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Keith Morris

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Wrestling tournament postponed

Payson restores mat tourney moniker: Tim Van Horn Memorial back

The Tim Van Horn Memorial Wrestling Tournament scheduled for Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21 has been postponed because of the expected winter storm. The tournament has been rescheduled as a one-day event on Friday, Jan. 27.

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Longhorn boys stun Snowflake, again

Beat Lobos on court after gridiron upset

Denver White hoped the magic Payson performed on the football field translated onto the basketball court.

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Girls basketball vs. Winslow 1-10-17

The Longhorns battled visiting Winslow for three quarters. Unfortunately, the second quarter proved disastrous in a 51-32 loss to the Bulldogs on Jan. 10.

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Ryan Ricke, a standout in all arenas

Watch Ryan Ricke swish a jump shot, drive in for a layup, battle for a rebound or dive for a loose ball and you might think he’s a pretty good basketball player.

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Longhorns pin D4 power Winslow

Stampede past Bulldogs on senior night

Payson High’s wrestling team opened the 2017 portion of its season with a nod to the past on Thursday night.

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Payson girls basketball team goes 1-3 to close out 2016

Payson’s girls basketball team went 1-3 in the Payson Holiday Classic it hosted on Dec. 30-31. The Class 3A Longhorns lost to Show Low 36-34 and beat 4A Buckeye Youngker 36-25 on Dec. 30 and lost to 2A Sanders Valley 45-21 and 2A Phoenix Country Day 34-22 on Dec. 31.

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Sky’s the limit for high-flying star

Young three-sport standout named all-state in volleyball

Savanna White lives in the air. Radar might be the best way to track her. An incredible leaping ability helps the 5-foot-10 Payson High sophomore soar into the rarefied air above the top of the net, which stands 7 feet, 4 1/8 inches above the floor.

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He’s gambling on a dream

When the construction business stalled several years ago, Michael Flanary moved to the Valley to find work.

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Losses lead to new defense for boys basketball team

Denver White began the season with his team running a man-to-man defense. Just like he’s always run.

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Girls’ comeback bid comes up short

Not much went right for Payson’s girls basketball team for the first three quarters on Tuesday night.

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Woes continue for Payson boys

Jake Swartwood choked up at the Payson Football Awards Banquet as he spoke about his conversation with Trey Glasscock, one of the team’s best players.

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Wrestling Roundup

Shorthanded Longhorns go 1-2 Payson managed to win one of its three dual wrestling matches at Holbrook on Dec. 7 despite taking just nine wrestlers to the competition.

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Girls look to rebound in 3A East opener

Offense absent in loss to Fountain Hills

When they take the court at Wilson Dome to open 3A East Region action against Show Low at 6 o’clock tonight, Payson’s girls basketball players hope to start seeing more shots find the basket.

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Girls storm back, but fall short against NWC

Down 18 points in the first half, the Longhorns needed a spark. They got a fireworks display.

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Horns trample Colts 48-8 in home opener

Stellar defense sparks offense as Payson rolls

Miles Huff found what he was looking for right in his own backyard. The Payson High girls basketball coach watched his Longhorns open the season by struggling to score points in two weeks of road games.

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Payson girls rout Casteel

Payson's girls basketball team played its best game of the young season in the home opener against Queen Creek Casteel on Friday night.

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Burris deserves 3A East Coach of Year award

She’s 25 and in just her second season as Payson High’s head volleyball coach. But Desirae Burris was the best coach in the 3A East this season.

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Horns pin pair of big schools in challenging tourney

Payson wrestling coach Bryan Burke wants his kids to face the toughest competition possible during the regular season so they’ll be ready for anyone in the section and state tournaments.

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Girls fall at Camp Verde Meredith Kiekinveld scored seven points and Sadie Sweeney scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Payson’s girls basketball team in a 40-26 loss at Camp Verde on Tuesday night.

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PHS trio 1st team all-region, three others also recognized

Payson’s storybook volleyball season involved excellence on the part of the entire team.

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Horns eager to pin down strong season

Turning a high school wrestling program around takes time. And first-year Payson coach Bryan Burke believes the Longhorns are heading in the right direction.

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Grapplers split on home mat

Payson wrestling coach Bryan Burke saw plenty of reasons for optimism in the Longhorns’ 42-30 loss to Division 4 power St. Johns at Wilson Dome on Wednesday.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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.