Desert Vista Slugger Chasing Hunter Walden's Home Run Record


Hunter Walden's single-season state home run record of 17 might not stand much longer.

At Desert Vista High School near Tempe, 18-year-old Corey Meyers has slugged nine home runs in 13 games this year and if the pace continues, he'll finish with 22, completely shattering Walden's record.

Meyers, who's father, Clint, was a star catcher for the Arizona State University Sun Devils in the 70s, is the career home run leader with 30. He set the new mark Saturday against neighboring Tempe McClintock. The previous slate was 29 set by Winslow's Jason Kislingbury from 1994 to 97.

While Meyers is slugging away for the DV Thunder, Walden might be hindered in his effort to continue hitting at the pace he did last season because of a knee injury he suffered during basketball season.

Walden underwent surgery and has returned to the baseball team as a designated hitter only.

In the five games he's played, he appeared at the plate 12 times and has two home runs.

Bryan Zumbro, who blasted 16 home runs last year and stands second on Arizona's single season record, led the HR pace much of the campaign and has three circuit blasts this year.

Spring break tennis
The Payson Tennis Club, Payson Junior Tennis and the Town of Payson will be hosting a Spring Break Mixed-Doubles Benefit Tennis Social, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, on the Rumsey Park Courts.

Free racquets and lessons for children under 16 will be given. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Event organizers Rob Ingram and Diane Jackson have issued an invitation for young and old alike to attend and join the local club in competitive and/or social mixed doubles. Teams will be assigned on the day of the tournament, and players rotate each set.

Children can play for free but adults will be asked to donate $10, which will eventually be used to purchase benches for the tennis courts.

MSA banquet
The Mogollon Sporting Association is putting the final touches on its sixth annual banquet, which members are predicting will be the best ever. Events begin May 1 with a no-host cocktail hour at 5 p.m., followed by dinner, door prizes, auction and raffle at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $50 which include a dinner of stuffed chicken breast or prime rib.

Call Wayne Morgan at 474-0440 for more information.

Horton hike
If fire restrictions aren't in place by then, the Town Parks & Recreation Department will host an eight-mile round-trip hike to Horton Creek Springs, Thursday, April 22. The trail, rated moderately difficult, is one of the most popular in the Rim country. Recreation Coordinator Beth Kreider said participants should be in reasonably good health and accustomed to physical activity to participate.

The fee is $10 per person which includes transportation and a light snack and beverage. The deadline is April 16. Call Kreider at 474-5242, ext. 272 for information.

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