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Keith Morris

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Sports club’s Turkey Shoot fun for everyone

Men, women and children bring home Thanksgiving Day birds

At first glance, Arreta Hamrick thought she’d completely missed the target.

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Grapplers open 1-1

Payson opened the wrestling season by going 1-1 in a triangular match at San Tan Valley Combs on Nov. 22.

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Gridiron grit also fuels Horns on hardwood

Denver White sees a lot of similarities between Payson’s varsity boys basketball team and the football team. Payson overcame a slow start on the gridiron and turned into one of the best teams in the state.

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White draws from mentors, past success in new role

Denver White likes to win as much as the next guy. But that’s not what it’s all about for the new Payson High boys basketball coach. White, 43, said one thing drives him as coach.

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Girls gain valuable experience

Longhorns go 1-3 vs. bigger schools in tournament

Payson opened the girls basketball season by gaining some very valuable experience in the challenging Goodyear Desert Edge Scorpion Shootout on Nov. 25-26.

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Wrestling team makes home debut at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30

Payson High’s wrestling team makes its home debut by welcoming Chinle and St. Johns to Wilson Dome at 4 p.m.

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Bashas’ manager retires after 33-year career

Fourteen years after he began working for Bashas’, Bob Mykleby transferred to the Arizona grocery chain’s Payson store.

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Turkey Tuesday

St. Vincent de Paul Society members expected to make more than 300 Thanksgiving dinner boxes from donations received on Turkey Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the Payson Bashas’.

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Pregnant woman wins Turkey Trot 5K

First female to finish; Scott Jones first overall

Trista White couldn’t wait to reach the finish line in Saturday’s Payson Turkey Trot 5-Kilometer Family Fun Run.

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Girls hope volleyball magic carries over to hoops season

Miles Huff enters his third season as the head coach of Payson’s varsity girls basketball team with something he lacked his first two years — a healthy roster.

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Trio from Payson win Punt, Pass & Kick Section

Three Payson residents won their divisions in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Sectional Competition at Rumsey Park on Saturday, Nov. 12.

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Heart & guts key to Horns’ success

A season that couldn’t have started much worse couldn’t have ended much better.

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Loss at NW Christian ends magical season

PHOENIX — Some managed to hold back the tears. Others simply couldn’t. Playoff losses hurt.

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Longhorns fall in quarterfinals

A week after the No. 15 Longhorns shocked the state by upsetting No. 2 Snowflake, Payson’s underdog football team bowed out of the Class 3A State Tournament with a 31-13 quarterfinal loss at No. 7 Phoenix Northwest Christian on Saturday night.

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Kyra Ball 32nd in state

Payson’s Kyra Ball finished 32nd in a field of 204 runners in the AIA Division 3 Cross Country Girls State Championship at Cave Creek Golf Course on Saturday. The junior finished the 3.1-mile course in 20 minutes and 44 seconds.

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The Wall: Defense answers the call

Trey Glasscock and Korben White looked at each other, with four years of hard work and sacrifice resting on the next play -- a do-or-die stand against one of the best teams in the state.

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Sears Hometown Store moves

The locally owned Sears Hometown Store has moved across Highway 260 and is now located in the Payson Village Shopping Center next to Big 5 Sporting Goods.

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Surprising Horns reach state’s final eight

PHOENIX — Just qualifying for the 16-team Class 3A state tournament made this a successful season for Payson’s young volleyball team.

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Longhorns shock No. 2 Snowflake

Defense shines in playoff upset

Heartbreaking losses to powerhouse programs like Snowflake and Show Low convinced Payson High football players they could play with anybody.

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Longhorns upset No. 2 Snowflake in football playoffs

Ryan Ricke scored on a 2-yard quarterback keeper with 11:17 remaining and Kenny Ayres kicked the extra point to break the tie and lift No. 15 Payson to a 7-6 win over No. 2 Snowflake in one of the biggest upsets in Arizona high school football playoff history on Saturday night in Snowflake.

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Payson Volleyball Team wins first round in championship tournament

Will play the No. 1 team in the state tonight

The Payson Longhorns Volleyball team on Friday beat Florence 3-1 in the first round of the AIA Class 3A Volleyball State Championship at Phoenix Camelback.

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Horns get 2nd shot at Snowflake

Anger consumed Payson players when they walked off the Snowflake High football field on Oct. 7.

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Kyra Ball races to state meet berth

It’s been a lonely season for Kyra Ball. After watching seniors Abby Greenleaf and Anna Schouten graduate this spring, the Payson High junior inherited a leadership role on the Longhorn girls cross-country team.

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Friendship key to spikers’ success

Compete in state tourney this weekend

The transformation took time. But somewhere along the way, Payson’s young volleyball team changed.

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How offensive: Horns score 52 points

Earn rematch in Snowflake

A week after turning in one of the best defensive efforts of the season, the Longhorns got the offense firing on all cylinders in Holbrook on Friday night. They’ll need both from here out.

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Longhorns nail it

No. 8 Payson takes on No. 9 Florence in the opening round of the AIA Class 3A Volleyball State Championship at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at Phoenix Camelback High School.

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Longhorns to open football playoffs in Snowflake

No. 15 Payson travels to No. 2 Snowflake in the opening round of the Arizona Interscholastic Association 3A State Football Championship Tournament at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.

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Longhorns explode for 52 points in Holbrook

HOLBROOK — Payson scored seven touchdowns in closing the regular season with a 52-30 rout of Holbrook on Friday night.

Young boys team set to run sectional

Senior Daely Pentico leads the Longhorn boys cross-country team into today’s Division 3 Section 4 Championships at Holbrook’s Hidden Cove Golf Course. The boys race begins at 1 p.m.

Imagine a playoff run

More Than a Game

Imagine this. Payson qualifies for the Class 3A state football playoffs with a 5-5 record. The No. 14 Longhorns will do just that with a win in the regular season finale tonight at No. 22 Holbrook (2-6). OK, that seems reasonable enough.

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Positive signs from a challenging season

Look at the 2-8 record and it’s clear this wasn’t a great season for Payson’s girls soccer team. But look beyond the record and you find players with hearts of champions.

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Co-Ed Conquerors

Chris’s Mom beat Tonto Apache Recreation 14-1 in the championship game of the Town of Payson Fall Co-Ed Softball League on Oct. 12 on Randy Johnson Hall of Fame Field in Rumsey Park.

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Harriers ready to run for state

Sectional race today in Holbrook

No seniors. Eight of the 12 on the roster had no experience in a high school race. Yes, Payson High girls cross-country coach Jonathan Ball had plenty of questions entering this season.

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Sports Briefs

Denton Petersen wins high school steer wrestling buckle. Star Valley’s Denton Petersen won the steer wrestling buckle for the Arizona High School Rodeo Association Wickenburg Rodeo held Oct. 21-22.

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Horns eye state tourney

The play of sophomores Cloee Beeler (25) and Savanna White at the net has been a big reason the No. 8-ranked Longhorns could make noise in the Class 3A State Championships.

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Special dogs, steep price

Raising money for training guide dogs

People and canines came together in support of a good cause in Payson on Saturday. The Payson Lioness Club and Payson Area Woofers Society (PAWS) sponsored A Dog Day Out at Pet Club, a fundraiser with proceeds benefiting Leader Dogs For The Blind.

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Blue Ridge beats Payson to keep Longhorns' 3A East volleyball title celebration on hold

Payson’s volleyball team lost a fierce battle at Lakeside Blue Ridge on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

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Spikers keep rolling

Can wrap up region title tonight

Delaynee Bowman couldn’t contain the tears. Sammi Sokol experienced the same emotions as the two Longhorns played their final volleyball game at Wilson Dome on Thursday night.

Scammers target school sports support

Payson High School and Rim Country Middle School Athletic Director Rich Ormand warned area businesses about a scam involving a fake company supposedly selling advertising on sports calendars, posters, banners and programs to support student-athletic programs.

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Longhorns trample Yellow Jackets 30-7 in football

Payson kept its football playoff hopes alive with a 30-7 trampling of visiting Lakeside Blue Ridge on Friday night.

Horns host Blue Ridge tonight

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.

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Who’s No. 1? Horns beat Lobos again

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.

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Longhorn kicker a testament in courage

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.

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Homecoming heroes: Horns roll 48-19

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.

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Longhorns rout Winslow in homecoming game

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.

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Spikers killing it heading into rematch

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.

It's all on the line now

More Than A Game

They’re 2-5, but nobody wants to play them. That’s because this Payson High football team scares opponents.

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Senior moment: Horns notch 1st win

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.

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Heartbreak Horns

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.

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Breakthrough: Girls notch 1st two wins

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.