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Keith Morris

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Little League All-Stars Scoreboard

Check our Little League All-Stars Scoreboard for the latest scores and game schedules as Payson teams compete in several baseball and softball age divisions and check the Roundup's print editions for stories and photos.

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Estrada leads 6 Longhorns snagging honors

Junior makes all-state first team in baseball

Payson High’s gritty young varsity baseball team enjoyed several high points this season.

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Featured holiday celebration band has familiar look

If you found yourself in Green Valley Park enjoying the country sounds of the band Whiskey Rose on June 27, you might think you’re experiencing some strange form of déjà vu when you attend Payson’s Fourth of July celebration this Saturday.

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Payson hosts Little League All-Star Tournaments

The stars will shine in Payson for the next couple of weeks beginning on Wednesday.

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Local firefighter competes in sprint triathlon

Training for Half Ironman this fall

“Would you mind repeating your finish,” a photographer asked Joel Delgado, explaining, “I didn’t get your picture.”

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Cori Barnett honored as Arizona All-American

Cori Barnett starred in three sports for four years at Payson High School.

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Sweet taste of triumph

Triathlon runner lost 162 pounds in a year

Fred Van West wasn’t one of the top competitors in Saturday’s 10th Annual Payson Sprint Triathlon.

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Sprint Triathlon tests will on 500-yard swim, 3.1-mile run, 14-mile bike

One after another, they waited their turn.

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Athletes converge on Payson for Sprint Triathlon

The Payson Sprint Triathlon featuring a 400-meter swim, 14-mile bike and 5-kilometer run attracted 57 hearty individuals on Saturday morning.

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Special Rodeo

Cowboys, cowgirls for a day in a supportive Payson arena

They roped.

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Payson pair headed for National Finals

The best young cowboys and cowgirls in the state wrapped up the Arizona High School Rodeo Association season with three days of action at Payson Event Center on Thursday-Saturday.

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Heart more crucial than skill in Paulson’s great season

More Than a Game

All season long, I marveled at Arissa Paulson’s powerful bat, not to mention her curveball, riseball, dropball, screwball and blazing fastball.

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Freshman hopes to rope trip to nationals

After excelling at the junior high level, Bryndee Hall faced the challenge of competing against older girls in her first season in the Arizona High School Rodeo Association.

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James and J.C. try to lasso trip to nat’l finals

Monty James and his horse, Bob, enjoyed a strong season in tie down calf roping a year ago before Bob got hurt about halfway through the Arizona High School Rodeo Association schedule.

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Young anglers headed to High School World Finals

Three-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier Mark Kile and current Bassmaster Elite standout Clifford Pirch have put Rim Country on the national angling map.

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Rim Country riders shine in final junior rodeo

High school rodeo will come to Payson next week

Rim Country cowboys and cowgirls wrapped up strong seasons on the Arizona Junior Rodeo Association circuit by riding away with plenty of prizes in the AJRA Finals Rodeo in Prescott on May 16-17.

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Fond memories of a game 39 years ago

More Than a Game

As I sat in the press box at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland on May 26 watching the Detroit Tigers wrap up a 1-0 win over the Athletics, my phone chimed.

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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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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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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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Heartbreaking defeat

Injuries cripple Longhorns in championship

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

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Horns watch lead and title hopes vanish

SURPRISE – The Longhorns have walked the tightrope all season.

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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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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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AGAINST ALL ODDS

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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