Barnett also makes first-team all-state
Coaching softball turns out to be a great way to lose weight.
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.
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.”
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.
The huge crowds lining the entire 26-mile course fueled Melleny Magill like gas in a racecar’s tank.
More Than a Game
I watched a championship team Monday night.
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.
SURPRISE – The Longhorns have walked the tightrope all season.
Injuries cripple Longhorns in championship
TEMPE – She’s flesh and blood after all. Most of it heart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They started off young and green.
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.”
27th straight win puts Payson in quarterfinals tonight at 7 in Phoenix
PHOENIX — The pressure’s been building for months.
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.
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.
Longhorns softball team determined to make history
The Longhorns received their treasure map on Thursday.
“Home runs are actually mistakes,” said Payson High softball coach Curtis Johnson.
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.
One dream rises from the ashes of frustration and denial.
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.
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.
Young team’s roller coaster season careens into the playoffs
Maybe it’s better this way.
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.
More Than a Game
Like the glue in a model airplane, four seniors hold together Payson’s mighty softball team.
Team focused on state championship
The Longhorns made history by wrapping up their second straight section softball championship on Friday night.
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.
Sizzle on the mound burnishes Longhorns’ playoff prospects
At 5-foot-6, Hunter Paul is the shortest player on Payson High’s baseball roster.
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.
Win a no-hitter, lose a heartbreaker
Brian Young liked what he saw from Jake Beeler on the mound in his two recent starts.
The curtain falls on the home schedule for the greatest show in softball this week
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.
Hunter Paul knew he needed a good performance when Brian Johnson handed him the baseball Monday night.
The Yellow Jackets didn’t give Arissa Paulson a chance to swing the bat the first time the teams met.
At her core, Jeannie Herford hasn’t changed.
Parents and coaches always hope for an injury-free Little League season.
Payson’s baseball team went 3-2 at the Goodyear Estrella Foothills Wolves Classic held Thursday-Saturday.
Wins 100 and helps relay team win to lead boys to 2nd place at Blue Ridge
Welcome back Wyatt Chapman.
Camp Verde, Snowflake wins cap big week
The discouraged Snowflake batter began the long walk back to the bench after swinging and missing.
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.
WINSLOW — Payson’s baseball team blew into Winslow on a four-game winning streak.
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.
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.
Four-game win streak on line tonight in Winslow
Revenge is a dish best served cold — on a hot streak.
Team gives Payson Little League approximately 250 jerseys
T-shirts are fine, but high-quality button up jerseys are better.
Horns get rematch with state champs on Tuesday
Attention Winslow residents: a herd of stampeding Longhorns are heading your way.
Many people probably wrote Payson High’s young baseball team off after a 2-9 start.