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George “The Godfather” Ponte can still speak clearly, but his short- and long-term memory fades in and out like a weak radio signal, much to his chagrin.

By Doug Cook May 19, 2019
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Prescott High School’s athletic programs were teeming with talent this year and it’s no surprise yet another player has signed their commitment letter to compete at the college level.

By Aaron Valdez May 16, 2019
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The top-seeded and defending 1A state champion Bagdad baseball team claimed state runner-up honors on Monday, May 13, falling, 6-2, in 11 innings to second-seeded Mogollon in the 2019 title game at Diablo Stadium.

By Doug Cook May 14, 2019
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Chino Valley’s Michael Paulus Jr. and Angelina Kirkpatrick singed their letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level.

By Aaron Valdez May 13, 2019
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Over the past four years, Chino Valley senior Lauren Foster has been as driven in the classroom as she has on any soccer field or track surface.

By Doug Cook May 12, 2019
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The 2019 season may be over for 4A’s third-seeded Bradshaw Mountain softball team, but the Bears had nothing to hang their heads about on Saturday, May 11.

By Doug Cook May 11, 2019
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State semifinals, here they come. The Bradshaw Mountain Bears’ softball team defeated Grand Canyon region rival Mingus, 8-5, in a 4A state tournament elimination game Thursday, May 9, at the Rose Mofford Softball Complex to advance to the semis for the first time since 2006.

By Doug Cook May 9, 2019
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Once again, it is do-or-die time for the No. 3-seeded Bradshaw Mountain softball team in the 4A state tournament. The Bears passed their first test May 4 in Phoenix when they edged No. 7 Poston Butte, 1-0, in a second-round elimination game at Rose Mofford Softball Complex.

By Doug Cook May 8, 2019
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Friday’s state semifinal pits two teams that squared off for 2018 title.

By Doug Cook May 7, 2019
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The Prescott girls track and field team saved its best for last, delivering a stellar outing to finish as the runners-up in the Division II State Track & Field Championships at Mesa Community College over the weekend.

By Aaron Valdez May 6, 2019
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The third-seeded Bradshaw Mountain softball team stayed alive in the double-elimination 4A state tournament on Saturday, May 4, edging No. 7 Poston Butte, 1-0, to move on in the losers bracket with a chance to qualify for the semifinals.

By Doug Cook May 4, 2019
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Prescott’s 4x800m girls relay team of Tea Castro, Cami McKelvey, Emily McMahon and Makenna Bray won the Division III state title in a school-record time of 9 minutes and 58.39 seconds to highlight the first day of competition Friday, May 3, at Mesa Community College.

By Doug Cook May 3, 2019
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The third-seeded Prescott girls tennis team’s run at the Division II state tournament ended in the semifinal round at Paseo Racquet Center on Friday, May 3, as No. 2 Catalina Foothills of Tucson blanked the Badgers, 5-0, to advance to Saturday’s championship match.

By Doug Cook May 3, 2019
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GLENDALE — The 17th-seeded Prescott boys volleyball team’s postseason ended abruptly, as the Badgers were swept by No. 16 Ironwood, 3-0, in a 5A state tournament play-in match Thursday, May 2, at the Eagles’ gym.

By Doug Cook May 2, 2019
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PRESCOTT VALLEY — When you suffer a body blow and a bruising uppercut in the same round, the question inevitably becomes: How will you respond? Will you cower in a corner, or stand up and fight back?

By Doug Cook May 2, 2019
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The Tri-City Preparatory softball team won the program’s first state championship with a 13-9 victory over Gila Bend in the Canyon Athletic Association title game Saturday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. May 1, 2019
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One down, four to go. For the third-seeded Bradshaw Mountain softball team, which eliminated No. 14 Flagstaff, 11-1, in a run-ruled five innings Tuesday, April 30, in Round 1B of the 4A state tournament, four more consecutive wins would hand the program its first state title in 22 years.

By Doug Cook April 30, 2019
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With the match knotted at the end of singles play, it was a cohesive effort in doubles that proved to be the deciding factor as Prescott trumped No. 6 Thunderbird 5-3 in the Division II state quarterfinals Tuesday afternoon.

By Aaron Valdez April 30, 2019
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BUCKEYE — Chino Valley’s hitters couldn’t solve Odyssey Institute pitcher Matt McNelley on Tuesday, April 30, and it cost the Cougars a trip to the 3A state baseball tournament.

By Doug Cook April 30, 2019
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A balk by Prescott relief pitcher Luke Fredrick in the top of the seventh inning sent Wolves first baseman Justin Williamson trotting home for what ended up being the game-winning run in the Badgers’ 4-3 state playoff loss to No. 9 Estrella Foothills on Saturday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. April 28, 2019
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Prescott’s baseball team received a difficult draw as the No. 8 seed in the 4A state tournament, which begins Saturday, April 27, but it would be unwise to overlook these experienced Badgers.

By Doug Cook April 25, 2019
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The 4A No. 3-seeded Bradshaw Mountain softball team will not only play host to a first-round game in the 16-team 4A state tournament at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, on its campus field.

By Doug Cook April 25, 2019
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For 3A No. 17 Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, that’s all it took to dispatch the No. 16 Chino Valley softball team from the postseason.

By Doug Cook April 24, 2019
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There couldn’t have been a more ideal start to Prescott’s postseason campaign as the Badgers made quick work of Ironwood Ridge for a 5-0 victory in the first round of the Division II state playoffs on Tuesday.

By Aaron Valdez April 23, 2019
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PRESCOTT — For the third time in as many seasons, Prescott has a new wrestling coach — an alum with previously close ties to the high school who should bring instant stability.

By Doug Cook April 21, 2019

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