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Keith Morris

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AIA realignment designed to fix disparities

Payson back in 3A East this fall

Message received.

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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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Sweat & Dust

Race brings about 700 to Star Valley

Engines roared.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Horns battle to bitter end against No. 1 Alhambra

SURPRISE — They played with the heart of a champion.

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North to play two sports at Oglethorpe

After competing in volleyball and track the last four years at Payson High, Taryn North will continue in both sports at the collegiate level.

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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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Underdog Longhorns clinch section title

Guts and determination.

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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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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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Cardiac kids pull out thriller, look toward playoffs

Who needs soap operas for drama?

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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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Softball showdown

What more can you ask for?

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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.