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Keith Morris

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Payson Longhorns Coach: ‘There’s a lot to work on’

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.

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Ride'em Cowboy

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.

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Diamond Queens

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.

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Safford beats Payson 38-8 in football

Payson High opened the football season on a sour note, losing 38-8 to visiting Safford on Friday.

Payson Longhorns kicking off at home

Payson kicks off the high school football season at home against Safford tonight at 7 o’clock.

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Payson’s broken-down football facilities pose challenges, hazards

Jake Swartwood has learned to limit his practices to certain portions of the Payson High football field.

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Brady Ellison claims third Olympic medal

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.

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Continuity of coaching staff a big plus for Longhorns

High school football teams need continuity and consistency in their coaching staffs from year to year to be successful.

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Ellison helps U.S. win silver in Rio

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.

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Some Sun Devils just not into camping

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.

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Payson teen enjoys High School National Finals Rodeo

Everything must go right for a steer wrestler to succeed. And it did most weekends this season for Star Valley teen Denton Petersen.

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Ex-Blue Ridge football star still a team player

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.

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Former Payson student leads USA archery team in Rio

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.

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Sun Devils head back to Tempe one day early

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.

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Dirty work: Staff clears hurdles to keep Sun Devils clean

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.

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Sun Devils return to Payson for Tontozona football camp workout

Payson offers fun for the entire family today and Saturday with events surrounding the Arizona State University football team’s visit to Camp Tontozona.

Payson Parks & Rec. Flag Football Fever

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.

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Devils face challenge on eve of Tontozona

Young teams carry low expectations. High expectations led to disappointment for Arizona State’s football team last season.

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End of an era: Paulson family moving

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.

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Payson's Rumsey Park Punt, Pass & Kick

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.

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Payson Parks & Recreation Competitive league lives up to name

Waylon Pettet Ins. survives challenge from Quality Movers

Five teams battled all summer. The Payson Parks & Rec Men’s Summer Competitive Slowpitch Softball League featured Mike’s Custom Auto Body finishing first with a 7-3 record and a trio of teams finishing a game back at 6-4.

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Seems there’s no escaping traffic on the trail

More Than a Game

I’m hiking through the woods with my dogs and we hear an engine.

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Fun in the park

Drive by the south soccer field at Rumsey Park on many weeks during the summer and you’re bound to see activity.

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They’re making a splash

Local Special Olympics chapter tries to stay afloat

They swam their hearts out.

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Sun Devils come early to Tontozona

Way back when, Arizona State University’s football team started holding its preseason practices at Camp Tontozona near Christopher Creek to escape the demands of technology — including television, telephones and the endless distractions likely to keep the team from bonding and focusing.

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Cyclist blows past challenges to defend title

As much as last year’s Mountain Bike National Championship meant to Cypress Gorry, this year’s crown may be even more special to the 2012 Payson High graduate.

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Good round, wise pick nets golf title

Playing good golf wasn’t enough in Payson Men’s Golf Association action last week. Winning the PMGA Open also required a little luck.

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Two-vehicle accident slows traffic on Hwy. 260

A two-vehicle accident slowed westbound traffic on Hwy. 260 at the intersection of Mud Springs Road late Thursday morning.

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PHS standout back to lead grapplers

Bryan Burke, 25, named wrestling coach, varsity football assistant

A standout from the Longhorns’ glorious football past now begins his quest to return Payson High’s wrestling program to its glory days.

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Football fun this week in Rumsey Park

Payson kicks off the high school football season four weeks from Friday at home against Safford.

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Turning lose, lose into win, win, win

More Than a Game

When two sides with open minds seek a solution, anything is possible.

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Boon for bike riders

Motorized vehicle use on some of the most popular trails in Rim Country will be against the law if the Tonto National Forest supervisor adopts the proposed Travel Management Plan in about 120 days.

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Payson Little League officials crying foul

Town defends decision that forced tournament to leave

Hope turned to disappointment last week when Payson Little League officials said they got booted from Rumsey Park to make way for another scheduled tournament.

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Lights, camera, ACTION

Playing field upgrades paying off for Payson

Lights, camera, action.

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Softball tourney expected to bring more than 2,000 to Payson this weekend

If you figured the crowds from the valley would die down following the busy Fourth of July festivities in Payson, think again.

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He wants to win it all

The first time Denton Petersen tried steer wrestling, it didn’t go so well. The horse stepped on him, chipping the youngster’s shinbone.

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Dreamy Kiwanis fields now a reality

Little Leaguers play on big league fields thanks to D-backs, Payson upgrades

Many kids dream of playing baseball in a major league park.

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Tonto Basin eighth-grader: ‘I was shaking the whole time’

TR Frost overcomes nerves to place 28th in Jr. High National Finals Rodeo

Calm and confident.

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Freshmen show future bright for PHS girls track

Senior Taryn North wins four decathlon events

Everybody associated with Payson High’s track and field team already knew freshmen Meredith Kiekintveld and Savannah White were standout athletes.

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Trio of Payson boys close track season on high note

A trio of Payson High juniors closed the high school track and field season by competing in the Arizona State Championship meets at Mesa Red Mountain High on May 13-14.

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AIA realignment designed to fix disparities

Payson back in 3A East this fall

Message received.

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Sweat & Dust

Race brings about 700 to Star Valley

Engines roared.

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Heart attack can’t slow Star Valley resident down

Eleventh Annual Payson Sprint Triathlon a grueling test of endurance, will power


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Dirt bike, ATV race roars into Star Valley

Saturday’s race to take over Houston Trail

Anyone planning on hiking either Houston Trail or the Houston Loop Trail on Saturday should make other plans.

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Cromer steps down as Payson High athletic director

Rich Ormand to replace him; new boys hoops and mat coaches named

Changes abound for the Payson High athletic department.

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Accident slows traffic on North Beeline Highway

A two-vehicle wreck on south Beeline Highway slowed traffic around lunchtime Wednesday.

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Mayor says no highway bypass

Study suggests other ways to ease summer traffic congestion

It’s not exactly like computers taking over, but Payson Mayor Kenny Evans says this town needs the kind of artificial intelligence Steven Spielberg envisioned in A-I.

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High School Rodeo state finals this week in Payson

Four locals hope to close season on a high note

For most of the competitors, the high school rodeo season comes to an end in Payson this weekend with the Arizona High School Rodeo Association State Finals.

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Taran Sarnowski voted second team all-state

Half-dozen Horns recognized on all-academic team

He struck fear in the hearts of pitchers by smashing dramatic home runs that propelled his team to thrilling victories.

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Longhorn trio makes all-state softball team

Bauer on first team, Johnson named Coach of Year

Few if any people expected Payson High’s softball team to continue the success it enjoyed the previous four seasons this spring.