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Keith Morris

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Donors keep sports afloat

High school coaches across the state face a challenge at least as great as getting students ready to compete. They must also raise money to keep the program afloat.

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Talent, depth and speed could carry boys track team far

It’s not as much the largest turnout he’s seen in his seven years with Payson High’s boys track and field team, but the talent level that has Jonathan Ball excited as the Longhorns prepare for the upcoming season.

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Young Longhorns ready to hit the diamond

It’s a drastically different Payson High baseball team that opens the season in the Fountain Hills Invitational on Wednesday.

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Sunflower Scrimmage Baseball at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21

Payson High’s baseball season doesn’t officially begin until the Longhorns participate in the Fountain Hills Invitational beginning on Wednesday. And PHS doesn’t open the home schedule until entertaining Morenci on March 6.

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How appealing: AIA drops PHS football to D4

In the end, it all worked out fine.

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Experienced Horns can’t wait to get back on links

With four starters back from a top-five state finish in 2014, Payson High golf coach Denny Morse can’t wait to get the season started.

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Longhorn trio wrestle down state medals

Vega takes third, Anderson and Keeney fifth

PRESCOTT VALLEY – Dramatic finishes dominated the day as Payson High’s three Division 3 State Wrestling Tournament qualifiers capped strong seasons with thrilling victories at Prescott Valley Event Center on Thursday and Friday.

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Is 2015 finally the Year of the Longhorn?

More Than a Game

It all started Monday.

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Varsity basketball team buys uniforms for 8th-graders

Wildly successful raffle makes it all possible

A year ago, Payson High assistant boys basketball coach Randy Herrera had an idea to help raise needed funds for the high school boys basketball program, as well as the school’s bass club, which he heads.

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Johnson back to lead PHS softball program

Talk to Curtis Johnson for a few minutes and you realize the man knows softball.

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Young rodeo stars shine in Cottonwood mud

Despite dealing with a lot of mud, young Rim Country rodeo stars enjoyed another strong performance at the Arizona High School Rodeo Association and Arizona Junior High Rodeo Association event in Cottonwood on Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

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Trio of grapplers qualify for state

Three Payson High wrestlers qualified for the Division 3 state tournament by placing among the top four wrestlers at their weight class at Saturday’s Section 1 tournament in Winslow.

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Lil' Longhorns take center stage

As good as the Payson High varsity cheerleaders are — and they finished eighth in the state this year in show cheer, while the pom line finished fifth — they were overshadowed at halftime of the boys varsity basketball game against Goodyear Estrella Foothills on Jan. 6.

Payson prevails in 3 of 4 AIA appeals

Two days after losing her bid to get the Arizona Interscholastic Association to drop Payson’s football team down to the division she feels the Longhorns belong, Payson High athletic director Jennifer White was back in front of an AIA appeals committee on Thursday.

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Club Payson back in action

Club Payson is back in action with girls ages 4-18 competing on six teams in the Arizona Region of USA Volleyball, as well as a fundamental program offering basic instruction to the youngest girls.

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Boys push Show Low in season finale

Payson’s boys basketball team surfed into Tuesday’s season finale against Show Low riding a wave of emotion from a thrilling win over Eagar Round Valley four nights earlier that snapped a 10-game losing streak.

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Girls close on high note

This season has featured its share of disappointments for Payson’s girls basketball team.

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AIA rejects Payson appeal of football placement

The Arizona Interscholastic Association on Tuesday denied Payson High’s appeal of its initial placement in Division 3 for football for the next three-year scheduling block.

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Wrestler hopes to join dad, brother as champion

Trying to use pressure to win title as inspiration

Trevor Anderson knows a couple of things about state wrestling championships.

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Wrestlers fall to Cowboys in rare home match

Unlike Payson High’s boys and girls basketball teams, who enjoy many opportunities to play in front of the home crowd each season, the wrestlers don’t.

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Another painful loss for Longhorns

Payson’s girls basketball team entered Friday’s game against visiting Eagar Round Valley hoping to snap a six-game losing streak.

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Riotous celebration and a storybook ending

Four-point play brings fans to their feet

Even nightmare seasons can feature a memorable game or two.

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Injuries can’t damage duo’s team spirit

Tessa Hintze and Sara Novack expected to serve as key cogs in a Payson girls basketball team with high expectations this sesaon.

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Four-point play with :01 left lifts Longhorns to dramatic boys basketball win over Elks

Chaz Davis was fouled while sinking a three-point basket with one second remaining and went to the line and calmly sank the free throw to complete a rare four-point play that lifted Payson to a 55-54 boys basketball victory over visiting Eagar Round Valley on Friday night.

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Payson pom line takes 5th in state, cheer places 8th

Payson High’s cheer team spends most of its time, well, cheering for the school’s football and basketball teams.

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AIA moving PHS up a division in four sports

Payson appealing initial placement for football, volleyball, baseball and softball teams

The Payson Athletic Director plans to appeal a sweeping realignment of schools by the Arizona Interscholastic Association that will force many Payson teams to compete with much larger schools.

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Coach: ‘I did not expect what has happened this season’

The scoreboard told the story: Visitors 62, Home 32.

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Longhorn grapplers place 6th in own tourney

Wrestlers hope for big crowd in Thursday’s regular-season finale

After spending the entire season competing in other gymnasiums, Payson High’s wrestlers finally got to perform in front of the home folks at the Payson Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

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Native Grill & Wings fills a need in Payson

Wide variety of food on menu, but wings are a big draw

After a decade of casual visits, Robert and Jacquie Marshall noticed Payson lacked a true sports bar. So they decided to do something about it.

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Tournament offers rare chance to support Payson High wrestlers

It’s been a long wait, but Payson High’s wrestling team is coming home.

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Best game of season lifts girls past Mingus 52-31

Horns win 2 straight before falling to Holbrook

Miles Huff doesn’t want his Payson varsity girls basketball players to dwell on wins and losses. The goal he said is to just try to play well and the wins will come.

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Boys battle Div. 2 Marauders to end in tough loss

Holbrook hands Horns 5th straight loss

Payson’s boys basketball team faced a big challenge against visiting Cottonwood Mingus, the No. 14-ranked team in the Division 2 power rankings, on Thursday.

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Matt Davis leads on court and in class

Class president and multi-sport star a cheerleader for school spirit

Matt Davis has demonstrated an ability to shine when the spotlight’s on him.

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Payson High Varsity Sports Schedule

Payson High Varsity Sports Schedule

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Tuesday basketball games postponed until Friday

Tonight's girls and boys basketball games against Holbrook at Payson High School have been postponed until Friday because of the weather.

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Boys competitive in loss to Jackets

Host Holbrook tonight

The Longhorns wanted to put a 39-point boys basketball loss to Goodyear Estrella Foothills behind them when they played host to a strong Lakeside Blue Ridge team on Thursday night.

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Coach looking for girls to take care of ball

Turnovers cost Horns in losses

Arissa Paulson scored 13 points but it wasn’t enough for Payson as visiting Lakeside Blue Ridge posted a 55-36 Division 3 Section 4 girls basketball victory on Thursday night at Wilson Dome.

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Young wrestlers look to improve

Young wrestling teams that forfeit five of the 14 weight classes don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on dual results.

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Wolves devour Horns 62-23 in boys hoops

Neither Payson nor Goodyear Estrella Foothills entered Tuesday’s boys basketball game at Wilson Dome near the top of the Division 3 power rankings. But it’s early and the visiting Wolves showed they’re probably much better than their No. 29 ranking indicates.

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Cori Barnett more than a three-sport star

Honor student excels at juggling busy schedule

Cori Barnett remembers getting cut from her seventh-grade basketball team.

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Strong boys soccer season nets several honors

Ten Horns recognized on all-state, section teams

Although it was a team mentality that keyed one of the best seasons in program history, many of the cogs in Payson High’s boys soccer machine have been singled out for recognition.

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Stonebrink made sure his players got recognized

More Than a Game

Coaching high school student-athletes is a challenge that offers few financial rewards for the countless hours required to field a competitive team.

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PHS girls keep busy over break

Play six games in nine days

Payson’s girls basketball team took this week off after playing six games in nine days to close the 2014 portion of the schedule. The Longhorns return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at Goodyear Estrella Foothills.

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Reaching state final makes softball team year’s top sports story

From runners to rodeos, Rim Country saw its share of athletic highlights in 2014. The performance by Payson High’s varsity softball team ranks at the top of the list.

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Pet Club offers everything for pet owners

As Linda Stoneburner figured she’d have to check the Internet to find the specialized food recommended for her toy poodle’s allergies.

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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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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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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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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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