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Brian M. Bergner Jr.

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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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Boston Celtics sign Xavier Silas to 10-day contract

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Using the hashtag #2082 in reference to the number of days it's been since he's put on an NBA uniform, Northern Arizona Suns forward Xavier Silas officially signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics on Wednesday morning.

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NAZ Suns cap season with OT victory over Sioux Falls

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Wearing gray, purple and orange camouflage jerseys in front of the largest crowd in team history, Northern Arizona didn’t disappoint.

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From Arkansas to Prescott Valley, Archie Goodwin is growing up before our very eyes

NBA G League: Player Feature

PRESCOTT VALLEY — From a lanky kid who focused all his energy on playing the game of basketball to stay out of trouble, to the 23-year-old guard we see on a nightly basis for the Northern Arizona Suns, Archie Goodwin seems to have figured life out.

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All goes well in return to the hardwood for ‘Big Sauce’ Alan Williams

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Almost six months to the day since having surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee, “Big Sauce” Alan Williams returned to the court wearing a Suns jersey.

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Bergner: Patience the key in NAZ Suns’ future

Column: On The Ball

PRESCOTT VALLEY — As the 2017-18 regular season comes to a close, NBA Gatorade League fans are preparing for two scenarios:

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Prescott volleyball continues resurgence, drops Sentinels 3-1

Prep Boys Volleyball

PRESCOTT — After winning just two games during their inaugural season in 2016 and going 0-17 a year ago, the Prescott boys’ volleyball program is suddenly beginning to show signs of life.

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Young nets 37, but NAZ Suns fall to Warriors 138-126

NBA G League

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Falling just short of his career high, Mike Young scored 37 points on 15 of 26 shooting from the field, grabbed nine rebounds and had five assists, but Northern Arizona couldn’t keep pace with the Warriors in a 138-126 loss to Santa Cruz on Sunday evening.

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Simpson resigns, search for new Bears basketball coach underway

Prep Boys' Basketball

PRESCOTT VALLEY – Stating he wanted to spend more time with his family, Matt Simpson has resigned his position as head boys’ basketball coach at Bradshaw Mountain.

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Eagles lead after day one at Antelope Hills

College Golf: ERAU Spring Invitational

PRESCOTT — After Monday’s first-round action of the Embry-Riddle Spring Invitational, both the men’s and women’s teams have a sizeable lead at Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott.

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Bergner: Unity from students, administrators key to a safe walkout

Column: Raising Prescott

Since a gunman pulled a fire alarm in a quiet hallway of a Florida high school nearly a month ago, students across the country have begun to rise up.

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Gray scores 38 points, NAZ Suns beat Lakers 137-120

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Josh Gray scored 38 points and Northern Arizona snapped a season-long five-game losing streak with a 137-120 win over South Bay on Sunday afternoon.

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Roughriders sweep Pima, even league record to 5-5

Junior College Baseball

TUCSON – Thanks to stellar pitching performances from Darius Vines and Jonathan Stroman, the Yavapai College baseball team earned a doubleheader sweep over Pima to get back to .500 in league play Saturday afternoon.

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Badgers fall short against rival Mingus 5-4

Prep Tennis

PRESCOTT — Tied 4-4 with one doubles match to decide the day, No. 1 Mingus doubles team Pedro Cremasco and Brigham Peterson edged Prescott 9-7, giving the Marauders a 5-4 match victory over the Badgers on Wednesday afternoon.

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Grand-y-slam! Cougars use 10-run 1st inning to rout rival Camp Verde

Prep Baseball

CHINO VALLEY — Ben Grandy’s grand slam in the bottom of the first inning sparked a 10-run rally rival Camp Verde was unable to recover from in a 20-8 win for the Chino Valley baseball team on Monday afternoon.

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NAZ Suns’ playoff hopes diminish in loss to Reno

NBA G League

Archie Goodwin scored 29 points, Josh Gray added 21 points, six assists and six rebounds, but Reno shot 49.4 percent from the field and forced Northern Arizona to commit 18 turnovers in a 122-112 loss Sunday afternoon.

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NAZ Suns claim 1st win against Spurs, remain in playoff hunt

NBA G League

Archie Goodwin scored 22 points, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson narrowly missed a double-double and the Northern Arizona Suns won their fourth straight game with a 117-105 upset over Austin on Sunday afternoon.

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Spring Preview: Prescott tennis focused on rebuilding, improving in 2018

Prep Tennis

After a stellar 2017 campaign that saw members of both the Prescott boys and girls tennis teams qualify for the state tournament, 2018 might be described when it’s all said and done as more of a rebuilding year.

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Spring Preview: Badgers to lean on ‘deep’ pitching staff in 2018

Prep Baseball

After winning five straight and eight of their last 10 games to end the 2017 season, it was all for naught as the Prescott baseball team was left on the outside looking in for postseason consideration.

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Spring Preview: Prescott softball may experience growing pains in 2018

Prep Softball

After losing eight seniors to graduation and a returning starter to a devastating knee injury, the defending Grand Canyon region champion Prescott softball team may struggle to qualify for a third straight state playoff this spring.

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Bergner: Florida shooting revealing our finger-pointing society

Column: 'Raising Prescott'

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a time when you express love for a significant other. Flowers, chocolates, a night on the town or just a quiet evening dinner at home for two after the kids go to bed.

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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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