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Brian M. Bergner Jr.

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Nationals: Martinson’s 2 second-half goals propels Eagles past Drovers, 3-1

Embry-Riddle advances to 2nd round of nationals for 1st time

Trailing 1-0 midway through the second half, Riley Martinson’s fancy footwork was too much for the University of Science & Arts’ defense to handle as she scored back-to-back goals for the Embry-Riddle women’s soccer team in a 3-1 win Saturday night.

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Nationals: Eagles advance after 3-1 win over Mobile

Yoder records 14 kills, leads Embry-Riddle to 1st nationals victory

Reigning Cal-Pac Player of the Year Jalin Yoder had 14 kills and 14 digs, Audrey Baldwin added 46 assists and the Embry-Riddle volleyball team won the program’s first national tournament match with a 3-1 victory over the University of Mobile on Saturday night.

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NAZ Suns comeback bid falls short in 117-115 loss to Nets

Missed backcourt violation potentially costs Suns the game

For all the possessions during a typical NBA Gatorade League game on any given night, it can be difficult to point out one exact moment and blame a loss on it.

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Column: Using sports to teach the life skill of ‘showing up’

'Raising Prescott'

After watching and helping guide my son through his first full season of soccer with Prescott’s AYSO 6U club this fall, it’s safe to say our family learned just as much about commitment, respect and accountability as A.J. did about kicking a ball into a net.

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Peters scores 34 points, but NAZ Suns fall

Former NBA 1st-round pick Bennett records double-double in loss

Alec Peters scored 34 points on eight 3-pointers, Anthony Bennett recorded his first double-double of the season, but the Northern Arizona Suns shot just 41 percent from the field and committed 21 turnovers in a 128-127 loss to Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday night.

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Embry-Riddle hoops shocks the world, upsets NAU 82-70

Bradshaw Mountain product Gilbert Ibarra scores 20 points, Eagles surprise Lumberjacks

Gilbert Ibarra scored 20 points on 8 of 17 shooting from the field in 22 minutes off the bench, Nick Johnson grabbed 14 rebounds and the Embry-Riddle men’s basketball team pulled off the upset of the century with an 82-70 win over in-state rival Northern Arizona on Monday night.

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College Volleyball: Eagles heading to nationals for 1st time in program history

Cal-Pac champs await NAIA National Tournament selection show set for 9 a.m. Monday

With four of the five games separated by three points or less, Embry-Riddle and UC-Merced’s marathon Cal-Pac title match went well into Saturday night.

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Preps: Roberts claims state mountain biking title for Badgers

After winning three of her first four races this season, Prescott mountain biker Mackenzie Roberts capped an improbable senior campaign by claiming the Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League individual championship Sunday afternoon.

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College Basketball: Skurdal scores 29, Eagles sink Ottawa-Arizona

Skurdal hits school-record nine 3-pointers in rout

Logan Skurdal scored a career-high 29 points on a school-record nine 3-pointers, three others scored in double figures and the Embry-Riddle men’s basketball team overpowered Ottawa-Arizona in a 95-69 rout Friday night.

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NAZ Suns light up the scoreboard in 141-140 win over Wolves

Booker scores 36 points on six 3-pointers, five others in double figures

Askia Booker scored 36 points on 11 of 17 shooting from the field, including six 3-pointers, Xavier Silas added 33 points and the Northern Arizona Suns survived a pesky Iowa Wolves squad in a 141-140 victory Thursday night.

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Movin’ on up: Toppert taking it day-by-day in new role with NAZ Suns

Cornell graduate has Arizona ties, pledges fast-paced offense

A week ago, Cody Toppert was reviewing practice plans and playbooks as an assistant coach under Matt Brase for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, last season’s runner up to Raptors 905 for the NBA Gatorade League championship.

Column: Why children lie and how today’s parents deal with it

'Raising Prescott'

With their mom in Phoenix, the kids were able to enjoy some father time Sunday — that was until a small lie interrupted our fun.

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G League: Derrick Jones Jr. returns to Prescott Valley

‘Airplane Mode’ appeared in only 4 games this season with Phoenix

“Airplane Mode” is back in a Northern Arizona Suns uniform, at least for now.

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NAZ Suns fall to expansion-Clippers 126-118 in opener

Booker, Gray score 28 points apiece, but defensive woes haunt Suns

Askia Booker and Josh Gray each scored 28 points, hitting nine of the club’s 17 3-pointers, Shaquille Harrison chipped in with 26 but the Northern Arizona Suns surrendered 54 points in the paint in a 126-118 loss to Agua Caliente to open the season Saturday night.

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Bradley wins individual cross-country state championship

Badgers’ senior out-paces heavy favorites for first-career state title

When senior Matthew Bradley crossed the finish line at the Division III State Cross-Country Championships in Phoenix on Saturday morning, a feeling of disbelief quickly spread throughout his mind.

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Preview: NAZ Suns tipoff ‘Year 2’ in Prescott Valley on Saturday

Coaching change, new roster additions not phasing Suns’ focus

For as hectic as the beginning of the inaugural Northern Arizona Suns season was a year ago, coaches, players and front-office staff likely expected a smoother transition into year two.

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College Basketball: Eagles rout Poets, improve to 4-0 on season

Villegas scores 21 points, hits five 3-pointers in victory

Haley Villegas scored 21 points on 5 of 11 shooting from the field, including five 3-pointers, Kylee Reibel chipped in with 10 points and the Embry-Riddle women’s basketball team defeated Whittier College 71-53 on Friday night.

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Preview: 14 Badgers heading to state cross-country meet Saturday

Bears sending Zea to Phoenix at Division II meet

With 14 runners heading to the Division III State Championships this weekend in Phoenix, the Prescott cross-country team is ready to compete for a title.

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Toppert named next head coach of NAZ Suns

As assistant coach, Toppert helped lead Vipers to 2016-17 G League Finals

After spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Cody Toppert was named the next head coach of the Northern Arizona Suns on Thursday afternoon.

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Column: Uh-oh, the 5-year old learned how to work the remote

'Raising Prescott'

Watching our kids learn something new every day while growing up is an exhilarating experience to say the least, but what if discovering those new skills begins to interrupt mom and dad’s sleep patterns?

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Eagles claim Cal-Pac title with 6-0 shutout over Providence

Martinson records hat trick, three others score in victory

Riley Martinson scored a hat trick with three goals, Krista Lee, Holly Ross and Ally Leara each scored and the Embry-Riddle women’s soccer team claimed the Cal-Pac regular season title with a 6-0 shutout victory over Providence Christian College on Saturday afternoon.

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College Basketball: Embry-Riddle routs Ottawa 71-39, starts season 3-0

Reibel scores 15 points to lead Eagles

Kylee Reibel scored 15 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field, including a perfect 5 for 5 from the free-throw line, three others scored in double figures and the Embry-Riddle women’s basketball team won its third straight game to begin the season with a 71-39 rout over Ottawa-Arizona on Monday night.

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Badgers find themselves on the outside looking in, again

Gilpin: ‘I’d like someone to explain to me how we’re not in the playoffs’

Every ounce of jubilation and excitement filling the hearts of Prescott football players and their fans after Friday night’s win over a bitter cross-town rival quickly turned to despair, anger and frustration just 12 hours later.

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Prep Football: Badgers rout rival Bears 44-27, await playoff fate

Ryan Greene likely out 6-8 weeks with broken collarbone

The Prescott football team likely earned its first 4A state playoff bid since 2012 with a 44-27 victory over cross-town rival Bradshaw Mountain on Friday night, but they may have to move forward without their star player.

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College Volleyball: Eagles wrap up 3rd straight Cal-Pac title

Embry-Riddle focused on upcoming conference tournament

Lyndsey Weiler had 15 kills, Audrey Baldwin added 40 assists and the Embry-Riddle volleyball team claimed its third-straight regular season Cal-Pac title with a 3-1 win over rival La Sierra on Friday afternoon.

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Column: It’s all on the line tonight for Badgers, Bears

'On the Ball'

Posting four victories in the last five weeks, the No. 15-ranked Prescott football team likely needs one more win Friday night to qualify for the 4A state playoffs.

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Column: ‘Surreal moment’ for a father turns into a teachable moment

'Raising Prescott'

One of the best parts about not only being a journalist, but covering sports in today’s world, is the chance to meet some of the most interesting people on a daily basis.

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Winter Preview: Eagle hoops hoping experience will pay off in 2017-18

Skurdal, Wood and Jewell all return for Embry-Riddle

The Embry-Riddle men’s basketball program enters its third season in existence with one key element it never had before. Experience.

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Tyler Gatlin named NAZ Suns interim coach

GM: Search underway for head coach, Gatlin to be considered

Just 24 hours after Tyrone Ellis was promoted to assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns, its NBA Gatorade League counterpart officially named Tyler Gatlin interim head coach on the first day of training camp Tuesday morning.

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Ty Ellis named assistant coach for Phoenix Suns

New head coach for NAZ Suns expected to be announced Tuesday

Entering his second year as head coach of the Northern Arizona Suns, Tyrone Ellis said after the 2017 NBA Gatorade League Draft this past weekend that he was looking forward to year two in Prescott Valley. Well, “year two” will have to move on without Ellis, who was named an assistant under parent-club Phoenix Suns interim head coach Jay Triano on Monday morning.

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Hollis-Jefferson taken at No. 6 by NAZ Suns

Northern Arizona trades 11th pick Wright to Lakeland Magic

PHOENIX — Entering the 2017 NBA Gatorade League Draft with three of the first 11 picks, Northern Arizona was in a unique position Saturday to immediately improve its club.

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NAZ Suns take Stuteville at No. 1 in G League draft

Stuteville on being top pick: ‘It was a little shocking’

PHOENIX — The Northern Arizona Suns selected Sacramento State forward Eric Stuteville with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Gatorade League Draft on Saturday morning.

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Prep Football: Badgers remain in playoff hunt with win over Flagstaff, 22-12

Greene runs for 189 yards, 1 TD, catches another in victory

Ryan Greene ran for 189 yards and a touchdown, Austin Clark threw for two scores and the Prescott football team kept their playoff hopes alive with a 22-12 win over Flagstaff on Friday night.

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NAZ Suns brass ready for Saturday’s G League draft

Suns possess No. 6, 8 and 11th overall picks

With three of the first 11 picks in the 2017 NBA Gatorade League Draft, the Northern Arizona Suns are looking to improve dramatically for the upcoming season in Prescott Valley.

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Prep Soccer: Cougars win 31st straight match, rout Phantoms 13-0

Rios records hat trick, Chino Valley records 15th shutout in 2017

Matthew Rios scored three goals for a hat trick and added two assists, Elijah Desmond chipped in with two scores and the Chino Valley boys’ soccer team collected its 15th shutout of the season with a 13-0 rout over Grand Canyon on Tuesday night.

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Column: Choosing between a roof over your head, and health insurance

'Raising Prescott'

The astronomical cost of health insurance in today’s society has parents and their families from all walks of life seriously questioning whether they can afford it.

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Prep Volleyball: Badgers sweep Marauders, prepare for stretch run

Wood records 12 kills, Rothfuss adds 16 assists in 3-0 victory over Mingus

Madison Wood recorded 12 kills, seven digs and eight ace serves, Tessandra Rothfuss added 16 assists and the Prescott volleyball team earned a 3-0 sweep over rival Mingus on Tuesday night.

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Prep Football: Badgers thump Coconino, 35-13

Clark’s 2 touchdown passes, Chaffeur Pick-6 the difference

Quarterback Austin Clark threw two touchdown passes, Ryan Greene ran for a score and John Chaffeur’s Pick-6 capped a 21-point first quarter for the Prescott football team in a 35-13 win over Coconino on Friday night.

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Column: Don’t overreact to your school’s grade, it is Arizona after all

'Raising Prescott'

Monday’s official release of the Arizona State Board of Education’s letter grades for schools statewide has undoubtedly sparked plenty of water-cooler talk between parents, administrators, teachers and community leaders alike in the past 48 hours.

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Prep Volleyball: Badgers ace rival Bears, eye 1st place in Grand Canyon region

Madison Wood leads Prescott with 14 kills

Madison Wood had 14 kills, Sabina Dimaano-Simmons added 16 digs and the Prescott volleyball team swept rival Bradshaw Mountain 3-0 on Monday night.

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Prep Football: Mingus runs over rival Badgers, 38-6

Nelson, Kelly each run for 2 TDs in blowout win for Marauders

Alex Nelson had 24 carries for 240 yards and two touchdowns, Tyler Kelly had three scores and the Mingus football team claimed its third win the past four games with a 38-6 blowout over Prescott on Friday night.

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Judge signs off on PV Event Center bankruptcy plan

Prescott Valley Town Manager Larry Tarkowski: ‘Today is historic’

Those involved with the Prescott Valley Event Center’s bankruptcy case can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Bates scores go-ahead goal to push Eagles past UC-Merced

Embry-Riddle has won four of last five matches, eyes 1st in Cal-Pac

David Bates’ goal in the 81st minute off an assist by Nicholas Goldstein put the Embry-Riddle men’s soccer team up for good in a 2-1 win over UC-Merced on Thursday afternoon.

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College Volleyball: Roughriders sweep cross-town rival Eagles 3-0

Yavapai claims 6th straight win, eyes stretch run

Bailey Anderson recorded nine kills and four block assists, Kaitlyn Yost added nine kills and the Yavapai College volleyball team swept cross-town rival Embry-Riddle 3-0 on Wednesday night.

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Column: 5 tips on talking to your kids about mass shootings

'Raising Prescott'

Most of America woke up Monday morning looking to begin their work week with a cup of coffee and breakfast only to discover the news of a 64-year-old man who chose to smash out his hotel window from the 32nd floor with a hammer and open fire onto a crowd of 22,000 concertgoers below.

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Column: Why it’s college basketball’s finest hour, not its darkest

'On the Ball'

Sports columnists, talk-show hosts, university presidents and their respective athletic directors have frequently used the phrase, “darkest moment,” when attempting to describe the past 48 hours in the college basketball world.

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Prep Swimming: Badgers claim 10 1st-place medals on senior day

The Prescott swim team celebrated its seniors in front of fans, friends and family at the YMCA, but the Badgers fell just short of victory despite 10 first-place finishes Thursday afternoon.

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JuCo Volleyball: Roughriders spike Scottsdale, claim 4th-straight win

DeVries’ 14 kills, Hiapo’s 42 assists leads Yavapai

Nynke DeVries recorded 14 kills, Bailey Anderson hit a team-best .265 percent with 12 kills and the Yavapai College volleyball team won its fourth straight match with a 3-0 sweep over Scottsdale Community College on Wednesday night.

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Suns open camp in Flagstaff, prep for scrimmage in Prescott Valley

Phoenix intrasquad game set for Friday at PVEC

FLAGSTAFF — The Phoenix Suns opened training camp Tuesday morning like it was just another day at the office, because the truth is, they’ve been focused on this moment for months now.

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Mayer football player dies in rollover accident

Single-vehicle crash before game still under investigation by DPS

A 16-year-old Mayer resident died at a Phoenix area hospital early Saturday morning due to injuries he suffered during a single-vehicle crash involving three teenagers on Spring Valley Access Road on Friday afternoon.