Softball team routs Mingus
It didn’t take long for this year’s edition of Payson High’s varsity softball team to begin showing why Longhorn supporters are so excited about the possibilities for this season.
Juniors Harpe and Ridley lead way at Snowflake
SNOWFLAKE — Denny Morse has seen a lot in his 16 years as a coach for the Payson High golf team.
Senior point guard makes second team
An 8-21 season wasn’t what the Longhorns envisioned before the start of the boys basketball season.
Former PHS standout seeks donations
Mason Dacanay wants to give back.
Heartbreaking losses leave Payson 1-2
FOUNTAIN HILLS – An unbeaten season would have been fun.
More Than a Game
Kadi Tenney is a veteran assistant softball coach.
State title the goal after reaching semis last two seasons
After losing in the Division III softball state semifinals each of the last two years, the Longhorns have their sights set on breaking through and winning the first state championship in program history this spring.
Payson’s high school golf team has finished among the top eight in the state the past five years.
Lost just 1 senior from strong squad
A sign hangs on the wall of the home dugout at Payson High’s varsity baseball field. It reads: Focus on the next 200 feet.
Takes over after five years at event center
“It just made sense.”
Bulldogs too much for Longhorns
CHINLE – The Longhorns salvaged their season with a strong finish to the regular season and an upset of Snowflake in the opening round of the Division III girls basketball state tournament.
A pair of Payson clubs represented Rim Country well in a Go Girl Volleyball tournament in Show Low on Saturday, Feb. 15.
More Than a Game
Payson High’s baseball season doesn’t officially begin until the Longhorns participate in next week’s Fountain Hills Invitational on Wednesday and Friday.
Longhorns advance in playoffs
SNOWFLAKE – A diving, scrambling, just-won’t-quit Payson Longhorns girls basketball team scored the triumph of the season Wednesday by upsetting Snowflake to advance in the tough Division III state tournament.
Apache Lake yields 28-inch walleye
Ron Bowman thought he’d snagged his fishing line on a cable.
Chase Elmer takes 2nd to lead Horns
After going 24-5 in dual matches this season, Payson High’s wrestling team looked to cap off a strong season with a good performance at the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division III Individual State Tournament.
PHS opens state tourney Wednesday
Payson’s 12-16 record might lead some to wonder whether the Longhorns had a good girls basketball season.
More Than a Game
Let the wrestling resume.
Girls shift focus to state tourney
SHOW LOW – The Longhorns stormed into Tuesday’s Section IV Girls Basketball Tournament on a roll.
Shakes off concussion to earn scholarship to ACU
Jared Varner thought his football career was over when he suffered a concussion in Payson’s final regular-season game at Show Low last November.
The state Division III and IV State Wrestling Tournaments will take place on Friday Feb 14 and Saturday Feb. 15 at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, the Arizona Interscholastic Association announced in a press release Tuesday afternoon. Payson wrestlers will participate in the Division III Tournament.
Payson’s wrestlers were ready for the section tournament. But the section tournament wasn’t ready for them.
“No matter where you are today, you can improve physically.”
PHS also headed to state tourney
A state tournament berth was a long shot for Payson’s girls basketball team a couple of weeks ago.
England scores 28 as PHS snaps streak
Kain England picked a good night to turn in one of the best games of his career.
Payson’s girls basketball team has finished fourth in the Division III Section IV standings and qualified for the section tournament semifinals at Show Low.
More Than a Game
With Payson kids ready to begin their quest for individual state wrestling glory with the sectional tournament at Winslow High on Saturday, I can’t help but express my disappointment in the absence of a team state tournament in Arizona.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association postponed the 16 high school wrestling sectional tournaments scheduled for Saturday because a number of wrestlers have contracted a skin infection, according to a press release from the AIA.
Horns suffer another gut-wrenching defeat
Payson is a better boys basketball team than its record indicates.
Sophomores crucial in late-season surge
The girls basketball team entered Thursday’s regular-season finale against Globe playing their best basketball of the season.
Boys fight to 3rd place
The Rim Country Middle School Mavericks girls basketball team won both its games to win the seventh grade girls championship in the four-team Kenny Hartnett Memorial Basketball Tournament at Tonto Basin School on Saturday, Feb. 1.
Jacob Dixon’s not a benchwarmer, he’s a team starter
Jacob Dixon doesn’t produce eye-popping statistics. In fact, he doesn’t get to play very much. But make no mistake about it — the senior guard is a very valuable part of Payson’s boys varsity basketball team.
Winslow rallies to beat Horns
It looked like Payson’s boys basketball team might just end its frustration last week.
Daniel Cluff wins freshman title
Payson closed the dual portion of the wrestling season by winning all three of its matches at Chino Valley on Friday to improve to 24-5.
Girls basketball team continues climb up Division III rankings
What a difference a week makes.
The odds the Payson’s girls basketball team will qualify for the Division III state tournament keep improving. PHS entered Thursday’s game against No. 2 Winslow at No. 24 in the state power rankings. Despite a 56-35 loss to the Bulldogs, the Longhorns moved up to No. 23 entering Friday’s game at No. 26 Round Valley.
PHS gets huge win
At No. 27 in the Division III state power rankings, Payson’s girls basketball team entered the final two weeks of the regular season with no margin for error.
Horn wrestlers improve to 20-5
Payson’s wrestling team dominated both Cottonwood Mingus and Lakeside Blue Ridge in the final home action of the season.
Payson High’s varsity girls basketball players this week moved a step closer to a state playoff slot, despite Thursday’s 56-35 loss to No. 2 Winslow.
PHS skid reaches 7 games
Chaz Davis scored 19 points to lead three Longhorns scoring in double figures, but it wasn’t enough as Whiteriver Alchesay won 67-56 in boys basketball at Wilson Dome on Tuesday night.
Five squads competing around state
The high school season ended a couple of months ago, but the game goes on for some of the best volleyball players across the state playing on club teams.
Qualifies for first time in four years
The Payson Longhorn cheer team isn’t usually the center of attention.
PHS needs upset tonight
Payson lost a crucial girls basketball game at Snowflake on Friday, falling to the host Lobos 45-34.
This time, the Longhorns gave Snowflake a game.
Diminutive senior a defensive giant
At 5-foot-3, Harley Turney isn’t the first girl you notice on a basketball court.
RCMS student leads area riders
Rim Country residents once again performed well on the Arizona High School and Junior High Rodeo circuits last weekend in Safford.
PHS needs to leapfrog 3 teams
The top 24 teams in the power rankings qualify for the Division III girls basketball state tournament.
Payson’s stunning 56-48 boys basketball win at then-10th-ranked Blue Ridge on Jan. 9 was the highlight of the season for the Longhorns.
More Than a Game
From the weigh-ins and seeding meeting at 9 a.m. Friday morning until the final awards were presented at about 8 p.m. Saturday, this year’s Payson Wrestling Invitational was a success.
Mingus rallies to pull out 50-49 win
COTTONWOOD — Payson’s boys basketball team knows heartbreaking losses.