Former Payson Athlete Ties The Knot


He coolly and calmly snapped the ball during the Longhorn football team's run to the 1998 state championship. He almost single-handedly pitched Payson High School to the 1999 state baseball crown. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and has piloted multimillion dollar fighter jets.

But the one challenge in his life that had First Lt. Bryan Zumbro a bit rattled was his Oct. 14 marriage to Sara Langhals of Brentwood, Calif.

"Yes, I was nervous," he said following the wedding ceremony held on the AFA campus in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Among those on hand for the ceremony were two of Zumbro's PHS teammates from the state championship football team -- best man Cade Bradley and Cable Morris.

Zumbro is currently stationed at Vance Air Force Base near Enid, Okla. There, he is a member of the 71st Flying Training Wing and a flight instructor in T-37 and T-6 Texan II jet aircraft.

Zumbro graduated from Payson High School in 2000 and received a bachelor's degree in 2004 from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

His goal since he was a student at PHS was to someday become an Air Force aviator.

"That's what I always wanted," he said, "that, and to play baseball."


Bryan Zumbro and his bride Sara Langhals celebrate their wedding a reception held in Doolitle Hall on the USAF campus.

As a junior at PHS, he started at center for the undefeated Longhorn football team that won the Class 3A state crown.

Months later, he pitched the Longhorns to the school's only state baseball championship.

In addition to his pitching prowess he was an accomplished power hitter, swatting 16 home runs his junior year.

Zumbro continued his baseball career during his tenure at the Air Force Academy.

In Payson, he was also an honor roll student during his elementary, middle school and high school years.

He especially excelled in math, taking all the advanced placement classes Payson schools offered.

Primarily because of his athletic and academic excellence in high school, Zumbro was awarded an USAF Academy scholarship, estimated at the time to be worth $376,000.

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