It didn’t take the Longhorns long to get rolling on Monday night.
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.
Sure, every team wants to win, but losses aren’t always just losses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moving from the junior varsity to the varsity football team represents an eye-opening experience for most young high school student athletes.
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.
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.
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.
Even the possibility of rabies could be a death sentence to your pet if it isn’t up to date on its vaccinations.
PHS opens today in Goodyear tourney
Some nights the offense just isn’t clicking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Payson’s bid for a state championship came up shor
History on line this weekend
It’s been 12 years since Payson High claimed its only boys soccer state championship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More Than A Game
No one said this was going to be easy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Payson entered Friday night’s football game against visiting Snowflake tied with the Lobos for first place in the Division 4 Section 5 standings.
Generations separate Austin Haught and Bryndee Hall.
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.
Expect Longhorns, Lobos to light it up in tonight’s Section 5 showdown
As the great Neil Young wrote, tonight’s the night.
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.
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.
No. 2 Horns host No. 6 Holbrook tonight
Staying focused against every opponent can be difficult for a team enjoying a strong season.
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.