More Than a Game
When a scrawny shepherd boy in a loincloth faces off against a mighty giant clad in armor, nobody’s going to bet on the kid.
Roaring engines, soaring dust and sprints to the finish line.
The Longhorns finally played their first home girls soccer game on Tuesday, welcoming Chino Valley to Rumsey Park.
Payson High’s volleyball team hosts the 10-team Payson Invitational today and Saturday.
Many young cowboys and cowgirls converged on Payson Event Center last weekend to begin a new season of high school and junior high rodeo.
Two Arizona Diamondbacks legends are coming to Payson. Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson and World Series hero Luis Gonzalez will take part in a ceremony dedicating the Kiwanis East and West Baseball Fields at Rumsey Park in their honor at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7.
Give mighty Elks all they can handle
A potent running game and stingy defense turned Payson’s football season around. On Friday, those strengths nearly powered the Longhorns to one of the biggest wins in eight years.
Payson, which was 0-4 in power points games this season (0-8 all games) heading into Saturday’s game at Show Low, doesn’t return home until 4 p.m. on Sept. 28 against Snowflake.
Begin challenging month tonight vs. Round Valley
It all starts tonight. Sure, the high school football season kicked off for Payson four weeks ago, but a 2-2 record really hasn’t taught us anything about the Longhorns.
Former Payson High star Britney Armstrong (Owens) came home on Tuesday night. But the first-year Camp Verde head volleyball coach put her past loyalty to the Longhorns behind her and was focused on doing everything she could to defeat Payson.
The Longhorns beat Camp Verde Tuesday. Payson’s Savanna White’s spike (above), as Abby Schreur (9) and Sammi Sokol look on, contributed to the victory.
Jack Koon loved helping kids and wildlife. He also loved golf.
Payson runs over Coconino for 2nd straight victory
FLAGSTAFF — A week after slamming on the breaks and starting to turn the car around, the Longhorns finished their u-turn and stepped on the gas pedal heading the other way at Coconino High here Friday night.
Cloee Beeler dives for a ball in the Longhorns’ match against Fountain Hills on Aug. 30.
Payson beat host Flagstaff Coconino 34-14 in football on Friday night for its second straight win.
A shortage of players has led to Payson High canceling its junior varsity season. “We did not have enough JV players come out,” said Payson High varsity football head coach Jake Swartwood.
If coaching soccer for 30 years taught Leslie Fletcher Ayres anything, it’s that turning a program around begins with the basics.
Longhorn jr. impresses in Payson Inv.
Kyra Ball wasn’t happy with the way she began the cross country season. A 21st-place finish at Saturday’s Chandler Invitational didn’t meet her expectations.
After dropping the opening set in heartbreaking fashion, Payson’s volleyball team teetered on the verge of going down 0-2 to visiting Fountain Hills.
Cameron Ross splashes down at the end of a carry at Queen Creek Casteel on Aug. 26. Because of the early holiday deadline, Friday’s game at Fountain Hills is not covered in this edition of the Roundup. Please visit www.payson.com for the story and pick up a copy of the Sept. 9 Roundup for additional coverage of the team.
Good teams capitalize on the other team’s mistakes. Payson High played like a very good team Friday night in Fountain Hills.
Payson beat host Fountain Hills for its first football win of the season in Friday night.
Payson opened the boys soccer season with an 11-0 loss at home to Camp Verde at Rumsey Park on Tuesday afternoon. But wins and losses don’t really matter this season.
The graduation of two of their top runners from the last several seasons leaves Payson High’s girls cross country team searching for contributors this fall.
Just fielding a full team of five scoring runners has been a challenge for Payson boys cross country coach Jonathan Ball the last several years.
Payson high school sports calendar through September 2nd.
Casteel tops Payson 27-14
QUEEN CREEK – The estimated 2,500 fans that attended Friday night’s historical game at Casteel High will long remember that their football team beat Payson.
No riders able to last eight seconds
The name Milk Man doesn’t do him justice. The prized Salt River Rodeo Co. bull could just as easily be called Demon Beast, Terror Train or Big Bully.
Red of nose, baggy of pants, Donnie Landis struck a pose in the midst of the Saturday performance of the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.
The man carried his Labrador retriever puppy into the grocery store, found a cart and sat the dog in the space designed to hold toddlers and easily damaged food.
Starting the season a week early in order to get a week off prior to the 3A East Region opener against mighty Show Low seemed like a good idea weeks ago.
Cowgirls raced around barrels, cowboys roped calves, wrestled steers and tried to stay on wild broncos and bulls for eight seconds and youngsters held on for dear life as they got a taste of rodeo life on the backs of sheep and steers.
Where My Pitches At beat Wanna Play to win the Payson Parks & Rec Women’s Slowpitch Softball League Tournament Championship at Rumsey Park on Monday, Aug. 15.
Payson High opened the football season on a sour note, losing 38-8 to visiting Safford on Friday.
Payson kicks off the high school football season at home against Safford tonight at 7 o’clock.
Jake Swartwood has learned to limit his practices to certain portions of the Payson High football field.
After losing in the round of 32 in the London Games four years earlier, former Payson resident Brady Ellison worked hard to reach the medal stand in this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
High school football teams need continuity and consistency in their coaching staffs from year to year to be successful.
Going for individual Olympic gold medal tod
Former Payson resident Brady Ellison and Team USA won the silver medal in team archery at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday.
Asking the 'tough' questions
I do my best to squeeze into position. It can be difficult. A group of six or seven television and newspaper reporters from the Valley gather at the edge of the field waiting for Todd Graham’s arrival.
After starring on the high school football field for one of the premier small school programs in the state, Danny Groebner didn’t want to quit playing the sport he loves.
Everything must go right for a steer wrestler to succeed. And it did most weekends this season for Star Valley teen Denton Petersen.
Country's top-ranked archer has local Payson ties
Like a lot of us, Alesha and John Calderwood plan on watching plenty of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio on television over the next couple of weeks.
After a wet field and the possibility of more rain forced him to cancel the wildly popular Maroon & Gold Practice at Camp Tontozona scheduled for Saturday morning, Arizona State football coach Todd Graham wanted to try and salvage some of the fun associated with that event.
Payson offers fun for the entire family today and Saturday with events surrounding the Arizona State University football team’s visit to Camp Tontozona.
ASU forced to use coin laundry while at Camp Tontozona
Doing the laundry for a college football team is quite an undertaking under ordinary circumstances. But doing it with no washing machines or dryers on site creates additional hurdles.
The Town of Payson Flag Football season for 5- to 12-year-olds kicked off at Rumsey Park on Monday with several games. However, thunderstorms interfered with the action.
Young teams carry low expectations. High expectations led to disappointment for Arizona State’s football team last season.
The family so instrumental in Payson High’s softball success is leaving town. Dr. Toby Paulson confirmed that the Paulsons are moving to Vineyard, Utah. It’s the end of the most successful era in PHS softball history.
Four win to advance to next round
Eight youngsters showed up for the first round of the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition at Rumsey Park on Saturday morning.