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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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Yavapai eliminated from regionals by defending champ Central Arizona

Junior College Softball

PRESCOTT — Hitting slumps are tricky, and oftentimes unforgiving.

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Roughriders split on Day 1 of regionals, face elimination Saturday

Junior College Softball

PRESCOTT — After Friday’s NJCAA Division I, Region I semifinal at Bill Vallely Field, it’s safe to say Eastern Arizona College has become the Yavapai College softball team’s postseason nemesis.

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Chino Valley baseball pounces on Show Low in 3A’s 1st round

Prep Baseball: State Playoffs

SURPRISE — With ace Tyler Hixon dealing on the mound, the seventh-seeded Chino Valley baseball team busted out the big sticks in the first round of the 3A State Tournament Friday night, scoring five runs apiece in the third and fourth innings en route to a 12-0 run-ruled rout of No. 10 Show Low.

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40th Whiskey Row Marathon set for Saturday

Distance Running

PRESCOTT — The revered Whiskey Row Marathon celebrates its 40th year Saturday morning, May 5, on the paved streets of downtown Prescott and tree-lined portions of Prescott National Forest with approximately 125 runners racing in the full marathon.

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Utah’s Keegan Swenson wins Whiskey Off-Road pro race in sprint finish

Whiskey Off-Road

PRESCOTT – In pro endurance mountain bike racing, it doesn’t get much closer, or any more competitive, than what transpired in the 2018 Whiskey Off-Road 50 Proof men’s race Sunday.

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Brian Gordon of Santa Cruz nabs Whiskey 50 Proof amateur win

Whiskey Off-Road

PRESCOTT — With last year’s champion electing not to compete in 2018 and its runner-up riding the 30 Proof instead, Brian Gordon, 28, of Santa Cruz, California, took advantage, winning the Whiskey Off-Road 50 Proof (Mile) Amateur Mountain Bike Race in 3 hours, 16 minutes and 33 seconds Saturday.

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Mesa’s Joe Susco prevails in Whiskey 30 Proof against up-and-comers

Whiskey Off-Road

PRESCOTT — Forty-five-year-old Joe Susco of Mesa, the champion of the Whiskey Off-Road 50 Proof amateur in 2016 and that race’s 2017 runner-up, held off a few upstarts Saturday to win the Whiskey 30 Proof (Mile) amateur mountain bike race in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 20 seconds.

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Prescott’s Chloe Woodruff wins Whiskey women’s crit a record 3rd time

2018 Whiskey Off-Road

PRESCOTT — Prescott pro mountain biker Chloe Woodruff proved late Friday afternoon that she has returned to fine form at the Whiskey Off-Road, winning the women’s criterium race for a record third time in the past five years in front of her adoring fans.

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Preview: Epic Rides modifies Whiskey Off-Road 50 Proof course for 2018

2018 Whiskey Off-Road

PRESCOTT — The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Preview: Hail the Trail effort benefits Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance

2018 Whiskey Off-Road

PRESCOTT — Epic Rides president Todd Sadow realizes that race promoters who don’t adapt to the evolving landscape in mountain biking are bound to fall off the proverbial map.

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Bradshaw’s Nnantah, Rozendaal, Shaver tune up for state

Prep Track & Field

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Bradshaw Mountain track and field star senior Bailey Rozendaal holds the Bears’ girls’ program record in the javelin and the heptathlon. That would be considered a significant achievement for most prep athletes. For the disciplined, driven Rozendaal, however, it’s simply two down and two to go.

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Stunner! Chino Valley baseball upsets NW Christian, stays alive in 3A West region title hunt

Prep Baseball

PHOENIX — Chino Valley’s baseball players felt quite confident heading into their key league showdown at 3A No. 3-ranked Northwest Christian Friday.

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Chino Valley tops Kingman for 5th straight win

Prep Baseball

CHINO VALLEY — At this stage of the season, seeding into the 3A state tournament becomes a priority for teams such as Chino Valley’s baseball squad, which would, at the least, prefer to host a state play-in tournament game on Friday, April 27.

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Cougars’ golf posts win over Bagdad, Camp Verde in Prescott

Prep Golf

PRESCOTT — Chino Valley’s golf team defeated friendly rivals Bagdad and Camp Verde in a home meet Tuesday afternoon at Antelope Hills Golf Course, delighting Cougars coach Jerry Behm.

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Embry-Riddle softball salvages split from Benedictine-Mesa

College Softball

PRESCOTT — Playing in the Cal-Pac Conference has been challenging for Embry-Riddle’s softball team in 2018.

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Yavapai softball 1 game out of 1st after split with Phoenix

Junior College Softball

PRESCOTT — Entering Thursday, Yavapai College’s softball team had won an Arizona Conference-best 10 straight games and was still jockeying with Eastern Arizona College for first place in the league’s NJCAA Division I standings. Then, stalwart Phoenix College came to town.

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Yavapai sweeps Mesa, claims 6th straight win

Junior College Softball

PRESCOTT — Kylie Brown went 3 for 4 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored, leading Yavapai College’s softball team to a 13-5 win in Game 1 and an eventual twin-bill sweep of Mesa Community College Tuesday afternoon at Bill Vallely Field.

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Whiskey Off-Road Demo Day, Pre-Ride Saturday in Prescott

Mountain Biking

PRESCOTT — The 2018 Whiskey Off-Road Demo Day & Unofficial Pre-Ride will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, along 119 W. Goodwin St. downtown, allowing cyclists from around the area to test ride high-end mountain bikes from three popular manufacturers nearly a month before the race.

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14 Yavapai

Prep Softball

CHINO VALLEY — Chino Valley’s softball team may not possess a heavy-hitting lineup in 2018, but the Cougars sure can put down bunts and move runners into scoring position. If anything, that unflashy offensive strategy suits coach Matt Dunn fine.

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Yavapai wins 9 of 10 on home stand; trails Eastern by slim margin atop ACCAC

Junior College Softball

PRESCOTT — Yavapai College’s softball team on Saturday completed its season-long 10-game home stand with a 9-1 record, sweeping a twin-bill from South Mountain Community College, 15-0 in five innings and 9-4, to stay within striking distance of ACCAC Division I front-runner Eastern Arizona College.

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Raptors 905 eliminate Suns from playoff contention

NBA G League

The stakes couldn’t have been higher for the Northern Arizona Suns on Friday night. Win, and they would hold onto slim hopes of qualifying for the NBA Gatorade League’s Western Conference playoffs for at least another day. Lose, and they would be eliminated from contention.

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14 Yavapai soccer players moving on to 4-year schools

Junior College Soccer

PRESCOTT — Fourteen players from the highly successful 2017 Yavapai College men’s soccer team will either compete or enroll strictly as students at four-year schools this fall, Roughriders coach Mike Pantalione announced March 10.

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Embry-Riddle golf sweeps Spring Invite in Prescott

College Golf

PRESCOTT — Embry-Riddle’s women’s golf team won the ERAU Spring Invitational for the fourth straight season, while the Eagles’ men claimed victory for the third time in the tournament’s six-year history Tuesday afternoon at Antelope Hills’ South Course in Prescott.

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Watch the Prescott Champions play Saturday at Ken Lindley Field

Vintage Base Ball

From the first weekend in November and typically through the end of March, during baseball’s offseason, there’s a group of men and boys in Arizona who play Vintage Base Ball (that’s right, two words), largely to honor the roots of America’s Game.

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Embry-Riddle softball sweeps St. Katherine, moves to 12-6

College Softball

PRESCOTT — Embry-Riddle softball senior right fielder Daisy Hatcher-Taylor hadn’t hit a walk-off homer in her playing career until Wednesday, and how sweet it was for an Eagles team playing for an interim coach in 2018.

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Roughriders sweep Scottsdale, host first-place Eastern Arizona on Saturday

Junior College Softball

PRESCOTT — When ACCAC frontrunner and NJCAA Division I No. 5-ranked Eastern Arizona College visits the No. 16 Yavapai College softball team for a league doubleheader Saturday, the series should help determine which squad has the inside edge to win the conference.

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