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Keith Morris

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Payson vs. Show Low could be a real David and Goliath story

More Than a Game

When a scrawny shepherd boy in a loincloth faces off against a mighty giant clad in armor, nobody’s going to bet on the kid.

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Grand Prix roars into Payson this weekend

Roaring engines, soaring dust and sprints to the finish line.

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The Longhorns played their first home girls soccer game on Tuesday

Welcome home

The Longhorns finally played their first home girls soccer game on Tuesday, welcoming Chino Valley to Rumsey Park.

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Horns host 10-team tourney

Payson High’s volleyball team hosts the 10-team Payson Invitational today and Saturday.

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Young rodeo stars gallop into new season

Many young cowboys and cowgirls converged on Payson Event Center last weekend to begin a new season of high school and junior high rodeo.

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Big Unit, Gonzo to be in Payson on Oct. 7

Two Arizona Diamondbacks legends are coming to Payson. Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson and World Series hero Luis Gonzalez will take part in a ceremony dedicating the Kiwanis East and West Baseball Fields at Rumsey Park in their honor at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7.

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Horns display heart of champions in loss

Give mighty Elks all they can handle

A potent running game and stingy defense turned Payson’s football season around. On Friday, those strengths nearly powered the Longhorns to one of the biggest wins in eight years.

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Tough start for boys soccer

Payson, which was 0-4 in power points games this season (0-8 all games) heading into Saturday’s game at Show Low, doesn’t return home until 4 p.m. on Sept. 28 against Snowflake.

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Three-game stretch will test Longhorns

Begin challenging month tonight vs. Round Valley

It all starts tonight. Sure, the high school football season kicked off for Payson four weeks ago, but a 2-2 record really hasn’t taught us anything about the Longhorns.

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Longhorns star returns home — on the wrong side

Former Payson High star Britney Armstrong (Owens) came home on Tuesday night. But the first-year Camp Verde head volleyball coach put her past loyalty to the Longhorns behind her and was focused on doing everything she could to defeat Payson.

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Longhorns win two in a row

The Longhorns beat Camp Verde Tuesday. Payson’s Savanna White’s spike (above), as Abby Schreur (9) and Sammi Sokol look on, contributed to the victory.

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Golf tourney fundraiser renamed to honor late MSA president Jack Koon

Jack Koon loved helping kids and wildlife. He also loved golf.

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Longhorns stomp Panthers 34-14

Payson runs over Coconino for 2nd straight victory

FLAGSTAFF — A week after slamming on the breaks and starting to turn the car around, the Longhorns finished their u-turn and stepped on the gas pedal heading the other way at Coconino High here Friday night.

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Cloee Beeler dives for a ball in Longhorns' match against Fountain Hills

Cloee Beeler dives for a ball in the Longhorns’ match against Fountain Hills on Aug. 30.

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Longhorns whip Coconino football team in Flagstaff 34-14

Payson beat host Flagstaff Coconino 34-14 in football on Friday night for its second straight win.

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Payson merges JV, frosh football teams

A shortage of players has led to Payson High canceling its junior varsity season. “We did not have enough JV players come out,” said Payson High varsity football head coach Jake Swartwood.

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Girls soccer team looks to build for future

If coaching soccer for 30 years taught Leslie Fletcher Ayres anything, it’s that turning a program around begins with the basics.

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Kyra Ball races to runner-up finish

Longhorn jr. impresses in Payson Inv.

Kyra Ball wasn’t happy with the way she began the cross country season. A 21st-place finish at Saturday’s Chandler Invitational didn’t meet her expectations.

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Volleyball team focused on growth

After dropping the opening set in heartbreaking fashion, Payson’s volleyball team teetered on the verge of going down 0-2 to visiting Fountain Hills.

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Deadline tackles football

Cameron Ross splashes down at the end of a carry at Queen Creek Casteel on Aug. 26. Because of the early holiday deadline, Friday’s game at Fountain Hills is not covered in this edition of the Roundup. Please visit for the story and pick up a copy of the Sept. 9 Roundup for additional coverage of the team.

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Longhorns dominate Fountain Hills in football

Good teams capitalize on the other team’s mistakes. Payson High played like a very good team Friday night in Fountain Hills.

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Longhorns beat Fountain Hills 24-0

Payson beat host Fountain Hills for its first football win of the season in Friday night.

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Young boys soccer team eyes 2017

Payson opened the boys soccer season with an 11-0 loss at home to Camp Verde at Rumsey Park on Tuesday afternoon. But wins and losses don’t really matter this season.

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Harriers looking for several girls to step up

The graduation of two of their top runners from the last several seasons leaves Payson High’s girls cross country team searching for contributors this fall.

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Boys X C coach thrilled to have magnificent seven

Just fielding a full team of five scoring runners has been a challenge for Payson boys cross country coach Jonathan Ball the last several years.

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Payson High School Sports Calendar

Payson high school sports calendar through September 2nd.

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Horns improve, but fall in historic game

Casteel tops Payson 27-14

QUEEN CREEK – The estimated 2,500 fans that attended Friday night’s historical game at Casteel High will long remember that their football team beat Payson.

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Bulls rule Payson Rodeo

No riders able to last eight seconds

The name Milk Man doesn’t do him justice. The prized Salt River Rodeo Co. bull could just as easily be called Demon Beast, Terror Train or Big Bully.

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He's a rodeo clown for life

Red of nose, baggy of pants, Donnie Landis struck a pose in the midst of the Saturday performance of the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

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Dog owners ignoring laws about pooches in markets

The man carried his Labrador retriever puppy into the grocery store, found a cart and sat the dog in the space designed to hold toddlers and easily damaged food.

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Payson Longhorns Coach: ‘There’s a lot to work on’

Starting the season a week early in order to get a week off prior to the 3A East Region opener against mighty Show Low seemed like a good idea weeks ago.

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Ride'em Cowboy

Cowgirls raced around barrels, cowboys roped calves, wrestled steers and tried to stay on wild broncos and bulls for eight seconds and youngsters held on for dear life as they got a taste of rodeo life on the backs of sheep and steers.

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Diamond Queens

Where My Pitches At beat Wanna Play to win the Payson Parks & Rec Women’s Slowpitch Softball League Tournament Championship at Rumsey Park on Monday, Aug. 15.

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Safford beats Payson 38-8 in football

Payson High opened the football season on a sour note, losing 38-8 to visiting Safford on Friday.

Payson Longhorns kicking off at home

Payson kicks off the high school football season at home against Safford tonight at 7 o’clock.

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Payson’s broken-down football facilities pose challenges, hazards

Jake Swartwood has learned to limit his practices to certain portions of the Payson High football field.

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Brady Ellison claims third Olympic medal

After losing in the round of 32 in the London Games four years earlier, former Payson resident Brady Ellison worked hard to reach the medal stand in this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

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Continuity of coaching staff a big plus for Longhorns

High school football teams need continuity and consistency in their coaching staffs from year to year to be successful.

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Ellison helps U.S. win silver in Rio

Going for individual Olympic gold medal tod

Former Payson resident Brady Ellison and Team USA won the silver medal in team archery at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday.

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Some Sun Devils just not into camping

Asking the 'tough' questions

I do my best to squeeze into position. It can be difficult. A group of six or seven television and newspaper reporters from the Valley gather at the edge of the field waiting for Todd Graham’s arrival.

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Ex-Blue Ridge football star still a team player

After starring on the high school football field for one of the premier small school programs in the state, Danny Groebner didn’t want to quit playing the sport he loves.

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Payson teen enjoys High School National Finals Rodeo

Everything must go right for a steer wrestler to succeed. And it did most weekends this season for Star Valley teen Denton Petersen.

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Former Payson student leads USA archery team in Rio

Country's top-ranked archer has local Payson ties

Like a lot of us, Alesha and John Calderwood plan on watching plenty of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio on television over the next couple of weeks.

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Sun Devils head back to Tempe one day early

After a wet field and the possibility of more rain forced him to cancel the wildly popular Maroon & Gold Practice at Camp Tontozona scheduled for Saturday morning, Arizona State football coach Todd Graham wanted to try and salvage some of the fun associated with that event.

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Sun Devils return to Payson for Tontozona football camp workout

Payson offers fun for the entire family today and Saturday with events surrounding the Arizona State University football team’s visit to Camp Tontozona.

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Dirty work: Staff clears hurdles to keep Sun Devils clean

ASU forced to use coin laundry while at Camp Tontozona

Doing the laundry for a college football team is quite an undertaking under ordinary circumstances. But doing it with no washing machines or dryers on site creates additional hurdles.

Payson Parks & Rec. Flag Football Fever

The Town of Payson Flag Football season for 5- to 12-year-olds kicked off at Rumsey Park on Monday with several games. However, thunderstorms interfered with the action.

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Devils face challenge on eve of Tontozona

Young teams carry low expectations. High expectations led to disappointment for Arizona State’s football team last season.

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End of an era: Paulson family moving

The family so instrumental in Payson High’s softball success is leaving town. Dr. Toby Paulson confirmed that the Paulsons are moving to Vineyard, Utah. It’s the end of the most successful era in PHS softball history.

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Payson's Rumsey Park Punt, Pass & Kick

Four win to advance to next round

Eight youngsters showed up for the first round of the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition at Rumsey Park on Saturday morning.