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.
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.
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.
Payson High opened the football season on a sour note, losing 38-8 to visiting Safford on Friday.
Payson kicks off the high school football season at home against Safford tonight at 7 o’clock.
Jake Swartwood has learned to limit his practices to certain portions of the Payson High football field.
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.
High school football teams need continuity and consistency in their coaching staffs from year to year to be successful.
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.
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.
Everything must go right for a steer wrestler to succeed. And it did most weekends this season for Star Valley teen Denton Petersen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Payson offers fun for the entire family today and Saturday with events surrounding the Arizona State University football team’s visit to Camp Tontozona.
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.
Young teams carry low expectations. High expectations led to disappointment for Arizona State’s football team last season.
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.
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.
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.
More Than a Game
I’m hiking through the woods with my dogs and we hear an engine.
Drive by the south soccer field at Rumsey Park on many weeks during the summer and you’re bound to see activity.
Local Special Olympics chapter tries to stay afloat
They swam their hearts out.
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.
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.
Playing good golf wasn’t enough in Payson Men’s Golf Association action last week. Winning the PMGA Open also required a little luck.
A two-vehicle accident slowed westbound traffic on Hwy. 260 at the intersection of Mud Springs Road late Thursday morning.
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.
Payson kicks off the high school football season four weeks from Friday at home against Safford.
More Than a Game
When two sides with open minds seek a solution, anything is possible.
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.
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.
Playing field upgrades paying off for Payson
Lights, camera, action.
If you figured the crowds from the valley would die down following the busy Fourth of July festivities in Payson, think again.
The first time Denton Petersen tried steer wrestling, it didn’t go so well. The horse stepped on him, chipping the youngster’s shinbone.
Little Leaguers play on big league fields thanks to D-backs, Payson upgrades
Many kids dream of playing baseball in a major league park.
TR Frost overcomes nerves to place 28th in Jr. High National Finals Rodeo
Calm and confident.
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.
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.
Payson back in 3A East this fall
Race brings about 700 to Star Valley
Eleventh Annual Payson Sprint Triathlon a grueling test of endurance, will power
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.
Rich Ormand to replace him; new boys hoops and mat coaches named
Changes abound for the Payson High athletic department.
A two-vehicle wreck on south Beeline Highway slowed traffic around lunchtime Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.