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Max Foster

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Benefit goes on, never missing a beat

Torrential downpours failed to dampen the spirit of the hundreds of well-wishers who turned out to help Terry Neese in his time of deepest need.

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Wolf touts merits of town flag football program

Town of Payson Recreation Coordinator Mary Wolf continues to urge fledgling young athletes to participate in flag football, a program she considers her favorite among all the town offerings.

Longhorns get ready for 2013 football season

Payson High School preseason football practices tipped off yesterday, Aug. 5, and will continue through the week.

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Benefactor remembered - passion for sports, youth

Glenn Hale’s legacy is that of a public-spirited benefactor who quietly worked behind the scenes to ensure Payson’s young athletes received the best the town and school could offer.

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Anderson cops PMGA low net tourney crown

Following three weeks of spirited play in the Club Championship, which is one of the Payson Men’s Golf Association’s most prestigious tournaments, members returned to Payson Golf Course July 31 for a low net shoot-out.

rates up 40%

But increase won’t apply to water used before July

The water rates for Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District customers will soon jump by a daunting 40 percent — but at least this time the increase won’t be retroactive.

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Coach’s plans begin to unfold

Payson High football coach Jake Swartwood’s meticulous attention to detail might rival that shown by the character Gustavo Fring in the television series “Breaking Bad.”

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Former Horn pigskin foe possible ‘Devil’ linebacker

Is it possible that a Payson High football fan would root for a former Blue Ridge Yellow Jacket standout who for four years did his best to fold, bend and mutilate his Longhorn opponents?

Area youth invited to come out for sports

The Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Rumsey Park north multipurpose field. The event is free.

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Sun Devils plan Aug. 12-17 stay at Camp T

Former Arizona State University coach Dennis Erickson might not have been fond of Camp Tontozona but his replacement Todd Graham is enamored with the mountain retreat.

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Ex-Horn takes lead for girls soccer

A former Payson High School soccer standout has been chosen the new Lady Longhorns head soccer coach.

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Teen swings to PMGA crown

An 18-year-old standout on the 2013 Payson High School golf team has won the prestigious Payson Men’s Golf Association Club Championship.

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Fall aroma at PHS - football season nears

That’s the smell of pigskin permeating Rim Country air.

Linemen are unsung heroes of the gridiron

Only those who have played football on the offensive line or coached linemen can truly appreciate the self-effacing humor of the group.

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ASA action heats up Rumsey

Full fledged Amateur Softball Association (ASA) tournament action returned to the Rim Country July 27-28 with 16 teams from around the state clashing in the “End of Summer Madness” girls fast pitch showdown.

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Payson to host ASA fast pitch showdown

A field of 16 fast pitch girls softball teams from around the state descend on Payson tomorrow, Saturday, for the ASA Junior Olympic End of Summer Madness tournament.

Coaches, kids, boosters must brainstorm fund-raising opportunities

Spend time talking with Payson High School football coach Jake Swartwood and it becomes painfully obvious how much of the financial burden of fielding a team is now taken on by the players and coaches.

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Payson’s McMullen tapped as baseball All-American

If Nick McMullen is not the most recognized player in Payson High School baseball history, he’s certainly close to it.

Young soccer players invited to register

Town Recreation Coordinator Mary Wolf has been busy the past week drumming up support for the local youth soccer program.

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Swartwood primed for second year

When we last saw the Longhorn football team in action, Jake Swartwood had wrapped up his first season as head coach, leading the team to a 6-5 record and a berth in the Division IV state tournament.

Flag football a favorite for rec leader

Town of Payson Recreation Coordinator Mary Wolf leaves little doubt she is a huge fan of the local youth flag football program.

Elks earn $4,200 for Clothe-a-Child

The goal was to enjoy a round of golf, but their mission was to lend a helping hand to school children in need.

Teacher masters the game of golf

Louie Crabtree might be the best Payson Men’s Golf Association golfer no one has ever heard of.

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Coach shares plans for future football camp

No one can every accuse Payson High School second-year football coach Jake Swartwood of not being ambitious.

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Tuba City a proving ground for Lady Horns

While the two Payson summer volleyball teams that participated in the Tuba City Invitational didn’t do well in the W’s and L’s column, the tournament did provide the young players the opportunity to get all-important playing time.

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Hall shines in national pole bending competition

Rim Country Middle School student Bryndee Hall wrapped up her first-ever appearance in the National Junior High Finals Rodeo as Arizona’s top performer in the pole bending.

Young rodeo competitor expresses her thanks for the community’s assistance

“Attending the 2013 National Junior High Rodeo Finals was a most memorable experience for me. I was able to realize that all my years of hard work and setting goals for myself is worth it.

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Chelsie’s tough luck at national finals

Pine teenage barrel racer Chelsie Stodghill usually manages to find a way to wiggle out of ticklish situations.

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PMGA match play first-round results

Members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association have wrapped up the first round of their traditionally hotly contested three-week match play tournament.

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Payson pro hooked on Bassmasters

Pro angler Clifford Pirch’s decision to accept an invitation to fish the Bassmaster Elite Series appears to be paying big dividends.

Cardinals camp flies away from cool Flagstaff

Okay, so we now know Arizona Cardinals football fans living in the Rim Country were spoiled.

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TRSC to host cowboy gunfights

Inaugural match to be held Sunday at Jim Jones Shooting Range

Single action cowboy style shooting — such as the battles that unfolded during the Gunfight at OK Corral and the Long Branch Saloon Gunfight — is coming to Payson.

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Rare tie in PMGA

It’s not often that two golfers dead-knot during the Payson Men’s Golf Association’s weekly closest-to-the-pin competitions.

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Adams, O’Rourke on to state tourney

Ann Adams and Nancy O’Rourke will be representing the Payson Women’s Golf Association nine-hole group at the annual Arizona Women’s Golf Association 9-hole State Medallion Club Team Tournament .

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Hill molds youth in sports

Tonto Basin three-sport coach stresses the importance of TEAM

It’s not a stretch to compare Cathy Jo (Ewing) Hill, a three-sport coach at Tonto Basin Elementary School, to legendary UCLA basketball coach Dr. John Wooden.

Young rounds up ropers for big weekend

A pair of events that have their roots in the Rim Country’s pioneer history highlight the July calendar.

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Pine school gets new track, playground

Frugality and state small-school adjustment funds are paying huge dividends at Pine Elementary School.

Yarnell Hill tragedy has far reach

Because my roots run deep in Prescott — I was born there, my aunt and uncle were once prominent business owners in the city and my maternal grandparents lived out the final years in the Prescott Pioneer Home.

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Intensive mat camp draws 150

A hard-core group of 150 aspiring high school grapplers turned out for seven days of extreme training that rivals what the elite ranks of Navy Seals and Green Berets endure.

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Noted ASU wrestler at PHS camp

A former Arizona State University wrestler who won the prestigious “Jimmy V” Award for Perseverance and was named the Best Male Athlete with a Disability at the 2011 ESPY’s is in Payson this week to guest coach at the Arizona Intensive High Altitude Wrestling Camp.

Former ASU All-American a camp coach

Eric Larkin, the 1998 Arizona High School Wrestler of the Year and a four-time Pac-10 champion at Arizona State University, is in Payson this week to share his mat expertise with 150 aspiring prep grapplers attending the Arizona High Altitude Wrestling Camp.

Jackets host PHS summer net squad

Aspiring Lady Longhorn volleyball players had an opportunity to impress coach Arnold Stonebrink and his three new assistants.

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Softball All-Stars Area 1 champs

The Payson Little League 11-12 years softball All-Stars lived up to coach Andre Newell’s confidence by bulldozing their way to the Area 1 championship with wins over Winslow and Flagstaff.

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Volleyball coach welcomes new staff

Veteran Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink this year will be working with an entirely new staff that includes some of Payson High’s finest former players.

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Like comic, Morris gets no respect

Longtime Payson Men’s Golf Association member Herb Sherman is comparing fellow PMGA member Russ Morris to Rodney Dangerfield saying both “get no respect.”

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Swim lessons among Taylor programs

EVO Swim School owner and Taylor Pool manager David Tait is reminding parents that the time proven methods his instructors use are among the best ways to teach children to swim.

Yarnell fire fans memories of killer Dude Fire

The tragedy of the Yarnell fire that killed 19 elite Hot Shot firefighters rekindles horrible memories in those of us who vividly recall the Dude Fire that 23 years ago took the lives of six firefighters from a Perryville inmate crew.

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Big turnout expected for annual Young roping

It wouldn’t be a big surprise if Pedro Eurrola and Steven Guaona show up July 20 to 21 in Young to compete in the Ninth Annual Ted Meredith Memorial Roping.

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McMullen, Mendoza on top academically

Payson High School senior-to-be Nick McMullen might be best known for his baseball expertise.

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A lesson in team roping ratings

With the Ninth Annual Ted Meredith Roping set for July 19 to 21, rodeo newbies are probably asking, “What is a No. 9 roper? How is a No. 8 roper different from a No. 4?” And, in team roping, “What does pick or draw mean?”