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Keith Morris

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Longhorns rout Mustangs 54-25 in girls basketball

It didn’t take the Longhorns long to get rolling on Monday night.

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Mogollon rallies past Payson

Big 4th quarter helps D4 Mustangs upset Longhorns

Payson’s boys basketball team needed a win in its home opener against Heber Mogollon on Monday night.

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Longhorn girls give champs all they can handle in heartbreaking loss

Sure, every team wants to win, but losses aren’t always just losses.

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Athletic director, student-athletes thank voters

Override provides a big boost to school teams and clubs

Jennifer White was one of the many Payson Unified School District employees hoping voters passed last month’s override.

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Boys bounce Camp Verde in hoops opener

Red Rock tourney helped PHS prepare

Payson’s boys basketball team opened the regular portion of its season on a strong note by beating host Camp Verde 60-53 on Tuesday.

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PHS girls basketball team tips off season at Scorpion Shootout

Open home schedule tonight

Payson’s girls basketball team faced a challenge in their season-opening tournament in Goodyear, going up against four larger schools in the Desert Edge Scorpion Shootout on Nov. 28-29.

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Six Horns first team all-section in girls soccer

Sadie Dunman 1 of 3 Players of the Year

Payson earned plenty of recognition on the Arizona Interscholastic Association Girls Soccer Team in voting by coaches, with a record 21 girls receiving recognition.

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White lauded in football

Moving from the junior varsity to the varsity football team represents an eye-opening experience for most young high school student athletes.

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Stonebrink recognized in volleyball

Setter Kelsee Stonebrink was recognized for a strong season as coaches named the junior to the seven-member First Team of the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division 3 All-Section 4 Volleyball Team.

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8-year-old wins all around cowgirl saddle

3rd-grader bests girls up to age 18 in pole bending

The Hall family had packed up their truck, loaded their four horses in the trailer and began their drive home.

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PHS boys committed to competing

Defense, athleticism, teamwork key hopes

Joe Sanchez enters his fourth season as Payson High’s varsity boys basketball coach with an understanding that setting your sights too high usually results in failure. So he’s not speaking about how many wins he expects from this year’s team, or a state tournament berth.

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Rabies shots vital after latest reports

Even the possibility of rabies could be a death sentence to your pet if it isn’t up to date on its vaccinations.

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Defense, rebounding key to season

PHS opens today in Goodyear tourney

Some nights the offense just isn’t clicking.

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Love of animals led man to dog training field

Rim Country People

Growing up in a family with three brothers who were master falconers, Mark Alten couldn’t help but develop a love of animals.

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Ernst earns PMGA’s Golfer of the Year award

Tim Ernst stole the spotlight at the Payson Men’s Golf Association Banquet on Nov. 10 by walking away with the Golfer of the Year Award after winning two of the PMGA’s four major tournaments at Payson Golf Course this season.

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Schouten wins women’s title

Anna Schouten led a strong performance by women in Saturday’s Turkey Trot 5K Run, winning the women’s title and finishing fourth overall in 23:13.

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Moceri repeats as men’s champ in Payson race

Gerardo Moceri stepped to the starting line Saturday morning at Green Valley Park, focused on repeating as the Payson Parks & Rec Turkey Trot 5K Run champion.

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Big spirit lines up small town team for state date

Small town schools like Payson find themselves at a big disadvantage when it comes to state cheer competitions because prep schools from the Valley dominate Division 3, which consists of schools with the fewest students.

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Marksmen hit target in annual Turkey Shoot

Annual event awards 44 birds

Tom Franey coats the shaft of his arrows with a bar of soap to make them easier to remove from his target.

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Business that started in bedroom expands again

SmartSystems I.T. company to celebrate 10th anniversary

While many businesses have closed their doors over the past decade, Scott Moody’s been opening new ones.

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‘It was a beautiful season, a great season’

PHS boys fall in soccer semifinals

GILBERT – They couldn’t hide the disappointment as they watched Blue Ridge players celebrate a 1-0 victory on Friday night at Campo Verde High.

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Strong putting earns Walicki AGA Players Cup Championship

Adam Walicki knew the Rim Golf Club presented a number of challenges when he stepped onto the course for the first round of the 36-hole Arizona Golf Association’s Players Cup Cham­pionship on Satur­day.

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Longhorns fall in boys soccer semis

Payson’s bid for a state championship came up shor

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Longhorns’ fervor may yield elusive title

History on line this weekend

It’s been 12 years since Payson High claimed its only boys soccer state championship.

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Trio of PHS girls qualify for state

The cross country season ended for many high school runners with the Oct. 31 sectionals, but a trio of Longhorns ran their way to the Division 3 state meet.

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‘Fatheads!’ Fans support team with faces on sticks

It must have been at least a little disconcerting for the Long­horns to look into the crowd and see their disembodied faces smiling back at them.

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Longhorns reach semis for 3rd time in 4 years

Beat Lobos 3-1

Spencer Herrera and Javier Jacobo leapt into the air and embraced above the Rumsey Park playing surface after Herrera scored the Longhorns’ first goal against Snowflake on Saturday afternoon.

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Cougars roll Horns out of playoff picture, 60-29

PHS misses by 1 spot

One win in the final three weeks of the season would have put Payson in the high school football playoffs.

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Rule denies PHS state berth

Payson proved itself one of the top 16 volleyball teams in Division 3 this season. However, a rule allowing all five section champions an automatic berth in the 16-team Arizona Interscholastic Associa­tion state tournament leaves the Longhorns on the sideline as 16 other teams prepare to compete in this weekend’s tournament.

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PHS boys soccer team beats Snowflake to advance to semifinals

Payson beat visiting Snowflake 3-1 in boys soccer on Saturday afternoon in the Division 4 state quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals for the third time in four years.

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Cougars knock Longhorns out of football playoffs

The playoffs don’t start until next weekend but Friday’s game against Show Low was the closest Payson will come to the postseason, as a 60-29 loss to the visiting Cougars knocked the Longhorns out of the Division 4 tournament.

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PHS volleyball pushed out of state tourney

Despite winning its final three games and finishing at No. 16 in the power rankings, Payson’s volleyball team just missed qualifying for the 16-team Division 3 state tournament because of a rule awarding automatic berths to the five section champions.

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Horns’ playoff hopes on line against Show Low

More Than A Game

No one said this was going to be easy.

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Spikers win home finale to keep state dream alive

Senior night spotlight on Cori Barnett

Cori Barnett wiped away tears as she prepared to play the final game of her volleyball career at Wilson Dome on Tuesday night.

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No. 2 Longhorns eye deep state tournament run

Boys host soccer playoff game at 2 p.m. Saturday

An 8-1 loss in the much-anticipated rematch with mighty Chino Valley last Thursday wasn’t exactly how the Longhorns hoped to end the boys soccer regular season, but that’s just the way it went and now Payson looks to build on a strong campaign in the Division 4 state tournament.

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Yellow Jackets sting Longhorns in football

After Snowflake rolled over them in a first-place Section 5 showdown a week earlier, Payson’s football team needed to bounce back at Lakeside Blue Ridge on Friday to keep possession of second place in the section, keep alive its hope of a first-round home playoff game, and retain some of the positive momentum from a four-game winning streak dashed by the Lobos.

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All-out effort, a tearful finish

Girls soccer team learns vital lessons from a difficult season

It wasn’t a heartbreaking loss that ended their season, but some girls who resolved not to cry, lost that battle on Thursday night at Rumsey Park.

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Diamond star now queen of links

Peterson claims 8th straight Club Championship

Karen Peterson’s introduction to golf was such a calamity in her mind that she walked off the course in embarrassment before finishing her first hole.

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Playoffs in air for gridders

More Than A Game

The high school football playoffs don’t begin until Nov. 8, but the Longhorns find themselves in the middle of an extended dress rehearsal.

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Girls stepping up to challenge, running well

Greenleaf hopes to return for next week’s sectional

When a hip injury sidelined Abby Greenleaf, the Longhorns lost their top runner. The junior has missed about a month with the injury and it’s unclear if she’ll make it back for the Div. 3 Section 3 meet on Oct. 31 in Gilbert.

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Swartwood: ‘This is a bump in the road. We will get better’

Snowflake rolls over Payson 65-27

Late in Friday’s football game against visiting Snowflake, Longhorns’ quarterback Chaz Davis and tailback Wyatt Chapman were standing on the sidelines watching Payson’s defense try to slow down the Lobos’ offense.

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Longhorns ranked No. 1 in boys soccer

Look to avenge only loss Thursday

The surging Longhorn boys soccer team gets another shot at its arch rival this week in a showdown with plenty on the line.

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Lobos roll over Longhorns 65-27

Payson entered Friday night’s football game against visiting Snowflake tied with the Lobos for first place in the Division 4 Section 5 standings.

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Haught and Hall lasso awards

Generations separate Austin Haught and Bryndee Hall.

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PHS boys beat No. 5 Holbrook

Payson’s No. 2-ranked boys soccer team found itself trailing for the second consecutive game when No. 5 Holbrook slipped a goal into the net in the first five minutes of Tuesday night’s game at Rumsey Park.

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Scoreboard shoot-out!

Expect Longhorns, Lobos to light it up in tonight’s Section 5 showdown

As the great Neil Young wrote, tonight’s the night.

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Jacobo speaks universal language of soccer

Spanish-speaking senior a goal-scoring machine for Longhorns

Life isn’t easy for Javier Jacobo, until he steps onto the soccer field, that is.

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From Afghanistan to U of A football

PHS grad starting for Cats

Jason Sweet thought his football playing days ended with Payson High’s 24-21 loss to Show Low in the final game of the 2006 season.

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PHS boys prevail in ‘worst’ game of year

No. 2 Horns host No. 6 Holbrook tonight

Staying focused against every opponent can be difficult for a team enjoying a strong season.

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PHS suffers painful loss to Snowflake, beats Show Low

Payson’s volleyball team suffered a big blow with an 18-25, 14-25, 17-25 loss at home to Snowflake on Wednesday, Oct. 8. The Longhorns need to win most of their remaining games to qualify for the Division 3 state tournament. They stood at No. 16 in the power rankings that seed the tournament as of Sunday. The top 16 teams qualify.