Armstrong Racks Up A Nice Elk

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The recent elk hunt was a banner one for Jimbo Armstrong after he downed a nice-sized bull that sported an impressive 6x7 rack.

Jimbo bagged the elk on roughly a 250-yard shot with his 7mm rifle during the first day of the hunt, Dec. 4, in Unit 22 near the Dude Fire burn area.

The elk scored a 325 based on the inside spread of its horns, length of points and circumference around the horns.

Jimbo hunted with son Steele and was assisted by Eddie Duran and Ty Goodman who run the Four Tracks guide service.

Nice job
For those of us who have had the privilege of coaching, teaching and writing about Payson High School junior Ben Gartner through the years, his two varsity wins during the five-way wrestling match Wednesday in Wilson dome was a breath of fresh air.

Ben's father, Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner was in the stands quietly, but emphatically, supporting his son.

The chief is not the type of man to try to embellish his son's exploits, but you can bet he was swelling with pride.

Ben is a good wrestler and football player that -- due to circumstances beyond his control -- has not seen a lot of varsity action.

On most 3A varsity football teams he would have been a starter the past season.

On the talent-laden Longhorn line-up that was filled with seasoned seniors, Gartner had to accept a back-up role and a great deal of jayvee play.

He did so without a smidgen of complaint. Assistant football coach Jack Morris says he was intense on the field but a gentleman away from the competition.

In wrestling last season, he was an inexperienced jayvee performer battling in a tough weight class.

Ben's year to flourish might still have to wait until he's a senior, but Wednesday he was more than the equal of his varsity counterparts.

In addition to participation in football and wrestling, Ben is an active member of the Boy Scouts and works part-time at Cousin's Subs restaurant.

Sign up for youth basketball
Young hoopsters interested in playing in a 7th and 8th grade basketball league should start brushing up on their lay-ups.

Registration for the league will be Jan. 11 through 15 at the Parks and Recreation Office, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry fee is $20 per player, and includes a team T-shirt, and a pizza party at the end of the season.

The games will be played on Saturdays in February.

For more information on the program, call 474-5242, ext. 272.

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