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Max Foster

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Recent fires have residents on edge

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Even the newest of Pine-Strawberry residents recognize the sights and sounds of the twin-engine Forest Service spotting plane that flies over the two towns almost daily during the summer months.

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Pine, Strawberry archers set sights on national honors

The success of some of the younger members of the Pine Strawberry School archery team at the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) National Tournament has Coach Dean Pederson dreaming of bigger and better things.

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Pine-Strawberry get ready for summer season

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The Annual Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Festival is arguably the most successful of the seven held in Pine during the summer season.

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Sporting Association sets record

A record 350 supporters turned out May 7 at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino for the 24th Annual Mogollon Sporting Association banquet and fundraiser.

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Memories of war hero, jokester & friend

MHA honors Jack Koon for his contributions to conservation, kids and the organization

The 24-year history of Mogollon Sporting Association banquets have produced many poignant moments, but none more moving than the presentation on May 6 of the prestigious Legacy Award to Jack and Sandee Koon.

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Great participation in special benefit

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Pine-Strawberry School paraprofessional Amy Abney leaves little doubt the May 7 benefit for 5-year-old Ayden Taylor and his family was a hit.

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Pine rallies behind boy’s battle with cancer

It was a feel-good afternoon that could make even an Archie Bunker curmudgeon crack a smile.

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A special honor for veterans at library

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In an obvious show of pride and patriotism, Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library Director Becky Waer has set up an “America’s White Table” to honor all of those who have served in the military, during peace or war.

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Be sure to attend Firewise Day Saturday

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Pine Strawberry School second-grade teacher Candi Paine and school paraprofessional Amy Abney are optimistic an upcoming benefit to raise funds to help defray medical expenses for 5-year-old kindergartner Ayden Taylor will be a hit.

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Pine rallies to support endangered Firewise plan

With experts predicting the 2016 fire season could be the worst in recent memory, Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee member Katie Calderon is inviting residents of Payson to take part in the inaugural “Firewise Day” from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 30 at the cultural center ramada in Pine.

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A vote for Prop. 123 is a vote for kids

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A vote for Prop. 123 on May 17 is a vote for Arizona’s most precious resource — our children.

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Firewise Festival designed to educate

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A warning issued by Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee should alert residents to the dangers they are facing as the summer fire season approaches, “The reality is not whether another wildfire will strike the Rim Country, but when, where and will you survive.”

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Pine runs with the big dogs

Proving bigger is not necessarily better, the Pine-Strawberry School track and field team, which is only nine-members strong, shone in a White Mountain League meet hosted by Rim Country Middle School.

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Area students buckle down for tests

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The school days that trigger torment and anticipation in students begin Monday, April 11, at Pine Strawberry Elementary School. The catalyst for the ordeal is the five-day AzMERIT tests which will be given to third- through eighth-graders.

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Child needs help from area residents

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Pine-Strawberry School kindergartner Ayden Taylor and his family desperately need our two communities’ help.

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Several archers likely headed to nationals

It appears a good sized contingent of Pine Strawberry School archery team members will be advancing to the national tournament but the names will not be known for at least another week to give coaches, who have been on spring break, the time needed to check qualifying scores and other criteria.

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Firewise Community Event being planned

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With the likelihood of having a third consecutive brush pickup program this summer about as likely as Donald Trump toning down his pompous and bombastic rhetoric, Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee volunteer Katie Calderon has now turned her attention to hosting an inaugural “Firewise Community Event.”

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Charity hopes Payson residents show support

Justice McNeeley Foundation co-founder Katie Parks wonders why more Payson residents don’t support the nonprofit that is one of the most generous in the Rim Country doling out thousands of dollars to help pay the medical expenses of needy children.

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Volunteers build bridge for new trail

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Most would hesitate to call building bridges in the wilderness without access to tools and equipment thrilling and enjoyable.

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Longhorns take a good bounce

Payson High Longhorn baseball coach Brian Young’s suspicions that a March 9 clash in Safford could turn into a “trap game” proved unfounded.

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PSWID board on quest for district manager

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Following considerable research and study by the board of directors, the Support Service Committee and the district’s attorney, the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District has come up with a job description for its next district manager.

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All-Star basketball standouts honored

Chaz Davis, Ryan Ricke honored

A pair of Payson High School boys basketball players has received All-Section V honors in a voting of varsity coaches.

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Coach evaluates track team athletes

Following the Payson High School track team’s return March 4 from the prestigious Desert Classic Invitational in Queen Creek, coach Jonathan Ball took time out to evaluate his athletes’ performances. (See the March 8 sports edition for complete results from the meet).

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Payson golfers bounce back

After stumbling in a season opening loss to Wickenburg, the Longhorn golf team rebounded in a big way to beat an always-tough Fountain Hills team 182 to 195.

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Hitting their stride

Payson High School senior Gerardo Moceri stamped himself a legitimate contender to win state long-distance championships by legging his way to a first-place finish in the 3200 meters at the Desert Classic Invitational.

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Low season – high honors

The idiom “To the victor belong the spoils” often applies to high school sports, meaning when it comes to naming postseason all-star teams, winning teams usually receive the most honorees.

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PHS golf team struggling

The Payson High School varsity golf team struggled in its 2016 debut. The team lost to host Wickenburg, but whipped a Bagdad team that was short one player.

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Softball season off to bumpy start

The Payson High School girls softball team started its season with high hopes and mixed results — beating Higley 7-2, but falling to Estrella Foothills 7-4.

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Tournament rules force rare tied games for Longhorns

A 1-1-2 record in the Fountain Hills Tournament is not what Payson High baseball coach Brian Young had his sights set on.

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Girls track team rebuilding

The Payson High girls track and field season will open the season today, Friday, March 4 at Queen Creek, with just one returning individual state qualifier and only four seniors.

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Fuel reduction group explores options

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For almost 20 years, wife, Kay and I hosted the Tucson Amphitheater boys basketball team at our home during the weekend it played in the Payson High School Summer Invitational Tournament.

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Can young Longhorn golfers uphold a winning tradition?

For about as long as anyone can remember, a Morse has headed up the Payson High School Golf program. Bret Morse, once the longest-tenured coach in any sport at PHS, led the Longhorns to the 2001 state champion and was state runner-up in 2002, 2009 and 2012.

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Boys track team faces an epic struggle

Still determined to finish in top five this year

The Payson High School boys track team’s quest this season to finish in the top five for Division III might resemble Rocky Balboa’s epic battle against Clubber Lang.

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Pine Strawberry School’s archery team hits the bullseye

Young team sets sights on trip to the nationals

The terrific trio of seventh-graders, Raci Miranda, Caleb Barlow and Emma Paine paced the Pine Strawberry School archery team, scoring top-five finishes for their ages at the Ben Avery Spring 3D Fun Shoot held last week near Phoenix.

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Experienced baseball coaching staff returns

Head coach says Horns have toughest schedule in recent memory

Payson High baseball Coach Brian Young is as giddy with his veteran coaching staff as he is euphoric with his promising group of seasoned players.

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Girls softball team ‘rebuilding’

Coach says team depth may improve waiting for injured seniors to return

Fans can expect the Payson High girls softball team to have a decidedly different look at the onset of the season than it does when the postseason playoffs begin in May.

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Making up snow days not required

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Ferris Bueller took a school day off 30 years ago by calling in claiming he was sick.

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Down to one Paulson

Next year’s Brigham Young University softball team could be anchored by a pair of flame-throwing pitching sisters from Payson High School.

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MSA donations total: $2 million

Is there a civic nonprofit in Arizona more altruistic and philanthropic than the Mogollon Sporting Association? Probably not.

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Longhorns hope to sparkle this year on the diamond

The aura of confidence circulating in the Payson High preseason baseball camp is almost a sure indication the upcoming season will be one for the ages.

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Top teams slug it out

The Arizona Interscholastic Associa­tion Division III boys basketball tournament has begun for 24 teams in each bracket that advanced via top finishes in section tournament.

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Coaches now must vote on top picks

Strong players have a shot even after weak season

The selection of postseason all-section and all-division honorees by high school coaches is an inexact science.

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Rim Country runners getting ready to honor Tillman

With the start of 12th annual Pat’s Run just over the horizon, April 23 in Tempe, Rim Country walkers, joggers and runners of all ages are gearing up to join the legions of locals who have participated in the event since it began.

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Critical Fuel Reduction meeting set

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Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction’s meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24 in the Senior Dining Room at the Community Center might be the most crucial the committee has hosted in its 12 years of existence.

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Hoopsters: One and Done

The Payson Longhorn boys basketball appearance in the 2016 Division III Section V postseason tournament is best described as “one and done.”

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Longhorn wrestlers suffer painful tournament fate

The Longhorn wrestling team’s showing in the Division III state tournament is not what fans, coaches and team members had their sights set on.

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Big money, for big fish

A nice-sized field of 78 pro and amateur teams, including several from the Rim Country, turned out Feb. 13 for the fledgling Wild West Bass Trail circuit’s first-ever tournament at Roosevelt Lake.

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Brave season ends: Longhorns go down fighting

Loss to Alchesay knocks girls out of tough postseason tournament

The Payson High School girls basketball season screeched to a halt Tuesday evening at Valley Christian with a 51-40 loss to the Alchesay Falcons in the opening round of the single elimination Division III, Section V tournament.

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Four Payson wrestlers dreaming of championships

Every passionate prep wrestler who has donned a school singlet goes to sleep at night dreaming of winning a state championship.

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Apache Lake Tournament champs weigh in with huge fish

Those watching the Let’s Talk Fishin’ tournament Feb. 6 at Apache Lake might have walked away believing there is some Zen-like correlation between success in high school wrestling and professional bass fishing.

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