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Wrestling Roundup

Shorthanded Longhorns go 1-2 Payson managed to win one of its three dual wrestling matches at Holbrook on Dec. 7 despite taking just nine wrestlers to the competition.

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Boys struggling to put it together

The Longhorns learned some harsh lessons on Tuesday in the course of a painful drubbing at the hands Phoenix Northwest Christian.

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Girls storm back, but fall short against NWC

Down 18 points in the first half, the Longhorns needed a spark. They got a fireworks display.

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First hunt a big adventure for boy and dad

Outdoors Under the Rim

Most of the fall firearm deer seasons have come and gone within the state of Arizona where many young hunters experienced their first big game hunt.

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Two PHS students named High School Heisman School Winners

Some students set the bar. They work harder, show more passion and lead by example — in the classroom, on the field and within the community.

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Eighth-grader excels on range and in the field

Pine-Strawberry School eighth-grader Emma Paine enjoyed a week most teenagers only dream of.

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RCMS wrestlers pin down medals

The Rim Country Middle School wrestling team made a strong showing in the White Mountain League Final Tournament.

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Rim Country Runners-Up!

Rim Country Middle School’s eighth-grade volleyball team closed out a strong season by finishing second in the White Mountain League Tournament. The players pose for a photo with their runner-up plaque.

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Horns trample Colts 48-8 in home opener

Stellar defense sparks offense as Payson rolls

Miles Huff found what he was looking for right in his own backyard. The Payson High girls basketball coach watched his Longhorns open the season by struggling to score points in two weeks of road games.

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Payson girls rout Casteel

Payson's girls basketball team played its best game of the young season in the home opener against Queen Creek Casteel on Friday night.

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PHS trio 1st team all-region, three others also recognized

Payson’s storybook volleyball season involved excellence on the part of the entire team.

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Horns pin pair of big schools in challenging tourney

Payson wrestling coach Bryan Burke wants his kids to face the toughest competition possible during the regular season so they’ll be ready for anyone in the section and state tournaments.

Sports Briefs

Girls fall at Camp Verde Meredith Kiekinveld scored seven points and Sadie Sweeney scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Payson’s girls basketball team in a 40-26 loss at Camp Verde on Tuesday night.

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Burris deserves 3A East Coach of Year award

She’s 25 and in just her second season as Payson High’s head volleyball coach. But Desirae Burris was the best coach in the 3A East this season.

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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.