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Keith Morris

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Baseball team bounces back to beat Lobos in 10

PHS No. 4 in power rankings

Payson High’s baseball team faced a big challenge.

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No. 1 Horns edge another No. 2

Arissa Paulson fans 17, blasts 2-run HR vs. Cougars; Arianna Paulson then strikes out 17

Top-ranked Payson continued its winning ways on the softball field last week by beating two more highly-ranked opponents.

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Arissa Paulson baffles powerful Bulldogs in 3-hit shutout

Sophomore fans 14 as PHS hands Winslow first loss to avenge semifinal defeat

The wound had festered for 11 months.

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Athletes endure wind, cold at Chuck Hardt Co-Ed Relays

The temperature was in the low 40s.

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Six-run second lifts Winslow past Longhorns in baseball

PHS looks to rebound at Snowflake

Teams always want to win.

Longhorns fall in baseball tourney semis

PHS hosts No. 12 Winslow today

Payson’s baseball team won the first three games it played in the Goodyear Estrella Foothills Wolves Classic to push its winning streak to seven games.

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PHS Bass Classic just the start of something big

Longhorn team wins tourney at Roosevelt Lake

Saturday’s event was big.

Circus of Illusion coming to PHS on April 19

Event a fundraiser for PHS athletics

Payson High School’s athletic department is hosting an evening of entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 at the Payson High School Auditorium. Doors open at 5:45.

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Softball showdowns: PHS faces big tests next 2 days

Top-ranked Horns host No. 2 Winslow today, No. 3 Show Low on Wednesday

Ready for a showdown? How about a couple of them? Well, this is your week.

PHS 9 stampede Roadrunners

Payson No. 5 in power rankings

Number 5. That’s where Payson’s baseball team stood in the first Division 3 power rankings released Wednesday.

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Middle school soccer to benefit varsity program

Payson’s boys and girls varsity soccer teams both struggled this season.

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Payson troubadour living his dream

John Carpino working on his fifth studio CD

John Carpino began playing guitar as a 16-year-old. A year later, he wrote his first song. More than four decades later, he’s still at it.

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Opening day: Little League starts Saturday

PLL to host softball state tourney in July

The 75th anniversary season of Little League International promises to be a big one for Payson Little League.

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Paulsons dominate Holbrook for top-ranked Horns

Arissa fans 9 in 3 innings and Arianna goes 4-for-4 with HR, 4 RBIs

It’s a luxury most high school softball coaches don’t have.

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PHS golfers team up to shoot another qualifying score

Four strokes separate six PHS golfers

The Payson High School golfers turned in a real team effort to amass its fourth state-qualifying score in five matches this season on March 25 at Chaparral Pines.

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Carnes fans 15 as Longhorns win 3rd straight

Payson beats Blue Ridge in baseball section opener

The Longhorns donned their camouflage jerseys on Thursday, but they didn’t exactly blend into the background.

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Perfect day for fishing

Fishing lines got snagged and tangled.

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Horns looking strong at full strength

Arianna Paulson practically perfect in no-hitter

The Longhorns are back.

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Coach says Payson High track team progressing

Longhorns host Co-Ed Relays on Wednesday

Although they compete for the same school, Payson High’s boys and girls track and field teams are really just that, separate teams.

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PHS strong on Sedona track

Horns win 7 events at Friendship Games

Payson track and field athletes turned in several standout performances at the Sedona Red Rock Friendship Games on March 19.

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Full house: Payson couple plays host to team

Stahl home serves as hotel for night

Surprise Willow Canyon’s softball program only had enough money in the budget for one night in a Payson hotel for this year’s 10th Annual Gracie Haught Classic.

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Harpe fires 5-under-par at SFGC

Snowflake Golf Course is starting to feel like a home course for Payson.

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Shorthanded Longhorns go 2-5 in Gracie Haught Classic

Defending champs struggle without four starters

Things didn’t exactly go as the Longhorns hoped.

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Doggone happy tale

Animal lover helps find dog missing after truck rollover

Michele Bailey doesn’t like bad news. That’s why she rarely watches television news or reads a newspaper.

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PHS posts another big win

Resurgent baseball team routs Lobos

Now this is more like it.

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Winslow softball team a class act

More Than a Game

Winslow High has won a lot of softball games in the last several years.

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Rotary honors top firefighter, officer

Service club throws a party to honor first responders

Payson firefighter Capt. Rick Winton and Payson police officer Sgt. Les Barr were honored re­cently as Officer and Firefighter of the Year by the Rim Country Rotary Club at its annual banquet.

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Gracie Lee Haught Classic bigger than ever

10th annual event boasts 20 teams

Ten years after a tragic accident claimed the life of 3-year-old Gracie Lee Haught, her memory lives on.

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Shorthanded Horns keep winning softball games

Payson routs Fountain Hills 14-3

The Paulson sisters largely account for the high expectations for this year’s Payson High softball team.

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Longhorns bounce back in big way

Baseball team beats champs

Payson entered Tuesday’s baseball game at defending state champion Fountain Hills struggling.

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Rollover closes Highway 87

Driver unhurt in single-car crash

A single-vehicle rollover accident shut down both lanes of traffic on northbound Highway 87 north of Rye for about an hour Tuesday afternoon.

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Can’t beat fun at the old ballpark

More Than a Game

This is my favorite time of year.

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Baseball team off to slow start

Sloppy play dooms PHS vs. SL

This is certainly not what any of us had in mind.

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Track team loaded with potential

Jonathan Ball has a lot of question marks about this year’s Payson High track and field team. He hopes to find answers before the season gets too old.

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Let the madness begin

More Than a Game

The best week of the year is upon us.

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Track team boasts strong efforts in two meets

Svir wins at NAU, Chapman 3-time champ at PHS

Danya Svir finished tied for eighth in the high jump in last year’s Division III state meet. Payson High track and field coach Jonathan Ball thinks she has a shot at winning the crown this spring.

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Kind stranger saves the day

More Than a Game

I enjoy hiking — a day outdoors with spectacular scenery and a sense of adventure, all the while burning calories. Plus, my dogs love it.

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Paulson hopes to drive Longhorns into history

Lone senior is a team leader

For all her success on the softball field, one thing is missing for Arianna Paulson: a state championship.

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Arissa Paulson voted all-section

Sister Arianna Paulson named to second team

Her teammates lovingly call her a beast because of her strength.

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Woman, two dogs survive rollover

The one-vehicle rollover accident that all but closed Highway 260 Monday looked horrific — but one woman and three dogs survived the crash. Paramedics extracted the woman from her smashed truck and rushed her to a Phoenix hospital. The three dogs were ejected from the truck as it rolled — but two survived and one remains missing.

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Baseball team rebounds from shutout to win 11-1

After going 1-2 in the Fountain Hills Invitational the previous week, Payson’s baseball team opened at home against Cottonwood Mingus on Thursday looking to shake off a pair of one-run losses.

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Softball team 6-3 at Wickenburg

Payson’s softball team went 6-3 in the 24-team Wickenburg Wrangler Classic held Friday-Saturday.

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Longhorn golfers start strong

Juniors Harpe and Ridley lead way at Snowflake

SNOWFLAKE — Denny Morse has seen a lot in his 16 years as a coach for the Payson High golf team.

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Start of something special?

Softball team routs Mingus

It didn’t take long for this year’s edition of Payson High’s varsity softball team to begin showing why Longhorn supporters are so excited about the possibilities for this season.

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Austin Young honored on all-section team

Senior point guard makes second team

An 8-21 season wasn’t what the Longhorns envisioned before the start of the boys basketball season.

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Dacanay wants to help in typhoon-ravaged Philippines

Former PHS standout seeks donations

Mason Dacanay wants to give back.

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Longhorns stumble out of the gate

Heartbreaking losses leave Payson 1-2

FOUNTAIN HILLS – An unbeaten season would have been fun.

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Payson High golfers hope to keep program rolling

Payson’s high school golf team has finished among the top eight in the state the past five years.

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Strong staff aids Tenney in new role

More Than a Game

Kadi Tenney is a veteran assistant softball coach.

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Longhorns look to win all the marbles

State title the goal after reaching semis last two seasons

After losing in the Division III softball state semifinals each of the last two years, the Longhorns have their sights set on breaking through and winning the first state championship in program history this spring.