Payson restores mat tourney moniker: Tim Van Horn Memorial back
The Tim Van Horn Memorial Wrestling Tournament scheduled for Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21 has been postponed because of the expected winter storm. The tournament has been rescheduled as a one-day event on Friday, Jan. 27.
Beat Lobos on court after gridiron upset
Denver White hoped the magic Payson performed on the football field translated onto the basketball court.
The Longhorns battled visiting Winslow for three quarters. Unfortunately, the second quarter proved disastrous in a 51-32 loss to the Bulldogs on Jan. 10.
Watch Ryan Ricke swish a jump shot, drive in for a layup, battle for a rebound or dive for a loose ball and you might think he’s a pretty good basketball player.
Stampede past Bulldogs on senior night
Payson High’s wrestling team opened the 2017 portion of its season with a nod to the past on Thursday night.
Payson’s girls basketball team went 1-3 in the Payson Holiday Classic it hosted on Dec. 30-31. The Class 3A Longhorns lost to Show Low 36-34 and beat 4A Buckeye Youngker 36-25 on Dec. 30 and lost to 2A Sanders Valley 45-21 and 2A Phoenix Country Day 34-22 on Dec. 31.
Young three-sport standout named all-state in volleyball
Savanna White lives in the air. Radar might be the best way to track her. An incredible leaping ability helps the 5-foot-10 Payson High sophomore soar into the rarefied air above the top of the net, which stands 7 feet, 4 1/8 inches above the floor.
When the construction business stalled several years ago, Michael Flanary moved to the Valley to find work.
Denver White began the season with his team running a man-to-man defense. Just like he’s always run.
Not much went right for Payson’s girls basketball team for the first three quarters on Tuesday night.
Jake Swartwood choked up at the Payson Football Awards Banquet as he spoke about his conversation with Trey Glasscock, one of the team’s best players.
Shorthanded Longhorns go 1-2 Payson managed to win one of its three dual wrestling matches at Holbrook on Dec. 7 despite taking just nine wrestlers to the competition.
Offense absent in loss to Fountain Hills
When they take the court at Wilson Dome to open 3A East Region action against Show Low at 6 o’clock tonight, Payson’s girls basketball players hope to start seeing more shots find the basket.
Down 18 points in the first half, the Longhorns needed a spark. They got a fireworks display.
Stellar defense sparks offense as Payson rolls
Miles Huff found what he was looking for right in his own backyard. The Payson High girls basketball coach watched his Longhorns open the season by struggling to score points in two weeks of road games.
Payson's girls basketball team played its best game of the young season in the home opener against Queen Creek Casteel on Friday night.
She’s 25 and in just her second season as Payson High’s head volleyball coach. But Desirae Burris was the best coach in the 3A East this season.
Payson wrestling coach Bryan Burke wants his kids to face the toughest competition possible during the regular season so they’ll be ready for anyone in the section and state tournaments.
Girls fall at Camp Verde Meredith Kiekinveld scored seven points and Sadie Sweeney scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Payson’s girls basketball team in a 40-26 loss at Camp Verde on Tuesday night.
Payson’s storybook volleyball season involved excellence on the part of the entire team.
Turning a high school wrestling program around takes time. And first-year Payson coach Bryan Burke believes the Longhorns are heading in the right direction.
Payson wrestling coach Bryan Burke saw plenty of reasons for optimism in the Longhorns’ 42-30 loss to Division 4 power St. Johns at Wilson Dome on Wednesday.
Men, women and children bring home Thanksgiving Day birds
At first glance, Arreta Hamrick thought she’d completely missed the target.
Payson opened the wrestling season by going 1-1 in a triangular match at San Tan Valley Combs on Nov. 22.
Longhorns go 1-3 vs. bigger schools in tournament
Payson opened the girls basketball season by gaining some very valuable experience in the challenging Goodyear Desert Edge Scorpion Shootout on Nov. 25-26.
Denver White likes to win as much as the next guy. But that’s not what it’s all about for the new Payson High boys basketball coach. White, 43, said one thing drives him as coach.
Denver White sees a lot of similarities between Payson’s varsity boys basketball team and the football team. Payson overcame a slow start on the gridiron and turned into one of the best teams in the state.
Payson High’s wrestling team makes its home debut by welcoming Chinle and St. Johns to Wilson Dome at 4 p.m.
Fourteen years after he began working for Bashas’, Bob Mykleby transferred to the Arizona grocery chain’s Payson store.
St. Vincent de Paul Society members expected to make more than 300 Thanksgiving dinner boxes from donations received on Turkey Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the Payson Bashas’.
First female to finish; Scott Jones first overall
Trista White couldn’t wait to reach the finish line in Saturday’s Payson Turkey Trot 5-Kilometer Family Fun Run.
Miles Huff enters his third season as the head coach of Payson’s varsity girls basketball team with something he lacked his first two years — a healthy roster.
Three Payson residents won their divisions in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Sectional Competition at Rumsey Park on Saturday, Nov. 12.
A season that couldn’t have started much worse couldn’t have ended much better.
PHOENIX — Some managed to hold back the tears. Others simply couldn’t. Playoff losses hurt.
A week after the No. 15 Longhorns shocked the state by upsetting No. 2 Snowflake, Payson’s underdog football team bowed out of the Class 3A State Tournament with a 31-13 quarterfinal loss at No. 7 Phoenix Northwest Christian on Saturday night.
Payson’s Kyra Ball finished 32nd in a field of 204 runners in the AIA Division 3 Cross Country Girls State Championship at Cave Creek Golf Course on Saturday. The junior finished the 3.1-mile course in 20 minutes and 44 seconds.
Trey Glasscock and Korben White looked at each other, with four years of hard work and sacrifice resting on the next play -- a do-or-die stand against one of the best teams in the state.
The locally owned Sears Hometown Store has moved across Highway 260 and is now located in the Payson Village Shopping Center next to Big 5 Sporting Goods.
Defense shines in playoff upset
Heartbreaking losses to powerhouse programs like Snowflake and Show Low convinced Payson High football players they could play with anybody.
PHOENIX — Just qualifying for the 16-team Class 3A state tournament made this a successful season for Payson’s young volleyball team.
Ryan Ricke scored on a 2-yard quarterback keeper with 11:17 remaining and Kenny Ayres kicked the extra point to break the tie and lift No. 15 Payson to a 7-6 win over No. 2 Snowflake in one of the biggest upsets in Arizona high school football playoff history on Saturday night in Snowflake.
Will play the No. 1 team in the state tonight
The Payson Longhorns Volleyball team on Friday beat Florence 3-1 in the first round of the AIA Class 3A Volleyball State Championship at Phoenix Camelback.
It’s been a lonely season for Kyra Ball. After watching seniors Abby Greenleaf and Anna Schouten graduate this spring, the Payson High junior inherited a leadership role on the Longhorn girls cross-country team.
Anger consumed Payson players when they walked off the Snowflake High football field on Oct. 7.
Compete in state tourney this weekend
The transformation took time. But somewhere along the way, Payson’s young volleyball team changed.
Earn rematch in Snowflake
A week after turning in one of the best defensive efforts of the season, the Longhorns got the offense firing on all cylinders in Holbrook on Friday night. They’ll need both from here out.
No. 8 Payson takes on No. 9 Florence in the opening round of the AIA Class 3A Volleyball State Championship at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at Phoenix Camelback High School.
No. 15 Payson travels to No. 2 Snowflake in the opening round of the Arizona Interscholastic Association 3A State Football Championship Tournament at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.
HOLBROOK — Payson scored seven touchdowns in closing the regular season with a 52-30 rout of Holbrook on Friday night.