Offhand courage and broken bones; all in a day’s work
Some people call them rodeo clowns.
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.
After a fire destroyed her family’s house forcing them to move across town, second-grader Brittanny Proctor had to change schools.
Riding in weekend roping
Monty James makes his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association debut in this week’s Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo in Payson.
Denton Petersen spends a lot of his weekends traveling the state to compete in junior rodeos.
A hunt that began in September ended successfully as Talaura Rhyann Frost captured the prize she sought.
Ruben Estrada and Taran Sarnowski spent four seasons as key contributors to the Payson High varsity baseball team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Longhorns to return wealth of experience in hunt for elusive title
TEMPE — Nobody thought they’d even be here.
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.
Underrated softball team plays for title in Valley tonight
A young team everyone once counted out stands on the doorstep of history.
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.
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.
PHOENIX — A Payson High softball team that started the season just hoping to make the playoffs now wants to win it all.
Ninth-graders aren’t supposed to enter a track and field state meet as serious title contenders.
It all comes down to this.
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.
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.
After competing in volleyball and track the last four years at Payson High, Taryn North will continue in both sports at the collegiate level.
SURPRISE — They played with the heart of a champion.
You can’t find everything in a small town like Payson.
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.
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.
Guts and determination.
A regular season filled with thrilling finishes ended in a most fitting way for Payson’s baseball team on Tuesday.
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.
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.
Who needs soap operas for drama?
Underclassmen stood in the spotlight on a very special day on the Payson High track on Saturday afternoon.
What more can you ask for?
Suspended after 10 inn. by darkness
Payson’s baseball team is tied up in a wild game in Holbrook.
Few things stay the same over five decades.
Horns carry 11-game win streak into final 3 games
Longhorns soar in rankings
Don’t look now but Payson’s young softball team is on fire.
They might have been demoralized.
McGuire leads a PHS trio finishing in the top 6
Payson’s young golf team keeps improving.
Payson's baseball team rallied for a thrilling 5-4 victory over rival Show Low on Wednesday night.
After watching Payson High’s varsity boys basketball team make four head coaching changes in the previous seven seasons, Joe Sanchez hoped to bring some consistency to the program when he took over as the Longhorns head coach before the 2011-12 season.
Rim Country Optimist Fishing Fest hooks ’em
The young boy couldn’t help but smile.
Record turnout for local firms
Kids tumbled through the air on seats attached to bungee cords as other kids and adults alike played games, enjoyed live music and ate food.
Freshmen don’t often play key roles in varsity sports.
Kalea Smith went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs and combined with Aubrielle Paulson for 12 strikeouts as Payson’s softball team opened its Section 1 (Div. 3) schedule with an 8-6 win at Lakeside Blue Ridge on Wednesday, April 6.
More Than a Game
Harried, harassed and hungry, I finally found my seat for the Diamondbacks’ season opener, already wondering why I’d come.
Payson’s baseball team went 0-4 in the Goodyear Estrella Foothills Wolves Classic held Thursday, April 7 through Saturday, April 9.
Payson High athletes performed very well in the prestigious 26th Annual Trabuco Hills Invitational and Distance Carnival in Mission Viejo, Calif. on April 1-2.
Rayce Mathews fired his best round of the season to claim medalist honors and lead Payson High’s golf team to a 173-199 victory over host Gilbert Christian at Seville Country Club on Monday, April 4. He shot 40.
Young Rim Country cowboys and cowgirls lassoed plenty of attention at the Safford Rodeo on Jan. 16-17.