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Youth offer meaningful tribute to veterans

Rattlin' the Rim

Dawn Potter is certain the Pine Strawberry School Builders Club’s Veterans Day tribute was a fitting salute to all who have served our country and also a valuable lesson to the students who participated. The tribute is called “The White Table.”

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New columnist has a familiar face


I mistakingly believed I’d penned my last column and news story on Aug. 19 after working 27 years as a Payson Roundup reporter. But just weeks into my retirement, Joy Hafford resigned as the Pine-Strawberry community columnist and I agreed to step in as her replacement.

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McNeeley Poker Run another success

Lisa Campbell has pastured her trusty steed in favor of a King. “I used to ride a horse, now I ride horsepower,” Campbell said just after maneuvering her Suzuki King Quad ATV over the finish line at the Ninth Annual Justice McNeeley Poker Run held Sept. 28 in Pine.

Roundup wins big

‘General Excellence’ award from Arizona Newspapers Association

The Payson Roundup picked up more than a dozen awards Saturday night at the annual Arizona Newspapers Associa­tion’s Better Newspapers Contest, including the top, statewide award for general excellence among non-daily newspapers between 3,500 and 10,000 circulation.

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Birdbusters dominate Prescott senior championships

Move over, Annie Oakley. Take a seat, Buffalo Bill — the Payson Birdbusters are the new, reigning royalty of sharpshooting.

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Wolf recovery focus of Shoot for Heart

Gila County rancher to speak on program to reintroduce Mexican grays in Arizona

Since the inception of the highly popular Shoot for the Heart seminars in 2010, hundreds of residents have flocked to Mountain Bible Church to take in outdoor seminars that began with local tournament fishing pro Clifford Pirch leading a presentation on bass fishing.

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Payson pro going to fishing’s ‘big show’

Pirch earns spot in bass classic

Many boys grow up dreaming of throwing winning touchdown passes in the waning moments of rivalry games or slugging grand slam home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

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Scouting can be difference between a win and a loss

In high school football, scouting reports are coaches’ and players’ best friends. An accurate report can result in victory, but an incorrect or incomplete one can spell defeat.

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Coach says forget last season

Chris Avakian, Payson High’s boys soccer coach, is taking a novel approach in preparing the 2013 team for the upcoming season. “I tell (the players) we are not playing last year’s team, so just go have fun,” Avakian said.

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Soccer players needed

Although Trae Dunman is the first-year head coach of the Lady Longhorn soccer team, his preseason job duties more resemble those of noted automotive pitchman Tex Earnhardt.

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McNeeley benefit quad ride bigger, better

The Ninth Annual Justice McNeeley Foundation Quad Ride could be bigger, better and more festive than any of the previous benefits.

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Dogs dominate; CV crumbles

Although PHS second-year football coach Jake Swartwood would have preferred his team dominate its three-way preseason scrimmage on Friday evening in Longhorn stadium, the debut wrapped up with mixed reviews.

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Payson sports teams in new alignment this year

The 2013 fall sports season at Payson High School could turn into a bit of déjà vu for longtime fans, spectators and coaches.

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Coach says volleyball team talented, hard working

Stonebrink happy with the strongest lineup in years

Veteran Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink — the longest-tenured coach on the Payson High School staff — might have this season the most talented team in his 10 years at the helm of the program.

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Payson golfer on a roll

Payson Men’s Golf Association member Mike Anderson is on a roll that would render Phil Mickelson envious.

Championship Longhorn coach inducted into state’s Hall of Fame

Former Payson High School football coach Jim Beall has been inducted into the Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame, joining former Longhorn coaches Dennis Pirch, Terry Nodlinski and Dan Reid who were inducted in earlier years.

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Sun Devils in droves!

Possibly the largest crowd in Camp Tontozona history, about 5,300 fans, turned out Saturday for Arizona State University’s annual preseason football scrimmage.

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Longhorn lineup takes shape

Coach juggles strong players for key spots; worries about depth

Much of the success or failure of high school football teams hinges on coaches plugging their players during preseason practices into where they can best help the overall team effort.

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Respectful ropers compete in muddy arena

The cowpunchers arrived under cloudy, rainy skies to showcase their heading and heeling skills against the state’s finest team ropers and also to pay respect to the legend the competition is named for.

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Trio of tough guys await Longhorns

Three-game stretch will test PHS football players

The Payson Longhorn football team will this season face one of the toughest three-game stretches in recent PHS gridiron history.

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Goodbye – It’s been a great ride

I blinked and almost three decades passed by.

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ASU legend greets players at Tontozona

Hall of Fame coach Frank Kush gives Devils first pep talk

It seems only fitting that Hall of Fame coach Frank Kush gave the Arizona State University football players their first pep talk upon their arrival Monday at Camp Tontozona.

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Payson Cowboys host event

Youth champions plan exhibition after competition

A scene straight out of the wild and woolly Old West will light up the Jim Jones Shooting Range when the Payson Cowboys and a pair of nationally award-winning shooters from Sedona clash in a Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) competition.

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V-ball coaches pace summer softball win

A sport is a sport, is a sport,” is what Hannah Armenta, Tori Wilbanks and Cydney Figueroa must be alluding to.

Backwards baseball not a Midwest mystery

Roundup readers watching the television broadcast of the Arizona Diamondbacks game against the New York Mets on Sunday, might have heard broadcaster Bob Brenly refer to a “backwards baseball” game.

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Devils’ practices kick off today at Camp Tontozona

It’s not the grueling practices, isolation, Spartan facilities, missing girlfriends or lack of cell phone service that renders stays at Camp Tontozona uncomfortable for some Sun Devil football players.

Conservationists host benefit for families of fallen Hotshots

A conservationist, who has made guest appearances at the Mountain Bible Church’s “Shoot for the Heart” seminars and penned outdoor stories for the Payson Roundup, is helping organize the upcoming Granite Mountain Hotshots Benefit Banquet.

Monsoon stops effort to change a Cat to a Devil

In writing sports stories, I’ve sometimes penned the penultimate stanza, “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men often go awry,” which I once attributed to Charles Steinbeck, but was quickly corrected by retired school teacher Herb Sherman who said it was actually from a poem Robert Burns wrote in 1785.

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PHS grad bound for Marines steps up to make school better

Payson High Class of 2013 graduate Davis Dailey leaves little doubt why he and a small group of friends volunteered days of their time to help refurbish the Longhorn weight room in old PHS gym.

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Living Legend

Kush used Camp T to turn ASU into one of the elite college programs in the U.S.

When Hall of Fame football coach Frank Kush strolls on to the Camp Tontozona field next week it’ll be a blast from the past that’s sure to stir decades of fond memories among Devils disciples.

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.