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Junior makes all-state first team in baseball
Payson High’s gritty young varsity baseball team enjoyed several high points this season.
If you found yourself in Green Valley Park enjoying the country sounds of the band Whiskey Rose on June 27, you might think you’re experiencing some strange form of déjà vu when you attend Payson’s Fourth of July celebration this Saturday.
The stars will shine in Payson for the next couple of weeks beginning on Wednesday.
Training for Half Ironman this fall
“Would you mind repeating your finish,” a photographer asked Joel Delgado, explaining, “I didn’t get your picture.”
Cori Barnett starred in three sports for four years at Payson High School.
Triathlon runner lost 162 pounds in a year
Fred Van West wasn’t one of the top competitors in Saturday’s 10th Annual Payson Sprint Triathlon.
One after another, they waited their turn.
The Payson Sprint Triathlon featuring a 400-meter swim, 14-mile bike and 5-kilometer run attracted 57 hearty individuals on Saturday morning.
Cowboys, cowgirls for a day in a supportive Payson arena
The best young cowboys and cowgirls in the state wrapped up the Arizona High School Rodeo Association season with three days of action at Payson Event Center on Thursday-Saturday.
More Than a Game
All season long, I marveled at Arissa Paulson’s powerful bat, not to mention her curveball, riseball, dropball, screwball and blazing fastball.
After excelling at the junior high level, Bryndee Hall faced the challenge of competing against older girls in her first season in the Arizona High School Rodeo Association.
Monty James and his horse, Bob, enjoyed a strong season in tie down calf roping a year ago before Bob got hurt about halfway through the Arizona High School Rodeo Association schedule.
Three-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier Mark Kile and current Bassmaster Elite standout Clifford Pirch have put Rim Country on the national angling map.
High school rodeo will come to Payson next week
Rim Country cowboys and cowgirls wrapped up strong seasons on the Arizona Junior Rodeo Association circuit by riding away with plenty of prizes in the AJRA Finals Rodeo in Prescott on May 16-17.
More Than a Game
As I sat in the press box at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland on May 26 watching the Detroit Tigers wrap up a 1-0 win over the Athletics, my phone chimed.
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 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.
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.
Injuries cripple Longhorns in championship
TEMPE – She’s flesh and blood after all. Most of it heart.
SURPRISE – The Longhorns have walked the tightrope all season.
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.
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.