Zumbro To Captain Air Force Baseball Team

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His ambition is to someday become a jet fighter pilot. But for now, he's excited about being the captain of the United States Air Force Academy baseball team.

Bryan Zumbro, a 2000 honors graduate of Payson High School and a senior cadet at the academy, was named the captain of the Falcon squad at the conclusion of last season.

He was chosen in a voting of players and coaches.

Longhorn fans will remember Zumbro as the pitcher who hurled Payson High School to its first state baseball crown in 1999. He also participated in football and played a huge role in helping the Horns win the 1998 state championship.

Following his graduation, Zumbro received a military scholarship -- valued at about $350,000 -- to the USAFA.

Currently a Cadet First Class, Zumbro is in Payson on a two-week leave from the academy. While in Payson, Zumbro hopes to take advantage of the respite by traveling to Phoenix to take hitting lessons from former Los Angeles

Dodger second baseman (1965-72) and hitting guru, Jim Lefebvre.

When Zumbro returns to the baseball diamond for fall ball, he anticipates he'll play first base and pitch in relief.

Because 13 seniors graduated last spring, Zumbro expects he'll be one of the players expected to shoulder the offensive and defensive load.

Also on the cadet's busy agenda is participation in the first phases of flight training in single-engine aircraft. After earning a private pilot's license, he'll attend flight school at one of several training sites around the country.

If Zumbro's training goes as planned, he'll receive his commission as a second lieutenant next summer. He could be enrolled in fighter jet school, possibly at Luke Air Force Base, as early as August 2004.

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