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YUMA — Christian Encarnacion-Strand was 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs, Gianni Tomasi knocked in three runs and the Yavapai College baseball team used a five-run rally in each of the fourth and fifth innings to beat Arizona Western 14-3 in game two of a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. March 5, 2019
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PRESCOTT VALLEY — Madisen Duryea had three hits, but her two-run homer in the fourth inning sparked a six-run rally and the Bradshaw Mountain softball team opened Grand Canyon region play with a 10-2 rout over rival Flagstaff on Tuesday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. March 5, 2019
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AVONDALE — With all the lost practice time and epic snowstorms in their hometown to work through, the Prescott softball team hasn’t missed a beat, earning a 4-3 record in what head coach Randall Bryan called a “whirlwind” week.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. March 4, 2019
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A Florida math teacher recently decided to conduct an experiment, asking each student to walk up to the front of the classroom and mark on the whiteboard a tally every time they received a notification on their cellphones.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. March 1, 2019
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PRESCOTT — After missing the state playoffs for only the third time in the last decade a season ago, the Prescott softball team is looking to have a bounce-back year this spring.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 25, 2019
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Watch: Courier Sports — Feb. 19, 2019

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 19, 2019
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PRESCOTT — With snow falling relentlessly this week, and more to come, longtime Prescott baseball skipper Kent Winslow recently said it’s the most water he’s seen on the Badgers’ home field in his tenure.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 19, 2019
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CALGARY, Alberta — Balanced scoring has helped the Calgary Flames snap out of a funk.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 18, 2019
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PHOENIX — The Yavapai College baseball team opened ACCAC play with a doubleheader split at South Mountain, winning game one 5-3 but dropping game two 10-0 on Saturday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 17, 2019
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A recent column of mine, “Top 5 tips on how to keep Prescott from feeling like we’re driving on Phoenix streets,” surprisingly sparked many of our readers to submit driving tips of their own.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 15, 2019
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After a month-long investigation regarding possible illegal activities, Prescott Police officers served a search warrant Wednesday afternoon and arrested 59-year-old Xia Du for allegedly operating a house of prostitution out of a local massage parlor.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 13, 2019
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PHOENIX — Matt Novis and Channy Ortiz each had three hits, Christian Encarnacion-Strand recorded three RBIs and the Yavapai College baseball team used a six-run ninth inning to rout Phoenix College 10-0 on Saturday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 11, 2019
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Every day I arrived home safely from work when living in Phoenix was another day I counted my blessings. The reason being? Phoenix streets are a death trap.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 11, 2019
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Courier news/sports editor Brian M. Bergner Jr. interviews members of the Yavapai College baseball team for the 2019 season preview.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 10, 2019
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A Facebook memory video that recently forced itself onto my iPhone screen reminded me just how fast time flies when you’re a parent.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 9, 2019
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PRESCOTT — Due to field conditions at Roughrider Park, the Yavapai College baseball team will likely not play a true home game until March, Athletic Director Brad Clifford said Monday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 4, 2019
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PHOENIX — Rep. T.J. Shope, chair of the House Ethics Committee, announced Monday afternoon they have retained outside counsel to assist in the investigation of ethics complaints filed against Rep. David Stringer.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 4, 2019
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PHOENIX — After sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader to remain undefeated, the Yavapai College baseball team suffered its first loss of 2019, dropping a 5-1 decision to Central Arizona on Sunday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 3, 2019
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MESA — Dominic Hamel threw six strong innings of shutout baseball, Tommy Sacco had three hits and the Yavapai College baseball team opened the 2019 season with a 3-0 win over GateWay Community College on Friday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 1, 2019
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PRESCOTT — The quiet confidence of a veteran club looking to make another postseason run was ever present at Yavapai College baseball practice this week.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. January 31, 2019
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Minority Co-Whip Reginald Bolding made a motion for a role call vote to expel Rep. David Stringer on the Arizona House floor Monday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. January 28, 2019
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DPS, YCSO team up to arrest kidnapping suspect of 14-year-old teen on I-17
Carlie Bentley arrested, held without bond in Camp Verde; teen boy returned to family

A Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) deputy spotted a male suspect wanted for the kidnapping of a 14-year-old teen boy out of California driving a rental car near milepost 252 on Interstate 17 Sunday evening.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. January 15, 2019
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PRESCOTT — Longtime junior college football coach and three-time national champion Joe Kersting has joined the Prescott football program as its next offensive coordinator, head coach Cody Collett announced Sunday morning.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. January 6, 2019
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PRESCOTT VALLEY — The Town of Prescott Valley and Spectra, which manages the Prescott Valley Event Center, announced Thursday afternoon a multi-year agreement with Findlay Automotive Group for the naming rights to the 6,000-seat multipurpose facility.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. January 3, 2019
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A fast-moving winter storm on the last day of 2018 dumped more than 2 inches of snow on Prescott and surrounding areas Monday, but that didn’t deter locals from ringing in the New Year at the annual Boot Drop event.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. January 1, 2019
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Some local roads begin to reopen after New Year's Eve snowstorm
Estimated 2.5 inches of snow falls in Prescott

A fast-moving winter storm on the last day of 2018 dumped more than 2 inches of snow on the Prescott and surrounding areas Monday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. December 31, 2018
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A concerned citizen’s call spotting a suspicious vehicle fitting the description of an alleged getaway car from an armed robbery at Quick Stop in Prescott last weekend turned into an arrest by officers from the Prescott Police Department on Sunday morning.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. December 31, 2018
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The Prescott Valley Police Department issued a snow advisory Monday afternoon stating several roads are being closed in town due to the winter storm.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. December 31, 2018
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YCSO reports road closures as winter storm slams northern Arizona
Highway 169 access at I-17 closed; I-17 northbound slow

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office reported several road closures in the quad-city area as a winter snowstorm moves through northern Arizona on Monday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. December 31, 2018
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PRESCOTT VALLEY — Hours after announcing they waived their 2018 second round draft pick, Northern Arizona completed a trade with the Austin Spurs for the returning player rights of Livio Jean-Charles and Hollis Thompson on Monday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. December 18, 2018
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PRESCOTT VALLEY — Hailey Denman scored four goals, Alexis Clynes added two more and the Bradshaw Mountain girls soccer team won its fifth straight contest with an 8-0 rout over Deer Valley on Monday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. December 17, 2018
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PRESCOTT VALLEY — Daxter Miles Jr. led Northern Arizona with 22 points, but Dusty Hannahs scored a career-high 30 on seven 3-pointers for a Memphis club that out-rebounded the Suns 62-26 in a 119-79 win for the Hustle on Sunday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. December 16, 2018
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Today’s kids have more to worry about when it comes to their character, integrity and reputation than any other generation in human history.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. December 14, 2018
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SALT LAKE CITY — George King and Elie Okobo each scored 22 points on four 3-pointers a piece, but Salt Lake City outscored the Suns 26-4 in second-chance points in a 109-97 loss for the Suns on Thursday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. December 13, 2018
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In a statement released Tuesday, officials for the Arizona Game and Fish Department reminded Arizonans that effective Jan. 1, 2019, state hunting and fishing license dealers will have the option to charge a convenience fee for a license, tag and stamp sales at their respective locations.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. December 13, 2018
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PRESCOTT VALLEY — Seeking more help on the wing, Northern Arizona acquired guard-forward Trayvon Palmer from the available player pool, the club announced Monday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. December 10, 2018
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PRESCOTT VALLEY — Jawun Evans led Northern Arizona with 20 points, a team-record eight steals and six rebounds, but Stockton guard Kalin Lucas scored 15 of his 26 points in the final 3:48 to give the Kings a 90-84 win over the Suns on Saturday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. December 8, 2018
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AUSTIN, Texas — Playing without one of their top scorers, Northern Arizona struggled to put the ball in the basket Thursday night, scoring the fewest points in franchise history in a 91-81 loss to the Austin Spurs.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. December 6, 2018
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PRESCOTT VALLEY — Peter Jok scored 25 points on four 3-pointers and a 7 for 8 mark from the free-throw line, Daxter Miles chipped in with 21 points off the bench, but the Northern Arizona Suns committed nine of their 19 turnovers in the fourth quarter, suffering a 113-105 loss to the Austin Spurs on Tuesday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. December 5, 2018
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Standing at my kitchen counter, hands soaked with water, bubbles and cranberry sauce, I chose this very moment to reflect on why exactly I was doing dishes in a trash can.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 21, 2018
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The morning after firefighters were called to the scene of a two-structure fire in Prescott, staff members of the Heritage Park Zoo were left picking up the pieces and assessing the damage Tuesday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 20, 2018
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1 wallaby dies, 1 injured in Heritage Park Zoo fire
Wallaby pen caught fire from heat lamp designed to keep animals warm

Firefighters from the Prescott Fire Department responded to a structure fire call from the Heritage Park Zoo on Willow Creek Road in Prescott on Monday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 19, 2018
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The Prescott Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at United Christian Youth Camp after the quick-thinking of a local camper dialing 911 in the early hours Saturday morning.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 17, 2018
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“A killer is stalking our community. It has many forms, and it doesn’t discriminate.” Those were the words chosen to lead a flyer from the Prescott Valley Police Department in effort to get the word out about an upcoming community forum called “Overdose Epidemic.”

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 17, 2018
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The deaths of 19-year-olds Gunner Bundrick and Jake Morales have been ruled an accidental overdose of illicit drugs and fentanyl intoxication, according to a Yavapai County Medical Examiner report obtained by The Daily Courier.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 16, 2018
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PHOENIX — With four runners finishing in the Top 10 at the Division III Cross-Country State Championships, the Prescott boys and girls teams took second overall at state Saturday morning.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 11, 2018
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DES MOINES, Iowa — De’Anthony Melton recorded the first triple-double of his career, Peter Jok scored a career-high 25 points on five 3-pointers and the Northern Arizona Suns outscored Iowa 30-19 in the final period for a 106-95 win Tuesday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 7, 2018
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PRESCOTT VALLEY — Forty five and zero. That first number? The Northern Arizona Suns’ win total from their first two seasons in Prescott Valley. And zero? That would be playoff appearances during the same time frame.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 6, 2018
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Prescott Valley Police officers responded to the 4300 block of Saratoga Drive in Prescott Valley after two 19-year-old males were found unresponsive in their home Saturday morning.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 3, 2018
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PHOENIX — Quarterback Austin Clark threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, but it wasn’t enough as No. 6-ranked Greenway burst out of the gates offensively with 24 points in the first quarter and held on late for a 40-29 win over Prescott on Friday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 2, 2018

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