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Max Foster

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Some still worried about school gym

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The discovery of mercury in the polymer, rubberized floor covering in the Pine Strawberry School gymnasium caused a brouhaha in our two communities that peaked during a community meeting held Feb. 2 at the school.

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Wrestling medal winners

Although the Payson High School wrestling team didn’t crown an individual weight class champion at the Division III, Section I tournament, the Longhorns can boast of four medal winners who will advance to the D-III state championships next weekend, Feb. 12-13, at the Prescott Valley Event Center.

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Boys hoopsters eke way into postseason after all

The Payson High boys basketball team is clutching a ducat to prep’s “Big Dance,” thanks to a sixth-place finish among the 10 teams aligned in Division III Section V.

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Brutal loss can’t keep girls out of the playoffs

Postseason games start tonight in Valley

Normally a coach would be spitting nails after a 59-22 blowout loss, but Payson High School coaches Miles Huff and Jake Swartwood were probably a bit euphoric seeing their players celebrate on the heels of the defeat.

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Heartbreaking defeat dooms boys’ postseason hopes

Another of those heartbreaking two-point losses that have haunted the Payson High School boys’ basketball team all season long might have knocked the Horns out of the post season playoffs.

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Longhorn girls hoopsters heading for the playoffs

Host tough Page team tonight

While the Payson High School boys basketball team might have played itself out of the post season with a 45-43 loss to Show Low on Wednesday, Feb. 3, the girls team appears to have nailed down a tournament berth by beating the homestanding Cougars 51-34 that same evening.

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Free bass-fishing secrets from the pros

Those who enjoyed those fabulously fun “Outdoor Rendezvous” hosted by Dennis Pirch and Mark Kile at the Tackle Box in Tonto Basin will want to jump at the chance to attend the Spring Fishing Classic set for Feb. 19-21 at Bass Pro Shop in Mesa.

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P/S students display science work

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The Pine Strawberry School Science Fair has wrapped up and student projects have moved to the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library where they will be on public display until Friday, Feb. 12.

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Boys basketball team seesaws through season

Horns alternate big win with tough loss

The Payson High School boys basketball team’s seesaw season continued Jan. 29 with a 74-32 win over Veritas Prep and the following day with a 71-61 loss to the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.

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Kill and be killed

Girls basketball team up one day, down the next

The Payson High girls basketball team — playing back to back weekend games — smoked visiting Apache Junction 54-21, but the following day lost 60-37 to a home standing Blue Ridge Yellow Jacket team that has been tough to beat on its own floor.

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Wrestlers face tough tournament competition

Longhorns to send band of stalwarts to sectional tourney

Although the Payson High School wrestling team will not be a favorite to win the Division III, Section I championship tournament when it unfolds Saturday, Feb. 6 at Bradshaw Mountain High School, the Longhorns will send to it a band of stalwarts expected to battle for medal honors.

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Payson coach tops list

Pirch teams won 10 championships

A pair of former Payson High School coaches are on a prestigious list of the most successful high school wrestling coaches in Arizona based on state championship wins.

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Wheels come off of girls basketball bandwagon against Combs

For three quarters the Payson High School girls basketball team looked like world-beaters building a 35-28 lead over San Tan Combs

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Basketball team breaks through with scoring rout

Horns trounce Combs; face Veritas Prep tonight in Phx.

After sweating out the results of three games in four days all decided by two points, Payson High School boys basketball coach Joe Sanchez and his charges finally got the breather they needed.

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Top Rim Country bass fisherman on the road again

If hometown professional tournament angler Clifford Pirch was asked to choose a theme song for his angling pursuits, he’d probably select Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”

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Champion Pine archery team still hits the bull’s-eye

National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) defending Arizona state champion Pine-Strawberry School is well on the way to another trip to both the state and national championship tournaments.

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Meeting to discuss gym reopening slated for Feb. 2

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Pine-Strawberry School principal-superintendent Cody Barlow has arranged a community meeting in which parents and others will have the opportunity to meet face to face with the state officials responsible for shutting down and later reopening the school gymnasium.

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Running out of fingernails

Payson boys basketball team playing nothing but nail-biters

Joe Sanchez might soon become the Rim Country’s single largest consumer of Pepto-Bismol.

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Bass circuit adds Roosevelt events

A fledgling West Coast bass fishing circuit looking to make a splash with working anglers will soon join an impressive list of organizations — WON, All-Star Couples, Bassmaster and FLW — that have sponsored professional and amateur fishing tournaments at Roosevelt Lake.

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Top wrestling teams converge on Payson for tourney

Wilson Dome turned into a hotbed of high school wrestling Jan. 22-23 when 19 teams from around the state, almost 300 student-athletes, parents and fans packed the facility to watch and cheer almost non-stop Payson Invitational mat action.

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Girls shut down

Those who know Miles Huff and Jake Swartwood, especially their former teachers and coaches in the Payson School District, know both are fierce competitors.

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Slip sliding away

The Payson High School boys and girls basketball teams postseason playoff hopes are slip sliding away after both dropped back to back games this week.

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Pair of Payson wrestlers ‘flawless’ on the mat

The Buckeye Verrado Viper Wrestling tournament morphed in two days into “The Dylan Keeney and Chris Johnson Show.”

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Payson’s tournament draws big schools, top wrestlers

During Don Heizer’s 30 years at Payson High School, he’s developed a reputation as one of the finest wrestling tournament directors in Arizona.

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Area students preparing for annual science fair

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Pine and Strawberry country music fans who fondly remember the soul-stirring songs of Johnny Cash will want to attend “Walking the Line; A Tribute to Johnny Cash” at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30 in the Payson High School Auditorium.

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Ferocious Frosh

Girls basketball coaches beaming

Payson High girls basketball coach Miles Huff and assistant Jake Swartwood received a sneak preview of the team’s future during a 43-34 win over Higley on Jan. 14 in Longhorn gym.

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Boys hoopsters face two-headed monster tonight

Tough team toe-to-toe with tall talent in San Tan Tuesday

The Longhorn boys basketball team has the unenviable task of going toe-to-toe against a two-headed monster at 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Poston Butte High School in San Tan Valley.

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Horns’ loss still ‘best game of the year’

As odd as it sounds, there are times when high school coaches feel better about a loss than a win.

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Girls get wobbly after grueling run of games

With all the academic demands heaped on the shoulders of high school student-athletes, demanding sports schedules often play a role in the outcome of games.

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Big snow meant long hours for many

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Pine Strawberry residents were looking forward to the arrival of El Niño, knowing it would bring much-needed moisture to the state, but most weren’t prepared for the about two feet of snow and freezing temperatures that the three-day storm brought with it.

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Season hangs in the balance

Beginning today, Tuesday, the Longhorns boys basketball team has a golden opportunity to improve its 2015-16 season record to a break-even 10-10 mark.

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PHS girls basketball team faces stretch of blockbuster games

As a former three prep sport star and the son of a retired high school coach, Miles Huff understands the importance in high school athletics of day-to-day improvement.

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Library raffles collectible Navajo rug

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The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is raffling an authentic and highly collectible Navajo rug appraised at $3,000.

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Kiwanians plan two raffles for kids

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Wishing you Happy New Year, readers; with the hope that you will enjoy many blessing in the year to come.

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Citizens asked to step up to help community

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Merry Christmas readers! May the peace and blessing of Christmas be yours, and may the coming year be filled with happiness.

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Mercury levels force closure of school gym

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The October discovery of possibly elevated-levels of mercury in the Pine Strawberry School gymnasium floor was a setback administrators, teachers and students could not have anticipated.