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Brian M. Bergner Jr.

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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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Embry-Riddle’s Jaime Long named Cal Pac AD of the Year

College Athletics

PRESCOTT — Wearing several hats in any one job seems to be the norm these days, but for Embry-Riddle Athletic Director Jaime Long, she takes it to the extreme.

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Prescott Valley claims TOC title with 5-3 win over Verde Valley

Little League

WILLIAMS — Mason Hunt was 2 for 2 with a home run, Kishan Patel surrendered only one unearned run on the mound and Prescott Valley claimed a 5-3 win in the Tournament of Champions title game over Verde Valley on Sunday afternoon.

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Andrews named Embry-Riddle’s first men’s golf All-American

College Golf

PRESCOTT — The NAIA officially announced its All-American team for the 2017-18 season and Embry-Riddle senior Matt Andrews was awarded third-team honors Thursday morning.

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Yavapai’s Ryan Cougill selected to USA Junior College National Baseball Team

Junior College Baseball

PRESCOTT — Yavapai College baseball head coach Ryan Cougill has been selected to be a part of the coaching staff for the USA Junior College National Baseball Team, the school officially announced Friday afternoon.

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AIA to add girls wrestling to sports lineup for 2018-19

Prep Sports

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The Arizona Interscholastic Association announced earlier this week it would add girls wrestling to the winter sports season for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.

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Embry-Riddle women’s golf takes 9th at nationals

College Golf

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — After finishing second overall at the NAIA Golf National Championships a year ago, Embry-Riddle took ninth overall this year with a 91-over par 955 during the four-day event in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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Farmers Insurance claims Prescott City Championship in extras

Little League

PRESCOTT — Entering Thursday night’s Prescott City Championship Tournament title contest, Farmers Insurance faced an opponent it had run-ruled twice before during the regular season.

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Bergner: Mother’s Day 2018 a success!

Column: Raising Prescott

My not-so-secret plans for Mother’s Day 2018 went off without a hitch Sunday, spending much of the morning celebrating the woman in our lives who makes the world go round.

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The Morning After: Human-caused Viewpoint Fire 100 percent contained, investigation continues

Viewpoint residents share gratitude for first-responder efforts

While more than 140 firefighters continue to make progress on containing a Viewpoint Fire that forced the evacuation of two communities in Prescott Valley, some residents returned Saturday morning only to find heartbreak.

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Bergner: Unplugging for a week isn’t as easy as it looks

Column: Raising Prescott

In my line of work, it’s hard to get away from everything for a few days, much less a week.

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Saguaro stuns Badgers with late-inning rally, advances to state

Prep Baseball: State Play-In Round

PRESCOTT – Up two runs in the seventh inning of a ballgame they never trailed at any point, with arguably their best pitcher taking the ball for a save, Prescott players and their fans were likely ready to celebrate a state playoff berth for the first time in two years.

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Cougars claim 2nd straight 3A West title, await state playoffs

Prep Baseball

WICKENBURG — For the second straight season, the Chino Valley baseball team can call themselves 3A West region champions.

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Bergner: With the state and teachers trading haymakers, who will fall first?

Column: Raising Prescott

When a spokesperson for Arizona Educators United stood at the podium last week and announced to the world that 78 percent of Arizona’s teachers voted for a walkout, the first thought that came to my mind was: “This just got serious.”

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John Scearce named Yavapai College’s Student-Athlete of the Year

Junior College Soccer

PRESCOTT — After becoming the first men’s soccer player in the 30-year history of the program to move on to an Ivy League school, John Scearce was named the Yavapai College Athletics Student-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday morning.

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Jones brilliant again, but Badgers fall to No. 9 Mingus 1-0

Prep Baseball

PRESCOTT — Kody Jones followed up his one-hit shutout victory from a week ago with another gem, pitching a complete game and allowing only one run in a tough 1-0 loss to first-place Mingus on Monday afternoon.

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Bergner: Teachers working a second job is common, unfortunately

Column: Raising Prescott

On Page 3A in today’s Courier, we published a story about teachers struggling with second jobs due to their financial circumstances.

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Becky Burke steps down at Embry-Riddle, takes NCAA D-II job in West Virginia

College Women's Basketball

PRESCOTT — Becky Burke has stepped down as head coach of the Embry-Riddle women’s basketball program and taken the same position at the University of Charleston in West Virginia, the athletic department confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

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Jessica Williams leads Embry-Riddle to Cal-Pac title, claims individual crown

College Golf: Cal-Pac Championships

MESA — Entering day two of the 2018 Cal-Pac Golf Championships trailing the clubhouse leader by four strokes, Jessica Williams turned in a 3-over par 75 card to win her first individual conference championship Tuesday afternoon.

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Embry-Riddle women sit atop Cal-Pac leaderboard after day one in Mesa

College Golf

MESA — With four players wearing Embry-Riddle blue and gold atop the 2018 Cal-Pac Golf Championship leaderboard, it would take a miracle for another club to overcome the 70-stroke lead the Eagles possess after day-one action wrapped up Monday afternoon.

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Bergner: Roughriders remain inconsistent, but still in playoff hunt

Column: On The Ball

PRESCOTT — Like any baseball season, the 2018 campaign for the Yavapai College baseball team has seen its fair share of ups and downs.

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Embry-Riddle softball sweeps Hawks, earn program-best 18th win

College Softball

PRESCOTT – Twelve. 15. 15. 17. That’s the win total for each of the Embry-Riddle softball program’s first four seasons in existence, respectively. But on Wednesday afternoon, that all changed.

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Boston Celtics sign Xavier Silas to 10-day contract

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Using the hashtag #2082 in reference to the number of days it's been since he's put on an NBA uniform, Northern Arizona Suns forward Xavier Silas officially signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics on Wednesday morning.

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NAZ Suns cap season with OT victory over Sioux Falls

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Wearing gray, purple and orange camouflage jerseys in front of the largest crowd in team history, Northern Arizona didn’t disappoint.

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From Arkansas to Prescott Valley, Archie Goodwin is growing up before our very eyes

NBA G League: Player Feature

PRESCOTT VALLEY — From a lanky kid who focused all his energy on playing the game of basketball to stay out of trouble, to the 23-year-old guard we see on a nightly basis for the Northern Arizona Suns, Archie Goodwin seems to have figured life out.

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All goes well in return to the hardwood for ‘Big Sauce’ Alan Williams

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Almost six months to the day since having surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee, “Big Sauce” Alan Williams returned to the court wearing a Suns jersey.

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Bergner: Patience the key in NAZ Suns’ future

Column: On The Ball

PRESCOTT VALLEY — As the 2017-18 regular season comes to a close, NBA Gatorade League fans are preparing for two scenarios:

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Prescott volleyball continues resurgence, drops Sentinels 3-1

Prep Boys Volleyball

PRESCOTT — After winning just two games during their inaugural season in 2016 and going 0-17 a year ago, the Prescott boys’ volleyball program is suddenly beginning to show signs of life.

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Young nets 37, but NAZ Suns fall to Warriors 138-126

NBA G League

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Falling just short of his career high, Mike Young scored 37 points on 15 of 26 shooting from the field, grabbed nine rebounds and had five assists, but Northern Arizona couldn’t keep pace with the Warriors in a 138-126 loss to Santa Cruz on Sunday evening.

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Simpson resigns, search for new Bears basketball coach underway

Prep Boys' Basketball

PRESCOTT VALLEY – Stating he wanted to spend more time with his family, Matt Simpson has resigned his position as head boys’ basketball coach at Bradshaw Mountain.

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Eagles lead after day one at Antelope Hills

College Golf: ERAU Spring Invitational

PRESCOTT — After Monday’s first-round action of the Embry-Riddle Spring Invitational, both the men’s and women’s teams have a sizeable lead at Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott.

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Bergner: Unity from students, administrators key to a safe walkout

Column: Raising Prescott

Since a gunman pulled a fire alarm in a quiet hallway of a Florida high school nearly a month ago, students across the country have begun to rise up.

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Gray scores 38 points, NAZ Suns beat Lakers 137-120

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Josh Gray scored 38 points and Northern Arizona snapped a season-long five-game losing streak with a 137-120 win over South Bay on Sunday afternoon.

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Roughriders sweep Pima, even league record to 5-5

Junior College Baseball

TUCSON – Thanks to stellar pitching performances from Darius Vines and Jonathan Stroman, the Yavapai College baseball team earned a doubleheader sweep over Pima to get back to .500 in league play Saturday afternoon.

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Badgers fall short against rival Mingus 5-4

Prep Tennis

PRESCOTT — Tied 4-4 with one doubles match to decide the day, No. 1 Mingus doubles team Pedro Cremasco and Brigham Peterson edged Prescott 9-7, giving the Marauders a 5-4 match victory over the Badgers on Wednesday afternoon.

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Grand-y-slam! Cougars use 10-run 1st inning to rout rival Camp Verde

Prep Baseball

CHINO VALLEY — Ben Grandy’s grand slam in the bottom of the first inning sparked a 10-run rally rival Camp Verde was unable to recover from in a 20-8 win for the Chino Valley baseball team on Monday afternoon.

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NAZ Suns’ playoff hopes diminish in loss to Reno

NBA G League

Archie Goodwin scored 29 points, Josh Gray added 21 points, six assists and six rebounds, but Reno shot 49.4 percent from the field and forced Northern Arizona to commit 18 turnovers in a 122-112 loss Sunday afternoon.

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NAZ Suns claim 1st win against Spurs, remain in playoff hunt

NBA G League

Archie Goodwin scored 22 points, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson narrowly missed a double-double and the Northern Arizona Suns won their fourth straight game with a 117-105 upset over Austin on Sunday afternoon.

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Spring Preview: Prescott tennis focused on rebuilding, improving in 2018

Prep Tennis

After a stellar 2017 campaign that saw members of both the Prescott boys and girls tennis teams qualify for the state tournament, 2018 might be described when it’s all said and done as more of a rebuilding year.