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Brutal loss can’t keep girls out of the playoffs

Postseason games start tonight in Valley

Normally a coach would be spitting nails after a 59-22 blowout loss, but Payson High School coaches Miles Huff and Jake Swartwood were probably a bit euphoric seeing their players celebrate on the heels of the defeat.

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Wrestling medal winners

Although the Payson High School wrestling team didn’t crown an individual weight class champion at the Division III, Section I tournament, the Longhorns can boast of four medal winners who will advance to the D-III state championships next weekend, Feb. 12-13, at the Prescott Valley Event Center.

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Boys hoopsters eke way into postseason after all

The Payson High boys basketball team is clutching a ducat to prep’s “Big Dance,” thanks to a sixth-place finish among the 10 teams aligned in Division III Section V.

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Longhorn girls hoopsters heading for the playoffs

Host tough Page team tonight

While the Payson High School boys basketball team might have played itself out of the post season with a 45-43 loss to Show Low on Wednesday, Feb. 3, the girls team appears to have nailed down a tournament berth by beating the homestanding Cougars 51-34 that same evening.

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Heartbreaking defeat dooms boys’ postseason hopes

Another of those heartbreaking two-point losses that have haunted the Payson High School boys’ basketball team all season long might have knocked the Horns out of the post season playoffs.

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Free bass-fishing secrets from the pros

Those who enjoyed those fabulously fun “Outdoor Rendezvous” hosted by Dennis Pirch and Mark Kile at the Tackle Box in Tonto Basin will want to jump at the chance to attend the Spring Fishing Classic set for Feb. 19-21 at Bass Pro Shop in Mesa.

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Boys basketball team seesaws through season

Horns alternate big win with tough loss

The Payson High School boys basketball team’s seesaw season continued Jan. 29 with a 74-32 win over Veritas Prep and the following day with a 71-61 loss to the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.

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Wrestlers face tough tournament competition

Longhorns to send band of stalwarts to sectional tourney

Although the Payson High School wrestling team will not be a favorite to win the Division III, Section I championship tournament when it unfolds Saturday, Feb. 6 at Bradshaw Mountain High School, the Longhorns will send to it a band of stalwarts expected to battle for medal honors.

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Payson coach tops list

Pirch teams won 10 championships

A pair of former Payson High School coaches are on a prestigious list of the most successful high school wrestling coaches in Arizona based on state championship wins.

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Javelina permits still available

Outdoors Under the Rim

The late winter in Arizona has traditionally been the time to hunt javelina with a firearm.

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Kill and be killed

Girls basketball team up one day, down the next

The Payson High girls basketball team — playing back to back weekend games — smoked visiting Apache Junction 54-21, but the following day lost 60-37 to a home standing Blue Ridge Yellow Jacket team that has been tough to beat on its own floor.

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Basketball team breaks through with scoring rout

Horns trounce Combs; face Veritas Prep tonight in Phx.

After sweating out the results of three games in four days all decided by two points, Payson High School boys basketball coach Joe Sanchez and his charges finally got the breather they needed.

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Champion Pine archery team still hits the bull’s-eye

National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) defending Arizona state champion Pine-Strawberry School is well on the way to another trip to both the state and national championship tournaments.

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Top Rim Country bass fisherman on the road again

If hometown professional tournament angler Clifford Pirch was asked to choose a theme song for his angling pursuits, he’d probably select Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”

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Wheels come off of girls basketball bandwagon against Combs

For three quarters the Payson High School girls basketball team looked like world-beaters building a 35-28 lead over San Tan Combs