Pitching Pair Earn All-State Mention


A pair of Payson High School graduates have reaped Class 4A all-state honorable mention laurels.

Baseball player Ashton Shewey and Lady Longhorn Brenna Zumbro were chosen to the prestigious team by the sports staff of The Arizona Republic.


Ashton Shewey was the lone Longhorn baseball player to receive all-state laurels. Shewey was a left-handed pitcher and the Horns' best hitter.

Shewey and Zumbro, both pitchers, were earlier selected 4A Grand Canyon region first team players.

Although Shewey was a hurler, it might have been his hitting that prompted coaches to select him all-state and all region.

During the past season, he compiled a .450 batting average that included eight home runs and nine doubles. He also had a team-leading 42 RBIs and scored 29 runs. As the Horns mound ace, he compiled a 5-6 record and a 3.84 ERA with 97 strikeouts and 47 walks in 65 innings.

A hard-throwing left-hander, Shewey is expected to continue his career in college next year.


Lady Longhorn Brenna Zumbro has been chosen to the Class 4A Arizona All-State honorable mention team.

Zumbro, a four-year letter-winner who also plays on the club circuit, was the Lady Longhorn pitching star the past season.

Last month, she accepted a scholarship to play next year for the Whitworth College Pirates in Spokane, Wash.

"She did a great job for us and was always a very good leader," coach Will Dunman said. "She was always willing to share with her teammates what she knew about the game."

Earning all-state honorable mention accolades caps a prep career in which Zumbro was on the 2001 and 2002 all-state tournament teams and was second team all-Arizona in 2003. She was all named to the Class 3A all-East region first teams in 2002 and 2003.

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