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Preview: NAZ Suns tipoff ‘Year 2’ in Prescott Valley on Saturday

Coaching change, new roster additions not phasing Suns’ focus

For as hectic as the beginning of the inaugural Northern Arizona Suns season was a year ago, coaches, players and front-office staff likely expected a smoother transition into year two.

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Local Sports in Brief: Facebook, ESPN to broadcast NAZ Suns games this season

The NBA Gatorade League announced Friday, Nov. 3, that two Northern Arizona Suns games will be broadcast on ESPNU this season, and the other 48 games will air on Facebook Live.

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Toppert named next head coach of NAZ Suns

As assistant coach, Toppert helped lead Vipers to 2016-17 G League Finals

After spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Cody Toppert was named the next head coach of the Northern Arizona Suns on Thursday afternoon.

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Prep Soccer: Northland Prep. thwarts Chino Valley girls’ repeat, 3-1

Cougars head home with 2A state runner-up trophy

In order to defend its 2016 state title, Chino Valley’s girls’ soccer team had to play its best match of the season against top-seeded Northland Prep in the 90-degree heat of Gilbert on Saturday afternoon.

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Prep Soccer: Defending champion Cougars beat Round Valley, advance to title match

It’s been a bit of a bumpy ride for the defending 2A state champion Chino Valley girls’ soccer team this fall. But the Cougars have persevered, and they seem ready for one final challenge to cap off 2017.

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Prep Boys’ Soccer: 4-time defending 2A titlist Chino Valley loses in semis

GILBERT — Chino Valley’s boys’ soccer team’s domination of the small-schools’ division ended difficultly on Friday night, as upstart Phoenix Country Day knocked out the previously unbeaten four-time defending state champions, 1-0, in the 2A state semifinals at Campo Verde High School.

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Prep Soccer: Chino Valley boys roll to state semis

Rios records hat trick in 11-0 rout over The Gregory School

The four-time defending small-schools state champion Chino Valley’s boys’ soccer team advanced to the 2A state semifinals after drubbing The Gregory School, 11-0, in the tournament’s opening round on Wednesday night.

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NAZ Suns open training camp, prep for 2nd season in PV

It’s been quite a whirlwind for the 2017-2018 Northern Arizona Suns – and the season hasn’t even started.

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Tyler Gatlin named NAZ Suns interim coach

GM: Search underway for head coach, Gatlin to be considered

Just 24 hours after Tyrone Ellis was promoted to assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns, its NBA Gatorade League counterpart officially named Tyler Gatlin interim head coach on the first day of training camp Tuesday morning.

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Ty Ellis named assistant coach for Phoenix Suns

New head coach for NAZ Suns expected to be announced Tuesday

Entering his second year as head coach of the Northern Arizona Suns, Tyrone Ellis said after the 2017 NBA Gatorade League Draft this past weekend that he was looking forward to year two in Prescott Valley. Well, “year two” will have to move on without Ellis, who was named an assistant under parent-club Phoenix Suns interim head coach Jay Triano on Monday morning.

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Hollis-Jefferson taken at No. 6 by NAZ Suns

Northern Arizona trades 11th pick Wright to Lakeland Magic

PHOENIX — Entering the 2017 NBA Gatorade League Draft with three of the first 11 picks, Northern Arizona was in a unique position Saturday to immediately improve its club.

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NAZ Suns take Stuteville at No. 1 in G League draft

Stuteville on being top pick: ‘It was a little shocking’

PHOENIX — The Northern Arizona Suns selected Sacramento State forward Eric Stuteville with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Gatorade League Draft on Saturday morning.

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NAZ Suns brass ready for Saturday’s G League draft

Suns possess No. 6, 8 and 11th overall picks

With three of the first 11 picks in the 2017 NBA Gatorade League Draft, the Northern Arizona Suns are looking to improve dramatically for the upcoming season in Prescott Valley.

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Prep Soccer: Chino Valley completes perfect regular season, routs rival Cowboys

CAMP VERDE — Top ranked Chino Valley boys’ soccer completed a perfect regular season with another rout, this time at No. 3 Camp Verde.

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Prep Soccer: Cougars win 31st straight match, rout Phantoms 13-0

Rios records hat trick, Chino Valley records 15th shutout in 2017

Matthew Rios scored three goals for a hat trick and added two assists, Elijah Desmond chipped in with two scores and the Chino Valley boys’ soccer team collected its 15th shutout of the season with a 13-0 rout over Grand Canyon on Tuesday night.

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Prep Soccer: Top-ranked Northland Prep. blanks Chino Valley girls

Northland Prep clinches 2A Central region title

The defending 2A state champion and current No. 3-ranked Chino Valley girls’ soccer team struggled against No. 1 Northland Prep of Flagstaff in their first two meetings this season.

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Former Mingus standout Freriks notches fastest-ever Grand Canyon Rim to Rim run

FLAGSTAFF — Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017: 2 hours, 39 minutes, 38 seconds. That’s the fastest-ever known 21-mile crossing of the Grand Canyon, commencing with the North Kaibab Trailhead and concluding at the summit of the South Kaibab Trail.

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Prep Football: Wickenburg throttles Cougars, 61-21

Chino Valley head coach Wade Krug had one word to describe Wickenburg’s running attack. “Nasty,” Krug said.

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Rodeo: Turquoise Circuit Finals results

Final results of the inaugural Turquoise Circuit Finals rodeo event in Prescott Valley.

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Prep Football: Chino Valley snaps losing streak, beats Kingman

CHINO VALLEY — Nobody was going to spoil the Homecoming party Friday night for the Chino Valley football team.

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Column: Why it’s college basketball’s finest hour, not its darkest

'On the Ball'

Sports columnists, talk-show hosts, university presidents and their respective athletic directors have frequently used the phrase, “darkest moment,” when attempting to describe the past 48 hours in the college basketball world.

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Prep Volleyball: Cougars sweep rival Cowboys 3-0

Tiederman records 12 digs, nine assists and three ace serves in victory

CAMP VERDE — Chino Valley girls volleyball had some bus trouble on the way back home, but other than that Cougars enjoyed a near perfect trip to Camp Verde.

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Suns open camp in Flagstaff, prep for scrimmage in Prescott Valley

Phoenix intrasquad game set for Friday at PVEC

FLAGSTAFF — The Phoenix Suns opened training camp Tuesday morning like it was just another day at the office, because the truth is, they’ve been focused on this moment for months now.

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Prep Mountain Biking: New Ravens club gives kids a chance to race

Forty-eight boys and seven girls comprise the inaugural Prescott Composite Ravens middle school mountain biking team, established by businesswomen Kate Phelan and Cina McConaughy, who are passionate about developing area youngsters into cycling enthusiasts.

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Prep Football: Falcons wear down Cougars, 52-6

The Chino Valley football team scored first. The Fountain Hills football team scored often.