Mix-Up Stalls Barr's All-Tournament Award


At 6-foot, 7-inches, 235 pounds and a full growth of beard, it's tough to mistake Mike Barr for a girl.

But that's exactly what Bradshaw Mountain officials did when they sent trophies to those selected to the Bears Holiday Basketball Invitational all-tournament team.


Last week, Payson High School senior Mike Barr learned that he had been named to the Bradshaw Mountain Bears Holiday Invitational All-Tournament team.

"I got a girl's trophy," Barr said.

It took Bradshaw officials more than a month to correct the mistake before the Payson High School two-sport star finally received his all-tournament award last week.

Barr's selection marked the third time in his career he has been chosen all-tournament. He was also selected for honors at a Casa Grande tournament last year and to the Copper State Jam when he was an eighth-grader at Rim Country Middle School.

In the 16-team Bradshaw tournament Dec. 29 to 31, Barr turned in some of the finest performances of his four-year varsity stint.

In a tournament-opening 65-45 victory over Sandra Day O'Connor, Barr finished with 23 points despite the fact coach Mike Loutzenheiser yanked his starters early in the fourth quarter.

In Payson's 65-30 second-round loss to Class 3A No. 1 ranked Chandler Seton, Barr scored 20 points to finish as the only Horn to score in double figures. With 15 points, Barr was again the Horns' lone consistent offensive threat in a 43-31 third-round loss to Yuma.

The Longhorn offense, and Barr, finally got on track in a 62-59 overtime win over Chino Valley.

Barr finished with a game-high 22 points that included a clutch three-pointer and two free throws in the overtime period.

Barr capped his all-tournament performances by scoring 23 points in the Longhorns 50-48 win over Casa Grande.

In addition to an outstanding offensive performance, Barr corralled 20 rebounds. He said it was his best performance of the tournament.

The senior strongman's efforts this season could earn Barr a berth on the Grand Canyon all-region team when it is announced next week.

Although he has been one of the finest prep players in the conference this season, he'll probably opt to play football when he enters college next fall.

Barr has kept his options open but says he's leaning toward Mesa College where former Longhorn coach Dan Dunn heads up the Thunderbird gridiron program.

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