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Brian M. Bergner Jr.

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Prescott Valley police set to host ‘Overdose Epidemic’ forum Nov. 19

“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.”

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Police: 19-year-old PV men died of accidental overdose involving fentanyl

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.

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Prescott boys, girls take 2nd at state cross-country championships

Prep Cross-Country

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.

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Melton records triple-double, NAZ Suns outrun Iowa 106-95 for 1st win

NBA G League

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.

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Preview: NAZ Suns trying to find their identity in 2018-19

NBA G League

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.

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Prescott Valley police find two 19-year-old males dead inside home

PVPD, PANT investigating cause of death

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.

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First-quarter woes hurt Badgers in 40-29 state playoff loss to No. 6 Greenway

Prep Football

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.

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Gameday Preview: #11 Prescott at #6 Greenway — State Playoffs, 1st Round

Prep Football

Our gameday preview featuring the No. 11 Badgers as they travel south to Phoenix to play the No. 6-ranked Greenway Demons in the first round of the 4A state playoffs Friday, Nov. 2.

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NAZ Suns announce 2018-19 roster ahead of Saturday’s opening night

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — With training camp wrapping up earlier in the day, the Northern Arizona Suns released their 2018-19 roster Thursday night.

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Training Camp Report: NAZ Suns addressing weaknesses in second week

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — With five days left until the 2018-19 season tips off for the Northern Arizona Suns, the club was putting in their work at practice Monday afternoon, making adjustments and addressing some of the weaknesses they saw during the scrimmage this past weekend.

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Prescott student with Down syndrome gets a football night he’ll never forget

Prep Football

PRESCOTT — In what will likely go down as the most memorable 25-yard touchdown run any Badger football fan has ever seen, Prescott senior Ryan Tardibuono put on his No. 52 jersey for the first and last time Friday night, crossing the goal line with a pride and excitement only a true fan could show.

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Badgers come up short of region title hopes in hard-fought 12-10 loss to No. 12 Mingus

Prep Football

PRESCOTT — Mingus quarterback Antoine Zabala threw for two touchdowns, but it was teammate Joe Machado’s interception with 2:09 left in the game that solidified the No. 12-ranked Marauders’ second-straight Grand Canyon region title in a hard-fought 12-10 win over Prescott on Friday night.

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Gameday Preview: #12 Mingus at #11 Prescott — Week 11

Prep Football

Our gameday preview featuring the No. 12-ranked Mingus Marauders heading to Prescott to play the No. 11-ranked Badgers for a Grand Canyon region title. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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Badgers upset No. 12 Catalina Foothills 3-2, head to state playoffs

Prep Volleyball

TUCSON — The Prescott volleyball team pulled the upset card in Thursday night’s 4A state play-in round with a surprising 3-2 victory over No. 12-ranked Catalina Foothills, sending the Badgers to the state playoffs for the sixth straight season.

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Fresh faces dominate first day of NAZ Suns training camp, media day

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — With several fresh faces not only within the player ranks but on the coaching staff meeting each other for the first time on media day, the Northern Arizona Suns began training camp Monday just getting to know each other.

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Cooke, Stuteville highlight NAZ Suns training camp roster

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The Northern Arizona Suns released their 2018-19 training camp roster Sunday afternoon, with Derek Cooke Jr. and Eric Stuteville highlighting a largely unknown group of players coming to the NBA G League club in Prescott Valley.

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G League Draft: NAZ Suns select LSU’s Aaron Epps with No. 6 overall pick

NBA G League

PHOENIX — With their first pick in the 2018 NBA G League Draft, the Northern Arizona Suns went with a big man inside, selecting former LSU standout Aaron Epps with the No. 6 overall selection Saturday morning.

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NAZ Suns acquire No. 6 overall pick on eve of G League draft

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — In preparation for the 2018 NBA Gatorade League Draft this weekend, the Northern Arizona Suns made a flurry of moves Friday afternoon, including sending the returning player rights of Shaquille Harrison and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson to Memphis for the No. 6 overall pick.

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Gameday Preview: Lee Williams at #12 Prescott — Week 10

Prep Football

Our gameday preview featuring the No. 12-ranked Prescott football team hosting Lee Williams on Friday, Oct. 19. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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No. 8 Eagles notch 8th straight win, drop La Sierra 3-1

College Women's Soccer

PRESCOTT — Krista Lee, Madalyn Markham and Adri Jackson each scored a goal and the No. 8-ranked Embry-Riddle women’s soccer team won its eighth straight contest with a 3-1 victory over La Sierra on Thursday afternoon.

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Prescott atop Week 10 region media poll; playoff scenarios for Badgers, Bears

Prep Football

PRESCOTT VALLEY — After a 44-27 victory in Week 9, the Prescott football team grabbed the top spot in the Grand Canyon Media Football Poll for the second straight week, according to a release Wednesday night.

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No. 1 Cougars win 12th straight, shut out Blue Ridge 2-0

Prep Girls Soccer

CHINO VALLEY — Julz Elsea and Ashley McGuffey each scored a goal in the second half to power the Chino Valley girls’ soccer team to their 12th straight win with a 2-0 win over rival Blue Ridge during a rain-soaked Tuesday afternoon.

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Phoenix Suns waive Shaquille Harrison; Will he return to Prescott Valley?

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — After reportedly signing the 38-year-old Jamal Crawford to a 1-year, $2.5 million deal earlier in the day, the Phoenix Suns were forced to make a decision Monday. Releasing Shaquille Harrison.

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Bagdad’s Riley Young catches 3 TDs in 64-14 rout over rival Mayer

Prep Football

BAGDAD — Riley Young caught three touchdowns passes, Brady Finnerty had two sacks and a forced fumble, and the No. 7-ranked Bagdad football team scored 50 points in the first half to beat Mayer 64-14 in their regular season finale Friday night.

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Gameday Preview: #11 Prescott at Mohave — Week 9

Prep Football

Our gameday preview featuring the No. 11-ranked Prescott football team as they travel to Mohave tonight. Kickoff is 7 p.m. in Bullhead City.

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Prescott’s defensive unit coming together at the right time

Prep Football

PRESCOTT — After walking off the field victorious against cross-town rival Bradshaw Mountain a week ago, the Prescott football team once again mustered enough effort defensively to dominate a game in the second half.

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Bergner: NAZ Suns moving forward with assistant GM Dylan DeBusk, for now

On The Ball

The NBA world came to a standstill Monday when Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver surprisingly fired General Manager Ryan McDonough, replacing him with James Jones, who was working under the title of vice president of basketball operations.

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McDonough fallout hits Prescott Valley, NAZ Suns relieve GM Louis Lehman of his duties

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Hours after Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver fired General Manager Ryan McDonough, the fallout reached the parent club's minor league affiliate in Prescott Valley as the Northern Arizona Suns relieved Louis Lehman of his GM duties, according to team sources Monday night.

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Bergner: Slowing down Prescott Valley drivers, one road at a time

Raising Prescott

With National Newspaper Week upon us, professional journalists and their organizations across the country are receiving the proverbial pat on the back for keeping their community informed and up to date on local issues and beyond.

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Gameday Preview: #17 Prescott at #2 Bradshaw Mountain — Week 8

Prep Football

Our gameday preview for the annual "Black and Blue" rivalry featuring the No. 17-ranked Prescott Badgers visiting the No. 2-ranked Bradshaw Mountain Bears tonight. Kickoff set for 7 p.m.

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No. 11 Eagles rout Simpson 13-0, sit atop Cal Pac standings

College Women's Soccer

PRESCOTT — Holly Ross, Riley Martinson and Parker Lee each had two goals for the No. 11-ranked Embry-Riddle women’s soccer team, which scored nine first-half goals in a 13-0 rout over Simpson on Thursday night.

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Despite injury to QB Austin Clark, Badgers hang on to beat Coconino 28-16

Prep Football

PRESCOTT — Despite a toe injury that sidelined quarterback Austin Clark for the entire second half, Prescott held on defensively for a 28-16 win over No. 7-ranked Coconino on Friday night.

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Gameday Preview: #7 Coconino at #20 Prescott — Week 7

Prep Football

Our gameday preview for the No. 20-ranked Prescott Badgers' football team as they host No. 7 Coconino tonight at 7 p.m. in Prescott.

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Bradshaw Mountain out-swims Kingman schools in Prescott Valley multiple

Prep Swimming

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The Bradshaw Mountain swim team claimed first overall after hosting a four-way meet with Kingman, Kingman Academy and Lee Williams on Thursday afternoon in Prescott Valley.

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No. 2-ranked Bears retain top spot in Grand Canyon media poll

Prep Football

PRESCOTT VALLEY — It was no surprise Bradshaw Mountain found itself atop the Grand Canyon Media Football Poll for Week 7 after a 28-14 win over Coconino last week.

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Austin Clark runs for 2 TDs, but Badgers fall to Canyon Del Oro 35-23

Prep Football

ORO VALLEY — Diego Munguia ran for 174 yards and three touchdowns, quarterback Zach Eidenschink threw for a score and Canyon Del Oro won its fourth-straight game with a 35-23 win over the Badgers on Friday night.

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Gameday Preview: Prescott at Canyon Del Oro — Week 6

Prep Football

Badger football gameday preview for Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, as they travel south to Tucson to play Canyon Del Oro. Kickoff set for 7 p.m.

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Bergner: Don’t hate on the Packers; and an exciting opportunity

Raising Prescott

As many of you undoubtedly saw in Sunday’s business section of The Daily Courier, I was recently promoted to news/sports editor for the Prescott News Network, which includes the Courier, the Prescott Valley Tribune and the Chino Valley Review.

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YCSO volunteer rescues dog attached to moving semi-truck

A dog tied to the back of a semi-truck lived to chew another bone Sept. 8 thanks to the quick actions of a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office volunteer, who used his patrol vehicle to signal the unknowing truck driver before leaving the parking lot of a gas station.

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Badgers win OT thriller in Walkup Skydome 27-24

Prep Football

FLAGSTAFF — Bryce Peters hit three field goals, including the game-tying 25-yard boot to make it 24-24 with 4 seconds left and send it to overtime, but it was Clay Gross who was called upon to hit the game-winner and he did so, sending the Prescott football team to a thrilling 27-24 win Friday night.

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Roughriders soccer coach Mike Pantalione takes leave of absence

Junior College Soccer

PRESCOTT — Yavapai College men's soccer head coach Mike Pantalione, the all-time wins leader in junior college history, is taking a family medical leave of absence, effective immediately, the school announced Friday.

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Gameday Preview: Prescott at Flagstaff — Week 5

Prep Football

Badger football gameday preview for Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, as they travel north and play Flagstaff.

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Entering Week 5, undefeated Bradshaw Mountain holds No. 1 spot in media poll

PRESCOTT VALLEY — With four of the seven Grand Canyon region football teams scoring 50-plus points against their opponents last Friday night, Bradshaw Mountain only scored 42, but still managed to hold on to the No. 1 spot in the Grand Canyon Media Football Poll, released Wednesday afternoon.

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Austin Clark rushes for school-record 7 TDs in 56-7 rout of Deer Valley

Prep Football

PRESCOTT — Quarterback Austin Clark had 24 carries for 398 yards and a school-record seven rushing touchdowns as Prescott football recorded its second-straight blowout win with a 56-7 victory over Deer Valley on Friday night.

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Gameday Preview: Deer Valley at Prescott — Week 4

Prep Football

Badger football gameday preview for Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, as they host Deer Valley in Prescott.

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Badgers football coach Michael Gilpin resigns; Cody Collett named replacement

Prep Football

PRESCOTT — Amid turmoil within the football program and an athletic department investigation placing him on leave last week, Badgers head coach Michael Gilpin tendered his resignation Wednesday afternoon.

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Bears football remains atop Grand Canyon poll after strong showing in Week 3

Prep Football

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The Bradshaw Mountain football team made it four straight weeks atop the Grand Canyon Media Football Poll when the poll was released late Tuesday night, recording 72 points and receiving seven first-place votes.

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Austin Clark runs for 3 TDs, Badgers rout Moon Valley 43-0

Prep Football

PHOENIX — Quarterback Austin Clark rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns, Aaron Greene scored twice on two punt blocks in the first quarter and the Prescott football team shutout Moon Valley 43-0 for their first win of the season Friday night.

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Badgers’ football coach Michael Gilpin cites ‘adult politics’ as reason for leave

Prep Football

PRESCOTT — In a statement issued by Michael Gilpin via email early Friday morning, the Prescott football head coach defended himself after being put on leave Thursday pending an investigation by the athletic department.

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Gameday Glance: Prescott at Moon Valley — Week 3

Prep Football

Badger football gameday glance for Friday, Aug. 31, at Moon Valley.

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