Lady Longhorn sprinter Morgan Chilson came up just .39 of a second shy of winning the 100-meter gold medal at the prestigious Arizona Meet of Champions.
It is mid May and the Rim lakes have been producing limits of rainbow trout to the anglers who have already made the short trip. Water temperatures have gradually increased after the long winter and that has made the holdover trout more active and willing to bite.
Raises for everyone! And more “everyones!”
Payson High School’s first-ever state softball championship has slipped out of the Lady Longhorns’ grasp. The title squirted away May 10 at Rose Mofford Field in Phoenix, where the Winslow Bulldogs ran roughshod over PHS, winning the state semifinal showdown 14-4 in a game truncated after five innings on the 10-run rule.
Payson High senior speedster Morgan Chilson etched her way into school record books by winning two gold medals at the Division III state championships. Competing May 10 and 11 at Mesa College, Chilson — whose father Ty was a state champion sprinter in the mid-1980s — was first in the 100 meters in a personal record 12.55. In the preliminaries, she qualified with a first-place time of 12.72.
A Payson High School golf team that dominated opponents most of the regular season couldn’t continue it blitzkrieg in the Division III state tournament, finishing a disappointing sixth place. Playing May 10-11 at Antelope Hills near Prescott, Payson’s final team tally of 632 was well off the pace of the state champion Valley Christian that easily won the title with a 596.
Golf can be great fun and rewarding. But it can be even more fun and rewarding if play is for an admirable cause like the 2013 Elks Clothe-A-Child benefit set for Saturday, July 6, at Payson Golf Course.
Payson High School wrestling coach Casey Woodall is hailing the May 4 off-season youth tournament held in Wilson Dome an overwhelming success. “Things are on the upswing,” he said. Following a full day of mat action involving aspiring wrestlers ages 5 and older, two local grapplers — Levi Herrera and B. J. Paulson — won weight class championships.
It’s tough to admit you might be a geek, but a field of 51 runners of all ages and abilities turned out for the “Embrace Your Inner Geek” 5K and 10K races held May 4 at Rumsey Park. Town Special Events Coordinator David Roehig expressed satisfaction with the turn out, even though it was smaller than last year when about 80 competed.
Members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association have wrapped up the first round of their three-week match play tournament. The fray began on May 1 and wraps up May 15. All three rounds are being played at Payson Golf Course.
Payson High School sports fans hit the road today to cheer on their favorite teams
Southbound traffic today, May 10, on Beeline could be heavy as throngs of Payson High fans, boosters and students travel to the Valley to cheer on the baseball, softball and track and field teams in state tournament action.
The Summer Recreation Program is for children ages 6 to 12. Youngsters can be registered for one or all seven weeks. The program will be held in the Rim Country Middle School gym and incorporates fun, physical and cultural activities, along with occasional field trips.
Laci Sopeland and a bevy of Lorraine Cline Memorial Fund volunteers have for the past five years waged an all-out war against cancer. Among the weapons they’ve used to earn money to fund the fight against the disease is the Lorraine Cline Memorial Poker Ride, which has grown in stature and popularity each year since its founding in 2006.
Payson High School wrestling coach Casey Woodall is putting countless hours into building the school’s wrestling team into one of the finest in Arizona. To accomplish that goal, he’s started from the ground up by attracting younger athletes with an interest in the sport.