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Keith Morris

Stories by Keith

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Sawmill Theatres changing with the times

You can’t find everything in a small town like Payson.

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Softball team rallies to avoid upset in playoff opener

Payson’s No. 5-seeded softball team avoided a stunning upset by rallying for a thrilling 6-5 win over No. 28 Yuma Kofa in the opening round of the Division 3 state tournament in Payson on Saturday morning.

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Payson edges Rio Rico in state baseball tournament

SURPRISE — Payson’s 17th-seeded baseball team “upset” No. 16 Rio Rico 8-7 in the opening round of the Division 3 state baseball tournament at Surprise Baseball Complex on Friday afternoon.

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Payson closes with a bang

A regular season filled with thrilling finishes ended in a most fitting way for Payson’s baseball team on Tuesday.

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Underdog Longhorns clinch section title

Guts and determination.

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Baseball team opens state tournament against Rico Rico

Payson earned the No. 17 seed for the 32-team Division 3 state baseball tournament and takes on No. 16 Rio Rico in a first-round game at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Surprise Baseball Complex, where all tournament games take place.

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Softball team to open state tournament against Yuma Kofa

Payson High's softball team earned the No. 5 seed for the 32-team Division 3 state tournament and hosts No. 28 Yuma Kofa in a first-round game at 10:15 a.m. Saturday.

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Softball showdown

What more can you ask for?

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Spotlight on youngsters at 50th Rotary Inv.

Underclassmen stood in the spotlight on a very special day on the Payson High track on Saturday afternoon.

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Cardiac kids pull out thriller, look toward playoffs

Who needs soap operas for drama?

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Longhorns locked in wild 10-10 baseball slugfest in Holbrook

Suspended after 10 inn. by darkness

Payson’s baseball team is tied up in a wild game in Holbrook.

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Payson Rotarian Track Meet turns 50 on Saturday

Few things stay the same over five decades.

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Young softball team putting it all together

Horns carry 11-game win streak into final 3 games

Expectations change.

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Surging softball team

Longhorns soar in rankings

Don’t look now but Payson’s young softball team is on fire.

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Horns show heart in pulling out thriller

They might have been demoralized.

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Longhorns shoot down Mt. Graham crown

McGuire leads a PHS trio finishing in the top 6

Payson’s young golf team keeps improving.

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Baseball thriller

Payson's baseball team rallied for a thrilling 5-4 victory over rival Show Low on Wednesday night.

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Sanchez resigns as boys hoops coach

After watching Payson High’s varsity boys basketball team make four head coaching changes in the previous seven seasons, Joe Sanchez hoped to bring some consistency to the program when he took over as the Longhorns head coach before the 2011-12 season.

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The one that DIDN’T get away

Rim Country Optimist Fishing Fest hooks ’em

The young boy couldn’t help but smile.

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Business Showcase a Festival of Fun

Record turnout for local firms

Kids tumbled through the air on seats attached to bungee cords as other kids and adults alike played games, enjoyed live music and ate food.

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PHS track team vaulting over their ‘personal best’

Payson High athletes performed very well in the prestigious 26th Annual Trabuco Hills Invitational and Distance Carnival in Mission Viejo, Calif. on April 1-2.

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Freshman comes through on links

Freshmen don’t often play key roles in varsity sports.

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Longhorns power past Blue Ridge

Kalea Smith went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs and combined with Aubrielle Paulson for 12 strikeouts as Payson’s softball team opened its Section 1 (Div. 3) schedule with an 8-6 win at Lakeside Blue Ridge on Wednesday, April 6.

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Learning from their losses

Payson’s baseball team went 0-4 in the Goodyear Estrella Foothills Wolves Classic held Thursday, April 7 through Saturday, April 9.

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Why the heck do I still love this game so?

More Than a Game

Harried, harassed and hungry, I finally found my seat for the Diamondbacks’ season opener, already wondering why I’d come.

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Youngsters lasso awards in Safford

Young Rim Country cowboys and cowgirls lassoed plenty of attention at the Safford Rodeo on Jan. 16-17.

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Horns trample Blue Ridge in section opener

Taran Sarnowski crushed the 1-1 pitch.

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Payson High golfers cutting strokes as season goes on

Rayce Mathews fired his best round of the season to claim medalist honors and lead Payson High’s golf team to a 173-199 victory over host Gilbert Christian at Seville Country Club on Monday, April 4. He shot 40.

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Aubrie Paulson fires two-hitter

Horns beat Camp Verde to push winning streak to five

Aubrielle Paulson pitched a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts as Payson’s softball team beat visiting Camp Verde 6-0 on Monday, April 4.

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Aubrielle Paulson wins strikeout showdown

Filling in for older sister, sophomore fans 15 to beat last year’s state strikeout champion

It was supposed to be a showdown between two of the top players in the state from last season.

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Longhorn 9 put heartbreak behind them, roll into section opener

Host Blue Ridge today in $5 carne asada fundraiser

A Payson High baseball team reeling from three consecutive heartbreaking defeats righted the ship with three big victories last week.

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Chapman rushing off to Colorado Mesa

Speedy Longhorn tailback taking it to next level

He raced 60 yards for a touchdown the first time he ran the football in a varsity game.

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Coach: Golf team ‘very close’

McGuire leads way with his best round

Payson High’s golf team returned from an 18-day spring break layoff to compete against host Camp Verde and Sedona Red Rock at Verde Santa Fe Golf Course on Tuesday, March 29.

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Baseball finally fun again for Longhorns

Put tough losses behind them with rout of Red Rock

Jake Beeler peered into the home dugout with a big smile.

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Horns stampede to 7 titles on Mogollon track

Payson High track and field athletes turned in several impressive performances at the Mogollon Early Season Meet in Heber on Friday, March 25.

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PHS rolls over Copper Canyon

Softball team pounds out a dozen hits

Rust wasn’t a factor.

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Churches rise to the occasion for an Easter party

Resurrection event a success

Kids played games, got their faces painted and watched puppet shows, while adults listened to live music and enjoyed good food and fellowship as a Christian celebration enveloped Rumsey Park on Saturday.

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Children of all ages converged on Rumsey Park for Payson’s 17th Annual Eggstravaganza on Saturday morning.

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Larry Smith’s 75 wins men’s golf title

Larry Smith fired a 75 to win the low gross title in the Payson Men’s Golf Association Low Net-One Low Gross Tournament on Wednesday, March 23 at Payson Golf Course.

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Team selling D-backs tickets again

The Arizona Diamondbacks open the season with a seven-game homestand beginning Monday night at 6:40 against the Colorado Rockies.

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Heartbreak kids — Horns come up short again

Camp Verde hands Payson third one-run loss

Some losses hurt worse than others.

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Paulson’s super-human performance best I’ve ever seen

More Than a Game

I’ve seen plenty of memorable moments in my 31 years as a sports writer for newspapers in Arizona, Michigan and Alabama.

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Rivalry with sister fuels young rodeo star

The name’s Talaura Rhyann Frost. But you can call her TR.

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Horns fall to Blue Ridge

Payson bats go silent in 5-4 loss

Host Lakeside Blue Ridge scored two runs in the fourth inning to overcome a 4-3 deficit and beat Payson 5-4 in baseball on Monday.

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Goodman’s 44 leads Horns

Bryce Goodman shot 44 to lead Payson’s golf team in the home opener at Chaparral Pines on March 11.

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Valley veterans treated to day of fishing

Stan Parker searched his smartphone’s photo gallery.

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Still time to vote in presidential preference election

Election day doesn’t mean what it used to for many of today’s voters.

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Smith keeps rolling on links

Jessie Smith picked up right where he left off.

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Inconsistency costs Horns in Gracie Classic

Becky Bauer makes all-tourney team; Smash Sisters not returning this year

A record 28 high school softball teams converged on Payson last weekend, making the 12th Annual Gracie Haught Classic bigger than ever.

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Longhorns strand 14 runners in baseball

Leave bases loaded three times in 7-5 home loss to Wickenburg

Fresh off a thrilling win at Fountain Hills two days earlier, Payson High’s baseball team returned home looking to build on a strong start to the season against visiting Wickenburg on Thursday night.