Dallas Rensch, who would have been a sophomore at Payson High School next school year is transferring to Mountain View where he'll play basketball for coach Gary Ernst.
Last year, Rensch starred for the Longhorn junior varsity team as a freshman. Prior to that, he was a standout on the Shelby School junior high team.
If there were any doubts about Rensch's considerable basketball skills, they were erased at the Small Jam 15-years-and-under boys basketball tournament played last weekend in the Tonto Apache gymnasium.
The tournament drew some of the finest basketball talent in the state. Many of the athlete's skills were honed on the outdoor courts of South Phoenix where they battled adults who were bigger, stronger and faster.
Watching the Small Jam, it was immediately evident the young players had learned to mix it up inside with the roughest of players. When the occasions called for it, they could also drain threes as if they were easy lay-ups.
But throughout the tournament, it was obvious Rensch has the abilities to perform on the same level as the talented Phoenix-area players.
Former PHS coach Jim Quinlan, who coached the Payson entry in the Small Jam, left the tournament praising Rensch's play.
"He could have been the best player Payson has ever had," Quinlan said.
And that's quite a statement, considering Quinlan coached the likes of Darren Reid, Hunter Walden and his own son, Byron Quinlan. Those three were outstanding ball players but Rensch has the potential to be even better, he said.
Not once during the Small Jam did Rensch back down from the challenge of going head to head against his talented foes.
He put on a display of natural talent and feel for the game that could eventually earn him a starting spot at Class 5A powerhouse Mountain View.
He's a player for fans to keep their eyes on.
On Friday, Bob Powers is opening the Roosevelt Lake Golf Club.
Located eight miles east of the dam on Highway 88 across the street from the Spring Creek Store, the facility is a regulation nine-hole course that features six par 3 and three par 4 holes.
The par 3 holes range in distance from 120 to 195 yards. The par fours are from 280 to 385 yards.
According to Powers, the course is highlighted by a water fountain in a lake near the second tee, elevated greens and tees, state of the art bunkers with Arizona white sand and concrete cart paths. The Green fees are $15 for nine holes and $25 for 18 holes. Both fees include a cart.
Check in for the golf course is at the Quails Nest Bar and Grill. For a tee time, call (520) 467-2106.