Barry Sollenberger's Phoenix Metro Football Magazine has chosen Mike Barr a member of Arizona's Class 3A All-State football team.
Barr, who was selected to the all-state offense as a tight end, was the only Longhorn player chosen to the prestigious squad.
A tight end who led the team in receiving with 22 receptions for 405 yards and five TDs, Barr led the Longhorns to a 6-4 record and a fourth-place finish in the East region standings.
At 6-foot, 6-inches and 225 pounds, Barr had the size and strength to wrestle passes away from frustrated defenders. He also built a reputation as a solid blocker in the Horns' offensive scheme that revolved around the running game.
Although Barr was chosen all-state as an offensive player, he also was a stellar defensive end for Payson.
Only a junior, Barr will be counted on to lead the Longhorn gridiron charge next season.
At the conclusion of the fall football campaign, Barr injured his knee in a state tournament loss to Blue Ridge. At first, it was believed the injury would require surgery and sideline him from the basketball campaign. Some even thought his football career might be over.
After two diagnoses, however, surgery was nixed and Barr began rehabilitation. He returned to the basketball court in late December and went on to play a key role in the Horns' run to the second round of the state tournament.
On the all-state offense, the only other East region player chosen by Sollenberger was Snowflake wide receiver Bryant Elkins.
East region players chosen to the all-state defense included Justin Lupe (Alchesay), Bret Campbell (Blue Ridge) and Dan Rawlings (Blue Ridge).
Roger Schenks of Globe was named the Coach of the Year for leading the Tigers to the state tournament. Sollenberger tapped eight Globe players to the all-state team.
In addition to serving as publisher of Phoenix Metro Football, Sollenberger is a public information officer for the Arizona Interscholastic Association.