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Brian M. Bergner Jr.

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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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Badgers football coach Michael Gilpin put on leave pending athletic department investigation

Prep Football

PRESCOTT — Prescott football head coach Michael Gilpin has been put on leave and will not coach the Badgers during Friday night’s road game at Moon Valley, the school announced via an email statement late Thursday night.

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Bears hold strong at No. 1 in Grand Canyon media poll after 2-0 start

Prep Football

PRESCOTT VALLEY — After a convincing 20-7 over Shadow Mountain on Friday night, the Bradshaw Mountain football team improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2013.

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NAZ Suns to face G League champ 3 times as club releases 2018-19 schedule

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — For the third consecutive year, the Northern Arizona Suns will open the season at the Prescott Valley Event Center, hosting the Santa Cruz Warriors on Nov. 3, the club announced Monday afternoon.

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Gameday Glance: Prescott at Canyon Del Oro — Week 2

Prep Football

Badger football gameday glance for Friday, Aug. 24.

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Bradshaw Mountain football still leads the pack in Week 2 Grand Canyon media poll

Prep Football

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The Grand Canyon Media Football Poll for Week 2 was released Wednesday afternoon, with Bradshaw Mountain holding strong at the No. 1 position.

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Bergner: Using moving as a teaching moment for children

Moving can be an exhausting, life-sucking, muscle-aching, I’d-rather-be-running-a-marathon-with-no-shoes-on event in one’s life.

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Badgers can’t answer second-half spurt by Desert Edge in 40-17 loss

Prep Football

PRESCOTT — Milton Rodgers had 30 carries for 186 yards and a touchdown, quarterback Adryan Lara threw for two more scores and Desert Edge outscored Prescott 14-0 in the second half in a 40-17 win Friday night.

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Gameday Glance: Desert Edge at Prescott — Week 1

Prep Football

PRESCOTT — The journey toward qualifying for a 4A state playoff spot for the first time in six years begins tonight for the Prescott football team as the Badgers host Desert Edge.

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Eagles ranked No. 14 in preseason NAIA women’s soccer poll

College Soccer

PRESCOTT — A few days before kicking off the 2018 season, the Embry-Riddle women’s soccer team received word Wednesday afternoon that NAIA voters across the nation consider them a Top 15 team in the country.

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Embry-Riddle volleyball receives Top 25 votes in NAIA national poll

College Volleyball

PRESCOTT — After finishing with a 30-5 overall record and qualifying for the NAIA Volleyball National Tournament for the first time in program history a year ago, the Embry-Riddle volleyball team received votes in the NAIA preseason national poll Wednesday morning.

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Preview: All-American Jalin Yoder returns for senior season at Embry-Riddle

College Volleyball

PRESCOTT — Coming off the best season in program history in 2017, Embry-Riddle volleyball is hoping for more than just a repeat this fall. They want more.

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Preview: Badgers aim to break 6-year playoff drought in 2018

Prep Football

PRESCOTT — Prescott head coach Michael Gilpin summed it up best when he said, “We seem to have this conversation every year,” when asked Thursday during practice if the Badgers can finally get over the hump this season and make the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

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Loveall, Duryea, Bradley among those named All-Courier Player of the Year for spring 2018 season

Prep Sports

What follows is the Courier sports department’s selections for the 2018 Spring All-Courier Team.

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Bears picked to win region title in inaugural Grand Canyon Media Football Poll

Prep Football

PRESCOTT VALLEY — After starting last season 0-5 under a new coach, the Bradshaw Mountain football team finished strong, going 4-1 in the last five weeks of the season, including four straight wins.

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Bergner: LeBron James goes above and beyond with ‘I Promise School’

Raising Prescott

The first day of school has come and gone for most local kids in the Prescott, Prescott Valley and surrounding areas.

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Domestic violence call ends in Prescott Valley man getting shot, air-lifted to Flagstaff

A domestic violence call in Prescott Valley ended with a gunshot wound victim being airlifted to the Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment Friday night.

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NAZ Suns announce two open tryouts in September

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — For the third consecutive season, the Northern Arizona Suns will host two open tryouts prior to the upcoming campaign in Prescott Valley, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

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Former NAZ Suns coach Ty Ellis tapped to lead Stockton Kings in 2018-19

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The coaching carousel between the NBA and its minor league NBA Gatorade League counterpart continued Wednesday when former Northern Arizona Suns head coach Tyrone Ellis confirmed he will become the next head coach of the Stockton Kings.

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Prescott Athletic Hall of Fame announces 2018 inductees

Prep Athletics

PRESCOTT — The Prescott athletic department and its Hall of Fame committee officially announced that Nathan Howard, John Middlemore, Eric Fogler and the 1990-91 girls basketball team will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in September.

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Bergner: Neighborhood speedway cause for concern in Prescott Valley

Raising Prescott

Instead of enjoying peaceful crickets chattering, the summer wind blowing through local trees or a distant monsoon storm lighting up the sky only to hear thunder seconds later, residents in my Prescott Valley neighborhood are often treated to the soothing sounds of a racetrack.

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Bergner: Bret Burchard ready for next step with NAZ Suns

On The Ball

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Surrounded by basketball campers wearing white Suns T-shirts boasting about newly-learned moves on the court to nearby friends, Bret Burchard was all smiles Friday afternoon.

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NAZ Suns name Bret Burchard as club’s next head coach

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The Northern Arizona Suns didn’t have to look far to replace Cody Toppert as their next head coach. The top candidate was right under their noses all along.

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Prescott’s Riley Lewis wins junior masters invite in Tempe

Prep Golf

TEMPE — Riley Lewis’ 7-under par 64 on day one of the 2018 Arizona Junior Masters Invitational set him up for a tournament victory after turning in an even-par 71 on day two of the tournament in Tempe on Wednesday afternoon.

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Arizona prep football’s Sollenberger Classic cancelled due to scheduling

Prep Football

PHOENIX — The annual Sollenberger Classic on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff has been cancelled due to scheduling issues, the Arizona Interscholastic Association announced Thursday morning.

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Badgers kickoff 2018 season a week early, host Desert Edge Aug. 17

Prep Football

SHOW LOW — With training camp underway this week, Prescott’s athletic department officially released its 2018 football schedule Tuesday morning.

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Bergner: Our children won’t think twice when subscribing to news

Raising Prescott

Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” For The Daily Courier, today marks that “single step” toward bringing our readers a subscription-based website at dCourier.com featuring the most relevant, accurate and timely local news, sports and beyond.

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Embry-Riddle names Michael Trujillo next women’s basketball coach

College Basketball

PRESCOTT — After an extensive national search, Embry-Riddle named Michael Trujillo as its next head women’s basketball coach, the university announced Tuesday afternoon.

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Arizona Downs to begin simulcasting July 13

Horse Racing

PRESCOTT VALLEY — As construction crews continue to work on giving Arizona Downs a $2 million face lift, horse racing fans will get a sneak peek at the newly upgraded facility as the track will begin live simulcasting July 13, general manager Ann McGovern announced Friday morning.

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NAZ Suns’ coach Cody Toppert joins Phoenix staff as assistant under Kokoskov

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The Northern Arizona Suns will be in the market for another head coach this offseason as Cody Toppert was promoted to the Phoenix Suns as an assistant coach under Igor Kokoskov on Thursday afternoon.

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Yavapai Downs to reopen as 'Arizona Downs' in PV — $2 million facelift continues

Horse Racing

PRESCOTT VALLEY — After nearly a decade of silence, Yavapai Downs is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar facelift.

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Yavapai softball player Jaydee Boursaw named NJCAA National Player of the Year

Junior College Softball

PRESCOTT — Yavapai College standout softball player Jaydee Boursaw will have one more award to make room for on an already crowded shelf of offseason recognition as the NJCAA named her the 2018 National Player of the Year on Thursday morning.

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Bergner: A ‘zero tolerance’ policy worth avoiding as a father

Raising Prescott

While celebrating Father’s Day with my children Sunday, my thoughts weren’t far from the thousands of young sons and daughters living in cages, wrapped in spacecraft-like blankets, and positioned in several organized rows of green floor mats, the kind that might be used for morning yoga.

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Travis Stedman named next head basketball coach at Prescott

Prep Boys Basketball

PRESCOTT — Returning the Badgers after a year as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball program at Embry-Riddle, Travis Stedman was officially named the next head boys’ basketball coach for Prescott on Thursday morning.

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Avondale man catches possible record-setting 23-inch Gila trout at Goldwater Lake

Outdoor Sports

PRESCOTT — David Worsham of Avondale traveled north to Prescott in search of a big catch June 2, and a big catch he got.

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Adam Neely steps down as head coach of Prescott basketball

Prep Boys Basketball

PRESCOTT — After nine seasons at the helm of the Prescott boys’ basketball program, head coach Adam Neely officially tendered his resignation last week.

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