Who’s No. 1? Horns beat Lobos again
Like roller coaster enthusiasts holding their arms up instead of hanging onto the bar for dear life, these Longhorns relish the excitement of a dramatic volleyball game.
More Than a Game
As Payson’s seniors play their final home game against Blue Ridge tonight at 7 o’clock, the formula seems simple enough.
Rout Winslow to keep playoff hopes alive
The Class 3A state football playoffs don’t start for most teams for another three weeks. They started on Friday for Payson.
Kenny Ayres trembled as he put the ball on the tee. But the Payson High senior did a good job of hiding the nerves that overtook him as he prepared to attempt a crucial onside kick his Longhorns desperately needed to recover to have any hope of pulling off a miracle comeback.
Payson’s football team celebrated homecoming by putting a month of frustration behind it with a 48-19 thrashing of No. 6 Winslow on Friday night.
As four seniors said goodbye to Rumsey Park on Saturday afternoon, the future of Payson High boys soccer said hello. Freshman Hayden Gibson clinched his fists and yelled “Yeeeeesssss” after banging the ball past the St. Michael goalkeeper at short range to break a scoreless tie with 31 minutes remaining to lift the Longhorns to their first victory of the season in their final home game.
When Payson’s volleyball team shocked top-ranked Snowflake on Sept. 29, it certainly qualified as an upset. It won’t be quite as shocking if the young Longhorns do it again.
More Than A Game
They’re 2-5, but nobody wants to play them. That’s because this Payson High football team scares opponents.
Payson gives No. 1 Snowflake a scare
SNOWFLAKE — The Longhorns walked off the Snowflake High football field on Friday night angry. Angry that they once again had to watch the other team celebrate a heart-stopping victory.
Shock No. 1 Snowflake; host Holbrook tonight
Coaches look for measuring sticks throughout the season to get an idea of just how their team stacks up against elite competition. Snowflake qualifies as elite competition.
Zoom in past the 0-4 record and the situation comes into sharp focus. Zero goals scored and 25 surrendered. Yes, it’s been a difficult season for Payson’s girls soccer team.
Baseball legend Randy Johnson looked out on the Payson crowd of approximately 250 people sitting underneath a huge awning and then turned his gaze to a group of kids on the ground in front of them.
Payson recovered an onside kick in the closing minutes to give itself another shot to stun a state power on Friday night.
Tim Ernst fired a 2-under-par 69 to win the low gross crown in the Payson Men’s Golf Association Individual Low Gross-Low Net Tournament at Payson Golf Course on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
A quad rider maneuvers his way through a mud pit on a rainy Sunday afternoon during the inaugural Arizona Offroad Promotions Payson Grand Prix last Saturday and Sunday at Payson Event Center.
Payson’s Daniel Cluff (10) battles Snowflake’s Mason Willis for the ball in the Lobos’ 4-0 win over the Longhorns at Rumsey Park on Sept. 28.
A girl enjoys a game during the British Soccer Camp held Aug. 22-26 at Rumsey Park. The annual camp for ages 3-16 is sponsored by the Payson Parks & Recreation Department.
Just how good is Payson High’s football team? If all you had to do was look at the record, the answer would be easy. Two wins and four losses? Well, not very good, obviously. But hold on a minute my friend. It’s not so simple.
Rim Country athletes competed in the Special Olympics Area Swim Meet at Cottonwood Community Pool recently.
Two Arizona Diamondbacks legends are coming to Payson. Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson and World Series hero Luis Gonzalez will take part in a ceremony dedicating the Kiwanis East and West Baseball Fields at Rumsey Park in their honor at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7.
They lost the game but Payson’s football players won something just as important on Friday night. Respect.
Payson volleyball head coach Desirae Burris and her players jump for joy after the Longhorns close out a win over No. 1-ranked Snowflake at Wilson Dome on Thursday, Sept. 29. See Friday’s Roundup for the story.
Ryan Ricke threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Angel Jacquez with 17.5 seconds remaining on Friday night to put Payson’s football team in position to tie third-ranked Show Low.
3A East opener tonight at home
For decades the old Class 3A East Region ranked as the best small school football league in the state.
Roaring engines, soaring dust and sprints to the finish line.
More Than a Game
When a scrawny shepherd boy in a loincloth faces off against a mighty giant clad in armor, nobody’s going to bet on the kid.
Many young cowboys and cowgirls converged on Payson Event Center last weekend to begin a new season of high school and junior high rodeo.
The Longhorns finally played their first home girls soccer game on Tuesday, welcoming Chino Valley to Rumsey Park.
Payson High’s volleyball team hosts the 10-team Payson Invitational today and Saturday.
Two Arizona Diamondbacks legends are coming to Payson. Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson and World Series hero Luis Gonzalez will take part in a ceremony dedicating the Kiwanis East and West Baseball Fields at Rumsey Park in their honor at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7.
Give mighty Elks all they can handle
A potent running game and stingy defense turned Payson’s football season around. On Friday, those strengths nearly powered the Longhorns to one of the biggest wins in eight years.
Payson, which was 0-4 in power points games this season (0-8 all games) heading into Saturday’s game at Show Low, doesn’t return home until 4 p.m. on Sept. 28 against Snowflake.
Former Payson High star Britney Armstrong (Owens) came home on Tuesday night. But the first-year Camp Verde head volleyball coach put her past loyalty to the Longhorns behind her and was focused on doing everything she could to defeat Payson.
Begin challenging month tonight vs. Round Valley
It all starts tonight. Sure, the high school football season kicked off for Payson four weeks ago, but a 2-2 record really hasn’t taught us anything about the Longhorns.
The Longhorns beat Camp Verde Tuesday. Payson’s Savanna White’s spike (above), as Abby Schreur (9) and Sammi Sokol look on, contributed to the victory.
Jack Koon loved helping kids and wildlife. He also loved golf.
Payson runs over Coconino for 2nd straight victory
FLAGSTAFF — A week after slamming on the breaks and starting to turn the car around, the Longhorns finished their u-turn and stepped on the gas pedal heading the other way at Coconino High here Friday night.
Cloee Beeler dives for a ball in the Longhorns’ match against Fountain Hills on Aug. 30.
Payson beat host Flagstaff Coconino 34-14 in football on Friday night for its second straight win.
A shortage of players has led to Payson High canceling its junior varsity season. “We did not have enough JV players come out,” said Payson High varsity football head coach Jake Swartwood.
If coaching soccer for 30 years taught Leslie Fletcher Ayres anything, it’s that turning a program around begins with the basics.
Longhorn jr. impresses in Payson Inv.
Kyra Ball wasn’t happy with the way she began the cross country season. A 21st-place finish at Saturday’s Chandler Invitational didn’t meet her expectations.
After dropping the opening set in heartbreaking fashion, Payson’s volleyball team teetered on the verge of going down 0-2 to visiting Fountain Hills.
Cameron Ross splashes down at the end of a carry at Queen Creek Casteel on Aug. 26. Because of the early holiday deadline, Friday’s game at Fountain Hills is not covered in this edition of the Roundup. Please visit www.payson.com for the story and pick up a copy of the Sept. 9 Roundup for additional coverage of the team.
Good teams capitalize on the other team’s mistakes. Payson High played like a very good team Friday night in Fountain Hills.
Payson beat host Fountain Hills for its first football win of the season in Friday night.
Payson opened the boys soccer season with an 11-0 loss at home to Camp Verde at Rumsey Park on Tuesday afternoon. But wins and losses don’t really matter this season.
The graduation of two of their top runners from the last several seasons leaves Payson High’s girls cross country team searching for contributors this fall.
Just fielding a full team of five scoring runners has been a challenge for Payson boys cross country coach Jonathan Ball the last several years.
Payson high school sports calendar through September 2nd.