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Keith Morris

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College to honor former Longhorn

Southeastern Louisiana Univ. to induct softball standout into Hall of Fame

Will Dunman remembers Rachel Ray Fitzgerald’s work ethic during her four seasons with the Payson High varsity softball team.

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Pine ATV club throws trashy party

Exchange a bag of trash for a lottery ticket.

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Cromer takes over as Payson High athletic director

Barry Cromer pointed to the 365-day calendar that filled a considerable space on one of the mostly-empty walls in his new office.

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Car wash helps baseball players learn value of work

Members of the Payson Phantoms 14-and-under and 13-u club baseball teams showed just how much playing the sport means to them by working in the hot sun for two days last weekend to raise money.

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Dedication hallmark of Special Olympians

“They work really hard. They’re very dedicated.”

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‘I was not afraid at any time’ — Payson Little League president

Rasmussen says she and Payson police handled Tucson team’s disqualification properly

Payson Little League president Barbara Rasmussen is upset with how she was portrayed in a story that ran in Tuesday’s Roundup about a Tucson area team being disqualified from a tournament in Payson.

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Mountain Man: Payson’s Gorry making his mark

National Championship is first pro victory for collegiate star

Making a living as a professional athlete is just a dream for most.

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Rio Rico Little League parents upset with treatment in Payson

Parents of players on a Tucson area Little League baseball team are upset with how their children were treated last week at an all-star tournament in Payson.

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New section same challenge for football team

Beating Blue Ridge, Show Low, Snowflake still key

As Jake Swartwood and his Payson High varsity coaching staff prepare to begin the football season in earnest with the first official day of practice on July 27, the fourth-year Longhorns’ head coach reflected on the realignment by the Arizona Interscholastic Association that goes into effect this fall for the next three years.

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Record fish shot on Roosevelt Lake

It’s hard to impress Dell Owens.

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Former standout named Longhorns’ new volleyball coach

Desirae Burris couldn’t wait to get out of Payson after graduating from high school in 2010.

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Catch this: Payson anglers 23rd in national tourney

FLORENCE, Ala. – A pair of young Payson anglers proved they could compete with the best sport fishermen in the country in a recent national tournament.

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Little League All-Stars Scoreboard

Deer Valley emerged from the losers' bracket to beat Flowing Wells twice and claim the Little League Intermediate 50/70 Baseball All-Stars State Championship at Rumsey Park in Payson on Thursday night.

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Town adds pep rally to Tontozona week

Tontozona and World’s Old Continuous Rodeo set for different weeks this summer

No more sharing.

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Football season begins on Monday for dedicated players

Payson High’s Longhorns don’t officially begin practice until July 27.

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Payson All-Stars open state tourney tonight

One of 5 Intermediate 50/70 teams competing at Rumsey Park

This is starting to catch on.

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Dog days of summer

Labs naturals in air, water

The athlete picked up speed as she charged down the dock.

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Estrada leads 6 Longhorns snagging honors

Junior makes all-state first team in baseball

Payson High’s gritty young varsity baseball team enjoyed several high points this season.

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Featured holiday celebration band has familiar look

If you found yourself in Green Valley Park enjoying the country sounds of the band Whiskey Rose on June 27, you might think you’re experiencing some strange form of déjà vu when you attend Payson’s Fourth of July celebration this Saturday.

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Payson hosts Little League All-Star Tournaments

The stars will shine in Payson for the next couple of weeks beginning on Wednesday.

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Local firefighter competes in sprint triathlon

Training for Half Ironman this fall

“Would you mind repeating your finish,” a photographer asked Joel Delgado, explaining, “I didn’t get your picture.”

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Cori Barnett honored as Arizona All-American

Cori Barnett starred in three sports for four years at Payson High School.

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Sweet taste of triumph

Triathlon runner lost 162 pounds in a year

Fred Van West wasn’t one of the top competitors in Saturday’s 10th Annual Payson Sprint Triathlon.

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Sprint Triathlon tests will on 500-yard swim, 3.1-mile run, 14-mile bike

One after another, they waited their turn.

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Athletes converge on Payson for Sprint Triathlon

The Payson Sprint Triathlon featuring a 400-meter swim, 14-mile bike and 5-kilometer run attracted 57 hearty individuals on Saturday morning.

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Special Rodeo

Cowboys, cowgirls for a day in a supportive Payson arena

They roped.

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Payson pair headed for National Finals

The best young cowboys and cowgirls in the state wrapped up the Arizona High School Rodeo Association season with three days of action at Payson Event Center on Thursday-Saturday.

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Heart more crucial than skill in Paulson’s great season

More Than a Game

All season long, I marveled at Arissa Paulson’s powerful bat, not to mention her curveball, riseball, dropball, screwball and blazing fastball.

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Freshman hopes to rope trip to nationals

After excelling at the junior high level, Bryndee Hall faced the challenge of competing against older girls in her first season in the Arizona High School Rodeo Association.

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James and J.C. try to lasso trip to nat’l finals

Monty James and his horse, Bob, enjoyed a strong season in tie down calf roping a year ago before Bob got hurt about halfway through the Arizona High School Rodeo Association schedule.

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Young anglers headed to High School World Finals

Three-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier Mark Kile and current Bassmaster Elite standout Clifford Pirch have put Rim Country on the national angling map.

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Fond memories of a game 39 years ago

More Than a Game

As I sat in the press box at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland on May 26 watching the Detroit Tigers wrap up a 1-0 win over the Athletics, my phone chimed.

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Rim Country riders shine in final junior rodeo

High school rodeo will come to Payson next week

Rim Country cowboys and cowgirls wrapped up strong seasons on the Arizona Junior Rodeo Association circuit by riding away with plenty of prizes in the AJRA Finals Rodeo in Prescott on May 16-17.

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Arissa Paulson voted Div. 3 Player of Year

Barnett also makes first-team all-state

Coaching softball turns out to be a great way to lose weight.

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Grandma and trainer succeed on bodybuilding stage

A grandmother trying to lose weight after thyroid cancer surgery and a young trainer looking to make her mark came together to succeed in the competitive world of bodybuilding recently.

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Weather can’t throw top cowboys at rodeo

But does keep spectators away

“Last night was the worst I’ve seen in 30 years,” lamented Payson rodeo boss Bill Armstrong. “It was a shame.”

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Career round powers Harpe to state golf crown

Becomes Payson’s first state medalist

PRESCOTT — After three years as one of the top high school golfers in the state, Dean Harpe rose to a new level on Saturday.

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Area woman realizes runner’s dream of competing in Boston

The huge crowds lining the entire 26-mile course fueled Melleny Magill like gas in a racecar’s tank.

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Longhorns: Champions of the heart

More Than a Game

I watched a championship team Monday night.

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Paulson pitches Horns past Lobos

Payson wins quarterfinal despite managing just 4 hits against Snowflake

PHOENIX – The formula for success Payson’s top-seeded softball team has followed all season didn’t exactly come together as usual in the Longhorns’ Division 3 state quarterfinal game against No. 9 Snowflake on Friday night at the Rose Mofford Complex in Phoenix.

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Heartbreaking defeat

Injuries cripple Longhorns in championship

TEMPE – She’s flesh and blood after all. Most of it heart.

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Horns watch lead and title hopes vanish

SURPRISE – The Longhorns have walked the tightrope all season.

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Paulson’s heroics cap storybook comeback

Star blasts 2 HRs, including walk-off in 8th, to send Longhorns to final

PHOENIX – The star wiped away the tears and stepped to the plate.

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Clawson, Hancock both finish third at state meet

Payson boys place seventh

Jonathan Ball thought his Payson High boys track team had the potential to win its first team state championship in nine seasons this spring.

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Miracle finish lifts Longhorns into title game

PHOENIX – The star wiped away the tears and stepped to the plate. Although the pain was great, it would hurt less if she could somehow summon the strength to come through once again and lift her team to victory.

Payson High baseball team falls in dramatic fashion

SURPRISE – The Longhorns have walked the tightrope all season. Along the way they’ve enjoyed thrilling victories and endured gut-wrenching defeats. In a season filled with monumental challenges, they nearly slayed their biggest giant on Friday. Instead, they suffered one final heartbreak.

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Longhorns beat Snowflake to reach softball semifinals

PHOENIX – Now it gets interesting. Three rounds into the Division 3 softball state tournament Payson’s mighty Longhorns face arch-rival Winslow in the semifinals at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rose Mofford Softball Complex in Phoenix with revenge on their minds and a state championship in their sights.

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Baseball team wants to be upsetting

As the Longhorns walked by the Tucson Amphitheater baseball team upon entering Surprise Sports Complex on Saturday, they heard a Panthers player remark, “I wish we were playing Payson.”

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Joyful slaughter

27th straight win puts Payson in quarterfinals tonight at 7 in Phoenix

PHOENIX — The pressure’s been building for months.