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Array of summer activities for kids

The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department offers an array of activity camps and sports skills workshops this summer. To learn more, go online to paysonrimcountry.com or stop by the parks office in Green Valley Park. What follows is an overview of what is available.

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Don’t miss deadline for hunting permits

Outdoors Under the Rim

It is the second week of June and many Arizonans who enjoy the outdoors are fishing for trout or camping in the higher elevations, trying to escape the summer heat.

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High School Rodeo state finals this week in Payson

Four locals hope to close season on a high note

For most of the competitors, the high school rodeo season comes to an end in Payson this weekend with the Arizona High School Rodeo Association State Finals.

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Taran Sarnowski voted second team all-state

Half-dozen Horns recognized on all-academic team

He struck fear in the hearts of pitchers by smashing dramatic home runs that propelled his team to thrilling victories.

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Wilderness stretches of trout water offer good fishing, solitude

Outdoors Under the Rim

The summer fishing season is not far away and the urge to wet a line on one of the Rim lakes for that early morning or late afternoon trout bite is always a possibility.

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Sports Briefs

A British Soccer Camp for both beginning and advanced players is scheduled for June 6-10 at the North Multi-purpose Field at Rumsey Park. The camp is open to kids ages 3-16 with several sessions.

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Longhorn trio makes all-state softball team

Bauer on first team, Johnson named Coach of Year

Few if any people expected Payson High’s softball team to continue the success it enjoyed the previous four seasons this spring.

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Dan Reid’s 27-year career earns Hall of Fame status

He could ‘win Kentucky Derby with a Clydesdale’

Dan Reid could win the Kentucky Derby with a Clydesdale.

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British Soccer Camp coming June 6-10

A British Soccer Camp for both beginning and advanced players is scheduled for June 6-10 at the North Mulit-Purpose Field at Rumsey Park. The camp is open to kids ages 3-16 with several sessions.

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Lindsey, Campbell win PMGA 2-Man Best Ball

Terry Lindsey and Gary Campbell teamed up to win the A Flight championship in the Payson Men’s Golf Association Two-Man Best Ball Tournament at Payson Golf Course on May 11 and 25.

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Hewitt wins PWGA event

Marcy Hewitt won the A Flight championship in the Payson Women’s Golf Association’s Mutt & Jeff Tournament on Tuesday, May 24 at Payson Golf Course. Karen Petersen finished second.

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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.