The Payson High boys’ soccer team could possibly be the school’s only representative in the season-ending state tournaments.
That’s because the football and girls’ soccer teams are not advancing, and the Lady Longhorn volleyball team must wait for the outcome of a game tonight, Oct. 25, against highly favored Notre Dame to see if it qualifies.
The cross country teams will learn if they advance Oct. 28 at Flagstaff Buffalo Park in a sectional meet.
The two PHS cross country teams have a tough row to hoe in that they are aligned in the state’s most competitive section that is also the home of the top-ranked northern Arizona reservation schools, where running is a way of life.
The Payson runners’ best hopes might be to earn state berths as individuals rather than as teams.
The only PHS representative to have qualified thus far for state is the boys’ soccer squad, that has earned Division IV’s 12th and final seed.
The Horns are scheduled to open the tournament 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28 vs. Snowflake on Field 4 at Quail Run Complex in Mesa.
Snowflake takes to the tournament a No. 5 seed with an 11-10 record.
Payson finished the year 8-13, and in its final game of the regular season lost 3-0 to Snowflake.
The Horns do, however, have some impressive wins to their credit, including 5-2 over Show Low, 5-3 vs. Thunderbird Academy, 5-3 against Camp Verde and 3-2 over Chino Valley which qualified for state as a No. 6 seed.