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Keith Morris

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Payson High Varsity Sports Schedule

The Payson High School varsity winter sports schedule by date.

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PHS back in 3A East in latest realignment

Interscholastic Association reverses course on controversial competitive alignments

Just one year after a major realignment that was supposed to last for three years, the Arizona Interscholastic Association has scrapped that plan.

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Tough tourney

Payson’s boys basketball team gained valuable experience with five games against competitive teams in the Sedona Red Rock Hoops Classic held Dec. 3-5.

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Payson takes it to the mat

Payson’s small wrestling team got bigger last week.

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Young cowboys, cowgirls starring on rodeo circuit

Several young Rim Country cowgirls and cowboys are off to impressive starts in the Arizona High School Rodeo Association and Arizona Junior High Rodeo Association season.

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Longhorn boys 0-2 after pair of tough games

A difficult schedule makes getting off to a good start a challenge for teams.

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Gutsy effort comes up short in thriller

Snowflake girls edge Horns 55-53

Rylee Chapman and Kylee O’Donald did all they could to help Payson’s girls basketball team on Tuesday night.

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Experience, talented big men fuel boys’ hopes

Boys and girls open home schedule tonight

The Arizona Interscholastic Associ­ation realignment has made it a radically different schedule this season.

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Girls gain valuable experience in tourney

GOODYEAR — Payson opened the girls basketball season by going 2-2 in the 16-team Goodyear Desert Edge Scorpion Shootout on Friday and Saturday.

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Not just a tire store anymore

Star Valley business offers full automotive services

Andrew and Leah Harris dreamed of owning their own automotive service business.

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Plenty of talent, but not much depth for girls hoops

Expect to see a lot of new faces on the court for Payson High’s varsity girls basketball team this season.

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Shorthanded grapplers start season strong

Horns go 3-0 despite forfeiting at half the weights

Payson opened the wrestling season in grand fashion at Wilson Dome on Monday.

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Horton Creek Trail’s soothing trek along photogenic stream

When my editor assigned me to write an outdoor story, I thought, on what?

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Turning private grief into public good

When Terry Gould inherited money after his brother, Roy, died, he wanted to do something positive with some of it.

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Sister’s challenge motivates Turkey Trot winner

Herrera, 19, edges 62-year-old for title; Schouten wins another women’s crown

Spencer Herrera wasn’t planning on competing in the 15th Annual Payson Turkey Trot 5-Kilomoter Run on Saturday morning.

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Young grapplers look to make their mark

The trophy case is full of evidence of past greatness.

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Heizer back to lead mat program

When Payson High needed an athletic director a few years ago, Don Heizer stepped in and did the job.

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Sport shoe program a blessing for Rim Country youth

Athletic shoes that fit well are one of the most important items an athlete needs to compete.

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Longhorn girls race to 15th place in state meet

PHOENIX — Just qualifying for the Division 3 cross country state meet was the Longhorns’ goal this season.

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Moceri takes 33rd in state meet

PHOENIX — If Payson played soccer in the winter like most schools in the state, who knows what Gerardo Moceri might have accomplished as a cross country runner.

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Season crashes to a close

TUCSON — A campaign many had anticipated with visions of glory ended in disappointment in the Tucson desert on Saturday night.

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Pusch Ridge impresses in move to D4

It’s always interesting to see how football teams accustomed to thriving in one division do when moved into a larger division.

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Horns look to shake up playoff picture

More Than a Game

Six wins.

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Spikers battle to the end

With no shot at making the state tournament, it was all about pride for Payson’s volleyball team in the season finale against Page on Thursday night at Wilson Dome.

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Longhorns make playoffs despite loss

Lose 48-0 at Show Low; play at Tucson Pusch Ridge on Saturday

Players and coaches shouted their approval when the word Payson appeared on the projector screen showing the bracket for the Division 4 state football playoffs Saturday morning.

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Girls team, Moceri race down to state meet berths

Payson’s girls cross country team faced a big challenge this year.

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Peterson claims ninth straight Club Championship

Karen Peterson still reigns as queen of the Payson Women’s Golf Association.

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Playoffs on the line tonight

Gridders face another big test in finale at No. 2 Show Low

After ending 34 years of frustration at Lakeside Blue Ridge earlier this year, Payson’s football team has an opportunity to make an even bigger statement tonight.

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When a win really isn’t a win

More Than a Game

Winning is still a good thing, right?

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Tribe helping schools

Chaz Davis didn’t step on another player’s foot and nobody stepped on his.

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Boys soccer team wins finale, but just misses state

Eight seniors found themselves in the spotlight as Payson’s boys soccer team wrapped up the season with a 5-0 win over St. Michael on Oct. 19 at Rumsey Park.

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Longhorns trample Sand Devils 48-8

Win all but wraps up playoff berth

One of Payson’s biggest problems during Friday night’s 48-8 football blowout of visiting Page was trying to figure out where to find legal jerseys for a couple of non-running backs to play in the offensive backfield.

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Longhorns fall in football rankings

Payson High’s football team won last week. And the Longhorns (6-3) dropped from No. 13 in last week’s Division 4 power rankings to No. 14 in this week’s rankings, which were released today.

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Battered Longhorns limp into home finale

Faltering Payson hosts Page tonight at 7

He broke through the hole and was gone.

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Spikers battle Ganado for every point in defeat

It can be difficult for a coach to put much of a positive spin on a 3-0 volleyball loss.

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Longhorns fall to No. 13

Payson High’s football team dropped just one spot in the Division 4 power rankings after last week’s 49-7 loss to No. 3 Snowflake.

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Lobos feast on injury-plagued Longhorns 49-7

Snowflake wins 6th straight vs. PHS

SNOWFLAKE – We can only imagine.

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Novack glad to be back on court

For the first month of the season, Sara Novack kept stats and cheered on her Payson High volleyball teammates.

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Offensive line: ‘You could run a duck behind them and they’d be scoring touchdowns’

The Longhorns face their biggest test of the football season at Snowflake tonight against an unbeaten team that’s dominated them the past several years.

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Boys running strong

Senior captain Kevin Price is reaping the benefits of his dedication to improving as a cross country runner this season.

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Spikers mount strong finish

Losses hurt.

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Strong trio of runners leads girls cross country team

A trio of strong runners has led the way for Payson’s girls cross country team this season.

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PHS junior shines bright on one of golf’s biggest stages

Mitchell McGuire lived a golfer’s dream.

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Battered Longhorns fall to Winslow

Payson 5-2 after 27-16 setback

Next man up.

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Longhorns fall to Winslow in football

Payson’s football team fell to visiting Winslow 27-16 on Friday night.

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Longhorns play at home tonight at 7

High-flying Payson hosts Winslow

With the glow of last week’s monumental victory at Lakeside Blue Ridge still shining brightly and another huge Section 1 battle looming in Snowflake next week, tonight’s home game against Winslow presents a big challenge for Payson’s football team.

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Defense key to Payson’s 5-1 football start

More Than a Game

An explosive offense has produced plenty of points for Payson’s football team in recent years — but a porous defense has always foiled their playoff chances.

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Longhorns volleyball team excels on the road

For some reason, Payson’s varsity volleyball team plays better on the road.

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Horns end decades of despair at Blue Ridge

Payson posts first win in Lakeside since 1981

LAKESIDE – Payson’s banged up football team walked into the lion’s den on Friday night.

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Former NFL kicker’s words carry weight

More Than a Game

I’d heard Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame kicker Nick Lowery was attending last week’s football game between Payson and host Flagstaff.

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