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Tonight at the Laver Cup held in London, the one and only Roger Federer will conclude his illustrious tennis career beside his formidable rival, friend and in this situation, doubles partner, Rafa Nadal.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist September 22, 2022
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A “Practice Facility” is sometimes referred to a “Driving Range."

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist September 17, 2022
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The Yavapai College women’s soccer team is back at home this weekend when it plays host to Chandler-Gilbert Community College at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Mountain Valley Park, 8600 E. Nace Lane, in Prescott Valley.

September 15, 2022
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Aside from the routine decisions of where and when to hike, with whom, what to take, there may be some crisis or critical decisions to be made on the trail.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist September 15, 2022
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We have a group of juniors from Northern Arizona, two teams to be exact, that won their sectional divisions which allows them to represent our SW Section at the Nationals which will be in Orlando Florida, Oct. 5 to 9.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist September 8, 2022
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The Arizona Trail, like any trail stretching hundreds of miles, includes some portions that are more or less enjoyable than other sections.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist September 1, 2022
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Playing golf with your spouse can be fulfilling. The goal is to do something together with your spouse that enhances your relationship. Unfortunately, many times this goal is not achieved.

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The end of a long illustrious career is always tough for not only the player, but the fans who have been through their journey as well.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist August 25, 2022
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You can learn something new every day, and this certainly applies on the trail. I invited a handful of hikers to West Fork to introduce them to this wonderful slot canyon. Here’s what I learned.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist August 18, 2022
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This is the third in a series of three on how to play golf in a timely manner.

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I first completed the Circle Trail in September 2007, though it was not, in fact, officially completed then. Since then, it has undergone significant changes.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist August 6, 2022
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So you reach the point of retirement, yet you still love doing what you do — which for me is teaching, playing, writing and scheming on how to keep the game of tennis vibrant in our community, the Southwest and promoted to as many young and old folks as possible.

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We are continuing our series on slow play and how to play golf in a timely manner.

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It's already been a good week for Jason Day and Rickie Fowler before they even hit a shot at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.

By DOUG FERGUSON Associated Press July 27, 2022
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I don't know if I'd call it a dilemma, but the challenge to keep hiking without overheating is a challenge calling for new solutions.

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The trouble with winning so much so early is that the losing can feel worse than it really is.

By DOUG FERGUSON Associated Press July 19, 2022
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We are in a time of our lives where we are experiencing unprecedented violence and total disrespect for others, authority, and property.

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The grass court season officially ends with the conclusion of Wimbledon and the US Open Series begins their North American route to Flushing Meadows, with eight tournaments across the states (not to mention the men’s and women’s Canadian Open) with the top ATP men and WTA women players gearing up for the year end Grand Slam the U.S. Open.

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Jim asked, “What’s your strategy to hike without overheating?” Great question. My first thought was to suggest the tried and true approach of hiking high.

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We are now heading into our monsoon season. The golf courses will certainly benefit from the rain and added nitrogen emitted from the lightning that these monsoon storms produce. Look for the dry areas to become green very soon!

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We have a relatively new family who moved to Prescott about three years ago from the San Diego area, Aaron and Shuko Cooley with their two children Ethan and Clare.

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I drank the water in Grapevine Canyon recently untreated, as I have done on several previous occasions. I was high above the new fence, designed to keep livestock restricted to the lower portion of this designated botanical area on the Prescott National Forest.

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Two weeks ago, we discussed some common courtesies that as golfers, we should be aware of and apply to make the game of golf better for everyone.

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My good friend Beth Miller, who took up the game of tennis this past year or so, posed the question to me about whether the game of tennis can be played just for fun (with no real pressure or killer expectations) or competitively, where there is a true dedication derived to excel within your age and ability level and time you have to devote.

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Trail 21 on the north side of Bill Williams Mountain is one of the finest day hikes in Arizona. How could it become “The Hike from Hell?” The trail is well-made and easy to follow.

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