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Special Olympic athletes show off their medals

Special Olympic athletes participating in Bocce, Unified and Regular Swim teams show off their medals as they wait to march in the October Fall Games Torch Parade at Skyline High School track field in east Mesa on Oct. 16.

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Horns eager to pin down strong season

Turning a high school wrestling program around takes time. And first-year Payson coach Bryan Burke believes the Longhorns are heading in the right direction.

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Grapplers split on home mat

Payson wrestling coach Bryan Burke saw plenty of reasons for optimism in the Longhorns’ 42-30 loss to Division 4 power St. Johns at Wilson Dome on Wednesday.

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Net Royalty

After finishing first in the regular season with a 21-3 record, Paradise Nails closed off a strong season by winning the Town of Payson Co-Ed Volleyball Playoff Championship. PN went 3-0 in the tournament, beating No. 2 seed Creighton in the final.

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Horton Creek a self-sustaining fishery and Rim treasure

Jake Swartwood displays a trout he caught in Horton Creek. During the Thanksgiving holiday I teamed up with Jake Swartwood, the head football coach for the Payson Longhorns, and made a quick trip to Horton Creek.

Boys fall at Casteel

QUEEN CREEK — Ryan Ricke scored 17 points but it wasn’t enough as Payson’s boys basketball team opened the regular season with an 80-53 loss at Queen Creek Casteel on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

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Sports club’s Turkey Shoot fun for everyone

Men, women and children bring home Thanksgiving Day birds

At first glance, Arreta Hamrick thought she’d completely missed the target.

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Grapplers open 1-1

Payson opened the wrestling season by going 1-1 in a triangular match at San Tan Valley Combs on Nov. 22.

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Girls gain valuable experience

Longhorns go 1-3 vs. bigger schools in tournament

Payson opened the girls basketball season by gaining some very valuable experience in the challenging Goodyear Desert Edge Scorpion Shootout on Nov. 25-26.

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Gridiron grit also fuels Horns on hardwood

Denver White sees a lot of similarities between Payson’s varsity boys basketball team and the football team. Payson overcame a slow start on the gridiron and turned into one of the best teams in the state.

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White draws from mentors, past success in new role

Denver White likes to win as much as the next guy. But that’s not what it’s all about for the new Payson High boys basketball coach. White, 43, said one thing drives him as coach.

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Wrestling team makes home debut at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30

Payson High’s wrestling team makes its home debut by welcoming Chinle and St. Johns to Wilson Dome at 4 p.m.

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Buffalo archers do battle in Wickenburg

Pine-Strawberry School Buffalo archers continued their determined march to the National Archery in Schools Championships next spring in Louisville, Ky. with a stellar showing in the nine-team Northwestern State qualifier held Nov. 19 in Wickenburg.

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Pregnant woman wins Turkey Trot 5K

First female to finish; Scott Jones first overall

Trista White couldn’t wait to reach the finish line in Saturday’s Payson Turkey Trot 5-Kilometer Family Fun Run.

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Girls hope volleyball magic carries over to hoops season

Miles Huff enters his third season as the head coach of Payson’s varsity girls basketball team with something he lacked his first two years — a healthy roster.