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Max Foster

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Pine wells back on line, tanks full

Water district rebuts rumors problems present threat to supply

Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District Chairman Ray Pugel refutes rumors circulating in the two tiny mountain hamlets that the water delivery system is only limping along.

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Preparing for 2013 gridiron challenges

Success on the high school football field is directly dependent on the players’ dedication to the off-season program.

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All-Stars gear up for Area 1 clashes

A field of five Payson Little League baseball and softball All-Stars is primed and ready to make runs at postseason honors.

Benefit planned to help with medical costs

Terry Neese has a reputation for stepping up to help friends in need.

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Two All-Star games in Payson

The 2013 Little League baseball and softball regular seasons are in the record books and Payson All-Star players are prepping for postseason tournaments with sights set on area, district and state honors.

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More PMGA ‘double dipping’

Payson Men’s Golf Association member Dave Rutter has earned fellow member Herb Sherman’s sometimes flattering honor of being a double dipper.

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Horns prep with off-season play

Boys will play lots of baseball before fall season kicks off

Although the Payson High baseball season ended a month ago when the Longhorns lost to Tucson Empire in the state semifinals, team members continue to play in an off-season program coach Brian Young anticipates will make PHS even more formidable during the 2014 campaign.

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All-Stars’ postseason run begins

Payson 11-12-years softball team takes the field today

Payson Little League 11-12-years softball coach Andrew Newell is oozing with confidence that his All-Star team has the talent and determination to make a deep run into the postseason playoffs.

Scrimmage in town would be big boost

Last year, Mayor Kenny Evans and the town backed the effort to bring the Arizona State University Sun Devils back to Camp Tontozona for the team’s annual preseason training camp.

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NFL stars blossomed at Tontozona

Camp Tontozona has long afforded Rim Country football fans the opportunity to rub elbows with collegiate football players that would go on to become National Football League stars.

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Pikes gear up for Tempe showdown with two teams

Payson Pikes swim team members take their splash act today, Friday, to the Valley where they will showcase their skills against opponents who probably spend as much time in the water as they do out of it.

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Lady Niners honor monthly champs

Golf is fun, but the month ending awards ceremonies are even more fun for the Payson Women’s Golf Association nine-hole members.

Basketball camp draws more than 50

Kudos to retired Paradise Valley basketball coach Bill Farrell, PHS coach Joe Sanchez, the Town of Payson and several Longhorn varsity players for staging a very successful basketball camp last week in Wilson Dome.

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Pine racer takes state third

Chelsie Stodghill is one of the finest young barrel racers on the national high school rodeo circuit, but sometimes she just can’t catch a break.

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Althoff paces pole vaulters at Camp Tontozona event

A pair of Payson High School pole vaulters and one of the Longhorns’ finest three-sports stars spent five days at Camp Tontozona participating in Sky Athletics Pole Vault Club Kiss the Sky Summer Camp.

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Former PHS coach to host hoop camp

June 25-27 camp is for girls entering the fifth- through ninth-grades; skills will be taught with time-tested drills

Former Lady Longhorn basketball coach Grant Cooley, who led the team to one of its finest seasons in 2007 winning the 3A East region championship, has laced up his high tops and is set to host a youth girls hoop camp.

Payson should get behind the Pikes Saturday

The Payson Pikes swim team opens the 2013 season in earnest tomorrow, Saturday, by hosting the Sedona Swim Club at Taylor Pool. Both teams warm up at 8:30 a.m. and competition begins sharply at 9 a.m.

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Couple runs to Tri titles

The husband and wife running team of Adam and Shawna Folts of Phoenix dominated the 2013 Town of Payson Sprint Triathlon winning both the men’s and women’s individual championship in record times.

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Morris tourney a hit

Last week’s Jack Morris Memorial Golf Tournament earned $8,500 which will be used to fund two college scholarships, for “pay to play” fees for needy student-athletes and fund some weight room improvement projects.

AG&F Commission meeting in Payson

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is meeting today, June 14, and tomorrow, Saturday, June 15, at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino to discuss and possibly make decisions on issues that will greatly affect the state’s wildlife and outdoorsmen.

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Longest putt debuts at PMGA

Payson Men’s Golf Association Tournament Director Russ Morris has added a new contest to the club’s agenda.

Winslow loses another coach in car wreck

Our friends and neighbors in Winslow were still reeling from the accidental death of longtime WHS softball coach and teacher Becky Barris when yet another teacher and coach was killed.

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Payson star to shine in All-Star game

If being chosen a member of the Payson Little League 11-12 years All-Star softball team in 2008 was a thrill for Taylor Petersen, she must have been ecstatic when tapped to play in the Arizona North vs. South All-Star game that will pit the state’s finest graduating senior players against one another.

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More double dipping in PMGA

Payson Men’s Golf Association spokesman Herb Sherman has apparently expanded his definition of “double dipping” — previously it referred to golfers who won closest-to-the-pin prize money on two holes.

Friends step up for Neese

Terry Neese’s many friends are rallying about him in his time of deepest need.

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Father, sons shine at Prescott links tradition

While the 54th Annual Father-Son Golf Tournament in Prescott is more about family bonding than winning, Kevin Kelley is beaming with pride over the two first-place finishes he scored with sons Brandan and Jeffrey.

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Coaching legend heads summer hoop camp

Although Bill Farrell has retired as a highly successful basketball coach, it’s plainly obvious he continues to harbor a deeply seeded passion for the sport.

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Pikes debut today at Taylor Pool

About 40-plus Payson Pikes swim team members splash into action at 6 p.m. today, June 7, in an all-important intrasquad meet at Taylor Pool.

Pressure on coaches, kids, parents unfair

Former Payson High School wrestling coach Casey Woodall’s letter of explanation on the reasons he’s leaving PHS in favor of Morenci High was an eye-opener to those unaware of the tremendous financial demands PHS coaches are working under.

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Payson pro anglers tops in WON standings

Payson anglers Tom Karavities and Adam Combs are clinging to first place in the Western Outdoor News (WON) overall standings after seven team tournaments.

Paulson, Petersen named All-State

The Lady Longhorns came up short in their bid to win the school’s first state softball championship, but two star players have reaped the highest honors that can be afforded a prep athlete.

Team roping terminology for rodeo rookies

Lots of rodeo rookies and newbies will likely sit in the audience at the Sixth Annual Verl Gillespie Memorial Team Roping June 8 and 9 at the White Mountain Vacation Village Arena in Show Low.

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Team ropers unite to help families

Whether it’s the battle being waged for tourist dollars or prep sports supremacy, Payson and the White Mountain area towns are often at odds with one another.

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PHS softball players amass honors

Petersen, Paulson, Wessel tapped for postseason slots

Prep softball coaches have elected a trio of highly talented Lady Longhorns All-Division III honorees.

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Payson golfers in the money

Usually the Payson Men’s Golf Association weekly tournaments tee off on Wednesday mornings.

Honors roll in for McMullen

Nick McMullen, only a junior at Payson High, is rapidly becoming one of the most heralded high school baseball players in Arizona.

PWGA honors nine hole members

The Payson Women’s Golf Association Nine Hole Group members were honored on May 2 during a luncheon at Payson Golf Course for their winning performances a month earlier.

Ex-hoop coach heats up PGC

Herb Sherman is regaining some of the luster he enjoyed as a winning basketball coach at Scottsdale Coronado High School.

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JH finals beckon RCMS cowgirl

Rim Country Middle School student Bryndee Hall has qualified to compete at the world’s largest junior high rodeo.

Coaches’ salaries should come from M&O budget too

Payson High School Athletic Director Don Heizer deserves a big pat on the back for being able to wrangle increased coaching salaries from some administrators and board members who often seemed oblivious to adequately funding the paychecks.

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MSA awards Pettet scholarships to Neal, Vohs

During halftime of a 2009 Payson High School basketball game in Wilson Dome, Mogollon Sporting Association member Gary Barcom excited the crowd by announcing two new $2,000 scholarships would be available for future graduating seniors.

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Peterson knocking on Hall of Fame door

Semipro softball star and PWGA member to be honored Aug. 13 in Phoenix ceremony

In the 1940s and ’50s there were no Cardinals, no Suns, no Diamondbacks and no Coyotes for Arizona sports fans to follow.

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Pool opens; lifeguards ready to protect

With Taylor Pool scheduled to open May 25, we asked EVO Swim School owner David Tait, whose firm oversees the local pool to tell readers about the training lifeguards and swimming instructors must undergo.

Decathlon calls out to still-hungry competitors

Why would six dog-tired teenagers weary from an entire season of track and field competition pass up a postseason vacation to go all-Jim Thorpe and enter a decathlon? Who knows?

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More honors for McMullen

Payson High School slugger Nick McMullen has been named Division III, Section III baseball co-player of the year along with Andrew Bryniarski and Nick Wojtysiak, both of Fountain Hills.

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Rim angler hooks first FLW crown

Browning also lands ‘Big Bass’ award in California tournament

Longtime Payson angler John Browning admits he was more than a bit apprehensive as he watched his final day’s catch being weighed in at the conclusion of the FLW Everstart Western Series Tournament on the California Delta.

Soccer camp registration closes May 24

Town sports and recreation coordinator Mary Wolf shouts of the “The British are coming,” signals that Challenger’s British Soccer Camps are returning to Payson.

Five tapped as S-III honorees

Some of the gut-wrenching disappointment Lady Longhorn softball players suffered after being eliminated in the Division III state tournament semifinals was eased by the announcement five team members had been chosen to the All-Division III, Section III team.

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No fear for PHS frosh

Payson High School freshman track and field standout Wyatt Chapman accepted an invitational challenge that most prep rookies would simply walk away from saying, “no thanks.”

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State semifinalist team snubbed in postseason vote

Payson High School first-year baseball coach Brian Young now suffers from the same frustrations and disappointments that have plagued many coaches since an Arizona Interscholastic Association reconfiguration two years ago that abolished conferences and regions replacing them with divisions and sections.