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Longhorns fight back to keep season alive

A team that’s come agonizingly close to a state championship each of the last two years appeared headed for an early exit to this year’s tournament with a stunning upset loss.

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Horns battle to bitter end against No. 1 Alhambra

SURPRISE — They played with the heart of a champion.

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North to play two sports at Oglethorpe

After competing in volleyball and track the last four years at Payson High, Taryn North will continue in both sports at the collegiate level.

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Softball team rallies to avoid upset in playoff opener

Payson’s No. 5-seeded softball team avoided a stunning upset by rallying for a thrilling 6-5 win over No. 28 Yuma Kofa in the opening round of the Division 3 state tournament in Payson on Saturday morning.

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Payson edges Rio Rico in state baseball tournament

SURPRISE — Payson’s 17th-seeded baseball team “upset” No. 16 Rio Rico 8-7 in the opening round of the Division 3 state baseball tournament at Surprise Baseball Complex on Friday afternoon.

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Underdog Longhorns clinch section title

Guts and determination.

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Payson closes with a bang

A regular season filled with thrilling finishes ended in a most fitting way for Payson’s baseball team on Tuesday.

Horns fall in completion of marathon

Payson’s baseball team started off a busy final day to the regular season on a sour note Tuesday.

Combs blows past PHS

Payson honored its five seniors prior to the start of the final home game on a cold and windy Monday night.

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Volunteers work for wildlife habitat

Outdoors Under the Rim

Water sources are critical to wildlife survival in the arid Southwest. Even beneath the Rim with live streams in many canyons, water can still be very scarce.

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Lots of help for befuddled fishermen

Life on the Fly

Where can I fish around here? What kind of fish lurk in this lake or stream? How do I catch a trout, or a bass or a crappie? Fortunately, the Arizona Game and Fish website ( answers lots of answers to these questions and more. I encourage you to explore the website.

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Baseball team opens state tournament against Rico Rico

Payson earned the No. 17 seed for the 32-team Division 3 state baseball tournament and takes on No. 16 Rio Rico in a first-round game at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Surprise Baseball Complex, where all tournament games take place.

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Softball team to open state tournament against Yuma Kofa

Payson High's softball team earned the No. 5 seed for the 32-team Division 3 state tournament and hosts No. 28 Yuma Kofa in a first-round game at 10:15 a.m. Saturday.

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Spotlight on youngsters at 50th Rotary Inv.

Underclassmen stood in the spotlight on a very special day on the Payson High track on Saturday afternoon.

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Track Roundup

Payson athletes turned in some impressive performances in the Southeast Valley Championships at Queen Creek High on April 22.