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Tough defense powers Bears to 6-0 start, beat Coconino 28-14

Prep Football

FLAGSTAFF — Bradshaw Mountain football coach Chuck Moller predicted that Friday night’s big game at Coconino would be an old-fashioned, grind-it-out kind of high school contest.

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Preview: Undefeated Bears, Panthers clash tonight in Flagstaff

Prep Football

PRESCOTT VALLEY — What a difference a year makes. For Bradshaw Mountain and Coconino’s football teams, it has meant the world. Both squads enter tonight’s Grand Canyon region contest at 7 inside Cromer Stadium in Flagstaff unbeaten and looking to get a leg up in the race for the league title.

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Roughriders upset No. 5-ranked Pima 3-1

Junior College Soccer

PRESCOTT — Yavapai College’s soccer team hasn’t been accustomed to playing catch-up in the ACCAC since the program was established in 1989. The seven-time NJCAA national champion Roughriders also haven’t been an underdog all that often on their own turf.

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Yavapai volleyball falls in 4 sets at Eastern Arizona; Roughriders remain winless in ACCAC

Junior College Volleyball

THATCHER — Looking to snap out of its funk in ACCAC play, the Yavapai College volleyball team had the unenviable task of visiting league stalwart Eastern Arizona College Wednesday night, Sept. 19.

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Flagstaff sweeps Bears 3-0 in Grand Canyon region showdown

Prep Volleyball

PRESCOTT VALLEY — In a battle pitting the Top 2 and only remaining unbeaten teams in the Grand Canyon region on Tuesday night, Sept. 18, Bradshaw Mountain’s volleyball team was swept by Flagstaff, 3-0, at Gary Kunow Gym.

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Roughriders squander 3-goal lead en route to narrow loss at Western

Junior College Soccer

YUMA — Through nine matches, the 2018 Yavapai College men’s soccer team has already equaled the total number of losses that the 2017 squad had all of last season.

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Preview: Embry-Riddle’s golf teams look to continue winning tradition in 2018-19

College Golf

PRESCOTT — Now in their eighth year of intercollegiate play, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s men’s and women’s golf programs have not only been competitive — they’ve been proven winners in the NAIA ranks.

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Embry-Riddle women’s soccer shut out by NAIA No. 1 Spring Arbor

College Soccer

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. — Embry-Riddle’s women’s soccer team was shut out by No. 1-ranked and defending NAIA national champion Spring Arbor, 2-0, Saturday afternoon, Sept. 15, at the Cougar Soccer Complex, snapping the Eagles’ four-match winning streak.

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Bears rout Lee Williams, stay unbeaten without QB Gonzales

Prep Football

KINGMAN — Minus suspended starting quarterback Austin Gonzales, the Bradshaw Mountain football team dug deep defensively on Friday night, crushing Lee Williams, 44-14, to start a season at 5-0 for the first time since 1986.

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Preview: Bradshaw Mountain football opens region play, seeks first 5-0 start in 32 years

Prep Football

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Bradshaw Mountain’s football team has gone 5-0 to start a season only once in its history, and the 2018 Bears are on the cusp of replicating the feat.

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Chino Valley inducts 3 former players into athletic hall of fame today

Prep Athletics

CHINO VALLEY — Chino Valley’s Athletic Hall of Fame will induct three former student-athletes and a longtime business for their contributions to the high school’s athletic department during a short ceremony at 5:15 p.m. Friday in the cafeteria.

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Embry-Riddle women’s soccer upsets Marian in OT thriller 1-nil

College Soccer

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. — The NAIA No. 17-ranked Embry-Riddle women’s soccer team, in the midst of its toughest stretch of the 2018 season, notched one of the biggest victories in program history on Thursday, Sept. 13.

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Yavapai volleyball opens ACCAC play at 0-2

Junior College Volleyball

PHOENIX — Yavapai College’s volleyball team has now lost its first two ACCAC matches of the 2018 season after falling, 3-2, at NJCAA Division II No. 8-ranked South Mountain Community College Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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Bears improve to 8-1 with win over rival Mingus

Prep Volleyball

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Through its first five power-point matches, Bradshaw Mountain’s volleyball team has shown the camaraderie, mettle and confidence of a region championship-caliber squad.

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Prescott wins 2018 season-opening mountain bike race in Flagstaff

Prep Mountain Biking

FLAGSTAFF — Prescott’s Division I mountain biking team opened the 2018 season with an impressive statement, winning the Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League’s (AICL) first race of the 2018 season at Fort Tuthill County Park.

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Prescott girls 3rd, boys 5th Saturday at Wherley Invite

Prep Cross-Country

PRESCOTT — Suffering through a rash of illnesses to open the first two weeks of the 2018 season, only now is the Prescott cross-country team beginning to realize its true potential.

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Bradshaw Mountain cruises past Greenway to stay unbeaten

Prep Football

PRESCOTT VALLEY — For the first time in recent memory, Bradshaw Mountain’s football team owns a 4-0 record to start a season after shellacking Greenway, 42-20, in a 4A showdown Friday night at Bob Pavlich Field.

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Preview: Bears host Greenway Friday in battle of unbeaten teams

Prep Football

PRESCOTT VALLEY — In a clash between unbeaten teams tonight, Sept. 7, Bradshaw Mountain football plays host to Greenway for a 4A contest that may eventually provide important power points to the winner.

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Bradshaw Mountain snaps 2-decade-long drought in 3-1 win over Badgers

Prep Volleyball

PRESCOTT — With a contingent of at least 60 Bradshaw Mountain students rocking in the stands at the dome gym on Thursday night, the Bears’ volleyball team accomplished something it hasn’t done in some two decades – beat rival Prescott.

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Preview: Tri-city area high schools begin mountain bike season Sunday in Flagstaff

Prep Mountain Biking

PRESCOTT — The 2018 Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League’s co-ed season begins Sunday in Flagstaff, and Prescott’s defending Division I state runner-up high school team hopes its program continues to surge despite its youth.

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Madison Foster scores hat trick, Cougars rout Snowflake 9-0

Prep Girls Soccer

CHINO VALLEY — Through its first three 2A power-point matches, Chino Valley’s girls’ soccer team is unbeaten and looks like a dominating bunch ready for a shot at redemption.

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Yavapai soccer rallies in 2nd half, tops Chandler-Gilbert; after delay, 'Riders respond with 2 goals

Junior College Soccer

PRESCOTT — Freshman attacker Kevyn Lo scored the go-ahead goal in the 71st minute on Saturday, snapping a 1-1 tie after a lengthy delay in the second half, leading the Yavapai College soccer team to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

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Prescott boys 9th, girls 10th at Peaks Invite in Flagstaff

Prep Cross-Country

FLAGSTAFF — Prescott’s boys’ cross-country team finished ninth and its girls took 10th to open the 2018 season Saturday at Buffalo Park.

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Chino Valley football bounces back, rips Tuba City 43-6

Prep Football

TUBA CITY — Chino Valley’s football team bounced back nicely from a blowout loss to Valley Christian last week in Flagstaff by taking out its frustrations on Tuba City Friday night.

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Lew Rees joins the Courier, Prescott News Network as events/marketing director

Local celebrity returns to Quad Cities with energy, enthusiasm

When Lew Rees sat at his new desk at The Daily Courier, on Aug. 30, he carried on a wide-ranging conversation in a calm, cool and collected tone.

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Bears rout Youngker 54-14

Prep Football

PRESCOTT VALLEY — For the first time in eight years on Friday night, Bradshaw Mountain’s football team opened a season at 3-0. And the squad accomplished the mark in its inaugural game on Bob Pavlich Field’s gorgeous new artificial turf.

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Defending 1A state runner-up Superior doubles up Bagdad 24-12

Prep Football

SUPERIOR — Defending 1A state runner-up Superior scored 16 unanswered points against Bagdad in the second half on Friday night, as the Panthers rallied to beat Bagdad, 24-12.

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Preview: Bradshaw Mountain football buzzing with excitement

Prep Football

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The buzz around the 2018 Bradshaw Mountain football team, which owns a 2-0 record to start a season for the first time in five years, seems to be growing.

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Evens, Metz pace Chino Valley to victories in Wickenburg

Prep Cross-Country

WICKENBURG — Chino Valley boys’ cross-country runner Lane Evens won the Wickenburg Multi on Wednesday, Aug. 29, gaining the lead about halfway through the race and never looking back.

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Bradshaw Mountain football to honor ‘Hometown Heroes’ at all home games

Prep football

PRESCOTT VALLEY — With its 2018 home opener versus Youngker on Friday night at Bob Pavlich Field, Bradshaw Mountain’s football team announced this week that the theme of its season is “Hometown Heroes.”

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Yavapai College honors former softball coach Iveson for ACCAC Hall of Fame induction

Junior College Softball

PRESCOTT — The Yavapai College Athletic Department on Aug. 25 honored revered former Roughriders softball coach Stacy Iveson for her May induction into the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.

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Youngker bests Prescott volleyball in season opener, 3-1

Prep Volleyball

PRESCOTT — Prescott’s volleyball team couldn’t solve Youngker of Buckeye in its 2018 season opener Tuesday, Aug. 28, succumbing 3-1 (18-25, 25-20, 12-25, 17-25) at the dome gym.

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Roughrider soccer finally starts season, trounces South Mountain 6-3

Junior College Soccer

After its 2018 season opener at Phoenix College was postponed in regulation time due to poor weather on Aug. 23, and its home opener versus Irvine Valley (California) was cancelled by rain on Aug. 25, the Yavapai College soccer team was victorious in its first full match Tuesday.

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Preview: Chino Valley girls’ soccer, state runner-up in 2017, sets sights on 2018 title

Prep Girls Soccer

CHINO VALLEY — Although the 2017 season came to a frustrating close for the Chino Valley girls’ soccer team, which lost to 2A Central region rival Northland Prep in the state championship match last October, spirits remain high this fall.

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Preview: Cougars boys soccer ready to renew state-title run?

Prep Boys Soccer

CHINO VALLEY — In 2017, the Chino Valley boys’ soccer team won 21 straight matches before running into a brick wall in the 2A state semifinals.

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Valley Christian runs away in 2nd half, mauls Cougars 42-13 at Walkup Skydome

Prep Football

FLAGSTAFF — Valley Christian outscored Chino Valley’s football team 28-6 in the second half and went on to rout the Cougars, 42-13, in their 2018 season opener Saturday at Walkup Skydome.

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Sultans edge Joseph City late, move to 2-0

Prep Football

FLAGSTAFF — Bagdad’s football team let a late lead slip away, but Owen Barton’s 19-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter put the Sultans ahead for good in a 26-20 victory over Joseph City Saturday at Walkup Skydome.

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Mayer drops to 0-2 after narrow loss to St. David

Prep Football

SPRING VALLEY — It will take time to pull through its growing pains, but Mayer’s football team should improve steadily as the 2018 season progresses.

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Storms wash out Yavapai-Irvine soccer home opener

Junior College Soccer

PRESCOTT – Heavy rain and lightning put a damper on the Yavapai College men’s soccer team’s 2018 home opener on Saturday afternoon, forcing the Roughriders to cancel their match versus Irvine Valley College of California at Ken Lindley Field.

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Bears start 2-0 for 1st time since 2013, beat Shadow Mountain 20-7

Prep Football

PHOENIX — Two for two! After a sluggish start Friday night, Bradshaw Mountain’s football team rallied, scoring 20 unanswered points for a 20-7 win over Shadow Mountain in a Week 2 clash slowed by a 45-minute lightning delay at halftime.

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Graveside service for former Prescott Parks & Rec supervisor Don Fishel Saturday in Dewey

Local Sports

PRESCOTT — Don Fishel, former Prescott Parks and Recreation Department rec supervisor, Arizona Amateur Softball Association (ASA) commissioner and high school official, died of cancer on Aug. 17. He was 64.

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Preview: Bears believe team chemistry will carry their club far in 2018

Prep Volleyball

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Bradshaw Mountain’s volleyball team may have finished the 2017 season with a 7-10 overall record in power-point matches, but the Bears were squarely on the postseason bubble with a No. 25 ranking.

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Preview: Prescott volleyball in rebuilding mode in 2018

Prep Volleyball

PRESCOTT — In recent years, the Prescott volleyball program has been one of the most competitive in the 4A ranks, consistently qualifying for the state tournament and, on occasion, advancing deep into the bracket.

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City of Prescott restores stands to Ken Lindley Field's historic southwest grandstand

Local Sports

PRESCOTT — Twenty years ago, the historic concrete stands on the southwest side of Ken Lindley Field were covered with Trex composite decking, which made way for patio seating where softball and soccer fans could sit at picnic tables and buy goodies from a small concession stand.

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In 30th year, standards haven’t waned for 7-time national champion Roughriders

Junior College Soccer

PRESCOTT — On the 30th anniversary of the Yavapai College men’s soccer program this fall, the Roughriders will certainly attempt to replicate what they’ve achieved so many times in the past – win championships.

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Bears win season opener for first time in 5 years

Prep Football

GOODYEAR — Before Friday’s Week 1 game, Bradshaw Mountain football coach Chuck Moller described opponent Estrella Foothills as “very much a mirror image” of his 2018 Bears.

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Bagdad cruises in thrashing of Valley Union

Prep Football

ELFRIDA — Defending state semifinalist Bagdad rolled to a 66-0 victory over Valley Union in the opening week of the 2018 football season for 1A.

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Superior dominates Mayer in opener, 50-0

Prep Football

SPRING VALLEY — Playing host to the 2017 state runner-up for 1A in its 2018 season opener, Mayer’s football team simply couldn’t match Superior in a 50-0 setback Friday night at Mathern Field.

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Gameday Glance: Bradshaw Mountain at Estrella Foothills — Week 1

Prep Football

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Bradshaw Mountain’s football team has been raring to go for Week 1 of the 2018 season since last winter.

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Preview: National title conversation not out of the question for 2018 Eagles

College Soccer

PRESCOTT — It took 10 years, but the Embry-Riddle women’s soccer program has at last built a contender on the national stage.

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