica Nellis scored 13 points, Delanie Clark narrowly missed a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds and the Bradshaw Mountain girls’ basketball beat cross-town rival Prescott 50-30 on Tuesday night.

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Embry-Riddle women ranked among Top 25 for 1st time in program history

College Basketball

After nine straight wins, including a big victory over Cal-Pac rival UC-Merced this past weekend to gain sole possession of first place in the conference, the Embry-Riddle women’s basketball team earned its first Top 25 ranking in program history Tuesday morning.

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NAZ Suns claim former Indiana Pacers forward Levoy Allen off waivers

NBA G League

Hours before tipoff between Northern Arizona and Rio Grande Valley at the Prescott Valley Event Center, the Suns made three roster moves Tuesday afternoon.

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NAZ Suns overcome 17-point deficit to shock Warriors 122-113

NBA G League

Archie Goodwin scored 31 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had five assists, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson added 23 and a short-handed Northern Arizona club overcame a 17-point second-half deficit to shock visiting Santa Cruz 122-113 on Saturday night.

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Roughriders swept by Arizona Western in Saturday double-dip

Junior College Baseball

After the Yavapai College baseball team had no trouble scoring a dozen runs just 24 hours earlier, the Roughriders couldn’t seem to find their groove at the plate, suffering a doubleheader sweep to Arizona Western on Saturday afternoon.

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Unfinished Business: Badgers heading back to Final Four

Prep Girls Soccer: State Playoffs

Three of the four clubs to make the 4A state final four a year ago are back for more.

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Young scores team-record 41 points, NAZ Suns beat Red Claws 123-112

NBA G League

Mike Young scored a team-record 41 points, Archie Goodwin and Shaquille Harrison each had a double-double and the Northern Arizona Suns avoided a three-game losing streak with a 123-112 win over Maine on Friday night.

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Isola’s 3-run homer sparks rally, Roughriders top Arizona Western 12-3

Junior College Baseball

Alex Isola hit three-run homer in the top of the third to spark a six-run rally, Over Torres collected four RBIs and the Yavapai College baseball team opened its second road trip of the young season with a 12-3 win over Arizona Western College on Friday afternoon.

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Eagles use big 2nd half to put away UC-Maritime

College Basketball

Jazlyn Maletino scored 21 points, Katana Martina added 18 and the Embry-Riddle women’s basketball team used a 43-18 second-half run to squash any hopes of a UC-Maritime upset in a 76-52 win Thursday night.

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Column: Top 5 ways for your graduate to avoid senioritis

'Raising Prescott'

With the holiday season behind us, soon-to-be high school graduates across the country are preparing for the stretch run.

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Badgers blank Mohave 6-0, advance to state quarters

Prep Girls Soccer

Mikayla Sell netted three goals for her first-career hat trick in a postseason contest, Sawyer Magnet added two scores and the Prescott girls’ soccer team blanked Mohave 6-0 in the first round of the 4A state playoffs Tuesday night.

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Prescott falls to Vols 49-46 in OT

Prep Girls Basketball

Mary Hald recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds, Theresa Gutierrez added 15 points, but the Prescott girls’ basketball team fell 49-46 to region rival Lee Williams in overtime Friday night.

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Roughriders hoping new wave of talent will lead them back to national spotlight in 2018

Spring Preview: Yavapai College Baseball

A season after claiming the NJCAA JuCo World Series title, the fourth in team history, Yavapai College baseball failed to make the postseason in 2017.

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Column: Our children have a right to recess, with or without the state’s help

'Raising Prescott'

When did mandatory recess become a hot topic of discussion around the parental water cooler?

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Badgers ‘outworked’ by Coconino in 77-55 loss

Prep Boys Basketball

Cameron Parsons led the Badgers in scoring with 12 points, Kody Jones added seven points and five assists, but the Prescott boys’ basketball team committed 18 turnovers in a 77-55 loss to No. 10-ranked Coconino on Tuesday night.

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Silas sets all-time 3-point mark in NAZ Suns comeback victory

NBA G League

Xavier Silas led all scorers with 30 points on six 3-pointers, Josh Gray added 28 and the Northern Arizona Suns overcame a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat visiting Oklahoma City 118-114 on Tuesday morning.

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No. 6 Badgers blank Moon Valley 4-0, await rival Bears today

Prep Girls Soccer

Sawyer Magnett scored twice, Mikayla Sell netted her 21st goal of the season in the second half and the Prescott girls’ soccer team blanked Moon Valley 4-0 on Monday night.

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Badgers fall to top-ranked Eagles 48-27

Prep Girls Basketball

Theresa Gutierrez scored 11 points and grabbed three rebounds, but the Prescott girls’ basketball team struggled on the road with top-ranked Flagstaff in a 48-27 loss Friday night.

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Badgers rout Lee Williams 10-1, eye Top 5 seed

Prep Girls Soccer

Lily Jensen scored four goals in the first half, added two assists and the Prescott girls' soccer team earned a 10-1 rout over region rival Lee Williams on Thursday afternoon.

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Cougars fall to rival Camp Verde 72-66 despite spirited 2nd-half comeback

Prep Boys Basketball

Daniel Martinez scored 20 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Chino Valley boys’ basketball team fell 72-66 to cross-town rival Camp Verde on Thursday night.

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Column: How to deal with tattling, one tattle at a time

'Raising Prescott'

American author and journalist Margaret Mitchell may have been onto something in her 1936 novel, “Gone with the Wind,” where she penned the phrase, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

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Bears shock rival Mingus at home 3-1 in double OT

Prep Girls Soccer

Serena Pelaez’ goal in the 100th minute was more icing on the cake than necessary, but it surely felt good nonetheless, as the Bradshaw Mountain girls’ soccer team beat rival Mingus 3-1 in a double-overtime thriller Tuesday night.

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Column: Why it’s harder to win an NBA title today than ever before

'On The Ball'

Like most Phoenix Suns fans, I ponder, when is it our turn? When is it our turn to be a quote-unquote “Super Team” and compete for an NBA title?

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Archie Goodwin scores 23, leads NAZ Suns to 4th straight win

NBA G League

Archie Goodwin scored 23 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished six assists to lead Northern Arizona to its fourth-straight victory in a 119-94 win over Canton on Friday afternoon.

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No. 2 Eagles drop Prescott 3-1 in Top 5 clash

Prep Girls Soccer

Erika Smith scored a goal in the 11th minute to put the Prescott girls soccer team on top 1-0, but from that point on, it was all Flagstaff as the No. 2-ranked Eagles stayed perfect in region play with a 3-1 win over the Badgers on Thursday night.

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NAZ Suns open G League Showcase with win over Erie

NBA Gatorade League

A few days after winning NBA Gatorade League Player of the Week, Josh Gray was at it again Wednesday afternoon in Canada, scoring a game-high 24 points and leading Northern Arizona to a 102-96 win over the Erie BayHawks.

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Column: Giving kids allowance without breaking the (piggy) bank

'Raising Prescott'

A recent survey completed by RoosterMoney revealed children ages 4 to 14 received an average $454 in allowance in 2017, which is a take home for all ages of about $8.74 per week.

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Badgers topple No. 24 Mohave 43-20

Prep Girls Basketball

Abby Chartier scored 11 points, Alisa Leblanc added 10 and the Prescott girls’ basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak in power point contests with a 43-20 win over Mohave on Tuesday night.

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Denman’s late goal secures 2-1 win for No. 11 Bears

Prep Girls Soccer

Hayley Denman’s go-ahead goal in the 74th minute put the Bradshaw Mountain girls’ soccer team on top for good in a 2-1 win over Coronado on Friday night.

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Rockets hand Prescott its first home loss of season, 60-49

Prep Boys Basketball

Kody Jones tallied his fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the No. 10-ranked Prescott boys’ basketball team lost 60-49 to Moon Valley on Thursday night.

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Column: Too many good teams unable to shine in current College Football Playoff system

'On The Ball'

Although the College Football Playoff was supposedly built to withstand criticism after its 12-year television contract with ESPN, just like its BCS predecessor, a needed change is dreadfully obvious, painfully outdated and eventually inevitable.

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Column: Top 5 parenting resolutions for 2018

'Raising Prescott'

According to a recent survey completed by YouGov, nearly 70 percent of people aim to turn over a new leaf and set New Year’s resolutions for 2018.

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NAZ Suns shake up roster, flip Booker, Bennett in pair of trades Thursday

Booker was all-time club assists leader, 3rd in points scored

The Northern Arizona Suns made a pair of trades Thursday sending the team’s all-time assist leader Askia Booker to Delaware and flipped former NBA No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett to Maine.

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Short-handed Badgers tie Higley 2-2 at Phoenix showcase

Prescott missing 6 starters, 5 of which didn’t make trip due to winter break

After suffering their first loss of the season in a 3-0 defeat against Willow Canyon just 24 hours earlier, a short-handed Prescott girls’ soccer team bounced back earning a 2-2 tie against a tough Higley club on day two of the Arizona Soccer Showcase in Phoenix on Thursday afternoon.

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Column: Finally, a normal Christmas family get-together

'Raising Prescott'

Gathering the entire family together for Christmas isn’t always easy, and when we do finally all get together, some years it can be a downright adventure.

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NAZ Suns ‘run out of gas’ in 4th, lose 3rd straight

Peters, Harrison record double-doubles; Suns begin 7-game road trip Dec. 29

Alec Peters and Shaquille Harrison each had a double-double, Derrick Jones Jr. added 16 points, but the Northern Arizona Suns blew a 19-point first-half lead in a 120-114 loss to Oklahoma City on Friday night.

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Column: Top 5 last-minute Christmas gifts anyone will love

'Raising Prescott'

Have you done your Christmas shopping yet? If you’re like me, waiting until the last minute to find the perfect gift for those you love is a tradition we’d all like to avoid, but manage to never do so.

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Preps: Rodriguez scores hat trick, Badgers earn 3-2 road win over Moon Valley

Prescott to open Arizona Soccer Showcase against La Joya on Dec. 27

Fernando Rodriguez scored three goals for his first hat trick of the season, Ian Becke had two assists and the Prescott boys’ soccer team earned a 3-2 road win over Moon Valley on Tuesday night.

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Preps: Jones narrowly misses triple double, Badgers outlast Bears in 2nd half

Prescott now 5-0 at home this season

Kody Jones narrowly missed a triple double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as the No. 12-ranked Prescott boys’ basketball team used a 21-8 fourth-quarter run to pull away from cross-town rival Bradshaw Mountain in a 78-59 win Monday night.

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Prep Girls Soccer: Badgers stun Mustangs late, 3-2

Magnet’s goal in 75th minute keeps Prescott perfect this season

Sawyer Magnet’s goal in the 75th minute off an assist from Lilly Jensen put the Prescott girls’ soccer team on top in a 3-2, stunning rival Sunrise Mountain on the road Thursday night.

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Column: Top 5 things to do with your kids before Christmas

'Raising Prescott'

From neighborhood houses covered in highly thought-out rooftop light extravaganzas, to local businesses decorating their front windows, to a downtown courthouse decking the halls with boughs of holly, Christmas is undoubtedly here in Prescott.

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NAZ Suns nearly set point margin league record, rout Warriors 138-94

Silas hits seven 3-pointers, Canaan scores 18 in Suns debut

Xavier Silas scored a game-high 23 points on seven 3-pointers, Isaiah Canaan added 18 points in his club debut and the Northern Arizona Suns hit 23 3-pointers in a 138-94 rout over Santa Cruz on Tuesday night.

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Prep Soccer: Badgers net 18 goals in rout over Cactus

Mikayla Sell scores career-high 5 goals, Prescott nabs 3rd straight shutout

Mikayla Sell scored a career-high five goals, Sawyer Magnet added three assists and the Prescott girls' soccer team earned their third-straight shutout with an 18-0 victory over Cactus on Tuesday night.

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