The 75-foot yacht churning through the scenic Newport Beach, Calif. harbor on the evening of July 12 was buoyed by a distinctive Rim Country flair.
The chic western style was due to the presence of about 150 Payson residents who were on board to celebrate the wedding of former Payson High School students and sports stars Brenna Zumbro and Michael Orozco.
The clergyman who married the two longtime sweethearts, Jim Olsson, hails from the Rim Country and most all of the wedding party had ties to Payson including Roundup columnist and former PHS teacher/coach Dennis Pirch.
With the sun setting over the myriad a high-dollar yachts anchored in the stunning Pacific Ocean harbor, Olsson pronounced the two man and wife. That proclamation drew cheers from the well-wishers in attendance, which included former teachers and coaches of the two, friends and family.
Longhorn sports fans remember Zumbro as a four-year varsity softball pitcher who capped her prep career in 2004 by earning all-state honorable mention accolades. During her stint at PHS, Zumbro was on the 2001 and 2002 all-state tournament teams and was second team all-Arizona in 2003. She was also named to the Class 3A all-East region first teams in 2002 and 2003.
She also starred on the Lady Horn soccer team playing mostly goalie.
Oroczo, known to friends as "Gibby," was a standout on PHS soccer teams and often drew praise from former coach Roger Wholly.
He also participated in track and field, mostly in the pole vault competition.
After a honeymoon, the Orozcos plan on making their home in Chandler where Brenna is employed as a professional photographer.
Last spring, she graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Michael is pursuing a career in firefighting and professional bass fishing.
The 4th Annual Ted Meredith Memorial Roping, to be held tomorrow, July 19, and Sunday, July 20, in Young will benefit the American Cancer Society in memory of Marsha Marcanti.
The ropings are a part of the annual Pleasant Valley Days celebration.
Marcanti, a former Globe resident, was a longtime fixture on the county rodeo and roping circuit and an accomplished musician with three CD releases. She was 48 years of age when she succumbed last year to cancer.
Since her death, several other events including the Cowpunchers Reunion and Gila Championship Rodeo have featured benefits for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer fund.
Meredith Memorial Roping sponsors Garrett and Sarah Haught say 10 percent of all donations will be given to the breast cancer fund in memory of Marcanti.
The best of the cowboys
The Meredith ropings traditionally draw some of the finest headers and heelers from throughout Gila County.
Throngs of spectators also turn out to watch the cowpunchers ply their trade.
The competition will be conducted similar to past years with two Ruger 44 Magnum pistols going to the high-money header and heeler during the weekend. A master trophy saddle will be awarded the high-money roper of the open draw competition, which organizers say is the most anticipated event of the weekend. Buckles, breast collars and saddle blankets will be awarded the winners of the Marsha Marcanti Memorial All-Girl Round Robin.
On July 20, a "Scrambled Egg" roping for boys and girls teams 16-years-and-under will be held at 9 a.m.
A Cowboy Church is also traditionally held on the Sunday of the weekend roping.