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.
A regular season filled with thrilling finishes ended in a most fitting way for Payson’s baseball team on Tuesday.
Guts and determination.
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.
What more can you ask for?
Underclassmen stood in the spotlight on a very special day on the Payson High track on Saturday afternoon.
Who needs soap operas for drama?
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.
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.
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.
Payson’s baseball team went 0-4 in the Goodyear Estrella Foothills Wolves Classic held Thursday, April 7 through Saturday, April 9.
More Than a Game
Harried, harassed and hungry, I finally found my seat for the Diamondbacks’ season opener, already wondering why I’d come.
Young Rim Country cowboys and cowgirls lassoed plenty of attention at the Safford Rodeo on Jan. 16-17.
Taran Sarnowski crushed the 1-1 pitch.
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.
Horns beat Camp Verde to push winning streak to five
Aubrielle Paulson pitched a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts as Payson’s softball team beat visiting Camp Verde 6-0 on Monday, April 4.
Filling in for older sister, sophomore fans 15 to beat last year’s state strikeout champion
It was supposed to be a showdown between two of the top players in the state from last season.
Host Blue Ridge today in $5 carne asada fundraiser
A Payson High baseball team reeling from three consecutive heartbreaking defeats righted the ship with three big victories last week.
Speedy Longhorn tailback taking it to next level
He raced 60 yards for a touchdown the first time he ran the football in a varsity game.
McGuire leads way with his best round
Payson High’s golf team returned from an 18-day spring break layoff to compete against host Camp Verde and Sedona Red Rock at Verde Santa Fe Golf Course on Tuesday, March 29.
Put tough losses behind them with rout of Red Rock
Jake Beeler peered into the home dugout with a big smile.
Payson High track and field athletes turned in several impressive performances at the Mogollon Early Season Meet in Heber on Friday, March 25.
Softball team pounds out a dozen hits
Rust wasn’t a factor.
Resurrection event a success
Kids played games, got their faces painted and watched puppet shows, while adults listened to live music and enjoyed good food and fellowship as a Christian celebration enveloped Rumsey Park on Saturday.
Children of all ages converged on Rumsey Park for Payson’s 17th Annual Eggstravaganza on Saturday morning.
Larry Smith fired a 75 to win the low gross title in the Payson Men’s Golf Association Low Net-One Low Gross Tournament on Wednesday, March 23 at Payson Golf Course.
The Arizona Diamondbacks open the season with a seven-game homestand beginning Monday night at 6:40 against the Colorado Rockies.
Camp Verde hands Payson third one-run loss
Some losses hurt worse than others.
More Than a Game
I’ve seen plenty of memorable moments in my 31 years as a sports writer for newspapers in Arizona, Michigan and Alabama.
The name’s Talaura Rhyann Frost. But you can call her TR.
Payson bats go silent in 5-4 loss
Host Lakeside Blue Ridge scored two runs in the fourth inning to overcome a 4-3 deficit and beat Payson 5-4 in baseball on Monday.
Bryce Goodman shot 44 to lead Payson’s golf team in the home opener at Chaparral Pines on March 11.
Stan Parker searched his smartphone’s photo gallery.
Election day doesn’t mean what it used to for many of today’s voters.
Jessie Smith picked up right where he left off.
Becky Bauer makes all-tourney team; Smash Sisters not returning this year
A record 28 high school softball teams converged on Payson last weekend, making the 12th Annual Gracie Haught Classic bigger than ever.
Leave bases loaded three times in 7-5 home loss to Wickenburg
Fresh off a thrilling win at Fountain Hills two days earlier, Payson High’s baseball team returned home looking to build on a strong start to the season against visiting Wickenburg on Thursday night.