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Don Heizer, Payson High School athletic director, poses with the recovered and restored lost championship trophy won by the 1979 Longhorn basketball team.

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The mystery of the missing gold ball trophy

Just how the Longhorn boys basketball team’s 1979 Class B State Championship “Gold Ball” trophy disappeared from the school trophy case and was found years later in an abandoned, disheveled Phoenix apartment is a mystery that has coaches, former players and administrators scratching their collective noggins in disbelief.


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