Bo Althoff is remembered fondly Inside the Rim Nation as Definitely one of many best All by way of athletes and real good mans in Payson Highschool athletic historic previous.
That’s why he’s one of six people who’ll be inducted Collectively with two teams into the PHS Athletic Hall of Fame at Mazatzal Lodge and On line casino on Oct. 30.
He excelled in soccer, basketball, monitor and area and would have in all probcapability shined In further if prep athletes weren’t restricted to competing in three sports activities per yr.
In the classroom and off The sector, he was modest, unassuming, unpretentious, A great good friend to all and a son that undoubtedly stored his mom and father Ken and Nancy, beaming with satisfaction.
As a senior at PHS in 1992, Althoff set The varsity pole vault doc of 16 ft, 5 3/4 inches. Right now, that mark stands third biggest in Arizona extreme school monitor and area doc books.
As a Outcome of the state’s biggest pole vaulter in 1990 and ’91, Althoff earned a bevy of invites to postseason meets the place he competed in the direction of And typically beOn the nation’s biggest.
Wing-TIn soccer, Althoff was a pure who possessed measurement, power and a knack for being in The biggest place On The biggest time.
As A 3-yr varsity starter for the Longhorns, he was a ferocious hitter from his safety place and An affect runner and exhausting nosed runner as a fullagain Inside the Longhorn Wing-T.
His senior yr, having fun with in the direction of Winslow in PHS stadium, Althoff floated into the flat, the place he hauled in A quick move from the the Horn signal caller.
With Winslow’s all-state strong safety anxiously ready to diploma him, Althoff turned on the afterburners bowling over the Bulldog defender leaving him sprawled on the turf And probably questioning what had run over him.
“That (Winslow) man Might be making an try to get the license plate Quantity of the truck that simply hit him,”said one Longhorn fan.
Although Althoff didn’t spend an abundance of time Inside The load room early in his profession, his pure capability rendered him A pair of of the ferocious gamers in prep circles. At the conclusion of his senior yr, he was named all-area, all-state and all-star.
Schools, together with Arizona State College, expressed curiosity in buying the gridiron providers of Althoff However the teenager politely declined saying he was dedicated to pole vaulting.
Althoff furtherly excelled on then-coach Jim Quinlan’s basketball teams, however an ankle damage sidelined him For Lots of his senior advertising campaign. A yr earlier he had been an all-area decide.
Almost as good as Althoff was in soccer and basketball, coaches Max Foster and Jim Quinlan knew pole vaulting was his Old flame and had been since monitor and area coach Dan Reid started tutoring him by way ofout his junior extreme yrs.
After leaving PHS, Althoff accepted a monitor and area scholarship to Arizona State. He later transferred to a junior school After which to Northern Arizona College the place he graduated. At NAU he expressed curiosity in returning to soccer however was unable to As a Outcome of of NCAA eligibility guidelines courting again to when he first attended Arizona State.
After incomes his school diploma, Althoff served a stint as a lineman for Sturgeon Electrical in Phoenix.
He later adopted in his father’s footsteps by becoming a member of the ranks of Arizona Public Service the place he continues to work today Inside the Payson area.
When not climbing power poles, restoring Electricity to irritated clients and repairing voltage regulars, transformers and switches, Althoff is a volunteer monitor and area coach at PHS and volunteers Inside the youth league soccer program.
As if that wasn’t enough volunteering, he furtherly hosts the Kiss the Sky pole vaulting camps every summer time at Camp Tontozona east of Payson.
Ticket deadline today
The HOF banquet Is about For six p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at Mazatzal Lodge and On line casino. Doorways open at 5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 22 is the deadline To buy tickets, which value $30 And may be found at ticketspiket.com or from any Hall of Fame member.