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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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Preview: Whiskey Row-llers host doubleheader Saturday at Pioneer Park Rink

Roller Derby

PRESCOTT — Get ready… get set… ROLL!! The Prescott Whiskey Row-llers women’s roller derby team, currently in its ninth year, plays host to a doubleheader starting at 6 p.m. today, Aug. 4, at the Pioneer Park Rink, 1185 Commerce Drive.

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Embry-Riddle names former UCLA All-American Ambrosi as new softball coach

College Softball

PRESCOTT — Embry-Riddle’s athletic department announced that it has hired Christie Ambrosi as its new softball coach Wednesday afternoon, replacing the departed Marie Thomason after five seasons.

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On the Move: For the Williams family, athletics come naturally

Local Sports

PRESCOTT — Brad Williams of Prescott isn’t your typical 57-year-old American man.

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Blair Hillig takes over boys basketball program at Bradshaw Mountain

Prep Basketball

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The past two seasons were unsettling for the Bradshaw Mountain boys’ basketball team, as the proud program quickly regressed from a state-playoff qualifier in 2016 to a doormat.

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Preview: Arizona NSA ‘Best of the West’ tournament set for Saturday, Sunday in Prescott

Prep Softball

PRESCOTT — Arizona National Softball Association’s (NSA) 2018 season ends with an exclamation point on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, as 36 girls’ fast-pitch softball teams converge on Prescott Parks and Rec’s fields for the annual Monsoon Madness/Best of the West tournament.

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Prescott 11U team claims 1st-round bye at state

Little League

MESA — Prescott Little League’s 11-and-Under All-Stars will have had three weeks to prepare for the Arizona state tournament by the time the team battles the winner of Monday night’s first-round game — that pits Mt. Graham versus McCormick Ranch — in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, July 17.

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Former Prescott fire chief shoots hole-in-one to remember

Local Golf

PRESCOTT — In more than 30 years of playing golf, retired Prescott Fire Chief Bruce Martinez had never drained a hole-in-one.

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Yavapai softball hires new pitching coach, recruiting coordinator

Junior College Softball

PRESCOTT — Fifth-year Yavapai College softball coach Doug Eastman on Friday announced the hiring of Erika Bennett as the program’s new pitching coach/recruiting coordinator.

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Chino Valley taps Campitelli as new athletic director

Prep Athletics

CHINO VALLEY — Marty Campitelli officially succeeded the departed Pete Jelovic as Chino Valley athletic director/assistant principal on July 1, and he has spent nearly the past two weeks getting accustomed to his new role.

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Bradshaw Mountain’s Charles Nnantah qualifies for Jr. Olympic nationals in 400m run

Prep Track and Field

PRESCOTT VALLEY – Bradshaw Mountain standout sprinter Charles Nnantah rallied to place fifth in the open 400-meter run with a personal-record time (PR) of 51.47 seconds, qualifying him for the USA Track & Field (USATF) Junior Olympic National Championships July 23-29 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Bradshaw Mountain softball’s Duryea named sophomore All-America

Prep Softball

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Bradshaw Mountain softball star centerfielder and slugger extraordinaire Madisen Duryea this past week earned a spot on the 2018 MaxPreps Sophomore All-America Team for her record-breaking spring season in a Bears uniform.

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Bradshaw Mountain’s Nnantah races at USATF Regionals this weekend in Colorado

Prep Track and Field

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Bradshaw Mountain incoming senior sprinter/hurdler Charles Nnantah will run in the open 400m, the 400m hurdles and the 110m hurdles today and Sunday, July 7-8, at USA Track & Field’s (USATF) Region 10 Junior Olympic Championships in Aurora, Colorado.

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Old-timers’ luncheon brings back fond memories of Prescott rodeo for former bull rider

World's Oldest Rodeo

PRESCOTT — As Charlie Underwood drove 87 miles from Carefree to the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo early Wednesday morning, July 4, flashbacks of competing here as a professional bull rider decades ago rushed into his head.

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Roper Seth Hall claims all-around rodeo title

World's Oldest Rodeo

PRESCOTT — Seth Hall of Las Lunas, New Mexico, won his first all-around buckle at the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo on Wednesday, July 4, taking home a payout of more than $3,100 in team roping and tie-down roping.

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Back-to-back-to-back? 2-time defending world champion bareback rider Tim O’Connell keeps rolling

World's Oldest Rodeo

PRESCOTT — Two-time defending world champion bareback rider Tim O’Connell of Zwingle, Iowa, respects his competitors so much that they have kept him from getting cocky in the rodeo arena.

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State of Grace: Texas saddle-bronc rider Jacobs Crawley on top of the world in 2018

World's Oldest Rodeo

PRESCOTT — Saddle-bronc rider Jacobs Crawley of Boerne, Texas, has had good reason to smile halfway through 2018.

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Feature: Humboldt roper Tom Richards seeks summer surge

World's Oldest Rodeo

PRESCOTT — Team roping header Tom Richards of nearby Humboldt and his heeling partner Trevor Nowlin of Casa Grande didn’t start competing together at Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeos until June.

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Feature: Trevor Brazile, 23-time PRCA world champion roper, grapples with future

World's Oldest Rodeo

PRESCOTT — Donning a dark purple polo shirt and jeans, Trevor Brazile sipped coffee from a black lid-covered paper cup early Thursday evening, shaded by a white travel trailer on the vast dirt lot west of the historic Prescott Rodeo Grounds.

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By The Horns: Sage Kimzey continues dominant run as 4-time world champion bull rider

World's Oldest Rodeo

PRESCOTT — Forgive Sage Kimzey if he’s a tad tired. Ever since the 5-foot-7, 140-pound Strong City, Oklahoma, native joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) as a bull rider five years ago, he’s been on a whirlwind adventure.

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Steer wrestlers, bareback riders treat sellout crowd on Day 1 of Frontier Days

World's Oldest Rodeo

PRESCOTT — On a comfortable summer night Thursday at the historic Prescott Rodeo Grounds, the 131st annual Frontier Days “World’s Oldest Rodeo” opened to a sellout crowd with several professional bareback bronc riders and steer wrestlers performing well.

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Chino Valley tackles Verde Valley tonight in Majors winners’ bracket final

Little League

WILLIAMS — Chino Valley’s Little League Majors All-Stars battle Verde Valley in the Arizona District 10 tournament’s winners’ bracket final at 8 tonight, June 28, with a championship-game berth on the line.

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Prescott blanks Prescott Valley to win 11U All-Stars title; heads to state

Little League

PRESCOTT — In a dominating performance, Prescott’s 11U Little League All-Stars bested Prescott Valley for the second time in four days to capture the Arizona District 10 All-Star Tournament title and advance to the state tournament next month.

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Preview: Six defending world champs slated to compete at ‘World’s Oldest Rodeo’

World's Oldest Rodeo

PRESCOTT — Six Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) world champions from 2017 are scheduled to rope or ride at the 2018 Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Thursday, June 28, through Wednesday, July 4, at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 840 Rodeo Drive.

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Preview: Team roper Tom Richards of Humboldt headlines rodeo locals

World's Oldest Rodeo

PRESCOTT — Two-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) team-roping header Tom Richards of Humboldt headlines the list of Yavapai County contestants competing at the 2018 Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Thursday, June 28, through Wednesday, July 4.

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Preview: Prescott Frontier Days offers ‘Behind the Chutes’ tours for 3rd straight year

World's Oldest Rodeo

PRESCOTT — Entering its third year, the Behind the Chutes Tour at the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo offers fans a glimpse into what they often don’t see during rodeo performances.

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Prescott blanks Prescott Valley to win 11U All-Stars title; heads to state

Little League

PRESCOTT — In a dominating performance, Prescott’s 11U Little League All-Stars bested Prescott Valley for the second time in four days to capture the Arizona District 10 All-Star Tournament title and advance to the state tournament next month.

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Prescott run rules Prescott Valley in 11U All-Stars opener

Little League

Behind a solid start from pitcher Adrian Sanderford and a first-inning homer from Zane “Big Z” Gaul, Prescott cruised to an 11-1 run-ruled victory over Prescott Valley in the Arizona District 10 11U All-Star Tournament opener Saturday night at Ziegler Field.

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Yavapai soccer releases 2018 schedule

Junior College Soccer

PRESCOTT — The 30th season of Yavapai College soccer will begin with the stalwart program’s conference and road opener Thursday, Aug. 23, at Phoenix College.

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Preview: Prescott All-Stars favored in 11U tourney at Ziegler Field

Little League

PRESCOTT — The 2018 Arizona District 10 Little League 11-and-Under All-Star Tournament features only three teams, including Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. Nevertheless, the tourney should be competitive.

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Preview: ‘Beat the Heat’ girls’ softball tourney draws 48 teams to Prescott

Prep Softball

PRESCOTT — Now in its second year as a National Softball Association (NSA) member in Arizona, Prescott Parks and Recreation’s annual “Beat the Heat” girls’ fast-pitch tournament is steadily making progress in restoring its brand.

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How Bradshaw Mountain, Chino Valley high schools combat hazing and bullying

Student-Athlete Conduct

Like their counterpart in Prescott, Bradshaw Mountain and Chino Valley high schools implemented a zero-tolerance policy for student-on-student hazing before the 2017-18 academic year.

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Verde Valley Heat Elite turning heads in 14U girls’ fastpitch

Club Softball

PRESCOTT — Verde Valley Heat Elite’s 14-and-Under fastpitch softball team, a conglomerate of girls from Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Cornville, Prescott and Flagstaff, has been opening eyes in softball circles across northern Arizona for the past two-plus years.

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Chino Valley ends Prescott’s unbeaten Little League season

Little League

WILLIAMS — Chino Valley eliminated Prescott from the Arizona District 10 Little League Majors Tournament of Champions Saturday morning behind ace pi

Prescott Valley advances to today’s TOC championship

Little League

WILLIAMS — A night after edging Camp Verde by one run in the opening round, Prescott Valley run-ruled Wickenburg, 18-3, in the semifinals to advance to today’s Arizona District 10 Little League Majors Tournament of Champions at Cureton Park.

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Preview: Homage to Alice Cooper? ‘School’s Out for the Summer’ tourney this weekend in Prescott

Club Softball

PRESCOTT — Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer and Arizona resident Alice Cooper would be proud.

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Preview: Arizona District 10 Majors Tournament of Champions

Little League

PRESCOTT — For Farmers Insurance of Prescott, it’s one title down and one to go.

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Student-on-Student Hazing: Prescott-area high schools won’t tolerate maltreatment

Student-Athlete Conduct

If you’re a parent and your teenager is enrolled at Prescott, Bradshaw Mountain or Chino Valley high school, student-on-student hazing should be on your radar.

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Embry-Riddle women’s golf tied for 9th after 2nd round at NAIA nationals

College Golf

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Embry-Riddle’s women’s golf team didn’t gain ground on the frontrunners in the second round of the NAIA Championship Wednesday at PGA National, dropping one spot and into a tie for ninth place.

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Embry-Riddle women’s golf tied for 8th at nationals after wet Day 1

College Golf

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Defending national runner-up Embry-Riddle stood in a tie for eighth place out of 30 teams after a rainy first round at the NAIA Women’s Golf Championship Tuesday on PGA National’s 5,847-yard, par-72 Champion Course.

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8 years on, Bucky’s Casino of Prescott still going strong

Adult Softball

PRESCOTT — Bucky’s Casino of Prescott lost its first three games at the Tobin-Glick Senior Softball Tournament on sunny, windy Saturday, but the adversity didn’t seem to faze the 13 guys in the dugout at Pioneer Park.

Kiwanis, Holdsworth, Diamond Outfitters advance in City Majors tourney

Little League

PRESCOTT — In the opening round of the Prescott Little League City Championship Tournament Saturday at Bill Vallely’s upper and lower fields, no upsets were recorded, as second-seeded Kiwanis, No. 4 Holdsworth-Chadd Fuller and No. 3 Arizona Diamond Outfitters rolled to victory.

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Preview: Farmers Insurance favored in city’s Majors tournament

Little League

PRESCOTT — Prescott Little League plays host to its 2018 Majors City Championship Tournament today, May 19, through Thursday, May 24, with seven teams ages 9-12 at Bill Vallely’s upper and lower fields, 621 N. Washington Ave.

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Tucson’s Old Pueblo pursues another age division title at annual Tobin-Glick tournament

Adult Softball

PRESCOTT — Playing three games in a span of 5-1/2 hours Thursday at Pioneer Park, Old Pueblo showed why it’s among the teams to beat in the 65-70s age division at the 27th annual Tobin-Glick Memorial Senior Softball Tournament.

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Eagles’ Andrews misses cut at NAIA Nationals after 3rd round

College Golf

SILVIS, Illinois — Embry-Riddle’s Matt Andrews missed the final cut at the four-round NAIA National Championships Thursday night, falling 14 spots and into a five-way tie for 68th after firing a 75 (+4) in the third round.

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Softball tournament honors fallen wildland firefighters

Adult Softball

CHINO VALLEY — The sixth annual Wade Parker Weekend Co-ed Softball Tournament will be played over Father’s Day weekend, June 16 and 17, at Community Center Park’s Little League fields, 1615 N. Road 1 East.

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Embry-Riddle’s Andrews stays alive at NAIA Nationals

College Men's Golf

SILVIS, Ill. — Embry-Riddle senior Matt Andrews sat in a tie for 54th place out of 156 golfers after the second round of the NAIA Men’s Golf Championships Wednesday night at TPC Deere Run.

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Feet to Behold: Talen Pitterle runs/walks Grand Canyon rim-to-rim-to-rim in 20-plus hours

Outdoor Sports

DEWEY-HUMBOLDT — Kurt Pitterle of Dewey, father of 11-year-old Talen Pitterle, thought his gifted, dedicated, fleet-footed son could’ve set a Guinness World Record April 28 by becoming the youngest person to run/walk from rim-to-rim-to-rim of the Grand Canyon in 20 hours and 14 minutes.

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Bagdad baseball conquers Williams, advances to 1A title game Monday

Prep Baseball: State Playoffs

GOODYEAR — Will the Bagdad baseball team’s state-title drought be broken? Well, this just might be the Sultans’ year.

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Sedona’s Gallagher sets new women’s race record in Whiskey Row Marathon

Distance Running

PRESCOTT — Tanaya Gallagher of Sedona not only broke her own course record for women in the Whiskey Row Marathon on Saturday morning. She obliterated it.