Fruitland High senior Joe Martarano was chosen as an honorable mention selection for this seasons PARADE All-America Football Team.
The complete team will be released in this Sundays issue of PARADE magazine inside the Idaho Statesman.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker had 50 solo tackles, 84 assisted tackles, four interceptions, two sacks and one fumble recovery for the 3A state runner-up Grizzlies this past fall.
He was excited, and hes such a grounded kid that theres not too much that he gets excited about, recently retired Fruitland football coach Bruce Schlaich said.
Martarano is just the third Idahoan to make the PARADE team, which was first released in 1963. Martarano joins Capitals Jake Plummer at quarterback in 1992 and Post Falls Austin Lee at lineman in 1997.
Martarano has given a verbal commitment to play football for Boise State this fall, but also is considered a potential first-round pick in the June baseball draft.
MTN. VIEW NAMES NEW VOLLEYBALL COACH
Jeff Barrows is a graduate of Borah High and Boise State, and most recently coached the Team USA Armed Forces womens volleyball program, leading Team USA in international competition at the 2012 World CISM in Amsterdam.
Barrows also has coached locally at Borah, Timberline and Club Idaho.
He replaces Cathy Curtis, who resigned after seven seasons. Curtis was voted the 5A SIC coach of the year this past season.
Highlights from the Idaho High School Activities Associations January board meeting:
Postseason berths in football for 5A District Three increased from four to five for the 2013-14 school year, while postseason berths for 5A volleyball (four), soccer (four) and basketball (four) decreased.
Six-man football was sanctioned for the 2013 regular season. So far, Camas County, Clark County, Leadore and North Valley Academy are planning to field teams.
A discussion on adding a 35-second shot clock for 5A and 4A basketball games died for a lack of action.