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Lady Longhorn leadoff hitter Devann Runzo fouls off a pitch in Payson’s disheartening 7-2 state tournament quarterfinal loss to Bourgade Catholic.
With the loss, the Lady Horns wrapped up the season 29-3.

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The fiery demon that stalks us all

The ominous column of smoke rising to the south has underscored the single greatest threat to the communities we love so dearly — wildfires. Mercifully, the Sunflower Fire burned into steep canyons and wilderness, moving away from the little community of Sunflower. However, another wildfire that started this weekend and made a run on Prescott forced the evacuation of 300 homes. Used to be, the scary part of the fire season didn’t start until June when the spring rains had ended and rising temperatures had dried out the fuels. Each year we ran the gauntlet through June until the monsoons started in July. As a result, the monster fires like the Dude and the Rodeo-Chediski all flared in June.

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Upsetting finale

Lady Horns conclude best season ever with error-plagued loss to team that went on to win state championship

The Lady Longhorns’ hope of a state softball championship died Friday from the impact of the baffling pitching style of an underdog, but undefeated, Bourgade Catholic softball team. The opposing, left-handed pitcher’s perplexing mix of off-speed pitches included a rise ball and curve ball. In a state final-four matchup May 11 at Rose Mofford Complex in Phoenix, BC hurler Jackie Aguilar struck out the first four PHS hitters she faced, setting the tone for the Golden Eagles’ 7-2 victory. The Longhorns’ loss snapped a 16-game winning streak and sent the team packing north on Beeline without the state championship trophy for which they’d longed all season.

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