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Keith Morris

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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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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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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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Throwers power boys into state track meet

It all comes down to this.

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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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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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Horns battle to bitter end against No. 1 Alhambra

SURPRISE — They played with the heart of a champion.

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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.

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Sanchez resigns as boys hoops coach

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.

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The one that DIDN’T get away

Rim Country Optimist Fishing Fest hooks ’em

The young boy couldn’t help but smile.

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Business Showcase a Festival of Fun

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.

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Freshman comes through on links

Freshmen don’t often play key roles in varsity sports.

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Longhorns power past Blue Ridge

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.

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Why the heck do I still love this game so?

More Than a Game

Harried, harassed and hungry, I finally found my seat for the Diamondbacks’ season opener, already wondering why I’d come.

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Learning from their losses

Payson’s baseball team went 0-4 in the Goodyear Estrella Foothills Wolves Classic held Thursday, April 7 through Saturday, April 9.

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PHS track team vaulting over their ‘personal best’

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.

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Payson High golfers cutting strokes as season goes on

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.

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Youngsters lasso awards in Safford

Young Rim Country cowboys and cowgirls lassoed plenty of attention at the Safford Rodeo on Jan. 16-17.