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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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‘Time line’ looks like wrestling walk of fame

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The Iowa Hawkeyes took on the Michigan State Spartans Saturday evening with the Big 10 championship and a postseason berth in the final four at stake.

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Buffalo archers continue to shoot well

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Pine Strawberry School archers continued to build on their reputation of excellence on Nov. 21 at the Wickenburg Invitational Fun Shoot.

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Continuing a popular Christmas tradition

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“The Polar Express” has for decades tickled Christmas magic in children — whether it’s listening to the holiday classic being read or taking a train trip adventure to “North Pole.”

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Pine and Strawberry get busy this weekend

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The Territorial Cup clash pitting the Arizona State Sun Devils against the University of Arizona Wildcats is sure to ignite the fiery passions of all football fans when it kicks off at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 21 in Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.

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Pine Strawberry residents invited to dinner

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During my years as a Payson Roundup reporter I had the privilege of writing numerous stories about the Tonto Rim Sports Club and the Jim Jones Shooting Range.

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Survival in doubt

Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee seeking a way to continue

An enthusiastic crowd of about 50 Pine Strawberry residents gathered Saturday in the cultural hall to mull over the future of the financially strapped Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction committee’s brush pickup program.

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Important fuel reduction meeting tomorrow

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The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee’s hardworking volunteer members are hosting a communitywide meeting at 10 a.m., tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 7 in the cultural hall that will focus on the future of the brush pickup program.

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Fall Festival helps fund year-end trip

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A spooky good time is sure to be had by all from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. this evening, Friday, Oct. 30 at Pine Strawberry School.

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P-S brush pick-up program wraps up

Fuel Reduction Committee may give task to private contractor

The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee’s brush pick-up program has learned tough lessons in perseverance and patience.

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Hear expert lecture on John Wayne in Arizona

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Longtime Library Friends member Helen Palmer is confident the group’s special guest for an open meeting at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26 in the library annex building is an intriguing one.

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Pine library event grows in popularity

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Kudos to those hardworking volunteers, governing board members and staff who staged a very impressive and successful Wine Around the Library benefit on Oct. 10.

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Pine throws a heck of a party for the best of causes

Whoever tagged Pine a sleepy, quiet town wasn’t in the tiny mountain hamlet on Saturday.

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No lack of things to do this weekend in Rim Country

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With the Fall Festival, Annual Antique Show, Wine Around the Library and the Quilt Roundup all set for this weekend, there will be ample activities to spark the interests of both visitors and locals.

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Pine poll reveals preferences

The citizens have been polled and the results are in.

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Archers keep hitting bullseye

The Pine Strawberry School Buffalo archery team is picking up where it left off last season when it won the National Archery in Schools Program Arizona State Championship and advanced to the national finals in Louisville, Ky.

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Extreme athlete put Pine-Strawberry on map

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Pine Community Center grounds are normally quiet on fall Sunday afternoons, but last weekend they sprung to life as runners in the Mogollon Monster 100 celebrated the finish of one of the most grueling ultra-marathons in the country.

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Poker run: good time, good cause

Pine event raises $12,000 to help struggling families

Off-roaders normally chill following a demanding cross-country trek, but those who turned out Sept. 19 for the Justice McNeeley Poker Run in Pine were obviously suffering from the boogie-woogie blues and the rockin’ pneumonia.

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Good things happening in Pine, Strawberry

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When the Wine Around the Library benefit debuted last fall, Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library board members were uncertain how it would be received.

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Everyone can help make a difference for needy

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The growth of the Justice McNeeley Foundation is a heart-warming success story that could only occur in small-town America.

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Mountain bikers hit the trails for Fire on the Rim

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The Fire on the Rim steering committee, headed by Janet Brandt and Katie Calderon, has put months of preliminary work in the rearview mirror and is today maneuvering toward hosting the finest mountain bike race in the five-year history of the event.

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One determined person can make a difference

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Nina Hokkaen’s decision to seek shelter in a school bus stop during a driving snowstorm several years ago is paying dividends for Pine and Strawberry’s bus-riding schoolchildren.

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Great community events coming up quickly

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As a Payson Roundup reporter, I was asked in 2004 to cover a Pine-Strawberry grassroots movement to raise money to buy Justice McNeeley, then a 5-year-old kindergartner, a specialized wheelchair called a Go-Bot.

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Game & Fish officials warn – don’t feed the wildlife

Although it is against the law (13-2927) in Arizona to feed wildlife, residents living in the urban interface continue to feed deer, elk and other animals mistakenly believing it is a humane act.

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P-S area hopping with fun for next few weeks

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The invitation to Jim Sprinkle’s retirement party is unconventional and somewhat startling.