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He's a rodeo clown for life

Red of nose, baggy of pants, Donnie Landis struck a pose in the midst of the Saturday performance of the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

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Payson’s Pirch finishes 12th in bass shoot-out

Snags big fish of tournament

Fishing in the shadows of the White House and Lincoln Memorial might intimidate some, but not Payson pro Clifford Pirch.

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Payson Longhorns Coach: ‘There’s a lot to work on’

Starting the season a week early in order to get a week off prior to the 3A East Region opener against mighty Show Low seemed like a good idea weeks ago.

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New water in Roosevelt contributes to healthy fishery

Rim Country Fishing Report

Congratulations to two of our local professional Bassmaster Elite anglers. Both Clifford Pirch and Brett Hite finished in the top 12 on the Potomac River event recently.

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Ride'em Cowboy

Cowgirls raced around barrels, cowboys roped calves, wrestled steers and tried to stay on wild broncos and bulls for eight seconds and youngsters held on for dear life as they got a taste of rodeo life on the backs of sheep and steers.

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Diamond Queens

Where My Pitches At beat Wanna Play to win the Payson Parks & Rec Women’s Slowpitch Softball League Tournament Championship at Rumsey Park on Monday, Aug. 15.

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Safford beats Payson 38-8 in football

Payson High opened the football season on a sour note, losing 38-8 to visiting Safford on Friday.

Payson Longhorns kicking off at home

Payson kicks off the high school football season at home against Safford tonight at 7 o’clock.

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Payson’s broken-down football facilities pose challenges, hazards

Jake Swartwood has learned to limit his practices to certain portions of the Payson High football field.

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Golf groups get together for Jack & Jill tourney

Sharon Vaplon and Terry Lindsay enjoyed winning last year so much they figured why stop now.

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Rodeo week brims with special events

Get out to the Payson Event Center to see some barrel racing this morning. Starting at 8 a.m., Friday, Aug. 19 a number of barrel racing contestants will be in “slack” competition.

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Brady Ellison claims third Olympic medal

After losing in the round of 32 in the London Games four years earlier, former Payson resident Brady Ellison worked hard to reach the medal stand in this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

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Payson Parks & Recreation Sports Briefs

Those interested in the following leagues may find more at and sign up at or at the Parks and Recreation office in Green Valley Park.

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Continuity of coaching staff a big plus for Longhorns

High school football teams need continuity and consistency in their coaching staffs from year to year to be successful.

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Longhorn gridders loaded with talent

Once again Payson finds itself in a new league looking for the answer to the same old question — how to compete with rivals Show Low, Snowflake and Lakeside Blue Ridge?