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Max Foster

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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.

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.