Pitching Pair Earn All-State Mention

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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.

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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.

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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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