When the Mesa College football team takes to the field next fall, a pair of former Longhorns will be among the Thunderbird contingent.
Head Mesa coach Dan Dunn coached football at Payson High from 1992 to 1995. Dunn added a Longhorn to the Thunderbird roster when senior offensive/defensive lineman Adam Munson signed a letter of intent March 2 at the PHS weight room.
Last fall, Munson anchored the offensive and defensive lines that helped the Longhorns compile an 8-2 record in the team's first year of 4A competition.
Next season, Munson turns in the purple and gold he's worn for the past four years in favor of Mesa's red and white.
Dunn said he was happy Munson made the decision to attend Mesa College.
After leaving Payson High in 1995, Dunn coached at Mesa Red Mountain High School for several seasons before taking over as Mesa CC's head coach two years ago. Dunn continues to be a part-time Rim resident.
Lady Longhorn soccer coach Randy Wilcox has finished tallying the past season's official statistics.
The results yield interesting tidbits of information.
Senior Brenna Zumbro was a stalwart at her goalie position, but spectators might not know how good she was without looking at her stats. In the course of the Lady Horns' 8-10-1 season, she was credited with 119 saves or an average of 6.2 per game. Against Phoenix Pinnacle, she had 17 saves. During the year, she recorded six shutouts.
Those are some eye-popping accomplishments for the hard-nosed Zumbro.
Also, Amy Wilcox led the team in scoring with 18 goals on 105 shots. She also had 15 steals, 17 interceptions and four assists.
Junior Jessica Coleman was the team's second leading scorer with seven goals on 53 shots. She had four assists, 16 steals and 17 interceptions.
The accomplishments of the three girls must have caught the eye of Grand Canyon coaches. In a voting of coaches at season's end, the trio was named to the all-region team.
Registrations are now being accepted for PAHH's 4th Annual 5K Walk/Run "Home Run" to be held Saturday, May 15 at Green Valley Park.
Forms will be available at the PAHH office located at 1013 S. Goodfellow Road, at Payson Athletic Cub, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Roundup, at several churches in Payson and at the town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department at Green Valley Park.
The registration fee, including a complimentary T-shirt and breakfast is $15 through May 7. After that, the fee will be $20.
Free activities for children not participating in the walk/run will be scheduled.