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Prep Basketball: Bears open season with loss to rival Flagstaff, 76-66

Petro records first double-double of the season with 17 points, 10 rebounds

Bradshaw Mountain struggled in the first half against defending Grand Canyon region champion Flagstaff on Monday night, but the Bears showed signs of life in the second half in a 76-66 loss to tipoff the 2017-18 season and region play.

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Prep Basketball: Bundrick tallies double-double, but Bears fall in opener 60-28

Beginning the regular season against a region opponent isn’t preferable for a high school basketball team. Neither is playing the contest on the road against a defending 4A state tournament semifinalist.

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Winter Preview: Bradshaw boys’ hoops puts disappointing season behind them

Bears look for better season after 5-13 record last year

After a slow start to the 2016-17 season, the Bradshaw Mountain boys’ basketball team didn’t really recover, compiling a 5-13 overall record in power-point games en route to missing the 4A state playoffs in February.

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Winter Preview: Bears confident despite inexperience

Bradshaw Mountain kicks off season tonight vs. Flagstaff

Bradshaw Mountain’s girls’ basketball team graduated six seniors, each of whom played key roles, this past off-season, leaving third-year coach Rick Haltom with a green group that has talent, but will need time to mature on the court in 2017-18.

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Nationals: Tyler repeats as soccer champions

Apaches win 6th title in past 9 years under coach Clements

Go ahead. You can say it now. Tyler Junior College’s men’s soccer program from Tyler, Texas, has reached dynasty status.

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Heartbreaker: Valiant comeback falls short in OT, Roughriders lose in national semifinals

The older guard may have officially passed the baton to the newer guard on a chilly, overcast Friday afternoon at Mountain Valley Park as Yavapai College’s soccer team succumbed to Tyler Junior College of Texas in the NJCAA national semifinals.

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Roughriders rout rival Mercer 7-2, advance to national semifinals

Yavapai-Tyler matchup set for Friday; Pima advances

In their 10th all-time meeting since 1990, Yavapai College and Mercer County Community College of New Jersey’s soccer teams met on Wednesday to determine which club from Pool C would advance to the 2017 NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament semifinals.

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Statement Made: Roughriders roll past Waubonsee in 9-0 to open nationals

On an opening day in which each of the Top 4 seeds in the 2017 NJCAA Division I Men’s Soccer National Championship tournament pitched shutouts, third-seeded Yavapai College and its high-powered attack made the most convincing statement.

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NAZ Suns edge Wolves in OT for sweep

5 Suns score in double figures

In a back-and-forth affair against the Iowa Wolves Saturday night in NBA Gatorade League play, the Northern Arizona Suns needed overtime to settle their two-game series at Prescott Valley Event Center.

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Embry-Riddle women’s soccer wins Cal-Pac title, heads to nationals

Embry-Riddle’s women’s soccer team captured its third Cal-Pac Conference tournament championship in the past six seasons Saturday afternoon, blanking host UC-Merced, 1-0, in the title match to qualify for NAIA nationals.

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National Tournament Preview: Part III, Roughriders rekindle past title memories with Mercer matchup

Years after visiting powerhouse Mercer, Yavapai gets its turn

Yavapai. Mercer County. The schools’ names alone invoke the stuff of legend in junior college men’s soccer lore.

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National Tournament Preview: Part IV, Yavapai-Mercer matchup filled with history

For decades, since his childhood in Philadelphia, Yavapai College coach Mike Pantalione knew of Mercer’s soccer success.

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National Tournament Preview: Part II, Back-row defense paying dividends for Roughriders

Arellano boys, Kanner and Rivera have formed cohesive unit for Yavapai

Yavapai College soccer defenders Ricardo Nunez-Arellano and Isaac Arellano have plenty in common, although not in the ways you might think.

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National Tournament Preview: Part I, the brain trust

Pantalione, Bell’s consistent approach still works after all these years

As the autumn sun faded over Ken Lindley Field Nov. 4, 29-year Yavapai College soccer coach Mike Pantalione and associate coach Hugh Bell embraced near the home bench moments before the Roughriders clinched the West District championship.

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College Volleyball: Eagles eliminate La Sierra, advance to conference title match

Cal-Pac Player of the Year Jalin Yoder leads Eagles with 15 kills

It was a breakthrough performance on Thursday night for the Embry-Riddle volleyball team, which advanced to the Cal Pac Conference Tournament championship match on its third attempt against the same opponent.

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College Soccer: Embry-Riddle reaches Cal-Pac title match

Winning streak reaches 12 games, shutout stretch to 11

Embry-Riddle’s women’s soccer team on Thursday advanced to the Cal Pac Conference Tournament championship match, shutting out La Sierra, 4-0, in the semifinals to extend its winning streak to 12.

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JuCo Soccer: Yavapai enters national tournament as No. 3 seed

Roughriders paired with old nemesis Mercer, unfamiliar Waubonsee

NJCAA Division I’s seven-time national champion Yavapai College soccer team will face a former longtime nemesis and an unfamiliar foe in Pool C when the 2017 national tournament kicks off Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 13-15, at Mountain Valley Park Amphitheater in Prescott Valley.

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Yavapai soccer captures 21st West District title

Blanks Pima, heads to National Tournament in Prescott Valley

Yavapai College’s soccer team clinched a berth into the NJCAA Division I National Tournament with a convincing victory over Snow College (Utah) on Friday.

Prep Football: Superior dethrones defending 1A state champ Bagdad in semis

Sultans’ 21-game winning streak snapped

Bagdad’s football team will not repeat as the 1A state champions in 2017 after third-seeded Superior posted a shocking semifinals upset of the second-seeded Sultans, 44-34, Saturday night at Maricopa High School south of Phoenix.

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Prescott swimmer Harris Temple wins state title in 100 freestyle

Program first for the Badgers

Prescott sophomore swimmer Harris Temple captured the first state championship in the Badgers program’s history Saturday at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa, winning the 100-yard freestyle in 46.92 seconds.

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JuCo Soccer: Roughriders advance to district title match

For the Yavapai College soccer team, Friday’s NJCAA Division I West District Tournament semifinal match against Snow College (Utah) at Ken Lindley Field in Prescott had the word “redemption” written all over it.

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Preview: West district tourney kicks off Friday

Roughriders seek program’s 21st national tournament appearance

You could call Yavapai College sophomore attacker Carlo Quesada of Las Vegas a Classic Rock aficionado. A year ago Thursday, during the Roughriders’ men’s soccer team trip to Cheyenne, Wyoming, for the NJCAA Division I West District Tournament, the squad made the first of two stops in Winslow.

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Yavapai spikers advance to district championship match

Visit conference champ Eastern Arizona Friday for shot at nationals

Yavapai College’s volleyball team closed out the regular season with three consecutive losses in conference play, which cost the Roughriders a No. 1 seed and a semifinal bye in the NJCAA Division I District B Tournament, as well as a Top 20 ranking.

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Prep Swimming: Temple earns top seeds in 2 events at state meet

Badgers, Bradshaw Mountain compete for titles in Mesa

Prescott sophomore swimmer Harris Temple has qualified for the postseason in two individual events, carrying No. 1 rankings in both, to lead the Badgers’ boys’ team into the 2017 Division II Swimming & Diving State Championships Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4, at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa.

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JuCo Soccer: Yavapai needs one win to reach nationals

District tournament starts Friday

Yavapai College’s men’s soccer team needs only a win Friday in Prescott to advance to the NJCAA Division I National Championship tournament, which the Roughriders will host Nov. 13-15, 17 and 18, at Mountain Valley Park Amphitheater in Prescott Valley.

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Prep Soccer: Northland Prep. thwarts Chino Valley girls’ repeat, 3-1

Cougars head home with 2A state runner-up trophy

In order to defend its 2016 state title, Chino Valley’s girls’ soccer team had to play its best match of the season against top-seeded Northland Prep in the 90-degree heat of Gilbert on Saturday afternoon.

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Prep Soccer: Defending champion Cougars beat Round Valley, advance to title match

It’s been a bit of a bumpy ride for the defending 2A state champion Chino Valley girls’ soccer team this fall. But the Cougars have persevered, and they seem ready for one final challenge to cap off 2017.

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Prep Boys’ Soccer: 4-time defending 2A titlist Chino Valley loses in semis

GILBERT — Chino Valley’s boys’ soccer team’s domination of the small-schools’ division ended difficultly on Friday night, as upstart Phoenix Country Day knocked out the previously unbeaten four-time defending state champions, 1-0, in the 2A state semifinals at Campo Verde High School.

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Rivalry Preview: Bears seek 2nd straight region title

Win or go home. The message at practice this week was clear for Bradshaw Mountain’s football team, which must beat rival Prescott tonight at 7 p.m. in its regular-season finale at Bill Shepard Field to repeat as Grand Canyon region champions to earn a berth into the 16-team 4A state tournament.

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Tradition Restored: Yavapai soccer advances to region championship

Yavapai College’s men’s soccer team finally breathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday night. That’s because Phoenix College’s three-year stranglehold on the Roughriders’ region playoff fortunes ended gloriously in front of a boisterous crowd at Ken Lindley Field.

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Prep Soccer: Chino Valley boys roll to state semis

Rios records hat trick in 11-0 rout over The Gregory School

The four-time defending small-schools state champion Chino Valley’s boys’ soccer team advanced to the 2A state semifinals after drubbing The Gregory School, 11-0, in the tournament’s opening round on Wednesday night.

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Winter Preview: Coaches’ poll picks Eagle women to finish 2nd in Cal-Pac

Embry-Riddle’s women’s basketball team won 14 games in its inaugural 2016-2017 season with 10 freshmen on an 11-player roster. It was a pretty significant accomplishment for a squad that also missed qualifying for the California Pac Conference Tournament by one game.

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NAZ Suns open training camp, prep for 2nd season in PV

It’s been quite a whirlwind for the 2017-2018 Northern Arizona Suns – and the season hasn’t even started.

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Prep Badminton: Badgers to host D-II state quarterfinal Monday

Prescott’s Abby Nelson places 4th at state singles tournament

Prescott’s badminton team experienced mixed results at the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s (AIA) Division II Singles and Doubles State Championships Friday and Saturday at Independence High School in Glendale, and yet the Northwest Section champions aren’t done with the 2017 postseason.

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Prep Football: Bradshaw wins 4th straight, 35-0

Bears must beat rival Prescott Oct. 27 to repeat as champs

Bradshaw Mountain’s football team didn’t enter Week 9 in complete control of its own destiny in the Grand Canyon region title race. The surging Bears needn’t have fretted, however.

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Prep Swimming: Badgers glide past Bears

Harris Temple leads boys, Ingallina guides girls

As a sophomore, Prescott swimmer Harris Temple has proven that he’s a sprinter to be reckoned with in Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Division II – both this fall and over the next two years.

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Prep Softball: Sand Snakes win 4 out of 5 tourneys

Prescott’s own Arizona Sand Snakes girls’ softball team won its third consecutive tournament Oct. 1, taking home the title trophy of the 12U age division at USA Softball’s Phoenix Future Stars tournament.

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Prep Soccer: Top-ranked Northland Prep. blanks Chino Valley girls

Northland Prep clinches 2A Central region title

The defending 2A state champion and current No. 3-ranked Chino Valley girls’ soccer team struggled against No. 1 Northland Prep of Flagstaff in their first two meetings this season.

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Junior College Volleyball: Phoenix upsets Yavapai, 3-1

Roughriders home finale set for Friday

Yavapai College’s volleyball team had won eight of its last nine matches heading into the stretch run of the 2017 regular season this week, earning itself a No. 20 ranking in the latest NJCAA Division I Top 20 poll and first place in the ACCAC standings.

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Junior College Soccer: Yavapai routs Western 6-1

Roughriders clinch at least No. 2 seed at regionals, first-round bye

Sitting in second place with two ACCAC matches left, the Yavapai College soccer team knew that winning on Tuesday would likely be its only chance to nab one of the Top 2 seeds into the NJCAA Region I, Division I Tournament Oct. 23, 25 and 28.

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Prep Football: Defending 1A champ Bagdad earns 1st-round bye; Mayer to host opener

Bagdad’s defending Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) 1A state champion football squad garnered the second seed and a first-round bye, while Mayer picked up the fifth seed and will play host to an opening-round contest in the 12-team state tournament on Saturday, Oct. 21.

ERAU men’s soccer blisters Sierra Nevada

Eagles now in 2nd place in Cal Pac

Grant Rowe and Nick Goldstein scored two goals apiece, and goalkeeper Jake Hutto tallied three saves in 90 minutes, guiding Embry-Riddle’s men’s soccer team to a 5-0 victory over Sierra Nevada in Cal Pac Conference play Saturday afternoon.

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Prescott Frontier Days rodeo’s ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ raises thousands of dollars

Since 2008, the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo has participated in the Wrangler “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” campaign, a national fundraiser that allows local communities to keep the money they raise and donate it to charities and hospitals combating breast cancer.

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Breast-cancer awareness functions grow in Prescott, Prescott Valley

As the quad cities of Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt continue to grow, so, too, are events being conducted on behalf of breast-cancer awareness and treatment.

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Prep Football: Bagdad blitzes Wildcats, extends win streak to 20

Sultans QB Loveall accounts for 11 TDs, Bagdad claims region title

Under the lights on Friday the 13th, Bagdad’s undefeated 8-man football team was far from spooked. In fact, facing rival Mayer in Spring Valley, the Sultans continued their two-year-long dominance in the 1A ranks.

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Prep Football Preview: Unbeaten rivals Mayer, Bagdad square off for region crown

Mayer’s football program has regained its former swagger under coach Mike Gutierrez in 2017, but the true test comes tonight when the unbeaten Wildcats play host to undefeated 1A state power and rival Bagdad at Mathern Field in Spring Valley.

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Prep Badminton: Prescott closes in on high seed

Badgers could earn playoff bye today

The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Division II Northwest section champion Prescott badminton team on Wednesday took the first of two steps toward potentially hosting a quarterfinals match in the state team tournament later this month.

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College Soccer: Eagles soar past Ottawa, 5-0

Embry-Riddle rolls to its 6th straight win, stays undefeated at home

During its five-match winning streak from, the Embry-Riddle women’s soccer team pitched a handful of shutouts, outscoring the opposition a combined 8-0. On Tuesday night at the Eagles’ campus field in Prescott, their impressive run continued.

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Pro Rodeo: Native rodeo stars become role models

Team-roping headers Erich Rogers and Aaron Tsinigine grew up in separate places on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona, and yet they formed a friendship years ago that has strengthened themselves as well as their communities.

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Prep Football: Bradshaw Mountain shakes off tough start to season, wins 2nd straight

Rolls past Coconino; now 2-1 in Grand Canyon region

After limping to a 0-5 start, Bradshaw Mountain’s football team appears to be hitting its stride, cruising to its second consecutive victory in 4A Grand Canyon region play Friday night at Bob Pavlich Field in Prescott Valley.