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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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Roughriders infielder Sacco, coach Cougill to join NJCAA national team

Junior College Baseball

PRESCOTT — The NJCAA National Baseball team’s 26-man roster for the 84th annual National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series, announced Wednesday, includes Yavapai College infielder Tony Sacco. Roughriders coach Ryan Cougill was also tapped as one of the team’s assistant coaches.

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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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4 NAZ Suns playing in NBA Summer League

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Four Northern Arizona Suns players began taking part in NBA Summer League 2018 in Las Vegas Friday night, July 6, the team announced in a news release.

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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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Chino Valley’s Unified Sports team recognized by AIA

Chino Valley High School’s Unified Sports team was recognized earlier this year as senior partner David Gehman was chosen as the Arizona Interscholastic Association Champions Unified Partner of the Year and the school being acknowledged as a National Unified Champion School by Special Olympics USA, according to a news release from Assistant Superintendent Cindy Daniels.

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Embry-Riddle names Michael Trujillo next women’s basketball coach

College Basketball

PRESCOTT — After an extensive national search, Embry-Riddle named Michael Trujillo as its next head women’s basketball coach, the university announced Tuesday afternoon.

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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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Photos: Bingham takes the lead in Prescott Frontier Days bull riding

World's Oldest Rodeo

PRESCOTT — Tim Bingham scores 89.5 on Monte Walsh to take the overall lead in the bull riding during the 6th performance of the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Monday, July 2, 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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Photos: Performance 5 of the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo

World's Oldest Rodeo

PRESCOTT — Jay Joaquin scores 85.5 on Snort in the saddle bronc during the 5th performance of the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Sunday, July 1, 2018.

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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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Photo: Friday night's performance No. 2

World's Oldest Rodeo

Timmy Sparing had a 5.8 second run in the steer wrestling during the second performance of the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Friday, June 29, 2018.

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Arizona Downs to begin simulcasting July 13

Horse Racing

PRESCOTT VALLEY — As construction crews continue to work on giving Arizona Downs a $2 million face lift, horse racing fans will get a sneak peek at the newly upgraded facility as the track will begin live simulcasting July 13, general manager Ann McGovern announced Friday morning.

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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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Johnson: High Line Trail near Payson potential classic in Arizona

Hiking Arizona

If you were to nominate any of the many trails in Arizona as a potential classic, the High Line Trail would have to be high on the list.

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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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NAZ Suns’ coach Cody Toppert joins Phoenix staff as assistant under Kokoskov

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The Northern Arizona Suns will be in the market for another head coach this offseason as Cody Toppert was promoted to the Phoenix Suns as an assistant coach under Igor Kokoskov on Thursday afternoon.

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