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Unbeaten Sedona girls roll to 3rd straight state semifinals appearance

2018 AIA 2A Girls’ Basketball State Tournament

In a showdown between two state semifinalists from a year ago, Sedona got the better of Alchesay in the quarterfinals of the 2A girls’ basketball tournament Saturday night, winning 64-52 at Prescott Valley Event Center to advance to the semis for the third straight season.

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No. 24 Eagles fall to Antelope Valley, 59-55

College Women's Basketball

Losing back-to-back Cal-Pac Conference games for the first time all season after a 59-55 setback at Antelope Valley on Thursday night, the No. 24-ranked Embry-Riddle women’s basketball team won’t carry the No. 1 seed into next week’s league tournament.

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Chino Valley’s Rock rallies to place 3rd

Prep Wrestling: State Tournament

Chino Valley 160-pound star wrestler Keller Rock may not have repeated as an AIA Division III individual state champion Saturday at Prescott Valley Event Center, but he sure proved his mettle, crawling out of the consolations to place a convincing third in a different weight class.

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Roughriders sweep Pima at home, move to 6-0 in ACCAC

Junior College Softball

The Yavapai College softball team’s five-game shutout streak ended Saturday at Bill Vallely Field.

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Chino Valley’s Mortensen advances to state semis at 138 pounds

Prep Wrestling: State Championships

Chino Valley unseeded 138-pound junior wrestler J.C. Mortensen pulled off a stunner in the opening rounds of the AIA Division III state tournament Friday at Prescott Valley Event Center, advancing to the winners’ bracket semifinals after edging the No. 2 seed and registering a pin in the quarterfinals.

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Bears’ rally falls short, No. 18 Saguaro heads to state

Prep Girls Basketball: Conference Play-In Round

The Bradshaw Mountain girls’ basketball team trailed Saguaro by 11 points through three quarters of their 4A conference play-in round game before mounting a furious comeback that ultimately fell short at the free-throw line in a 48-43 loss Thursday night.

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Bradshaw Mountain’s Hines, Medevielle eliminated on Day 1 at state

Prep Wrestling: State Tournament

Bradshaw Mountain wrestlers Parker Hines and Daniel Medevielle struggled against fierce competition in the first round of the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s (AIA) Division II state tournament on Thursday. And, so, the question inevitably became: Could they find a way to stay alive in the consolations and forge medal runs?

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Wrestlers chase state titles starting today in PV

Prep Wrestling: State Preview

Prescott Valley Event Center will be rocking today through Saturday when the arena plays host to the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s (AIA) annual Division I, II, III and IV state wrestling tournaments.

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Roughriders sweep Paradise Valley, stay unbeaten in ACCAC

Junior College Softball

Yavapai College’s softball team won its fifth straight game by shutout, sweeping winless Paradise Valley Community College, 13-0 and 8-0, Tuesday afternoon in Phoenix to improve its record to 10-3 overall and 4-0 in the ACCAC.

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Embry-Riddle women defeat UC-Merced, take over 1st place in Cal-Pac

College Basketball

Although the Embry-Riddle women’s basketball team won’t host the Cal-Pac Conference Tournament, the Eagles moved closer to possibly clinching the No. 1 seed after upsetting three-time defending league champion UC-Merced, 64-60, for sole possession of first place in the standings.

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Top-ranked Seton Catholic blasts Bears

Prep Girls Basketball

Two-time defending state champion Seton Catholic continued to prove why it deserves 4A’s No. 1 ranking in girls’ basketball Friday night in Chandler, routing No. 15 Bradshaw Mountain, 80-20, as the Bears begin winding down their regular season.

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Keelhaulers drop Embry-Riddle 83-68, extend Eagles' losing streak to 6

College Basketball

Heading into this week, the Embry-Riddle men’s basketball squad’s season-long five-game losing streak in the Cal-Pac Conference left the Eagles alone in last place in the eight-team league. On Thursday night, reeling ERAU failed to nip its misery in the bud at the Activity Center in Prescott.

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Prescott MMA fighter Barberena ready to take the next step

Mixed Martial Arts

Chances are that when Kevin Barberena isn’t battling wildland fires with the U.S. Forest Service, he’s either training or sparring in the offseason at Average Joe’s MMA gym, an inconspicuous space in a strip mall at 609 Miller Valley Road in Prescott.

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Bears claw closer to hosting state play-in game, beat Vols 46-38

Prep Girls Basketball

The Bradshaw Mountain girls’ basketball team picked up an important power-point game victory in its Grand Canyon region finale at Lee Williams, topping the Volunteers 46-38 in Kingman on Wednesday night.

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Prescott moves closer to state play-in berth after topping rival Bears

Prep Boys Basketball

The push for the postseason is on for the Prescott boys’ basketball team, which powered past rival Bradshaw Mountain, 57-46, on Tuesday night for its second straight victory after enduring a season-worst four-game losing streak in power-point contests from Jan. 12-23.

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Bradshaw Mountain edges Badgers as postseason nears

Prep Girls Basketball

Bradshaw Mountain’s girls’ basketball team outscored area rival Prescott by nine points in the second half and escaped the pesky Badgers, 47-43, Tuesday night in a 4A Grand Canyon region showdown that was the Bears’ regular-season home finale.

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Embry-Riddle women cruise to 7th straight Cal-Pac win

College Basketball

The Embry-Riddle women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to seven games in Cal-Pac Conference play Saturday night, staying atop the standings with a 67-47 victory over struggling Pacific Union College in Angwin, California.

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Yavapai softball finishes 3-2 at Nevada tourney

Junior College Softball

The Yavapai College softball team opened its 2018 season with a 3-2 record at the College of Southern Nevada Kickoff Classic Friday and Saturday in Henderson, Nevada.

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Gray scores career-high 32, NAZ Suns blister Clippers

NBA G League

Due to a couple of key injuries and a pair of two-way players having recently been called up to the NBA, the Agua Caliente Clippers dressed only seven guys Friday night at Prescott Valley Event Center – and the Northern Arizona Suns, perhaps as expected, pounced.

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Palo Verde stuns Bradshaw Mountain, denies Bears trip to state

Prep Girls Soccer

For the first time in 16 years, the Bradshaw Mountain girls’ soccer team had a legitimate chance to reach the 4A state tournament on a sunny, windy Thursday afternoon at Bob Pavlich Field in Prescott Valley.

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Roughriders focused on bouncing back from regionals upset last fall

Spring Preview: Yavapai College Softball

When the Yavapai College softball team entered the NJCAA Region I, Division I tournament last May at Lower Bill Vallely Field in Prescott, the Roughriders were favored to repeat as champions and advance to Nationals for a second straight year.

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Bears host Palo Verde Magnet Thursday in conference play-in match

Prep Girls Soccer

The Bradshaw Mountain girls’ soccer team will play host to Palo Verde Magnet in a 4A conference play-in match at 4 p.m. today at Bob Pavlich Field in Prescott Valley.

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Prescott hoists Rivalry Cup Trophy for 1st time in 4 years

Prep Boys Soccer

Prescott’s boys’ soccer team picked up its biggest win of the 2017-18 season on the regular campaign’s final day Tuesday night at Bill Shepard Field, edging area rival Bradshaw Mountain, 3-2, to hoist the Rivalry Cup Trophy for the first time in four years.

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Prescott blanks Bradshaw Mountain, heads to state

Prep Girls Basketball

In the offseason, Prescott girls’ soccer star forward Mikayla Sell was on the fence about whether she should play her fourth and final varsity season in a Badgers uniform in 2017-18.

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Bears girls register key power-point win on Senior Day

Prep Girls Soccer

On Senior Day, Bradshaw Mountain’s girls’ soccer team won its third straight match, notching an important 4A power-point victory versus Seton Catholic Prep on a cold Saturday afternoon at Bob Pavlich Field in Prescott Valley.

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Stars outshine Suns; 9 Salt Lake players score in double figures

NBA G League

Just past the midway point of the 2017-18 season, the Northern Arizona Suns on Saturday night began playing a stretch of 15 of their last 24 games at Prescott Valley Event Center.

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Bears doubled up by Mohave; visit rival Prescott Tuesday

Prep Boys Soccer

The Bradshaw Mountain boys’ soccer team couldn’t pull off an upset of No. 10-ranked and Grand Canyon region frontrunner Mohave Friday night, falling 4-2 in a pivotal match in Bullhead City.

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La Sierra defeats Eagles 63-56

College Men’s Basketball

After splitting the first two Cal-Pac Conference contests of its season-long four-game home stand last week, Embry-Riddle’s men’s basketball squad entered Thursday huddled near the middle of the eight-team standings with nine league showdowns remaining.

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Bears remain in playoff hunt, take care of region foe Mingus 3-1

Prep Boys Soccer

For the Bradshaw Mountain boys’ soccer team, it’s inching closer to do-or-die time. But for at least another day, the No. 22-ranked Bears likely aren’t in danger of missing the postseason.

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Top-ranked Flagstaff handles Bradshaw Mountain, 63-23

Prep Girls Basketball

Flagstaff’s No. 1-ranked girls’ basketball team doesn’t simply smother opposing offenses with its trademark defense. It suffocates them.

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Bradshaw Mountain girls 1-1-1 in region after tying Coconino

Prep Girls Soccer

His offense depleted by injury and a red card issued to one of his best forwards from a previous match, Bradshaw Mountain girls’ soccer coach John Sterling was left searching for answers in a Grand Canyon region game against Coconino Saturday afternoon.

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Coconino press flusters Bears in Top 15 showdown loss

Prep Girls Basketball

In a physical battle between two Top 15-ranked 4A clubs Friday night, the Bradshaw Mountain girls’ basketball team ultimately couldn’t overcome Coconino’s suffocating full-court press en route to a 41-28 Grand Canyon region loss at Gary Kunow Gym in Prescott Valley.

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Prescott heavyweight Nelson reaches semis at Doc Wright Invite

Prep Wrestling

Prescott second-seeded heavyweight Gavin Nelson advanced to the winners’ bracket semifinals of the 54th Doc Wright Invitational Friday at Winslow High School in Winslow, posting three straight wins by pin.

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Embry-Riddle sinks Simpson 67-55

College Women's Basketball

Embry-Riddle’s women’s basketball squad opened a season-long, four-game Cal-Pac home stand with conviction on Thursday night, pulling away late from Simpson and defeating the Red Hawks, 67-55, at ERAU Activity Center in Prescott.

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Flagstaff lowers Bradshaw Mountain state chances

Prep Boys Soccer

At this late stage of the 2017-18 season, Bradshaw Mountain and Flagstaff’s boys soccer teams find themselves neck-and-neck in the lower tier of the 4A conference’s Top 24 rankings, which made Wednesday night’s showdown between the squads relatively important.

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Cougars sweep Payson, Mayer at home multiple

Prep Wrestling

Chino Valley wrestling squad compiled a 2-0 record at its three-team multiple Wednesday afternoon, defeating Payson and Mayer to win the meet inside the Cougars’ main gym.

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Cougars fall at Kingman in 3A West opener

Prep Girls Basketball

Chino Valley’s girls’ basketball team suffered a 50-42 loss to Kingman in its 3A West region opener Tuesday night on the road, but Cougars coach Charise Hall still liked what she saw from her Cougars.

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Flagstaff cruises past Bears, 8-1

Prep Girls Soccer

With a winter storm threatening overhead, Bradshaw Mountain’s girls’ soccer team managed to fit in its 4A Grand Canyon region opener at No. 2-ranked Flagstaff Tuesday afternoon. It didn’t go as well as hoped for the No. 10 Bears, however.

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No. 9 Mohave too much for Prescott in region opener

Prep Boys Soccer

Prescott’s boys’ soccer team seemed to have No. 9-ranked Mohave of Bullhead City squarely in its crosshairs Saturday afternoon at Bill Shepard Field.

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Badgers edge Sedona at Hoopin’ It Up in Phoenix

Prep Boys Basketball

Charles Hicks came up big for Prescott’s boys’ basketball team Saturday afternoon, converting a 3-point play with less than a minute left in regulation, as the Badgers held on to beat Sedona, 55-53, in the annual Hoopin’ It Up event at Talking Rock Resort Arena in Phoenix.

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Cougars commit 32 turnovers in 53-37 loss to Sedona

Prep Boys Basketball

Chino Valley’s boys’ basketball team simply couldn’t solve Sedona’s pressure defense and athleticism Friday night in an inter-conference clash, succumbing to the Scorpions, 53-37, at the Cougars’ main gym.

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Westervelt scores 17, Scorpions overwhelm Chino Valley 60-36

Prep Girls Basketball

Sedona’s girls’ basketball team competed with a short, three-player bench, but four of the Scorpions’ starters had more than enough firepower to handle Chino Valley at the Cougars’ main gym on Friday night.

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Young’s NAZ Suns status in limbo after release by Wizards

NBA G League: Player Feature

Like so many others before him, it would’ve been easy for former Northern Arizona Suns power forward Mike Young to fall through society’s cracks.

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Bears boys nip Coconino in region opener 3-2

Prep Boys Soccer

Bradshaw Mountain’s boys’ soccer team found a way to forget about its 0-3 showing at the Independence tournament Dec. 27-29 in Glendale, coming from behind to win its 4A Grand Canyon region opener, 3-2, over Coconino Thursday afternoon at Cromer Stadium in Flagstaff.

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Embry-Riddle falls to UC-Merced 66-57

College Women's Basketball

Nearly one month removed from its conference opener, Embry-Riddle’s women’s basketball team jumped back into league play on Thursday, losing at Cal-Merced, 66-57, to fall to 1-1 in the Cal-Pac.

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Bradshaw Mountain keeps rolling, tops Thunderbirds 52-26

Prep Girls Basketball

Buoyed by a third-place finish at the Prescott Lady Badgers Winter Classic Saturday, Bradshaw Mountain’s girls’ basketball team resumed 4A Grand Canyon Region play in fine form, routing Mohave, 52-26, Tuesday night at Gary Kunow Gym in Prescott Valley.

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Mohave hands Bears 5th straight loss

Prep Boys Basketball

Bradshaw Mountain’s boys’ basketball team stayed winless in 4A Grand Canyon region play Tuesday night, falling to Mohave, 52-38, at Gary Kunow Gym in Prescott Valley.

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Prescott heavyweight Gavin Nelson runner-up at Mile High Challenge

Badgers finish 11th out of 28 teams

Prescott senior Gavin Nelson placed second at heavyweight on the second and final day of the Mile High Challenge wrestling tournament Saturday night, as he was pinned by fourth-seeded Chandler Hamilton’s Ian Torrez in the championship bout.

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Bradshaw girls hoops claims 3rd at Lady Badgers Winter Classic

Drop Valley Lutheran after semifinal loss to Marana Mountain View

Bradshaw Mountain’s girls’ basketball team placed third at the annual Prescott Lady Badgers Winter Classic on Saturday night, falling to 5A Marana Mountain View, 47-32, in the winners’ bracket semifinals before besting Valley Lutheran, 52-37, in their tourney final.

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11 local grapplers fight for medal round at PVEC Saturday

Prescott heavyweight Gavin Nelson reaches winner’s bracket semi finals in Challenge

Prescott senior heavyweight Gavin Nelson represented the lone local grappler to advance to the winners’ bracket semifinals of his weight class at the sixth annual Mile High Challenge varsity wrestling tournament Friday night at Prescott Valley Event Center.

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