Bob Young, a longtime sports reporter and columnist for the Arizona Republic, thrived in his personal opportunity to compete in a big time event rather than simply write about it.
A five-team prep golf invitational played at White Mountain Country Club May 1 turned into a healthy dose of nostalgia when all six schools from the now-defunct Class 3A East Region showed up to rekindle old rivalries.
Once again, to celebrate the great outdoors and welcome summer, the Town of Payson will be putting on an outdoor sports competition, the Arizona Mountain High Games, co-title sponsored by Rim Country Power Sports and Native Air.
The Payson Longhorn baseball team pulled off the upset of the 2013 season whipping No. 1 seeded and championship favorite Show Low 5-3 in the quarter final round of the Division III state tournament.
The Lady Eagles of Thatcher looked pretty good in the first four innings of play against the winningest team of Lady Longhorns of Payson, but then, Longhorn Ladies got on base kept scoring for the rest of the game.
It’s great to be a Longhorn!
With all four PHS teams, softball, baseball, track and field and golf, qualifying for state playoff berths, the 2013 spring sports season has been a banner one — probably the best in a decade. It’s a given on the prep sports scene that the twisting, winding road that travels through the regular season is a treacherous route filled with pitfalls that stymie lesser teams. But this season, PHS athletes and their coaches have navigated it almost flawlessly.
Paulson sisters have headlined team with a 27-4 record and a solid shot at state title
Armed with two of the finest pitchers in the state and a power hitting lineup led by seven players (20-plus games played) hitting over the magical .300 mark, the Lady Horns are primed and ready to earn the school’s first state softball championship.
Tucson’s Empire Ravens ranked No. 1, but No. 2 Lady Horns enter state tournament today on a winning streak
Prognosticators from around the state are predicting the Division III state championship softball game could come down to a battle between No. 1 seeded Empire and No. 2 Payson.
Illness forces senior Karessa Armstrong to miss final season
Karessa Armstrong will root for the team she played on for the last four years, but illness has sidelined her. Karessa contracted a deadly infection that has taken her out of the game this year and possibly for the next several years.
The girls varsity softball team kindly answered a few questions for the Roundup to let the readers know a little about them as they head off to the state championships this weekend.
Lady Longhorns’ Dream Team features three sets of sisters
If you see the following numbers on the infield during the Payson girls softball playoffs at Rose Mofford field in Phoenix, you know sister speak will work its magic — Megan Wessel, No. 5; Kaitlyn Wessel, No. 11; Taylor Petersen, No. 12; Payton Petersen, No. 8; Ari Paulson, No. 1; and Arissa Paulson, No. 10.
Tricky Antelope Hills’ courses just one of the challenges as team seeks to avenge last year’s second-place, Division III finish
Payson High School golfers travel Friday, May 10 to Antelope Hills Golf Club in search of the Division III state championship that eluded them last year when the Longhorns had to settle for second place behind then-defending state champion Yuma Catholic.
Chilson, Schatz, Ralston, Western and relay teams all among fastest in the state
Blinding speed will be the Lady Longhorns’ forte when the Division III state track and field championships sprint off the starting blocks on Friday, May 10 at Mesa College. The meet will wrap up Saturday.
Longhorns sending relay teams, jumpers, sprinters, vaulters to contend for medals
One of the most talented freshmen in Payson High School track and field history, together with a solid group of veterans, will lead the Longhorn boys track and field team into the D-III state championships Friday, May 10-11 at Mesa College.
Tough workouts pay off for Horns
Does former Payson High track coach Dan Reid, a member of the Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame, have the magic elixir that could help the boys and girls team reap state honors in the D-III finals that play out May 10-11 at Mesa College?