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Bears remain in playoff hunt, take care of region foe Mingus 3-1

Prep Boys Soccer

For the Bradshaw Mountain boys’ soccer team, it’s inching closer to do-or-die time. But for at least another day, the No. 22-ranked Bears likely aren’t in danger of missing the postseason.

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Top-ranked Flagstaff handles Bradshaw Mountain, 63-23

Prep Girls Basketball

Flagstaff’s No. 1-ranked girls’ basketball team doesn’t simply smother opposing offenses with its trademark defense. It suffocates them.

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Bears shock rival Mingus at home 3-1 in double OT

Prep Girls Soccer

Serena Pelaez’ goal in the 100th minute was more icing on the cake than necessary, but it surely felt good nonetheless, as the Bradshaw Mountain girls’ soccer team beat rival Mingus 3-1 in a double-overtime thriller Tuesday night.

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Bradshaw Mountain girls 1-1-1 in region after tying Coconino

Prep Girls Soccer

His offense depleted by injury and a red card issued to one of his best forwards from a previous match, Bradshaw Mountain girls’ soccer coach John Sterling was left searching for answers in a Grand Canyon region game against Coconino Saturday afternoon.

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Coconino press flusters Bears in Top 15 showdown loss

Prep Girls Basketball

In a physical battle between two Top 15-ranked 4A clubs Friday night, the Bradshaw Mountain girls’ basketball team ultimately couldn’t overcome Coconino’s suffocating full-court press en route to a 41-28 Grand Canyon region loss at Gary Kunow Gym in Prescott Valley.

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Column: Why it’s harder to win an NBA title today than ever before

'On The Ball'

Like most Phoenix Suns fans, I ponder, when is it our turn? When is it our turn to be a quote-unquote “Super Team” and compete for an NBA title?

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HUSD wrestling team takes 7th at Thunderbird

Local Sports in Brief

The Humboldt Unified School District wrestling team took seventh out of 24 teams at the Thunderbird Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 6.

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Prescott heavyweight Nelson reaches semis at Doc Wright Invite

Prep Wrestling

Prescott second-seeded heavyweight Gavin Nelson advanced to the winners’ bracket semifinals of the 54th Doc Wright Invitational Friday at Winslow High School in Winslow, posting three straight wins by pin.

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Archie Goodwin scores 23, leads NAZ Suns to 4th straight win

NBA G League

Archie Goodwin scored 23 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished six assists to lead Northern Arizona to its fourth-straight victory in a 119-94 win over Canton on Friday afternoon.

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Flagstaff lowers Bradshaw Mountain state chances

Prep Boys Soccer

At this late stage of the 2017-18 season, Bradshaw Mountain and Flagstaff’s boys soccer teams find themselves neck-and-neck in the lower tier of the 4A conference’s Top 24 rankings, which made Wednesday night’s showdown between the squads relatively important.

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NAZ Suns open G League Showcase with win over Erie

NBA Gatorade League

A few days after winning NBA Gatorade League Player of the Week, Josh Gray was at it again Wednesday afternoon in Canada, scoring a game-high 24 points and leading Northern Arizona to a 102-96 win over the Erie BayHawks.

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Flagstaff cruises past Bears, 8-1

Prep Girls Soccer

With a winter storm threatening overhead, Bradshaw Mountain’s girls’ soccer team managed to fit in its 4A Grand Canyon region opener at No. 2-ranked Flagstaff Tuesday afternoon. It didn’t go as well as hoped for the No. 10 Bears, however.

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Josh Gray named NBA G League Player of the Week

Local Sports in Brief

Northern Arizona Suns guard Josh Gray was named NBA Gatorade League Player of the Week after averaging 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, seven assists and six steals per game to lead the Suns to a 2-0 week.

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Denman’s late goal secures 2-1 win for No. 11 Bears

Prep Girls Soccer

Hayley Denman’s go-ahead goal in the 74th minute put the Bradshaw Mountain girls’ soccer team on top for good in a 2-1 win over Coronado on Friday night.

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Young’s NAZ Suns status in limbo after release by Wizards

NBA G League: Player Feature

Like so many others before him, it would’ve been easy for former Northern Arizona Suns power forward Mike Young to fall through society’s cracks.

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Bears boys nip Coconino in region opener 3-2

Prep Boys Soccer

Bradshaw Mountain’s boys’ soccer team found a way to forget about its 0-3 showing at the Independence tournament Dec. 27-29 in Glendale, coming from behind to win its 4A Grand Canyon region opener, 3-2, over Coconino Thursday afternoon at Cromer Stadium in Flagstaff.

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Embry-Riddle falls to UC-Merced 66-57

College Women's Basketball

Nearly one month removed from its conference opener, Embry-Riddle’s women’s basketball team jumped back into league play on Thursday, losing at Cal-Merced, 66-57, to fall to 1-1 in the Cal-Pac.

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Column: Too many good teams unable to shine in current College Football Playoff system

'On The Ball'

Although the College Football Playoff was supposedly built to withstand criticism after its 12-year television contract with ESPN, just like its BCS predecessor, a needed change is dreadfully obvious, painfully outdated and eventually inevitable.

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Silas scores 25 points, NAZ Suns snap 5-game losing streak

Gray narrowly misses triple double with 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists

Xavier Silas scored 25 points on 8 of 16 shooting from the field, including four 3-pointers, Josh Gray added 23 points and the Northern Arizona Suns snapped a five-game losing streak with a 113-108 victory over Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday night.

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Bradshaw Mountain keeps rolling, tops Thunderbirds 52-26

Prep Girls Basketball

Buoyed by a third-place finish at the Prescott Lady Badgers Winter Classic Saturday, Bradshaw Mountain’s girls’ basketball team resumed 4A Grand Canyon Region play in fine form, routing Mohave, 52-26, Tuesday night at Gary Kunow Gym in Prescott Valley.

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Mohave hands Bears 5th straight loss

Prep Boys Basketball

Bradshaw Mountain’s boys’ basketball team stayed winless in 4A Grand Canyon region play Tuesday night, falling to Mohave, 52-38, at Gary Kunow Gym in Prescott Valley.

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Local Sports in Brief: News editor Ken Sain claims Courier Bowl Challenge title

Finishing 13-3 in his last 16 bowl-game picks, news editor Ken Sain of The Daily Courier claims the 2017 Courier Bowl Challenge title.

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Prescott heavyweight Gavin Nelson runner-up at Mile High Challenge

Badgers finish 11th out of 28 teams

Prescott senior Gavin Nelson placed second at heavyweight on the second and final day of the Mile High Challenge wrestling tournament Saturday night, as he was pinned by fourth-seeded Chandler Hamilton’s Ian Torrez in the championship bout.

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Bradshaw girls hoops claims 3rd at Lady Badgers Winter Classic

Drop Valley Lutheran after semifinal loss to Marana Mountain View

Bradshaw Mountain’s girls’ basketball team placed third at the annual Prescott Lady Badgers Winter Classic on Saturday night, falling to 5A Marana Mountain View, 47-32, in the winners’ bracket semifinals before besting Valley Lutheran, 52-37, in their tourney final.

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11 local grapplers fight for medal round at PVEC Saturday

Prescott heavyweight Gavin Nelson reaches winner’s bracket semi finals in Challenge

Prescott senior heavyweight Gavin Nelson represented the lone local grappler to advance to the winners’ bracket semifinals of his weight class at the sixth annual Mile High Challenge varsity wrestling tournament Friday night at Prescott Valley Event Center.

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