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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.

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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.

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Horns eager to pin down strong season

Turning a high school wrestling program around takes time. And first-year Payson coach Bryan Burke believes the Longhorns are heading in the right direction.

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Grapplers split on home mat

Payson wrestling coach Bryan Burke saw plenty of reasons for optimism in the Longhorns’ 42-30 loss to Division 4 power St. Johns at Wilson Dome on Wednesday.

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Net Royalty

After finishing first in the regular season with a 21-3 record, Paradise Nails closed off a strong season by winning the Town of Payson Co-Ed Volleyball Playoff Championship. PN went 3-0 in the tournament, beating No. 2 seed Creighton in the final.

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Horton Creek a self-sustaining fishery and Rim treasure

Jake Swartwood displays a trout he caught in Horton Creek. During the Thanksgiving holiday I teamed up with Jake Swartwood, the head football coach for the Payson Longhorns, and made a quick trip to Horton Creek.

Boys fall at Casteel

QUEEN CREEK — Ryan Ricke scored 17 points but it wasn’t enough as Payson’s boys basketball team opened the regular season with an 80-53 loss at Queen Creek Casteel on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

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Sports club’s Turkey Shoot fun for everyone

Men, women and children bring home Thanksgiving Day birds

At first glance, Arreta Hamrick thought she’d completely missed the target.

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Grapplers open 1-1

Payson opened the wrestling season by going 1-1 in a triangular match at San Tan Valley Combs on Nov. 22.

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Girls gain valuable experience

Longhorns go 1-3 vs. bigger schools in tournament

Payson opened the girls basketball season by gaining some very valuable experience in the challenging Goodyear Desert Edge Scorpion Shootout on Nov. 25-26.