Last spring, Bryan Zumbro's biggest concern was trying to find a way to pitch the defending state champion Longhorn baseball team to a second consecutive Arizona title.
Today, Bryan a 2000 PHS graduate toils with the rigors of life as an Air Force Academy cadet.
As an AFA plebe, he's forced to undergo the exhaustive physical and mental training heaped on fledgling military officers.
Part of his training has been in the use of firearms, which comes as nothing unusual for Bryan who grew up in Payson participating in competitive shooting events. He was considered an adept marksman and most recently lived up to his reputation by earning a superior rating at the Academy.
While Bryan learns to be a military officer, he's also hung on to his baseball dreams. In fall practices, he was able to earn a spot on the Falcon roster and will resume training once the season tips off next spring.
Cross country celebrates season
The Payson High School cross country team will gather at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Payson Elementary School cafeteria for its annual season-ending awards banquet. A highlight of the annual affair is the traditional tongue-in-cheek roast of the senior team members.
Coach Chuck Hardt said the roast has become popular enough among team members for the younger set to ask to be included in the fun.
Also at the affair, the Lady Longhorns will celebrate the best showing in the team's history a 1999 East regional crown and a state runner-up finish.
Seniors at Fountain
Several local senior softball players have teamed with a handful of Phoenix residents to field a team in the Fountain Hills Parks and Recreation Department Senior Slowpitch Softball league.
Known as Mark's Boys, the team competes in the A-Division of the 16-team league and currently holds down first place with a 7-1 record.
Local players on Mark's Boys include Neil MacVicar, Tom Neblett, Walt Knasick, Art Padilla and Dave Crowell.
B.J. Winchester played a stint with the Boys but had to withdraw because of prior commitments.
Women's and Men's Volleyball
Registration for women's and men's volleyball leagues will be Nov. 6 through 17. Competitive and recreation divisions will be offered, with a four-team minimum for both divisions. The entry fee is $150 per team and includes a tournament. Season begins Dec. 4 and ends by Feb. 2, with a break in play during the holidays.