A team that’s come agonizingly close to a state championship each of the last two years appeared headed for an early exit to this year’s tournament with a stunning upset loss.
SURPRISE — They played with the heart of a champion.
After competing in volleyball and track the last four years at Payson High, Taryn North will continue in both sports at the collegiate level.
You can’t find everything in a small town like Payson.
Payson’s No. 5-seeded softball team avoided a stunning upset by rallying for a thrilling 6-5 win over No. 28 Yuma Kofa in the opening round of the Division 3 state tournament in Payson on Saturday morning.
SURPRISE — Payson’s 17th-seeded baseball team “upset” No. 16 Rio Rico 8-7 in the opening round of the Division 3 state baseball tournament at Surprise Baseball Complex on Friday afternoon.
Guts and determination.
A regular season filled with thrilling finishes ended in a most fitting way for Payson’s baseball team on Tuesday.
Payson earned the No. 17 seed for the 32-team Division 3 state baseball tournament and takes on No. 16 Rio Rico in a first-round game at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Surprise Baseball Complex, where all tournament games take place.
Payson High's softball team earned the No. 5 seed for the 32-team Division 3 state tournament and hosts No. 28 Yuma Kofa in a first-round game at 10:15 a.m. Saturday.