It’s been a lonely season for Kyra Ball. After watching seniors Abby Greenleaf and Anna Schouten graduate this spring, the Payson High junior inherited a leadership role on the Longhorn girls cross-country team.
The one-two punch of Raci Miranda and Emma Paine paced the Pine-Strawberry School Buffalo archery team to a first place 3-D finish in a nine-team National Archery in Schools (NASP) state qualifying tournament contested Oct. 22 in Pine.
Earn rematch in Snowflake
A week after turning in one of the best defensive efforts of the season, the Longhorns got the offense firing on all cylinders in Holbrook on Friday night. They’ll need both from here out.
Payson rebounded from a tough five-set loss at Lakeside Blue Ridge two days earlier to win 3-1 at Holbrook on Thursday and wrap up the 3A East Region championship.
Outdoors Under the Rim
The East Verde River has certainly become a magnet to weekend visitors to the Rim Country during the summer months.
Stan Eggen won the A Flight in the Payson Men’s Golf Association Mixed Bag Red and White Tees Tournament at Payson Golf Course on Oct. 19.
No. 8 Payson takes on No. 9 Florence in the opening round of the AIA Class 3A Volleyball State Championship at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at Phoenix Camelback High School.
No. 15 Payson travels to No. 2 Snowflake in the opening round of the Arizona Interscholastic Association 3A State Football Championship Tournament at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.
HOLBROOK — Payson scored seven touchdowns in closing the regular season with a 52-30 rout of Holbrook on Friday night.
Sectional race today in Holbrook
No seniors. Eight of the 12 on the roster had no experience in a high school race. Yes, Payson High girls cross-country coach Jonathan Ball had plenty of questions entering this season.
The play of sophomores Cloee Beeler (25) and Savanna White at the net has been a big reason the No. 8-ranked Longhorns could make noise in the Class 3A State Championships.
Chris’s Mom beat Tonto Apache Recreation 14-1 in the championship game of the Town of Payson Fall Co-Ed Softball League on Oct. 12 on Randy Johnson Hall of Fame Field in Rumsey Park.
More Than a Game
Imagine this. Payson qualifies for the Class 3A state football playoffs with a 5-5 record. The No. 14 Longhorns will do just that with a win in the regular season finale tonight at No. 22 Holbrook (2-6). OK, that seems reasonable enough.
Senior Daely Pentico leads the Longhorn boys cross-country team into today’s Division 3 Section 4 Championships at Holbrook’s Hidden Cove Golf Course. The boys race begins at 1 p.m.
Look at the 2-8 record and it’s clear this wasn’t a great season for Payson’s girls soccer team. But look beyond the record and you find players with hearts of champions.