Bastrop High senior wide receiver Jamari Payne was named Top Receiver at the National Select 7-on-7 Championship Tournament held June 14-15 at Louisiana College in Pineville.
Payne helped the Rams to a third-place finish out of 30-plus teams.
Last season, the 5-9, 175-pound Payne caught 29 passes for 476 yards and six touchdowns despite missing the Rams' final four games with a fractured fibula. He also returned nine punts for a 27.6-yard average, including a 78-yard touchdown vs. West Monroe.
As a sophomore, Payne snared 30 passes for 562 stripes and four scores, highlighted by a 99-yard TD grab against Greenville Weston.
Among the schools recruiting Payne are Louisiana-Lafayette, Northwestern State and Southern Mississippi.
Continuing 7-on-7 play, Bastrop will compete at West Monroe on Friday and Saturday. The Rams are paired against Evangel on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in first-round action.
JAMBOREE: Bastrop will play Ouachita in jamboree action on Friday, Aug. 30 at Ram Stadium.
Both schools competed in the Bayou Jamb at ULM in years past, but the event has been discontinued due to a new NCAA rule banning such activities on college campuses.
LHSOA SCRIMMAGE: Bastrop will be among 10 teams competing in the fifth annual Louisiana High School Officials Association preseason scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 16 at Ouachita.
Used as a training session for officials, each game will consist of two 15-minute halves.
Other matchups on the docket include Farmerville vs. Caldwell Parish, Ruston vs. West Ouachita, Richwood vs. West Ouachita and West Monroe vs. Franklin Parish.
Bastrop will also host Alexandria in a preseason scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 23.
RODRIGUEZ MOORE has received his associate's degree from East Mississippi Community College and reported to the University of Cincinnati for summer workouts.
A two-year starter, Moore helped the Lions capture the junior college national championship for the first time in school history in 2011. Last season, he racked up 1,135 yards in helping EMCC to an 8-2 record and the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division championship. Moore's 2012 season totals included 147 carries for 908 yards and 26 receptions for 227 yards. He accounted for a team-high 13 touchdowns (11 rushing, 2 receiving).
Listed at 5-10, 185 pounds, the former Delta Mustang and Bastrop Ram was ranked by 247 Sports.com as the No. 1 junior college running back in the 2013 recruiting class.
Moore was leaning toward signing with Texas Tech, but headed north, instead, when former Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville accepted the head coaching position at Cincinnati.
MARK LAIRD is playing for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League this summer.
Page 2 of 2 - A Ouachita Christian alumnus, Laird cracked LSU's starting outfield as a freshman during the recently completed season. Playing in 63 games (58 starts), he packaged together a .307 batting average with a .371 on base percentage, 18 RBI and 48 runs scored in helping the Tigers reach the College World Series for the first time since 2009.
PRACTICE GAMES: The Bastrop Dixie Ponytails All-Stars (ages 11-12) will play Monroe tonight in a double header, starting at 6 p.m. at Carter Park.
Monroe is coached by David Anderson, a former coach in the Bastrop/Morehouse Dixie Softball organization.
Bastrop will play in the District 5 Tournament, which gets under way Saturday in Winnsboro.