More Than a Game
The ace pitcher didn’t even glance at the Tanque Verde player dancing off of second base.
Gas up the bus, Payson teams will spend a lot of time on the road in the next three years thanks to the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s new division and section alignment.
Payson’s baseball team suffered through a tough final week of spring break with a pair of losses. The Longhorns fell 10-1 to a strong Fountain Hills team at home on Tuesday, March 17 and 6-5 at Snowflake on Wednesday.
Payson High can boast of plenty of memorable performances in the history of its boys track program. Trevor Clawson added his name to the archives with an outstanding effort on Saturday.
Dominant pitching powers Longhorns to Gracie Haught title
In what they hope is a dress rehearsal for the ultimate celebration at Arizona State University on May 11, gleeful Payson softball players hugged, jumped into each other’s arms and reveled in a tournament championship Saturday night on their home field.
Gracie Haught Classic scoreboard
Anilese Hayes took a bit of a skip as she came down on a home plate surrounded by Payson High softball players.
Longhorns face tough test in quest for glory
Payson High’s softball team is the favorite in many people’s minds to win the first state championship in program history this season. But the Longhorns will have to get by several other teams with title aspirations of their own if they are to realize their ultimate goal.
Welcome to the big time.
The Division 3 softball rankings don’t debut until April 1, but Payson is making a strong case for the No. 1 spot when they finally are released.
Only one Division 3 team finished in front of Payson’s boys track and field team in Saturday’s 21-team Scottsdale Horizon Husky Invitational, which featured some of the largest schools in the state.
If Payson’s boys track and field team is going to challenge for a Division 3 state championship this season as coach Jonathan Ball believes is possible, depth will be a key reason.
Arissa pitches near perfect game
Cori Barnett felt the pressure as she watched the ball begin to descend.
These Longhorns are developing a flare for the dramatic.
Justin Boudreau figures he’s addressed more than a million students and teachers in his 13 years as a motivational speaker.
“I had really bad problems with stress and sometimes getting depressed,” 24-year-old Arizona Cardinals player Justin Bethel said after his presentation to Payson High School students on Friday.
The Longhorns revealed a welcome depth of character on Friday with their first win of the season.
The dream team has fueled Payson’s championship hopes with a blistering 8-1 opening to the season.
Payson High’s baseball players and coaches ask anyone attending the Tuesday, March 10 home junior varsity and varsity baseball games against Camp Verde to bring a can of food.
After weeks of appeals by schools, the Arizona Interscholastic Association last week released its final division placements for the 2015-16 through 2017-18 school years and a couple of interesting things stood out.
It’s a young Payson High girls track and field team that opens the season today at the Queen Creek Sanders Montague Desert Classic.
Like a growing child, the Payson United Methodist Church Sport Shoe Program keeps getting bigger.
Payson High’s young baseball team took some lumps against quality opponents in the season-opening Fountain Hills Invitational Wednesday-Saturday, going 0-4.
1-Aubrielle Paulson is a freshman pitcher/infielder. As a speedy left-handed slap hitter, she brings another dimension to the offense. She is strong in fundamentals through club ball experience, and she should see action in one of the infield positions when not pitching.
Last season was magical for Payson High’s softball team.
It’s not as much the largest turnout he’s seen in his seven years with Payson High’s boys track and field team, but the talent level that has Jonathan Ball excited as the Longhorns prepare for the upcoming season.
High school coaches across the state face a challenge at least as great as getting students ready to compete. They must also raise money to keep the program afloat.
It’s a drastically different Payson High baseball team that opens the season in the Fountain Hills Invitational on Wednesday.
Payson High’s baseball season doesn’t officially begin until the Longhorns participate in the Fountain Hills Invitational beginning on Wednesday. And PHS doesn’t open the home schedule until entertaining Morenci on March 6.
With four starters back from a top-five state finish in 2014, Payson High golf coach Denny Morse can’t wait to get the season started.
In the end, it all worked out fine.
Vega takes third, Anderson and Keeney fifth
PRESCOTT VALLEY – Dramatic finishes dominated the day as Payson High’s three Division 3 State Wrestling Tournament qualifiers capped strong seasons with thrilling victories at Prescott Valley Event Center on Thursday and Friday.
Wildly successful raffle makes it all possible
A year ago, Payson High assistant boys basketball coach Randy Herrera had an idea to help raise needed funds for the high school boys basketball program, as well as the school’s bass club, which he heads.
More Than a Game
It all started Monday.
Talk to Curtis Johnson for a few minutes and you realize the man knows softball.
Despite dealing with a lot of mud, young Rim Country rodeo stars enjoyed another strong performance at the Arizona High School Rodeo Association and Arizona Junior High Rodeo Association event in Cottonwood on Jan. 31-Feb. 1.
Three Payson High wrestlers qualified for the Division 3 state tournament by placing among the top four wrestlers at their weight class at Saturday’s Section 1 tournament in Winslow.
As good as the Payson High varsity cheerleaders are — and they finished eighth in the state this year in show cheer, while the pom line finished fifth — they were overshadowed at halftime of the boys varsity basketball game against Goodyear Estrella Foothills on Jan. 6.
Two days after losing her bid to get the Arizona Interscholastic Association to drop Payson’s football team down to the division she feels the Longhorns belong, Payson High athletic director Jennifer White was back in front of an AIA appeals committee on Thursday.
Club Payson is back in action with girls ages 4-18 competing on six teams in the Arizona Region of USA Volleyball, as well as a fundamental program offering basic instruction to the youngest girls.
Payson’s boys basketball team surfed into Tuesday’s season finale against Show Low riding a wave of emotion from a thrilling win over Eagar Round Valley four nights earlier that snapped a 10-game losing streak.
This season has featured its share of disappointments for Payson’s girls basketball team.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association on Tuesday denied Payson High’s appeal of its initial placement in Division 3 for football for the next three-year scheduling block.
Trying to use pressure to win title as inspiration
Trevor Anderson knows a couple of things about state wrestling championships.
Four-point play brings fans to their feet
Even nightmare seasons can feature a memorable game or two.
Unlike Payson High’s boys and girls basketball teams, who enjoy many opportunities to play in front of the home crowd each season, the wrestlers don’t.
Tessa Hintze and Sara Novack expected to serve as key cogs in a Payson girls basketball team with high expectations this sesaon.
Payson’s girls basketball team entered Friday’s game against visiting Eagar Round Valley hoping to snap a six-game losing streak.
Chaz Davis was fouled while sinking a three-point basket with one second remaining and went to the line and calmly sank the free throw to complete a rare four-point play that lifted Payson to a 55-54 boys basketball victory over visiting Eagar Round Valley on Friday night.
Payson appealing initial placement for football, volleyball, baseball and softball teams
The Payson Athletic Director plans to appeal a sweeping realignment of schools by the Arizona Interscholastic Association that will force many Payson teams to compete with much larger schools.