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Keith Morris

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Arissa Paulson voted Div. 3 Player of Year

Barnett also makes first-team all-state

Coaching softball turns out to be a great way to lose weight.

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Grandma and trainer succeed on bodybuilding stage

A grandmother trying to lose weight after thyroid cancer surgery and a young trainer looking to make her mark came together to succeed in the competitive world of bodybuilding recently.

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Weather can’t throw top cowboys at rodeo

But does keep spectators away

“Last night was the worst I’ve seen in 30 years,” lamented Payson rodeo boss Bill Armstrong. “It was a shame.”

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Career round powers Harpe to state golf crown

Becomes Payson’s first state medalist

PRESCOTT — After three years as one of the top high school golfers in the state, Dean Harpe rose to a new level on Saturday.

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Area woman realizes runner’s dream of competing in Boston

The huge crowds lining the entire 26-mile course fueled Melleny Magill like gas in a racecar’s tank.

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Longhorns: Champions of the heart

More Than a Game

I watched a championship team Monday night.

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Paulson pitches Horns past Lobos

Payson wins quarterfinal despite managing just 4 hits against Snowflake

PHOENIX – The formula for success Payson’s top-seeded softball team has followed all season didn’t exactly come together as usual in the Longhorns’ Division 3 state quarterfinal game against No. 9 Snowflake on Friday night at the Rose Mofford Complex in Phoenix.

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Horns watch lead and title hopes vanish

SURPRISE – The Longhorns have walked the tightrope all season.

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Heartbreaking defeat

Injuries cripple Longhorns in championship

TEMPE – She’s flesh and blood after all. Most of it heart.

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Paulson’s heroics cap storybook comeback

Star blasts 2 HRs, including walk-off in 8th, to send Longhorns to final

PHOENIX – The star wiped away the tears and stepped to the plate.

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Clawson, Hancock both finish third at state meet

Payson boys place seventh

Jonathan Ball thought his Payson High boys track team had the potential to win its first team state championship in nine seasons this spring.

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Miracle finish lifts Longhorns into title game

PHOENIX – The star wiped away the tears and stepped to the plate. Although the pain was great, it would hurt less if she could somehow summon the strength to come through once again and lift her team to victory.

Payson High baseball team falls in dramatic fashion

SURPRISE – The Longhorns have walked the tightrope all season. Along the way they’ve enjoyed thrilling victories and endured gut-wrenching defeats. In a season filled with monumental challenges, they nearly slayed their biggest giant on Friday. Instead, they suffered one final heartbreak.

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Longhorns beat Snowflake to reach softball semifinals

PHOENIX – Now it gets interesting. Three rounds into the Division 3 softball state tournament Payson’s mighty Longhorns face arch-rival Winslow in the semifinals at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rose Mofford Softball Complex in Phoenix with revenge on their minds and a state championship in their sights.

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Baseball team wants to be upsetting

As the Longhorns walked by the Tucson Amphitheater baseball team upon entering Surprise Sports Complex on Saturday, they heard a Panthers player remark, “I wish we were playing Payson.”

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Joyful slaughter

27th straight win puts Payson in quarterfinals tonight at 7 in Phoenix

PHOENIX — The pressure’s been building for months.

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Boys track team dashes into state tournament

Eleven Payson athletes qualify in 14 of events

The Longhorns refused to give up when injuries threatened to sideline Payson High’s boys track season.

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Only state championship will satisfy this team

Powerful hitters, flawless fielding support superstar pitcher

After two months of beating opponents silly, one of the best teams in Payson softball history is four wins from being able to call itself the best ever.

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Run for glory

Longhorns softball team determined to make history

The Longhorns received their treasure map on Thursday.

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Smash Sisters clobber the ball

“Home runs are actually mistakes,” said Payson High softball coach Curtis Johnson.

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Longhorns trample Cougars in playoffs

SURPRISE — David Evans wasn’t having a good day when he walked to the plate in the top of the sixth inning of Saturday’s Division 3 state baseball tournament game.

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It’s all on the line

One dream rises from the ashes of frustration and denial.

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Softball team smashes Payson’s season-win record

The Longhorns made history on Tuesday, beating host Fountain Hills 18-0 for their 30th softball win of the season, breaking the school record of 29 victories set in 2013 and matched last season.

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Rookie pitchers save season

At 2-9, Payson’s young baseball team seemed destined for a season of struggle when sophomore Ryan Ricke took the mound in Lakeside against a 9-2 Blue Ridge squad.

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Young team’s roller coaster season careens into the playoffs

Maybe it’s better this way.

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The school of hard knocks for Longhorns

Like a teenager coming of age in some tribal ritual, Payson’s young baseball players have walked the gauntlet of the toughest schedule in Division 3.

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Friends for life

More Than a Game

Like the glue in a model airplane, four seniors hold together Payson’s mighty softball team.

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Payson clinches section title

Team focused on state championship

The Longhorns made history by wrapping up their second straight section softball championship on Friday night.

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Showdown tonight with archrival Show Low

Some of the best and most lasting memories in an already memorable season are sure to be in store today at Payson High as the Longhorns’ juggernaut softball team closes its home schedule.

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Another shutout!

Sizzle on the mound burnishes Longhorns’ playoff prospects

At 5-foot-6, Hunter Paul is the shortest player on Payson High’s baseball roster.

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Little things, great results

More Than a Game

Jodi Taylor looked to her left and found Curtis Johnson in the third base dugout. She studied his hand carefully as the Payson High varsity softball coach flashed the freshman catcher the signals for the pitch he wanted and the location he wanted it in.

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Hungry Longhorns still in the hunt

Win a no-hitter, lose a heartbreaker

Brian Young liked what he saw from Jake Beeler on the mound in his two recent starts.

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Chasing a championship

The curtain falls on the home schedule for the greatest show in softball this week

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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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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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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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Play Ball!

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

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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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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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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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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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Wild Winslow loss a tough blow

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

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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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Surprising young Longhorns sit atop section

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