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Pine, Strawberry archers set sights on national honors

The success of some of the younger members of the Pine Strawberry School archery team at the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) National Tournament has Coach Dean Pederson dreaming of bigger and better things.

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The wily trout of Tonto Creek

Life on the Fly

Although trout are plentiful in both lakes and streams in Rim Country, many fly fishermen prefer fishing for trout in streams. The challenge of casting in tight conditions, reading the water to know where a fish is likely to be looking for any bugs floating downstream, and the solitude along the creek is something that I truly enjoy. We are fortunate to have access to such water close to Payson.

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PHS inducts five greats into inaugural Hall of Fame class

Chaz Davis, Rylee Chapman named PHS Athletes of Year

The spotlight shined brightly on Payson High’s athletic success last week as the school honored its top student-athletes from this school year while enshrining some of the greats of past decades in the Longhorn Athletic Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet at Wilson Dome on Thursday, May 19.

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Best friends to continue playing together at Chandler-Gilbert CC

After a fire destroyed her family’s house forcing them to move across town, second-grader Brittanny Proctor had to change schools.

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40,000 new Florida-strain bass placed in Roosevelt Lake larger than last year

Rim Country Fishing Report

Roosevelt Lake received 40,000 new Florida-strain bass residents recently. Bryant Dickens, an aquatics program biologist with AZGFD, stated that the Gila County Roundtable members all arrived 30 minutes early to the release sites and when the truck arrived, the fish were in excellent health.

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Five Horns honored on all-section baseball team

Ruben Estrada and Taran Sarnowski spent four seasons as key contributors to the Payson High varsity baseball team.

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Petersen top junior cowboy

Denton Petersen spends a lot of his weekends traveling the state to compete in junior rodeos.

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Eighth-grader makes nationals

A hunt that began in September ended successfully as Talaura Rhyann Frost captured the prize she sought.

Limited number of tickets available for PHS Hall of Fame banquet

Payson High School will induct an inaugural class of five people into its new Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19 in an awards banquet and dinner at Wilson Dome on the school’s campus.

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Freshman finishes 17th in state golf tourney

Tough tourney ends challenging season

Rayce Mathews wasn’t intimidated as a freshman competing in the Division 3 state golf tournament. No, the Payson High ninth-grader simply went out and played as he has all season — well.

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Eight Horns earn section honors

Trio make first team; Johnson Coach of Year

In a season which saw Payson reach the Division 3 softball state final for a third consecutive season, the Longhorns went 6-0 in winning a fifth consecutive section title.

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Junior spring turkey hunt a success for area kids

Outdoors Under the Rim

When spring comes to the Arizona high country, the early morning silence will often be broken by the distinct gobble of the wild turkey.

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Bass fishing good at Roosevelt Lake

Rim Country Fishing Report

We now have a final date of when an additional stocking of Florida-strain bass will be put into Roosevelt Lake. The date is May 17 and the great news is that the number of fingerlings increased by 10,000 bringing the total to 40,000 fingerlings to be stocked.

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Coach: ‘I couldn’t be more proud of them’

Longhorns to return wealth of experience in hunt for elusive title

TEMPE — Nobody thought they’d even be here.

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Horns just miss reaching state golf tourney

Freshman qualifies individually for state

Payson High’s golf team entered the season-ending Metro Invitational at McDowell Mountain Golf Club in Scottsdale on May 6-7 trying to claim a spot in the Division 3 state tournament.