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Keith Morris

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They needed good ... they got GREAT

Hunter Paul knew he needed a good performance when Brian Johnson handed him the baseball Monday night.

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Track star does a chain saw massacre on season

Accident ends dream of repeating as state D3 100-meter champion

Wyatt Chapman had just returned to action in a big way after a hamstring injury. At the Blue Ridge Invitational on April 10, the defending Division 3 state champion in the 100 meters participated in his first meet since suffering the injury on March 14.

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Longhorns now sprint into epic home stretch

The Yellow Jackets didn’t give Arissa Paulson a chance to swing the bat the first time the teams met.

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Instant art aspect drew woman to photography

At her core, Jeannie Herford hasn’t changed.

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Chapman back in action

Wins 100 and helps relay team win to lead boys to 2nd place at Blue Ridge

Welcome back Wyatt Chapman.

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Tournament offers young baseball team a chance to bond

Payson’s baseball team went 3-2 at the Goodyear Estrella Foothills Wolves Classic held Thursday-Saturday.

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Play Ball!

Parents and coaches always hope for an injury-free Little League season.

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Longhorns keep running over opponents

Camp Verde, Snowflake wins cap big week

The discouraged Snowflake batter began the long walk back to the bench after swinging and missing.

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Wild Winslow loss a tough blow

WINSLOW — Payson’s baseball team blew into Winslow on a four-game winning streak.

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Stampeding Horns relish stomping nemesis

Beat Winslow in rematch of championship heartbreak

WINSLOW — The cheers from Winslow players when a foul ball struck Payton Petersen’s foot causing the Payson catcher a great deal of pain only added to the Longhorns’ motivation.

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Brown key to success of Gracie Haught Classic

More Than a Game

People who’ve enjoyed the Gracie Haught Classic over the years didn’t see what was happening behind the scenes to make sure the softball tournament ran like a well-oiled machine.

Tickets going fast for Payson’s hottest event

Chance to support area youth, wildlife

One of the finest charity organizations in Arizona is once again offering Rim Country residents a chance to not only support a worthy cause, but to also attend one of the biggest events of the year.

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Walk-off win keeps Longhorns perfect in section

Four-game win streak on line tonight in Winslow

Revenge is a dish best served cold — on a hot streak.

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Diamondbacks donate uniforms

Team gives Payson Little League approximately 250 jerseys

T-shirts are fine, but high-quality button up jerseys are better.

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No. 1 with a bullet: Softball team rolling

Horns get rematch with state champs on Tuesday

Attention Winslow residents: a herd of stampeding Longhorns are heading your way.

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Miraculous putt sends father-son team to major tourney

Tyler Apps felt the pressure.

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Surprising young Longhorns sit atop section

Many people probably wrote Payson High’s young baseball team off after a 2-9 start.

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School bus totaled in crash

Track team, staff escape injury

Sitting forlornly in the transportation parking lot, a mangled activities bus awaits a fate far from Payson Unified School District.

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Defense helps Horns snag big win at Blue Ridge

Look beyond the 3-9 overall record and Payson’s baseball team shows promise.

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Horns stay hot in final round at Chaparral Pines

Unbeaten for at least 5 years says coach

It all came down to one final shot.

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Track and field coach: ‘He was kind of toying with them’

Moceri wins both distance races to lead Payson boys track team

“He was kind of toying with them.”

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Batters might as well be swinging toothpicks against Arissa

More Than a Game

The ace pitcher didn’t even glance at the Tanque Verde player dancing off of second base.

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Realignment has PHS teams facing several long trips

Gas up the bus, Payson teams will spend a lot of time on the road in the next three years thanks to the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s new division and section alignment.

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Longhorns hard ball team facing hard times

Payson’s baseball team suffered through a tough final week of spring break with a pair of losses. The Longhorns fell 10-1 to a strong Fountain Hills team at home on Tuesday, March 17 and 6-5 at Snowflake on Wednesday.

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Triumphant dress rehearsal for playoff glory

Dominant pitching powers Longhorns to Gracie Haught title

In what they hope is a dress rehearsal for the ultimate celebration at Arizona State University on May 11, gleeful Payson softball players hugged, jumped into each other’s arms and reveled in a tournament championship Saturday night on their home field.

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Payson runner joins elite company at prestigious invitational

Payson High can boast of plenty of memorable performances in the history of its boys track program. Trevor Clawson added his name to the archives with an outstanding effort on Saturday.

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Gracie Haught Classic Scoreboard

Gracie Haught Classic scoreboard

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Best of the best converge on Payson

Longhorns face tough test in quest for glory

Payson High’s softball team is the favorite in many people’s minds to win the first state championship in program history this season. But the Longhorns will have to get by several other teams with title aspirations of their own if they are to realize their ultimate goal.

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Longhorns stomp Fountain Hills 17-0

Welcome to the big time.

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Newcomer fits right in

Anilese Hayes took a bit of a skip as she came down on a home plate surrounded by Payson High softball players.

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Stampeding Longhorns trample Cougars 11-0

The Division 3 softball rankings don’t debut until April 1, but Payson is making a strong case for the No. 1 spot when they finally are released.

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Payson track teams quick off the starting blocks

Only one Division 3 team finished in front of Payson’s boys track and field team in Saturday’s 21-team Scottsdale Horizon Husky Invitational, which featured some of the largest schools in the state.

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Depth powers boys track team

If Payson’s boys track and field team is going to challenge for a Division 3 state championship this season as coach Jonathan Ball believes is possible, depth will be a key reason.

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Sparkling defense saves Longhorn no-hitter

Arissa pitches near perfect game

Cori Barnett felt the pressure as she watched the ball begin to descend.

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Offense hits its stride as PHS baseball wins another thriller

These Longhorns are developing a flare for the dramatic.

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Speaker urges students: Be true to yourself

Justin Boudreau figures he’s addressed more than a million students and teachers in his 13 years as a motivational speaker.

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Cards’ Bethel overcame stress to excel in NFL

“I had really bad problems with stress and sometimes getting depressed,” 24-year-old Arizona Cardinals player Justin Bethel said after his presentation to Payson High School students on Friday.

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Sarnowski’s 1-hitter powers Longhorns in home opener

The Longhorns revealed a welcome depth of character on Friday with their first win of the season.

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Payson softball team storms out of gate

The dream team has fueled Payson’s championship hopes with a blistering 8-1 opening to the season.

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Bring can of food to Tuesday's baseball game

Payson High’s baseball players and coaches ask anyone attending the Tuesday, March 10 home junior varsity and varsity baseball games against Camp Verde to bring a can of food.

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AIA finalizes new divisions

After weeks of appeals by schools, the Arizona Interscholastic Association last week released its final division placements for the 2015-16 through 2017-18 school years and a couple of interesting things stood out.

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Young girls track team features plenty of depth

It’s a young Payson High girls track and field team that opens the season today at the Queen Creek Sanders Montague Desert Classic.

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Sport shoe program just keeps on growing

Like a growing child, the Payson United Methodist Church Sport Shoe Program keeps getting bigger.

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PHS baseball starts 0-4

Payson High’s young baseball team took some lumps against quality opponents in the season-opening Fountain Hills Invitational Wednesday-Saturday, going 0-4.

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Payson Softball Player Profiles

1-Aubrielle Paulson is a freshman pitcher/infielder. As a speedy left-handed slap hitter, she brings another dimension to the offense. She is strong in fundamentals through club ball experience, and she should see action in one of the infield positions when not pitching.

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Longhorns set sights on title

Last season was magical for Payson High’s softball team.

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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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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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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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