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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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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 2, 2018
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PRESCOTT VALLEY — With training camp wrapping up earlier in the day, the Northern Arizona Suns released their 2018-19 roster Thursday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 1, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 29, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 26, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 26, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 26, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 25, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 22, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 21, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 20, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 19, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 19, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 18, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 18, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 16, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 15, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 13, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 12, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 12, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 9, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 8, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 8, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 5, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 4, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 28, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 28, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 27, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 26, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 21, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 21, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 17, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 17, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 15, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 14, 2018
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Badger football gameday preview for Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, as they travel north and play Flagstaff.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 14, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 12, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 7, 2018
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Badger football gameday preview for Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, as they host Deer Valley in Prescott.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 7, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 5, 2018
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 5, 2018