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Keith Morris

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Hiking with the elk in Payson, AZ without leaving town

Hiking with my dogs late in the day in Tonto National Forest regularly, we often come across elk. It can be pretty exciting to come upon these magnificent creatures.

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Recreation right in the Town of Payson

I’d enjoyed a fairly active summer life in Michigan before moving to Arizona eight years ago, playing slow-pitch softball with my buddies throughout my 20s and 30s.

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Spikers look to challenge in loaded division

Color Desirae Burris optimistic.

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Payson’s World’s Oldest Continuous rodeo payouts top $42,000

Large crowds packed the Payson Event Center stands for last week’s 131st World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

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PHS boys to count on youngsters

Overcoming the graduation of 10 seniors won’t be easy for Payson High’s varsity boys soccer team.

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Horns trample Window Rock

Chapman runs for 185 yards, 3 TDs

Wyatt Chapman ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns as Payson opened the football season by running over host Fort Defiance Window Rock 57-6 on Friday night.

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Rodeo, parade draws a happy crowd

The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo celebrated its 131st birthday last weekend with a three-day party at the Payson Event Center.

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Longhorns roll in football opener

Wyatt Chapman ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns as Payson High opened the football season with a 57-6 pounding of host Fort Defiance Window Rock on Friday night.

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Season kicks off tonight

The football season gets underway tonight for a few Arizona high schools, including Payson. The Longhorns kickoff the year at 7 p.m. at Fort Defiance Window Rock.

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Explosive offense adds new wrinkle this fall

Pity anyone trying to keep the Longhorns’ football team from putting points on the board this year.

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Defense holds key to Horns’ fortunes

Payson may end up with an explosive offense this year, but the defense remains the big unknown.

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Payson impresses; Longhorns excel at Camp Verde scrimmage

 The Longhorns appear ready for the season opener. Four Longhorns scored two touchdowns apiece as Payson exploded for nine scores and the defense smothered the Cowboys in a controlled scrimmage on the road Friday night at Camp Verde.

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Tontozona draws a happy crowd to Payson

Payson was transformed into Arizona State North last week as the Sun Devils’ football team converged on Rim Country for its annual five-day stay at Camp Tontozona a few miles east of Payson.

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Legendary coach savors Tontozona triumph

They carried the legend off the field one final time on Saturday. The man who spearheaded the building of Camp Tontozona as a preseason football camp and began the tradition of bringing Arizona State teams to that glorious place tucked away in the pines just east of Payson for 19 years beginning in 1960, walked onto the field to speak to this year’s players following the Maroon and Gold Scrimmage that ends Camp T.

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Payson turns out for 1st-ever ASU Pep Rally

Games, music, face painting and food all helped make Friday night’s ASU Football Pep Rally at Green Valley Park a success.

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Former rival a real catch for Sun Devils

Devin Lucien figured he’d get a frosty reception from his new Sun Devil teammates.

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Tontozona kicks off

Fans enjoy play in Payson

Most fans coming to Camp Tontozona to watch Arizona State’s football team during their five-day stay each summer wait for the final day — which is tomorrow.

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Talent, experience make Sun Devils contenders

Arizona State just may have the ingredients for a championship football season this fall.

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Sun Devils back at Camp Tontozona this week

More Than a Game

They’re back.

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CrossFit offers different kind of gym experience

Dusty Brockett was tired of the gym scene.

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Chapman aims to cut up foes after chain saw injury

Longhorns gird for Aug. 21 opener

Wyatt Chapman doesn’t recommend taking a chain saw to your thigh.

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Ace ends Payson Women’s Golf drought

Satisfied that she’d hit her ball straight instead of hooking it left or slicing it right, Shari Cody bent down to retrieve her tee.

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Bullard wins playoff for PWGA President’s Cup

Handicap helps her edge Peterson

Claudia Bullard and Karen Peterson battled for 36 holes.

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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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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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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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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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Record fish shot on Roosevelt Lake

It’s hard to impress Dell Owens.

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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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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.