May 1, 2012
PHS third baseman Chance Randall, shown fielding a throw to tip an advancing base runner, could be one of the Longhorns’ strongest candidates for post-season honors.
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No Surprise for PHS after loss in season finale
Prospects for a banner 2012 season looked promising for the Payson High baseball team after the Longhorns opened with a 6-0 record winning the Fountain Hills tournament and on March 13 improving to 8-1 with a 15-5 win over longtime rival Snowflake. But in mid-March the wheels came of the Longhorn wagon as the team struggled for wins in a desperate attempt to finish among Division III’s top 24 teams in power points and earn a berth into the state tournament. As the curtain gradually fell on the campaign in late April, the Horns desperately needed a win in their season finale against Camp Verde to earn the coveted state ducat. At the time, coach Scott Novack called the clash a “must-have game.” But a victory wasn’t in the Longhorns’ destiny as PHS fell 11-1 and into 25th place in the season-ending power points rankings.