Postseason football honors keep rolling in for Payson High School senior Jimbo Armstrong. The most recent to be bestowed was as a member of the Class 3A All-State football team as selected by Phoenix Metro Football Magazine and its publisher Barry Sollenberger.
Jimbo shouldn't take the honor lightly because Sollenberger is widely considered the long-time guru of prep sports in Arizona -- he knows his high school football.
If Barry selects you for honors, it's a privilege.
Jimbo, chosen as a linebacker on the all-state defense, was the only Payson played named to the team. The other linebackers were Charles Parkinson of Blue Ridge and Jason Semore of Ganado.
Selected to the offensive team was Show Low sophomore lineman Scott Croff who measures 6 foot, 2 inches and 290 pounds.
Three years ago, Croff attended Rim Country Middle School as an eighth-grader. But after only a brief stay in Payson, he returned to Show Low where he resided previously.
Sollenberger selected Show Low's Bill Morgan as coach of the year and Parkinson as player of the year.
Parkinson was the third-leading scorer in the state last year, finishing with 168 points. Morgan led the Cougars to the 3A state championship, upsetting Blue Ridge in the finale.
The next BestBet Aluminum Boat Team Bass Tournament is scheduled for Feb. 19 at Roosevelt Lake. The aluminum boat tournaments are less competitive and cheaper than pro-ams and team tourneys, but recently BestBet has been awarding good-sized chunks of prize money.
After a Jan. 24 tournament at Bartlett Lake that drew 60 teams, the winners -- Alex Dombrowski of Glendale and Kevin Finley of Surprise -- pocketed $2,100 in cash.
Local pro-ams, invitational and team tournaments have been paying out about $4,000 for first-place finishes.
Call (480) 894-0642 for more information on the aluminum boat division or visit www.azha.com on the Internet.
Town hardwood action
The Town Parks & Recreation Department is preparing to host 5th & 6th grade boys' and girls' basketball tournaments April 1. The tournaments are open to teams from around the state.
Registration is $100 per team and is limited to the first 12 to sign up in both divisions. The deadline is March 24.
Recreational soccer registration for youths ages 8 to 15 years will be held Feb. 14 to 25 at the Parks and Recreation offices at Green Valley Park. The fee is $20 per child which includes league play, a T-shirt and a pizza party at the end of the season. Games will be played mostly on Saturdays in April and May. Some games may be scheduled for after- school hours on weekdays. Late registrants will be placed on teams only if time permits.
Due to limited field space, soccer for youths ages 4 to 7 years will be held next fall.
More jam please
Don't forget to stop by the Tonto Apache gymnasium this weekend and watch some of the best young basketball players in the state battle in the Copper State Jam 2000. Games will be played Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and there will be food, games and celebrities on hand.
The tournament begins with first-round games at 10 a.m. Friday morning. The championship game is on tap for 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2.