Southeastern Louisiana Univ. to induct softball standout into Hall of Fame
Will Dunman remembers Rachel Ray Fitzgerald’s work ethic during her four seasons with the Payson High varsity softball team.
Exchange a bag of trash for a lottery ticket.
Barry Cromer pointed to the 365-day calendar that filled a considerable space on one of the mostly-empty walls in his new office.
Members of the Payson Phantoms 14-and-under and 13-u club baseball teams showed just how much playing the sport means to them by working in the hot sun for two days last weekend to raise money.
“They work really hard. They’re very dedicated.”
Rasmussen says she and Payson police handled Tucson team’s disqualification properly
Payson Little League president Barbara Rasmussen is upset with how she was portrayed in a story that ran in Tuesday’s Roundup about a Tucson area team being disqualified from a tournament in Payson.
National Championship is first pro victory for collegiate star
Making a living as a professional athlete is just a dream for most.
Parents of players on a Tucson area Little League baseball team are upset with how their children were treated last week at an all-star tournament in Payson.
Beating Blue Ridge, Show Low, Snowflake still key
As Jake Swartwood and his Payson High varsity coaching staff prepare to begin the football season in earnest with the first official day of practice on July 27, the fourth-year Longhorns’ head coach reflected on the realignment by the Arizona Interscholastic Association that goes into effect this fall for the next three years.
It’s hard to impress Dell Owens.
Desirae Burris couldn’t wait to get out of Payson after graduating from high school in 2010.
FLORENCE, Ala. – A pair of young Payson anglers proved they could compete with the best sport fishermen in the country in a recent national tournament.
Deer Valley emerged from the losers' bracket to beat Flowing Wells twice and claim the Little League Intermediate 50/70 Baseball All-Stars State Championship at Rumsey Park in Payson on Thursday night.
Tontozona and World’s Old Continuous Rodeo set for different weeks this summer
No more sharing.
Payson High’s Longhorns don’t officially begin practice until July 27.
One of 5 Intermediate 50/70 teams competing at Rumsey Park
This is starting to catch on.
Labs naturals in air, water
The athlete picked up speed as she charged down the dock.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.