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Keith Morris

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They’re making a splash

Local Special Olympics chapter tries to stay afloat

They swam their hearts out.

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Fun in the park

Drive by the south soccer field at Rumsey Park on many weeks during the summer and you’re bound to see activity.

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Seems there’s no escaping traffic on the trail

More Than a Game

I’m hiking through the woods with my dogs and we hear an engine.

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Sun Devils come early to Tontozona

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.

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Good round, wise pick nets golf title

Playing good golf wasn’t enough in Payson Men’s Golf Association action last week. Winning the PMGA Open also required a little luck.

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Cyclist blows past challenges to defend title

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.

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Two-vehicle accident slows traffic on Hwy. 260

A two-vehicle accident slowed westbound traffic on Hwy. 260 at the intersection of Mud Springs Road late Thursday morning.

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Football fun this week in Rumsey Park

Payson kicks off the high school football season four weeks from Friday at home against Safford.

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PHS standout back to lead grapplers

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.

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Turning lose, lose into win, win, win

More Than a Game

When two sides with open minds seek a solution, anything is possible.

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Boon for bike riders

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.

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Payson Little League officials crying foul

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.

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Lights, camera, ACTION

Playing field upgrades paying off for Payson

Lights, camera, action.

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Softball tourney expected to bring more than 2,000 to Payson this weekend

If you figured the crowds from the valley would die down following the busy Fourth of July festivities in Payson, think again.

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He wants to win it all

The first time Denton Petersen tried steer wrestling, it didn’t go so well. The horse stepped on him, chipping the youngster’s shinbone.

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Dreamy Kiwanis fields now a reality

Little Leaguers play on big league fields thanks to D-backs, Payson upgrades

Many kids dream of playing baseball in a major league park.

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Tonto Basin eighth-grader: ‘I was shaking the whole time’

TR Frost overcomes nerves to place 28th in Jr. High National Finals Rodeo

Calm and confident.

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Trio of Payson boys close track season on high note

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.

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Freshmen show future bright for PHS girls track

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.

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AIA realignment designed to fix disparities

Payson back in 3A East this fall

Message received.

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Sweat & Dust

Race brings about 700 to Star Valley

Engines roared.

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Heart attack can’t slow Star Valley resident down

Eleventh Annual Payson Sprint Triathlon a grueling test of endurance, will power


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Dirt bike, ATV race roars into Star Valley

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.

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Cromer steps down as Payson High athletic director

Rich Ormand to replace him; new boys hoops and mat coaches named

Changes abound for the Payson High athletic department.

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Accident slows traffic on North Beeline Highway

A two-vehicle wreck on south Beeline Highway slowed traffic around lunchtime Wednesday.

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Mayor says no highway bypass

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.

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High School Rodeo state finals this week in Payson

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.

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Taran Sarnowski voted second team all-state

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.

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Longhorn trio makes all-state softball team

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.

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The bull rider’s best friend

Offhand courage and broken bones; all in a day’s work

Some people call them rodeo clowns.

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Best friends to continue playing together at Chandler-Gilbert CC

After a fire destroyed her family’s house forcing them to move across town, second-grader Brittanny Proctor had to change schools.

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PHS inducts five greats into inaugural Hall of Fame class

Chaz Davis, Rylee Chapman named PHS Athletes of Year

The spotlight shined brightly on Payson High’s athletic success last week as the school honored its top student-athletes from this school year while enshrining some of the greats of past decades in the Longhorn Athletic Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet at Wilson Dome on Thursday, May 19.

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A rodeo family

Riding in weekend roping

Monty James makes his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association debut in this week’s Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo in Payson.

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Petersen top junior cowboy

Denton Petersen spends a lot of his weekends traveling the state to compete in junior rodeos.

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Eighth-grader makes nationals

A hunt that began in September ended successfully as Talaura Rhyann Frost captured the prize she sought.

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Five Horns honored on all-section baseball team

Ruben Estrada and Taran Sarnowski spent four seasons as key contributors to the Payson High varsity baseball team.

Limited number of tickets available for PHS Hall of Fame banquet

Payson High School will induct an inaugural class of five people into its new Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19 in an awards banquet and dinner at Wilson Dome on the school’s campus.

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Freshman finishes 17th in state golf tourney

Tough tourney ends challenging season

Rayce Mathews wasn’t intimidated as a freshman competing in the Division 3 state golf tournament. No, the Payson High ninth-grader simply went out and played as he has all season — well.

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Eight Horns earn section honors

Trio make first team; Johnson Coach of Year

In a season which saw Payson reach the Division 3 softball state final for a third consecutive season, the Longhorns went 6-0 in winning a fifth consecutive section title.

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Frosh paces Payson in state track

Freshman Meredith Kiekintveld finished fourth in the girls 100-meter hurdles to lead all Payson High athletes in the Division 3 state track meet at Mesa Community College on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7.

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Coach: ‘I couldn’t be more proud of them’

Longhorns to return wealth of experience in hunt for elusive title

TEMPE — Nobody thought they’d even be here.

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Longshot Horns shock No. 1 Cibola

Amazing young softball team earns another title shot

PHOENIX – A Payson softball team fortunate to escape with its playoff life a week earlier, utilized the same grit, determination and heart it showed in rallying past an upstart team from Yuma in the state tournament opener to slay a giant from that same desert city on Saturday.

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Stunning upset

Underrated softball team plays for title in Valley tonight

A young team everyone once counted out stands on the doorstep of history.

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Longhorns stun No. 1 Cibola to reach state final again

PHOENIX - Payson stunned No. 1 Yuma Cibola 1-0 in the Division 3 state semifinals at Rose Mofford Softball Complex on Saturday morning to reach the state championship game for the third straight season.

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Softball team to face No. 1 Cibola Saturday morning

PHOENIX - Payson jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 6-3 win over Snowflake in the Division 3 state softball quarterfinals on Friday night.

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Longhorns move toward championship

PHOENIX — A Payson High softball team that started the season just hoping to make the playoffs now wants to win it all.

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Throwers power boys into state track meet

It all comes down to this.

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Girls look to finish track season on high note

Ninth-graders aren’t supposed to enter a track and field state meet as serious title contenders.

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Longhorns reach softball state quarterfinals

Payson High's softball team beat Bullhead City Mohave 3-1 in the second round of the Division 3 state tournament at Rose Mofford Softball Complex in Phoenix on Thursday afternoon to advance to the quarterfinals.

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Longhorns fight back to keep season alive

A team that’s come agonizingly close to a state championship each of the last two years appeared headed for an early exit to this year’s tournament with a stunning upset loss.